Mr. Benel D. Lagua is the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer (CDO) of the Development Bank of the Philippines. He heads DBP’s Development Sector which ensures the Bank’s coverage of its priority development thrusts namely: Infrastructure and Logistics; Environment; Social Services and Community Development; and, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). He also served as the Managing Director and CEO of the Guarantee Fund for SMEs prior to its merger with SBC in 2001, among other roles. As an expert in the field of management and finance, Mr. Lagua teaches part-time at Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University Manila. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.