Mr. Pérez is an avid environment advocate and renewable energy investor. He is CEO of Alternergy, a wind and mini-hydro power developer, chairman of Merritt Partners, an energy advisory firm, and chairman of Solar Pacific, an off-grid island solar PV developer.
He has been an independent director of regional companies in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore. He is an independent director of ST Telemedia, the Temasek holding company for telecom, data centers and mobile technology, and an Independent Board Adviser of Banco de Oro, the Philippines’ largest commercial bank. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, New Zealand Trade Enterprise, Geneva-based Pictet Clean Energy, WWF-Philippines, WWF-US, and the Yale Center for Business and Environment.
His philanthropy is focused on the environment. Mr. Pérez has long been involved with Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and served as trustee of WWF-International board, and a trustee or adviser of the Asian Conservation Foundation, Bhutan Foundation, Solar Energie Foundation and Solar Car Challenge Foundation.
Mr. Pérez was Philippine Energy Minister from 2001 to 2005. He boosted energy self-sufficiency, promoted clean indigenous energy, and crafted an ambitious renewable policy framework. He served briefly in early 2001 as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.
Prior to 2001, Mr. Pérez had 17 years experience first in Latin American debt restructuring at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, and later in debt trading and capital markets in emerging countries at Lazard in London, New York and Singapore. At 35, he became General Partner at New York investment bank Lazard Frères as head of its Emerging Markets Group. He was Managing Director of Lazard Asia in Singapore from 1995 until 1997.
Mr. Pérez founded Next Century Partners in 1997, a private equity firm based in Singapore that invested in wireless, semi-conductor, and plantation companies. In 2000, he founded Asian Conservation Company, a quadruple bottom line holding company which acquired El Nido Resorts, an award-winning eco-tourism destination in Palawan. In 2006, he invested in Northwind Power, the first commercial wind farm in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Pérez obtained an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1979. While a World Fellow, he lectured at an MBA class on renewable power in emerging countries.
His first book “Chasing Moonlight” narrated a sailing voyage during his 50th year, while his second book, “Chasing Sunsets” is a compilation of 58 haiku poetry, to mark his 58th birthday. He co-published “Voices from the Islands” featuring how El Nido Resorts became a showcase of sustainable tourism. He resides in Manila and enjoys diving, yoga and zen meditation.