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MBA Info Session with Wharton Professors and MBAs

  • 01 Aug 2016
  • BDO Corporate Center, 7899 Makati Avenue, Makati City


Registration & Cocktails on the 2/F, Bridgeway
Event proper at Francisco Santiago Hall, Mezzanine, South Tower

Schedule: 6:30 pm Cocktails
  1. Key Note Speaker: Nestor Tan (WG '81)
  2. Wharton MBA Student Sharing: Issa Camara (WG'17)
  3. Wharton professor & alumni panel discussion:
    Professors Ziv Katalan, David Bell and Minyuan Zhao; Lindy Castillo (WG '98); Dexter Lee (WG '05); and Paolo Borromeo (WG '06)

Profiles of Wharton MBAs:

Nestor V. Tan, Director,  President and CEO of BDO Unibank, Inc., joined BDO as Executive Vice President in June 1997 and became President of the Bank in July 1998.   He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce cum laude from De La Salle University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining BDO, Mr. Tan's extensive banking experience includes over 15 years in the United States and Europe acquired from institutions like the Mellon Bank (now Bank of New York – Mellon) in Pittsburgh, Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank) in New York and the Barclays Group in New York and London. At Barclays, he served as Planning Director and Head of Strategic Planning for Corporate and Institutional Services Group of Barclays Bank PLC and as Chief Operating Officer for Financial Institution Services Group of BZW, the investment banking subsidiary of the Barclays Group. Mr. Tan is a CPA in the Philippines and the United States.  Mr. Tan is a member to the Financial Inclusions CEO Forum of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC).  He is a Director of the Advisory Boards of Mastercard Worldwide (Asia Pacific Board) and De La Salle University. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

Paolo Maximo F. Borromeo is a Managing Director and a member of the Ayala Corporation Management Committee and the Ayala Group Management Committee. He has served as Group Head of Corporate Strategy and Development of the Company since September 2014. As chief strategist, he oversees the overall corporate planning process, portfolio strategy, group-wide innovation projects and new business development initiatives. In his role, he also leads investor relations, corporate communications, and public policy. In addition, Mr. Borromeo leads Ayala Corporation's healthcare businesses. He sits on the board of Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. and the Generika Group of Companies. He also sits on the board of Affordable Private Education Center, Inc., AC College of Enterprise and Technology, LiveIt Investments, Ltd. and LINC Institute, Inc. Prior to joining Ayala, he was a Principal at Booz & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, based in San Francisco, California, USA. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Masters in Business Administration with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dexter C. Lee is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Meralco Energy, Inc. (MServ) and is concurrently a member of its Board of Directors since 2012. He was formerly the Strategy Development Head of Meralco. He also served as Vice President for Innovation at The Nielsen Company (USA) from 2011 to May 2012.  He was a Project Manager at The Cambridge Group (USA) prior to Nielsen. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.  He has a master's degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Profiles of Wharton Professors:

David Bell is an expert in consumer shopping behavior. His current research focuses on theories and explanations for geographic variation in the performance of Internet retail startups. Startups studied include,, and Recent articles explain the effect of physical location on customer acquisition, contagion effects among co‐located consumers, and the effect of preference isolation on online demand. Other projects focused on traditional retail settings explore unplanned and impulse buying, and consumer amortization strategies for fixed shopping costs. Previous articles explained consumer store choice among retailers with different pricing strategies, the effect of reference point formation on consumer response to promotions, and the effect of structural factors (e.g., dwelling size) on consumer shopping strategies.

Minyuan Zhao is an Associate Professor of Management at Wharton. Minyuan's research examines the interactions between firm strategy and external environment in a global context: How emerging market institutions affect firms' global strategies, and how firms'strategic organization across borders shapes the global economic landscape. Her papers on multinational R&D strategies received first place in the 2003 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management in 2004, and the Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society in 2006. Her work has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Economics and Management Studies.

Ziv Katalan is Managing Director for Wharton Global Initiatives and an Adjunct Professor of OID. He received his BS in Mathematics from Tel‐Aviv University, and his PhD in Management Science/Operations Research from Columbia University. Dr. Katalan has taught courses in decision models and uncertainty, business analytics, operations management, supply chain management, mathematical modeling and its applications in finance, and quantitative finance at Wharton's MBA and MBA for Executives programs and Penn's EMTM program. He received a number of teaching awards from the Wharton MBA and MBA for Executives programs. During 2002‐2007, Dr. Katalan served as Co‐Director of the Executive Master's in Technology Management (EMTM), a program jointly sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and the Wharton School.


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