DPCC Summit 2018 Speakers

Reynaldo Lugtu Jr

President and CEO, Hungry Workhorse Consultancy

Topic – Cloud Computing and Data Privacy adoption in the Philippines


Rey Lugtu is a digital transformation thought & action leader, a sought-after public speaker and trainer, and an accomplished educator and business columnist.  He is the President of Hungry Workhorse, a digital and culture transformation consultancy firm, and Co-Founder of Caucus Inc, a data privacy advisory firm He has engaged with several companies and organizations on digital transformation and innovation, helping them in strategy and execution.

He is also the chairman, independent director, co-founder, and adviser of several startup and tech companies. He previously held senior executive roles in Microsoft, Samsung, Globe Telecom, Emerson, and IBM.  He is the Chairman of ICT Committee of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Vice Chairman of ICT Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

He is Professorial Lecturer in the MBA program of De La Salle University, where he has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches strategic management; and was Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Management where he taught Digital Transformation.

He is a business columnist and writer for Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, and Business World. He has written several articles on digital transformation, 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology and culture.

He earned his MBA from DLSU where he is also finishing his doctorate. He finished courses in business from INSEAD-Wharton University of Pennsylvania, China Europe International Business School, and Helsinki School of Economics.

Pebbles Sy-Manalang

SVP & Chief Information Officer, Globe Telecom, Inc.

Topic – Globe’s Digital Journey through its Cloud transformation program

Pebbles has been Globe’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2015, leading it’s IT transformation initiatives at scale. She has been with the company for 16 years, and is instrumental in many of its successes including: the adoption of cloud-first policy, making Globe one of the largest consumers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the region; completion of key digitization initiatives; and the standardization of the product design and delivery process. In her previous role as Product Management head, the division evolved into an enterprise resource, driving improved organizational synergy.

She has more than 20+ years of experience in Information Technology and Telecommunications industry, with core expertise in change management, project management, platform management, as well as software and product development. Prior to Globe, she led the software business of Sun Microsystems in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with specialization in Information Technology from De La Salle University, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Eliseo M. Rio, Jr.

Acting Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology

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BGen. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. was appointed as Acting Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) dated 10 May 2018. His office is in charge with the formulation of policies, planning, and programming of Cybersecurity and Emergency Communications and the implementation of strategic programs and projects, and regional operations. He also holds a supervisory role of the Cybercrime Investigation Coordination Center (CICC), the National Privacy Commission (NPC), and the COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC), as well as overseeing duties regarding the participation of the DICT in the activities of the NDRRMC.

He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer (ECE) and was one of the top notches (4th place) in ECE Licensure Examination conducted in 1971.

He served the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and is now a retired Brigadier General. He held various positions in the AFP Research and Development Center (AFPRDC) from September 1968 to April 1969. USec. Rio was assigned with Communication Company, 4th Inf Division, in Mindanao from 16 October 1969 to May 1971.

He was selected as the “Most Outstanding Professional in the Field of Electronics and Communication for the Year 2002” by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Undersecretary Rio was a former Commissioner at the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).  One of his significant accomplishments in NTC was paved the way to the proliferation of Call Centers and BPO’s, now one of the country’s biggest dollar earners, by enacting in year 2002, NTC MC 08-07-2002:- Rules And Regulations Authorizing Entities Other Than Public Telecommunications Entities To Install And Operate Public Calling Stations/Offices and Telecenters.