Prior to co-founding Ikhlas Capital, Cesar Purisima was the Secretary of Finance of the Philippines and the Chair of Economic Development Cluster of the President’s Cabinet from 2010 to 2016. He briefly served as Finance Secretary in 2005 and Trade and Industry Secretary from 2004 to 2005. Additionally, he was a member of the Monetary Board of the Philippines Central Bank, and the Governor for the Philippines at the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He served as Alternate Governor for the Philippines at the International Monetary Fund. Under his leadership, the Philippines received its first investment-grade ratings. He was named Finance Minister of the Year seven times in six consecutive years by a number of publications, a first for the Philippines.
Cesar Purisima is concurrently an Asia Fellow of Milken Institute, a global non-profit, non-partisan think tank. He currently serves on the boards of the AIA Group, De La Salle University, Ayala Land, Universal Robina Corporation, and the International School of Manila. He is a member of SMBC’s Global Advisory Council, and Singapore Management University’s International Advisory Council in the Philippines.
Prior to his stints in the government service, he was the Chairman & Country Managing Partner of the Philippines' largest professional services firm SGV & Co., and was a member of the Global Executive Board and Global Practice Council of Ernst & Young.