Prof. Victor Andres “Dindo” C. Manhit is the Founder and Managing Director of the Stratbase Group, a research and strategic advisory consultancy firm, and President of its policy think-tank, Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi).
Since 2004, he has identified investment and business opportunities, gathered critical intelligence to overcome regulatory challenges, and developed deep relationships in key departments and agencies. With his extensive experience, he helps Stratbase clients understand the interplay between business and government, and the impact of legislative, regulatory, and electoral outcomes on their business strategies. He also provides top-level strategic analysis and thought leadership on global issues in the Philippines.
Concurrently, he is also Philippine Country Head of BowerGroupAsia (BGA), a strategic advisory firm that specializes in the Asia-Pacific, advising companies on their legislative and regulatory engagement, and strategic communications posturing.
He was a former Chair and retired Associate Professor of the Political Science Department of De La Salle University-Manila. He has authored numerous commentaries and papers on geopolitical issues, governance, and political reforms.
He obtained his master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Philippine Studies, Major in Political Science and History, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. A member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honors’ Society Beta Chapter, he specializes in Strategic Studies and Management, Legislative Research, and Public Policy Analysis.
His research interest and field of specialization had led him to pursue active involvement in legislation, bureaucratic work, and civil society advocacy. Among the government positions he held include Undersecretary for External Affairs and Special Concerns of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and Deputy Secretary for Administration and Financial Services of the Philippine Senate. Meanwhile, his legislative experience encompasses the 8th, the 9th, 10th and the 12th Congress as the Chief of Staff of the late Former Senate President Edgardo Angara and senior policy research adviser in key senate committees, such as Education, Agriculture, Economic Affairs, Social Justice and Electoral Reforms, and Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Laws. Since 1987, he has been involved in all national elections in different capacities, from policy consultancy to campaign strategy.
After his stint in government, he became involved with many different consortiums and networks of civil society groups—as Lead Convenor of citizen-led initiative, Democracy Watch Philippines, and Convenor of pro-industry group, Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST).
He is also a Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), a public advocacy organization dedicated to advancing economic and political liberty and other market oriented reforms and is a Regular Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a non-stock, not- for-profit organization dedicated to the professionalization of Philippine corporate directorship. He is an active member of its Strategy Execution Pathway (StEP) Committee.