Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and Institute for Solidarity in Asia


IEDM Area of Expertise
Economic Development - Governance in Asia

Harvard University, Ph.D.
Fordham University, MA in Economics
University of San Carlos, MA in Economics and Ph.B. (summa cum laude)

Jesus P. Estanislao is Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia an organization promoting national governance, and head of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dr. Estanislao has spent much of his career founding or rehabilitating institutions. More recently, he has focused on improving governance in the Philippines for both public and private institutions as a way of reducing corruption in the country.

He was the founding Dean (1998) of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo. He also served as the founding president (1992-1997) of the University of Asia and the Pacific, which grew out of the Center for Research and Communication, of which he was the founding Executive Director (1969-1981).

In 1986 he became the Chairman of the Development Bank of the Philippines, which he rehabilitated. Then he was appointed to the Cabinet of President Corazon Aquino, whom he served as Secretary of Economic Planning and Director General of the National and Economic Development Authority (1989), and later as Secretary of Finance (1990-1992). As the country's chief economic officer, he oversaw the economic recovery and reform program of a newly reinstalled democracy.

In 1992, Dr. Estanislao was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor. In 2009, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) named him "Management Man of the Year." He has been conferred honorary doctoral degrees from Angeles University, Xavier University, St. Paul University, and Manila Central University. He holds the title of University Professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

He is the author of several books, including Responsible Citizenship III: Empowering Individuals and Strengthening Communities, and Foundation for People Development.