Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV

Senate Office: Rm. 510 & 5 (New Wing 5/F)
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Diokno Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552 6601 local nos. 6512 / 8623
Direct Line: (632) 552-6747
Telefax No: (632) 552 6601 local no. 6518

Social Media Accounts:
Twitter: @bamaquino
Instagram: @bamaquino, @teambamaquino


Senator Bam Aquino is the youngest senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. A multi-awarded youth leader and social entrepreneur before being elected into the Senate, Senator Aquino is also the Philippines’s first social entrepreneur-senator.

The gentleman from Concepcion, Tarlac graduated with summa cum laude honors from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1999, with a degree in Management Engineering. He was also the class valedictorian and student council president.

In 2003, Bam became the youngest head of a government agency when, at 25, he was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Youth Commission, the primary national policy-making body for Filipino youth.

After his stint in government service, Bam co-founded the social enterprise The Hapinoy Program, which has since received global awards for its program that helps lift poor Filipinos out of poverty through micro-finance and micro-enterprise support. In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship to the Executive Education Program on Public Policy and Leadership of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Bam has dedicated his entire career to empowering the youth and the poor, helping thousands of Filipinos improve their lives through access to opportunities and crucial support systems.

Because of his work, Bam has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2010, one of the Asian Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012.

He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship and the Senate Committee on Youth.



SENATOR, Senate of the Republic of the Philippines
(July 2013 - present)
Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship
Chairman, Senate Committee on Youth

PRESIDENT, MicroVentures Foundation
(April 2012 – May 2013)

PRESIDENT, MicroVentures Incorporated
(June 2007 – April 2012)
Microventures, Inc. is a social enterprise that engages in poverty alleviation through business development for the poor. It currently runs the internationally awarded Hapinoy Program with thousands of women micro entrepreneur members in the Philippine countryside.

(March 2006 – February 2013)
The TAYO Foundation oversees the yearly search for the most outstanding youth organizations in the Philippines.

HOST, Start-Up, ABS-CBN News Channel
(November 2008 – August 2009)
Start-Up is a show for budding entrepreneurs on the Philippines' premier news channel.

EDITOR, Young Southeast Asia
Young Southeast Asia is the ASEAN's 40th Anniversary book that focuses on young achievers in the region. (Published December 2007)

PRESIDENT, Megamobile, Inc.
(September 2006 – February 2008)
Megamobile, Inc. is a mobile solutions provider for small and medium enterprises.

MANAGING DIRECTOR, Microventures, Inc.
(January 2007 – May 2007)

National Youth Commission
(February 2003 – February 2006)

COMMISSIONER-AT-LARGE, National Youth Commission
(May 2001 – January 2003)
The National Youth Commission is the chief youth policy-making arm of the Philippine government.

HOST, SME Go! Powered by GoNegosyo, GMA News TV
SME Go! is a television show that features stories of inspiring and successful small and medium entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

HOST, Yspeak, Studio 23, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network
(July 2006 – February 2007)
Yspeak is a youth-oriented debate show on national television.

HOST, Breakfast, Studio 23, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network
(April 2001 – July 2006)
Breakfast at Studio 23 is a youth-oriented morning talk show on national television.

(May 1999 to May 2000)
Was involved with rehabilitation centers for abused and neglected children, disaster management and relief operations, and volunteer recruitment


Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Executive Education Program on Public Policy and Leadership
(December 2008)

Ateneo de Manila Law School
(SY 2000 - 2001)

Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering,
(1995 - 1999)
Graduated class valedictorian with summa cum laude honors

Ateneo de Manila High School
(1991 - 1995)
Graduated class valedictorian with first honors

Ateneo de Manila Grade School
(1983 - 1991)
Delivered valedictory speech and graduated with first honors


Panelist, “Changing the Game: Innovating Smartly in Organizations and Systems”; Panelist, “Cracking the Emerging Market Code”
World Economic Forum (2014)
Davos, Switzerland

Manila 40 Under 40 Global Development Leader, 2013
Awarded by Devex

Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Awardee, 2012
Awarded by theJunior Chamber International

Panelist, “Learning from the Frontier”, 2012
World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland

Social Entrepreneur of the Year Co-Awardee, 2011
Asia Category
Awarded by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs

Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines, 2010
Social Enterprise and Community Development Category
Awarded by the Philippine Jaycees

Co-Finalist, Ernst and Young, 2010
Entrepreneur of the Year

PLDT Bossing Co-Awardee, 2010
Retail Financing Category Awarded by PLDT

GoNegosyo Inspiring Young Entrepreneur, 2010
Awarded by GoNegosyo

Member of the Board, Coca-Cola Foundation
(September 2007 - May 2013)

Member of the Board, Rags2Riches, Inc.
(September 2007 - May 2013)

Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, Canada
(June 2006 - present)
A distinction awarded by the World Economic Forum to young achievers from different countries

Member, Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Forum, Hong Kong, China
(February 2006 - present)
A forum on various topics affecting the region, composed of young leaders from Asia and the United States

Member of the Board of Trustees, Venture for Fund Raising
(2002 - May 2013)
A Manila-based non-profit engaged in capability and resource-building education for NGOs in the Asian region

Ambassador, Haribon Foundation
(March 2004 to 2006)

Chairman, ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth
Manila, Philippines (August 2003)

Spokesperson, The Children's Hour
(2002 to 2004)
An initiative to raise resources for poor children through personal and institutional donations

President, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral
University student council of the Ateneo de Manila University
(1998 - 1999)

Jose Rizal Most Outstanding Model Student of the Philippines (1999)

Merit Top Ten College Co-eds (1999)

Founding Member and Constitutional Chairman,
National Union of Catholic Student Councils
An association of student councils and governments of various Catholic universities and colleges in the Philippines (October 1998)



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