Independent Director

Dr. EDILBERTO C. DE JESUS, Filipino, 84, was elected as an Independent Director of the Company in April 2024. He is currently the Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit and Related Party Transactions Committee. He has been an Independent Director of PHINMA, Inc. since 2009.

He was the former Secretary of the Department of Education, a former President of the Asian Institute of Management, a former President of the University of the Cordilleras and a former President of Far Eastern University (FEU). He was the Lead Independent Trustee of FEU from 2012 to 2022. He was a Director of Centro Escolar University from 2006 to 2008, the Chairman of the Institute of Environmental Sciences for Social Change from 2000 to 2002 and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations from 1996 to 2002. He was also a former Secretariat Director of Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization in Bangkok and a former member of the Board of Advisers of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd).

Dr. de Jesus obtained his Bachelor of Arts Honor Degree in Humanities from the Ateneo de Manila University, and his Master of Philosophy and PhD in History from Yale University.