Rev. Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ

Rev. Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ is a Jesuit priest, scientist, environmentalist, and the current President of the Ateneo de Manila University.

In 1980, he graduated Valedictorian with a Degree in Physics from the same University.  He subsequently obtained his Master’s Degree in Physics from Marquette University in Wisconsin, USA in 1987 and a Doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA in 1997.

His work in global warming and climate change has won him international and local acclaim: Global Change Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology; Best Graduate Student research Award; National Outstanding Young Scientist, National Academy of Science and Technology; Outstanding book award for Disturbing Climate; and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He is an active member of several local and international environment and climate committees, among which include the UN Convention on Climate Change Group of Expert Lead Reviewers for Greenhouse Gas Inventories and the UN Consultative Group of Experts for Developing Countries.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippine Government.