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The Ambassador


JOSE L. CUISIA, JR.
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America

PERSONAL

Birthdate 16 July 1944
Birthplace Manila
Civil Status Married
Name of Spouse Maria Victoria Jose Cuisia

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Commerce – Magna Cum Laude
De La Salle University, 1967

Master in Business Administration – Finance
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 1970

H.E. Jose Lampe Cuisia, Jr., was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States by H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III on 30 November 2010 and confirmed by the Commission on Appointments on 9 February 2011. He formally assumed his post at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on April 2, 2011 and presented his credentials to H.E. President Barack Obama on July 7, 2011.

Ambassador Cuisia’s first 24 months in Washington, D.C. have been dedicated to promoting trade and investment opportunities in the Philippines; strengthening the military and security alliance with the US; and providing assistance to Philippine nationals while further cementing the already robust relationship between the two countries.  Together with his wife, Maria Victoria Jose, Ambassador Cuisia has actively been promoting Philippine culture, especially among the younger Filipino American community.

Ambassador Cuisia has over 10 years of experience in public service, having served Filipinos as the Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines and Chairman of its Monetary Board as well as President and CEO of the Philippine Social Security System in the 1980s and 1990s.  At the Central Bank, Ambassador Cuisia oversaw the liberalization of foreign exchange controls, resulting in, among others, the entry of more substantial foreign direct investment that strengthened the Philippine Peso and the country’s foreign exchange reserves.  The Ambassador also led the efforts in establishing what is now the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, allowing it to become a more effective guardian of monetary policy and ensuring the stability of the banking system.

Ambassador Cuisia is also well-respected figure in Philippine business, with over 32 years in financial services, most recently as the President & CEO of the largest and most profitable non-bank financial institution on the Philippines.  He serves on the boards of many of the Philippines’ most important private and listed companies, and has shared his expertise as Trustee on various academic institutions and non-government organizations espousing good governance and corporate social responsibility, including the Asian Institute of Management.

Ambassador Cuisia is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades. In 2011, he received the Joseph Wharton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wharton Club of Washington, D.C., the first Filipino to receive such an award from the Club.  He was the 2007 ‘Management Man of the Year’ of the Management Association of the Philippines in 2007; the Manuel L. Quezon Awardee for Exemplary Governance in 2006; the Asia Insurance Personality of the Year in 2005; and the Philippine CEO of the Year in 2004. He was also one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 1982.

Ambassador Cuisia and Mrs. Cuisia have five children and three grandchildren.