SPEAKER_CANILAO

Hon. Cosette V. Canilao

Undersecretary and Executive Director, NEDA PPP Center 

Cosette V. Canilao is the Executive Director of the PPP Center. Prior to joining government, she was a Director of Standard Bank where she established and headed its distressed debt servicing business in the Philippines, and served as President and CEO of the bank’s various SPV companies. She is also a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where she headed the Crisis Management Practice and Financial Services (FS) Industry consulting. She started her career in program lending and corporate banking.

Ms. Canilao received her Masters of Science in Finance degree from the University of the Philippines and has attended executive programs at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

As the head of the agency who champions public-private partnerships, she has instituted several structural reforms and spearheaded many policy enhancements for PPPs. She is considered as one of the prime movers of infrastructure development in the country.