Sec. Ramon M. Lopez, Filipino, 61 years old, was appointed as the Secretary for the Department of Trade and Industry on 30 June 2016.
Sec. Lopez began his career as a public servant working in the Presidential Management Staff Office (1981), the Department of Trade and Industry (1982 - 1989), and the National Economic Development Authority (1989 - 1993).
In 1994, Sec. Lopez established his career in the business sector, working for more than two decades as top executive of RFM Corporation until his appointment as DTI secretary in 2016.
While engaged with his private sector commitments, Sec. Lopez also launched GoNegosyo -- an advocacy group promoting trade and entrepreneurship to small and micro business owners, PWDs, out-of-school youth, and other marginalized sectors -- where he held the position of Executive Director for the past 11 years.
Sec. Lopez graduated in 1981 with a BA Economics degree from the University of the Philippines, and completed the graduate program for Development Economics at Williams College in Massachusetts, USA in 1988.