Asia Fellow, Milken Institute; Former Secretary of Finance, Republic of the Philippines
Cesar Purisima is an Asia fellow at the Milken Institute. Previously, he was secretary of finance for the Philippines and chair of the economic development cluster of President Benigno Aquino's Cabinet. He was named Finance Minister of the Year five times--twice by Emerging Markets and once by Euromoney, the Banker and, most recently, FinanceAsia--in four consecutive years, a first for the Finance Department and the Philippines. Under his leadership, the Philippines received its first investment-grade ratings from the three major credit-rating agencies. A certified public accountant, Purisima was chairman and managing partner of the country's largest professional services firm, SGV & Co., and an area managing partner for Asia-Pacific for assurance and business services of Andersen Worldwide. Purisima was also on the global executive board of Ernst & Young Global and chair of the board of governors of the Asian Development Bank. He holds a B.A. from De La Salle University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University in the United States.