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March 11-13, 2001  |  The Taj West End Hotel  |  Bangalore, India

Hon. Roberto R. Romulo

Chairman, Philam Insurance, Inc.
Senior Adviser to the President on International Competitiveness

Mr Romulo is also the Chairman of Equitable Cardnetwork, Incorporated and InterPharma Investments, Ltd. (Zuellig Pharma), and PETPLANS, Inc. as well as the Vice-Chairman of Philippine Business for Social Progress. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of A. Soriano Corporation, Systems Standards Inc. (SSI) and MIH Holdings Limited (a South African based technology company). He was recently invited to join the Asia Society International Council. He is the founding Chairman of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development.

Romulo has extensive experience in the field of technology. He had a 25 year career at the IBM Corporation, holding CEO positions both in the Philippines and Thailand, Burma and Bangladesh. He is chairman of the following: the Foundation for IT Education and Development in the Philippines, the Philippine Foundation for Global Concerns, Inc. and the Asia-Europe Foundation of the Philippines. In 1996, he was the founding Chairman of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Until November, 2000 he was the Chairman of the Philippine Representation to ABAC and co-chairman of the Technology Task Force in ABAC.

In June 1989, he was appointed by President Corazon C. Aquino as Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Communities. In July 1992, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed Mr Romulo as the Philippines' Secretary of Foreign Affairs. In May 1995, Romulo resigned from government and rejoined the private sector. He was Chairman of the Philippine Long Distance Telphone Co. and vice-chairman of San Miguel International from 1995-1998.

In November 1999, Mr Romulo was appointed Chairman of the e-ASEAN Task Force - a public/private sector advisory council created by the ASEAN Heads of Government. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Digital Bridges Task Force of the Global Business Dialogue for e-Commerce (GBDe) chaired and co-chaired by the chairmen of AOL and Time Warner. He is also the Asia Commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) with headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was one of six global IT leaders invited to brief Japanese PM Mori on the global digital divide prior to the G-8 Summit in Okinawa.


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