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Ronald U. Mendoza (Philippines)

Southeast Asia Regional Director

Ronald U. Mendoza, PhD is the Southeast Asia Regional Director for IDinsight, based in Manila, Philippines.

Ronald is a governance and institutional reforms specialist with over 25 years of experience in development policy and public administration reforms.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Ron served as Dean and Professor with the Ateneo de Manila School of Government. Between August 2020 and July 2022, he also served as Chief of Party of PARTICIPATE, a three-year USAID project focused on supporting citizens’ participation in governance and strengthening democratic and governance institutions. From 2011 to 2015, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Executive Director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist with the United Nations in New York. His research background includes work with UNICEF, UNDP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and several Manila-based non-governmental organizations.

Ron obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Honors Program) from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, his Masters in Public Administration and International Development (MPA-ID) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and his M.A. and PhD in Economics from Fordham University.

In early 2021, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) approved Ron’s appointment to serve with the 24-person UN Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA 2021-2025).