Ben S. Malayang III, Ph.D.

Dr. Malayang III, currently President of Silliman University, is a Sillimanian, having graduated from Silliman University High School in 1970. He finished college at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1974, with a degree of BA Philosophy. He holds an MA in Philosophy and another MA in International Affairs (Southeast Asia Studies; Major in Economics; Minor in Political Science and Philosophy) from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and a PhD in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Considered an authority in environmental management and international development, Dr. Malayang is a Member of the International Science Planning Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change based in Bohn, Germany, Environmental Science Member of the National Committee on Bio-safety of the Philippines, and Member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Development Programme Portfolio Programs. He worked in government as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from 1993 to 1995.

He has served as Team Leader, Mission Leader, and Lead Writer on Empowerment and Governance in projects funded by and conducted in partnership with foreign governments and international organizations, including being International Adviser on the National Capacity Self-Assessment Project of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Dr. Malayang is also active in the academe, teaching for 12 years graduate courses on Institutions and Environment, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Contemporary Issues in Environmental Science and Management. He is a Senior Fellow of the Development Academy of the Philippines and Fellow of the Strategic Studies Group of the National Defense College of the Philippines. At the University of the Philippines-Los BaƱos, he was Full Professor and Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management.

In the field of research, Dr. Malayang has authored several works covering Forest and Environmental Policy and Governance, Biodiversity, Environmental Security, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, and Institutional and Environmental Transformations in Southeast Asia.