Ambassador Delia Albert

Former Foreign Secretary of the Philippines
Senior Adviser, SGV & Co, Philippines

AMBASSADOR DELIA DOMINGO ALBERT is the first woman career diplomat to become Secretary (Minister) of Foreign Affairs in Asia. She represented the Philippines in Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Commonwealth of Australia.

She chaired the United Nations Security Council in 2004 and introduced the agenda “The Role of Civil Society in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding”.

She attended the University of the Philippines, the Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the Diplomatic Institute in Salzburg, Boston University Overseas in Bonn, the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, among others.

The Philippine Women’s University conferred on her Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa for building a gender-fair society and was awarded “Most Distinguished Alumna of the University of the Philippines in 2012.

For her meritorious and exceptional service to the country she was conferred the Order of Sikatuna rank of Datu and the title of “Bai-A-Rawatun sa Pilimpinas” for assisting Muslim women in their search for peace and development. She received the Knight’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit with Star (BundesVerdienstKreuz) from the Federal Republic of Germany for promoting bilateral as well as ASEAN-EU relations. In 2012, she received the lifetime award of Asian CEO Philippines. To celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2016, the Australian government awarded her for exceptional performance as former Ambassador to that country.

Ambassador Albert is a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin; the Asian Institute of Management; the Global Summit of Women; the Business and Professional Women Philippines (BPW-Makati chapter), Diwata Women in Resource Development and the Filipina CEO Circle.

Currently she is Senior Adviser to SGV & Co/Ernst & Young Philippines.