AIM prof chosen as WMSU Commencement Speaker
March 26, 2013
WMSU 68th Commencement Exercises Speaker-Mario Antonio G. Lopez

WMSU 68th Commencement Exercises Speaker-Mario Antonio G. Lopez

Professor Mario Antonio G. Lopez, business management expert and top professor of the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB), the business school of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Manila, Philippines will be this year’s Western Mindanao State University’s (WMSU) 68th Commencement Exercises Speaker on March 26.

Prof. Mayo Lopez teaches for the Master in Management Program of the WSGSB and also teaches programs for AIM’s Center for Development Management (CDM) and Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (EXCELL) programs. He also served as the Assistant Dean for EXCELL and Associate Dean for the CDM.

Mayo’s career involves multi-sector, multi-industry and multinational consulting career, and works with corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. His professional stint includes strategic national, sector, and corporate planning; human resources and organizational development; project development and management; policy analyses; and economic-political risk assessment both in the military and civilian field.

He has served and continues to serve private corporations to include J.V. del Rosario Group of Companies (which has joint ventures with Matsushita, Kawasaki and Sumitomo) and the Philippine-American Life Insurance Company, Inc. in the Philippines; P.T. CIMB Niaga in Indonesia; OCBC Bank Berhad, Development & Commercial Bank Berhad, Malaysian British Assurance Berhad and Price Waterhouse Berhad in Malaysia; The Overseas Assurance Corporation in Singapore; and the Political and Economic Risk, Ltd. of Hong Kong.

On top of his professional career track, he is also active in the Management Association of the Philippines’ Agribusiness and Countryside Development and National Issues committees. He was a trustee of the Philippine Local Government Academy, and is a trustee of the Philippine Center for Futuristics Research. He was also a Director of the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard) Alumni Association of the Philippines. He was a member of the National Council of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, the Technical Panel of the Bishops’-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development, the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations, the Philippine Sociological Society, and is a lifetime member of the Corporate Planning Society of the Philippines.

His involvements in multi-faceted areas earned him the Philippine Constabulary Special Action Force (SAF) “Black Beret” Award for being its organizational development adviser from 1984 to 1989. He then also served as Adviser to the Philippine National Police National Capital Region Narcotics Command from 1984 to 1989. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Command and General Staff College and the Special Intelligence Training School. He continues to consult with the Philippine Army (planning and civil-military operations) and the National Police (Change Management Office).

He was also a recipient of the Asian Productivity Organization of the Philippines “Productivity and Excellence in Education and Promotion” award for 1997. He has written cases on business policy, public management, human behavior in organization, and environmental scanning. Some of his articles on management have been featured in international publications. As AIM professor, he has had the privilege of heading faculty teams that helped the Philippine Departments of Health, Social Welfare and Development and Education with their decentralization and devolution realignment and strategic planning exercises, as well as the Bureau of Treasury and the Commission on Audit.

Mayo is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of the Philippines (1968). He is a holder of a Master in Business Management from the AIM (1970), Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (1975) as a joint Center for Population Studies and Edward S. Mason Fellow for Economic Development. (EKEENA O. LIM, WMSU-PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE with information from