GlobalSource Partners’ Philippines Analyst Diwa Guinigundo is a leading authority on the country’s economy and politics, as well as its integration into the regional economy. In a long and distinguished career at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), he has become renowned for his deep understanding of the Philippines’ monetary policy and financial sector.
Based in Manila, Mr. Guinigundo is also Chairman of the Advisory Panel of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), an international organization that aims to contribute to the macroeconomic and financial resilience and stability in the ASEAN+3 region. Rising through the ranks, he served as Deputy Governor of the BSP. There, he was responsible for the formulation of monetary policy and its implementation, as well as for international operations and other aspects of central banking and macroeconomic policy and decision-making. He was also Vice-Chairman of both the BSP’s Investment Management Committee and the BSP Provident Fund. He is experienced in working alongside the Philippine government, having represented the BSP at the cabinet level on the Board of the National Economic and Development Authority and the Development Budget Coordination Committee.
Mr. Guinigundo has also served in various capacities in multilateral and international organizations, including as Alternate Executive Director at the IMF and Head of Research at The Southeast Asian Central Banks’ Research and Training Center based in Kuala Lumpur. He taught economics at the University of the Philippines College, Manila, and is currently a member of the Advisory Panel of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University.
A prolific author, Mr. Guinigundo has co-written several books, including Trauma to Triumph: Rising from the Ashes of the Asian Financial Crisis, Redefining Strategic Routes to Financial Resilience in ASEAN + 3 and Economic Adjustment and Growth: Theory and Practice. His views are highly sought after in the local media, and he writes weekly columns for the Manila Bulletin and BusinessWorld.
Mr. Guinigundo holds a MSc degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Philippines.