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Maria Lourdes A. Arcenas

Director Arcenas is a clinical psychologist by profession. Her expertise is in resiliency strengthening and competence-building. She was appointed to the DBP Board on 28 November 2016.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Scholastica’s College graduating Cum Laude and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Director Arcenas was a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship at Stanford University where she received a Master of Arts degree in International Development Education. She also received her accreditation certificates in Partnerships Brokering for Sustainable Development from Deakins University in Australia and in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

Her extensive career experience includes psycho-diagnostics, human resources management, crisis communication, team building, and resource governance, among others.

Currently, she serves as senior adviser on Corporate Social Responsibility to local and international corporations in the mining, power, forestry and infrastructure sectors. She is a founding trustee of the non-profit Mothers for Peace Social Enterprises Inc. and chairperson emerita of the Women Institute for Social Entrepreneurship Inc. that provides women in peace-building roles with opportunities on capacity building for sustainable livelihoods. In her capacity as a director of DBP, she likewise serves as a director of DBP Service Corporation and Al Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines.