Senior Advisor, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

John Forbes is a private business consultant, author, and public speaker. He is the senior adviser of the Arangkada Philippines Project at the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) and chairman of its legislative committee. He is also a senior counselor for Vriens and Partners Pte. Ltd. of Singapore.


Forbes is the author of Arangkada Philippines 2010 and two AmCham Roadmaps to More Foreign Investment in the Philippines. The American Enterprise Institute published his monograph Jamaica: Managing Political and Economic Change in the Third World Democracy.


He received his education from the renowned academic institutions Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. He served as an american diplomat for 25 years, beginning in Vietnam and the Philippines. Forbes’ consultancy expertise assists clients with major trade and investment projects in the Philippines. He has also helped large multinational firms and several international development agencies.