Alex B. Brillantes Jr.

Alex Bello Brillantes, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration, former Dean of the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines, and UP Scientist in 2020.

He serves as Secretary-General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA); chair of the Board of the School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) of Gawad Kalinga; member of the Board of Trustees of the Local Government Academy of the Department of Interior and Local Government; and member of the Board of Visitors of the Philippine Military Academy, and the Asian Group for Public Administration with its secretariat in Shanghai, China.

Brillantes  is a member of the board of management of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) based in Brussels as an Asia Region Member. Since 2018 to the present, he has been participating in the meetings of the  Committee of Experts of the United Nations (CEPA) in New York. He is an honorary member of the South Asian Network for Public Administration based in Bangladesh.

Dr Brillantes served as Dean of the University of the Philippines National College of Publci Administration and Governance (UPNCPAG) for two terms. He was the President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration for four terms, and President of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) where he was one of the its founding members in Tokyo, Japan. He also served as Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).

Professor Brillantes has written three books and published refereed articles several local and international journals and edited books. He has received the International Publications Award (IPA) from the University of the Philippines at least ten times he latest of which was in 2023.

Brillantes has had extensive hands-on experience in Government having been  seconded full time to government service for a total of ten years as the Executive Director of the Local Government Academy of Department of Interior and Local Government from 1993 to 1997, and Commissioner of Higher Education from 2013 to 2017.

Because of his background as an academic and practitioner in public administration and governance, he has been referred to as a “pracademic” during one of the panels where he presented a paper at the American Society of Public Administration in Washington DC.

He has also served as consultant for governance and institutional development for multilateral and bilateral institutions including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, USAID, CIDA, UNDP, EU, JICA, among others.

Among his awards are the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Innovative Public Administration Education,  the East West Center and East West Center Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award and Volunteer Service Award, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Tanglaw ng Bayan Award ; the University of the Philippines Baguio Alumni Association Centennial Achievement Award;  the Ship for Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Alumni Association Government Service Award ; the St Louis University Boys High 1972 alumni Lifetime Achievement Award; Outstanding alumnus of St Theresa’s College, Baguio City; the University of Northern Philippines Outstanding Ilocano Educator Award;  and the Insular Life Youth Award. He was recognized among the alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines who Responded to the Call to Service. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines awarded him a Doctor in Public Administration “Honoris Causa.”


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Master of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
  • B.A. Political Science, University of the Philippines


  • International Publications Award by the University of the Philippines (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006)
  • UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair (2008), his research “Harmonizing Objectives and Outcomes at the National and Sub-National Levels Through Citizen Engagement and Capacity Building”.
  • Centennial Achievement Award in the field of Public Service and Law Enforcement, U.P. Baguio Alumni Association (2008)