Atty. Arnel Casanova is an expert in public-private partnerships, property development, urban planning, public infrastructure and utilities, finance, governance, social entrepreneurship, security, peace negotiations and mediation, and international relations.
An urban planner and lawyer, Atty. Arnel Casanova was formerly President and CEO of Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), a $10-billion state-owned enterprise in the Philippines. Under his stewardship the BCDA developed modern urban districts including the country’s first and only smart, green, disaster-resilient metropolis—the 9,500 hectare Clark Green City.
He was responsible for a number of major property development projects and public-private partnerships that have established vibrant economic districts such as the 600 hectare Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila and the Philippine’s longest and most modern 94 kilometer tollway, the SubicClark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). He was conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor Medal by President Ramos and the Presidential Medal of Merit by President Aquino. The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning recognized him as its Most Outstanding Alumnus of the Decade. He graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School with a Masters degree in Public Administration major in Finance and Leadership.