The advisory and research consultancy group Stratbase Research Institute is launching the Albert del Rosario Institute on Strategic and International Studies as it enters its second decade as one of the country’s leading private think tanks.
The institute is set to be formally launched on Nov. 21 at the Manila Polo Club during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Stratbase.
Its board represents a dynamic multi-sectoral spectrum of developmental thought leaders and prominent personalities, including Manuel Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.; Edgardo Lacson, honorary chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines; and Benjamin Philip Romualdez, president of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.
The also include Dr. Renato de Castro, former chairman of and a full professor at the International Studies Department, De La Salle University; Dr. Raul Pangalangan, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law and publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; and Epictetus Patalinghug, professor ?meritus at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, UP Diliman.
“We’re re-launching SRI as the ADR Institute to reflect a shift to a more regional outlook in our governance, socio-economic, and other policy work and in light of the continuous rise of East Asia as a major global player whose economy could soon surpass that of the United States and Europe combined,” said Stratbase founder-managing director Victor Andres Manhit.
Manhit, who will also head the new institute, said Stratbase’s research arm would still focus on crafting strategic solutions, an area where SRI has made its mark.