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The Ambassador

AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY & PLENIPOTENTIARY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with concurrent jurisdiction over the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Commonwealth of Jamaica, the Republic of Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines


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


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, 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 may be the most travelled Philippine Ambassador to the United States, having visited his kababayan (countrymen) in Juneau, Alaska to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and everywhere in between. He has dedicated his term to promoting trade and investment 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, Ambassador Cuisia has been promoting Philippine culture, especially among the younger Filipino Americans.

The Ambassador is comfortable in one-on-one meetings with distinguished members of the United States government as he is in speaking in front of hundreds of individuals, inviting them to visit the Philippines to avail of opportunities in investment and trade as well as to enjoy its 7,107 islands. He visits Filipino-American communities to encourage greater participation in nation building activities in the United States and their home country, informs them of developments in the Philippines and addresses key concerns. He also speaks to business groups and audiences in educational institutions, leading economic roadshows and discussing other key Philippine issues such as the West-Philippine Sea dispute.

Ambassador Cuisia served the Filipino people as the Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines and Chairman of its Monetary Board as well as President & CEO of the Philippine Social Security System in the 1980s and 1990s. At the Central Bank, he 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, making it a more effective guardian of monetary policy and ensuring the stability of the banking system.

Ambassador Cuisia is a well-respected figure in 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 February 2016, he was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, with the rank of Grand Cross (Gold Distinction) by President Aquino, a distinction reserved for individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Republic of the Philippines. In 2015, he was awarded the Lifetime Contributor Award by the Asia CEO Forum. 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.