Vincent S. Perez
Mr Pérez is founder and CEO of Alternergy Partners, a renewable power company in emerging countries in Asia. He is also Chairman of Merritt Partners, an energy advisory firm to companies doing business in Asia, and Chairman of WWF-Philippines.
Mr Perez had 17 years experience first in Latin America credit and debt restructuring at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, and later in debt trading, capital markets and private equity in emerging countries at Lazard in London, New York and Singapore. He was General Partner of Lazard Frères in New York, and was Managing Director of Lazard Asia in Singapore.
Mr Pérez founded Next Century Partners in 1996, a private equity firm based in Singapore that invested in companies such as Smart Communications, Del Monte Pacific and Fastech. In 2000 he went on to be the founder of Asian Conservation Company which acquired El Nido Resorts, an award-winning eco-tourism destination in Palawan. In 2006, he invested in NorthWind Power, the first wind farm in Southeast Asia.
He served briefly in early 2001 as Undersecretary for Industry at the Department of Trade and Industry and as Managing Head of the Board of Investments.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr Pérez was the youngest Philippine Energy Minister. During this time he boosted energy self-sufficiency, promoted clean indigenous energy, pursued energy diplomacy, and crafted an ambitious renewable energy policy framework.
Mr Pérez is a member of the advisory board of Coca Cola Philippines, Pictet Clean Energy Fund and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University. He has consulted for ADB and IFC on renewable energy policy, and was Vice Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board. He is currently an independent director of regional companies in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore, and a trustee of several non-profits focused on environment conservation and promoting renewable energy.
Mr Pérez obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of Philippines in 1979, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He was a 2005 World Fellow at Yale University, where he lectured an MBA class on renewable power in emerging countries.
He currently resides in Manila with his wife Leigh Talmage and enjoys diving and sailing. His book “Chasing Moonlight” commemorated his 50th birthday in 2008.
Mr Pérez’s first term of office expires in December 2012.