Patricia L. Lontoc, DPA
Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business, AIM
Professor Patricia L. Lontoc, DPA, holds the Don Andres Soriano, Sr. Professorial Chair in Business History with postdoctoral research in Asian globalization, foreign direct investment and trade in services. She currently teaches international business and globalization, global strategies, Asian governance, strategic finance, scenario planning, corporate environmentalism, strategic decision-making and negotiations, strategy mapping and the balanced scorecard in the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB) and the Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (EXCELL). She is on the core faculty of the WSGSB.
For the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) accredited review courses, she teaches economics and corporate finance. For the AIM-World Bank Global Distance Learning Center (GDLC), she designs, organizes and/or facilitates multi-point videoconferences and blended learning courses, the most recent being two highly praised course series, “Doing Business in a WTO World” with other GDLC partners and “Transforming Institutions for Sustainable Futures” with the World Bank Institute. For the Policy Center, she also moderates the Annual Conferences on Philippine Competitiveness and the Globalization Lectures.
Highly commended for steering global projects in education and business, she is recipient of meritorious citations from groups like: the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for successful Trade and Investment Liberalisation and Facilitation projects that significantly prepared Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) for free trade and post-crisis investment challenges; the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) for groundwork for the Italy-Philippines initiative on entrepreneurship; the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association for the promotion of alternative trade dispute resolution (ADR) through executive education; the Association of Deans of Southeast Asian Graduate Schools of Management for being the Executive Director of the CIDA-funded Regional Doctorate in Business Administration program that enabled Thai universities to offer the first ever Joint Doctor in Business Administration in Thailand and have the first graduates receive their degrees from the King in a national ceremony, and that engaged Indonesian institutes of management in the case method and the design of the pioneering doctoral curriculum in Islamic management.
During her three-year term as AIM’s Associate Dean for International Relations and concurrently Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Asian Manager magazine and publications, the United Nations awarded AIM with the distinction as “Center for Excellence in Human Resources Development” for strategic contributions for capacity-building in Asia.
Prior to joining AIM in 1996, Prof. Lontoc had already reaped numerous citations for her work in education, business, government, politics and civil society.
In education, for example, she was the Founding Dean of the Master in Public Management program of the Development Academy of the Philippines obtaining the President Aquino Endowment for the sustainability of the innovative program. When she was also Director for Education of the Commission on Human Rights, the reach and richness of training programs for police, military, government directors and barangay officials, and NGO leaders earned for the Commission the coveted “UNESCO International Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights”, besting programs of commissions from more than one hundred countries. She has been awarded outstanding professor for the years she taught in the Graduate School of Business and Economics of De La Salle University and in the Philippine Women’s University.
In business, she moved nimbly across industries to introduce growth strategies, serving as Board Director in Food Terminal, Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Manila Doctors College, President and General Manager of a wire manufacturing corporation, business planning advisor and columnist of a fashion magazine, and corporate secretary of a management consulting firm with international affiliations. Recognized by her peers, she is a three-pin Paul Harris Fellow, contributing to international understanding in business, and received the Most Outstanding President award (for Big Clubs) during her term as President of the Rotary Club of Makati-Dasmarinas.
In government, she received presidential citations for exemplary achievements in the senior positions she held. For example, from President Corazon Aquino, for significant contributions in national security and economic policy as Special Assistant to the President; as Cabinet Crisis Committee Secretary and as Secretary of the National Security Council; from President Fidel Ramos, as Presidential Assistant with rank of Undersecretary for policy coordination and reforms that resulted in the deregulation of the banking industry, the open skies policy, the privatization plans of government-owned and controlled corporations, the milestone ceasefire with the Moro National Liberation Front that ushered in peace talks in Manila, and the crafting and organization of the Presidential Commission Against Graft and Corruption. From President Ferdinand Marcos, the presidential merit medal for outstanding youth projects and for the elimination of discrimination against women, as Special Assistant of the National Commission on the Roles of Filipino Women.
Her current consulting with governments spans from serving as Economic Policy Consultant of the Philippine Senate President, to consultant on results-based performance management for the Asian Development Bank, to scenario planning for peace in Indonesia for the United States Institute for Peace (attached to the US Congress), to receiving merit citations for her consulting projects from the China Quality Certification Center (P.R.China), Corporación de Investigación Tecnológica [Technological Research Corporation] (INTEC-CHILE), SIRIM Berhad (Malaysia), Viet Nam Productivity Center, and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (Taiwan).
In civil society, she continues to be barangay mediator of community disputes and trainor of cooperatives through the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation, the PLDT Foundation and the Simbayanan ni Maria Development Cooperative.
In politics, she was elected to the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Christian Democrats, (successor party of the Philippine Progressive Party, and affiliated with Christian Democrats International) played key roles in party-building work at the grassroots and party merger negotiations, including those with the Union of Muslim Democrats, Lakas and the Liberal Party. Right after the EDSA revolution, she was elected the official party candidate for the lone congressional seat in Pasig. She continues to participate in voter education training for the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.
She holds a Doctor in Public Administration degree with cognate in law from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), postdoctoral studies in development financing and foreign direct investment from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Japan) and the Stillman School of Business of Seton Hall University (USA), and top management education on globalization from Thunderbird – The Garvin School of International Management (USA). She was Teaching Fellow for the Regional Ethics in Leadership Program of the St James Ethics Center (Australia) and Visiting Scholar on the Kampuchea Problem of the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (Malaysia).