Ramon M. Lopez is the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). His extensive government experience with the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), DTI, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in the early part of his career provided him with a solid background on macroeconomic and industry policy and program development that allowed him to adopt a more holistic trade approach when he moved to the private sector and became a top executive of a major Philippine food and beverage company for over 23 years. He led the entrepreneur advocacy Go Negosyo for 12 years until he wascalled to serve the country again under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration asthe DTI Secretary. He chairs several institutions under DTI such as the Board of Investments (BOI), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and several councils for MSME Development, Export Development, and Price Coordination. He also chaired the ASEAN Economic Ministers when the Philippines assumed Chairmanship in 2017, and is a founding member of the World Economic Forum-ASEAN Regional Strategy Group and Stewardship Board for International Trade and Investment System. He has received several awards such as: the Honorary Agora in Nation Building Award; the Nation Builders Award for Government Service for his role as prime mover in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development; and the Philippine Innovation Man of the Year Award in 2017 for thepromotion of social entrepreneurship through innovation. He earned his Bachelor’s Degreein Economics from the University of the Philippines and topped his Master’s Degree inDevelopment Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts.