Hon. Ramon M. Lopez
Department of Trade and Industry

Philippine International Trading Corporation

He started a solid professional economic, trade and industry development career in government from (1981-1993). Presidential Management Staff (1981), the Department of Trade and Industry (1982-1989) and NEDA (1989-1993). He has extensive experience in trade and industry development planning, at the forefront of the Tariff Reform Program, Industry development programs, setting up of ASEAN and APEC cooperation programs, technical studies on Countervailing Duty cases, critical consumer products' price structures and the development of the Foreign Investment Act. This included policy and program development, and project evaluation functions.

This was followed by a continuous career in the business sector (1994-June 2016), with over 22 years of experience, having been a top executive of RFM Corporation wherein he covered strategic planning and business development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions and equity investors group.

Simultaneously, he has been the Executive Director of the advocacy group Go Negosyo for the past 11 years (October 2005- June 2016), initiating and implementing all its programs that empower the youth and aspiring entrepreneurs, micro and small entrepreneurs, the underprivileged sectors such as the PWDs, women and out-of-school youths. For the past 3 years, he has been co-hosting the weekly Go Negosyo radio program. He has also been giving lectures and mentoring to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs through Go Negosyo seminars, workshops, summits, books and social media.

With this extensive amount of experience in various government agencies, private sector and non-government organizations, Lopez has gained the admiration and respect of the business, financial and investor communities in the Philippines and abroad.

Ramon M. Lopez topped his Master in Development Economics at Williams College in Massachusetts, USA (1988) and finished his AB Economics degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (1981).

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