Ronald U. Mendoza, PhD is a governance and institutional reforms specialist with over 25 years of experience in development policy and public administration reforms. Presently, he is Dean and Professor of Economics at the Ateneo School of Government. From 2011 to 2015, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and the Executive Director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist with the United Nations in New York.
His research background includes work with UNICEF, UNDP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and several Manila-based non-governmental organizations. Mendoza was awarded the 2012 National Academy of Science and Technology’s Ten Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) in the Philippines (in Economics); World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2013; and Devex 40 Under 40 Development Leader in 2013. In early 2021, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) approved Mendoza’s appointment to serve with the 24-person UN Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA 2021–25).