Mr. Edgardo T. Valenzuela

Core Faculty / Adjunct Professor
Ateneo School of Government


Edgardo T. Valenzuela is Core Faculty and an adjunct professor of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG). He has over 40 years of development experience at national, regional and global levels.

He teaches a class on Ethics, Power and Accountability at ASoG since 2012 to the present. He was a member of the Ateneo de Manila University Professional Schools Committee on Leadership and Ethics (2015-2018).
He is Co-Coordinator of the Ateneo Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (ALSE/OF-LIFE)) Program for the Consortium on Migration and Development since 2008 to the present. This is a training program for OFs and OFWs and their families conducted in 15 countries in Europe, Middle East and North Africa and Asia (South East and East).

He was Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist of Niras for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Core Agriculture Support Program Phase 2 under an Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance Regional Project from August 2016 to May 2018.

He retired as Chief of the Global Coordination Unit for World Food Day, Advocacy and Special Events in the Office of Corporate Communications of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) in January 2012 where he served in Bangkok (1979-81) and Rome (1990-2012) for almost 25 years. He was a member of the FAOHQ Sub-Committee on Ethics from 2008-2009. He is a recognized global advocate on food security and nutrition and an anti-hunger activist.

He was Executive Director of the Asian NGO Coalition (ANGOC) from 1983-1990 and worked on issues related to agrarian reform and sustainable rural development. He has done other consultancies for CIRDAP, UNESCAP, ADB and the World Bank.

He is a founding member and current President since 2015 of the Overseas Filipinos’ Society for the Promotion of Economic Security (OFSPES) a CSO which provides capability-building and other services on leadership and entrepreneurship, food security and nutrition, value chain training.

He is co-author of Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Changed Lives of Overseas Filipino Workers (2012) and Changing Mindsets, Changing Lives: Empowering Overseas Filipinos and their Families (2018).

He is a recipient of the Fr William Masterson, SJ Award for Development from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in March 2013. He is a recipient of the Visionary Award (Social Entrepreneurship category) for educating OFWs from The Manila Standard (media) in December 2015.

He holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University where he also studied social psychology. He has an International Master in Business Administration (iMBA) degree from the European School of Economics. He graduated from the Asian Institute of Management Program for Development Managers course.