Cosette Canilao

President and CEO, Aboitiz InfraCapital

Cosette V. Canilao is the President and CEO of Aboitiz InfraCapital, the infrastructure arm of the Aboitiz Group, a conglomerate based in the Philippines. As head of the organization, she sets the overall direction for the company and its various business units. She spearheads business growth and strategy by building strong partnerships, as well as driving the development of projects.

Ms. Canilao has over 25 years of leadership experience in public-private partnerships (PPP), investment and corporate banking, crisis management and restructuring practice, and in the financial services industry. She has led the Philippines’ PPP program from 2010 till February 2016 where she played a key role in creating an enabling environment for private participation in infrastructure development through policy enhancements, process improvements, capacity development, and project pipeline building.

She has extensively participated in developing and promoting PPP frameworks and shared knowledge with other countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Tanzania. It is because of these efforts that her former organization has achieved numerous recognitions globally such as the Gold Award for Best Central PPP Government Promoter Awards 2014, PPP Agency of the Year Award 2015, and Most Improved in Asia Pacific for PPP Readiness.

A graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas, Ms. Canilao took up her MS in Finance from the University of the Philippines – Diliman, and has attended executive education programs at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Saïd Business School.