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MANAGEMENT TEAM

  

AIRA GASPAR, CFA

President and Chief Executive Officer / Director

Aira Gaspar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). She is responsible for the strategic management and operations of the Company to deliver sustainable growth for its asset management franchise. 

Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of MAMTC, Ms. Gaspar was the Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Philippines, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of overall investment strategies for the Philippine-based investment portfolios of Manulife.

Previously, she was with SGV & Co ("SGV"), a member firm of Ernst & Young Global, where she provided assurance services to a range of institutions with specific emphasis on firms engaged in the business of life insurance, manufacturing and utility services. 

Ms. Gaspar graduated with distinction from the Philippine School of Business Administration with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Accounting.  She is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant.

  

 

MARK ALAN CANIZARES
Head of Equities

Mark Canizares is  Head of Equities of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). He  is responsible for the management and investment performance of equity portfolios. 

Prior to joining MAMTC, he was the Head of Equities of Manulife Philippines. He also spent five years as Head of Equities of Manulife Asset Management Vietnam (MAMV), where he built the equity desk and equity performance track record of MAMV. He was instrumental in launching the first on-shore listed pure equity fund in Vietnam, which consequently won MAMV its first regional award given by “Asia Asset Management” magazine. He was a senior equity analyst at Citisecurities where he covered Philippine stocks and helped spearhead the development of its research product covering Hong Kong-listed equities. 

Mr. Canizares holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Management and Business Law and a Minor in Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University.

  

 

JEAN OLIVIA DE CASTRO
Head of Fixed Income

Jean De Castro is Head of the Fixed Income of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). She is responsible for the management and investment performance of fixed income portfolios.

Prior to joining MAMTC, she was AVP and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager of Manulife Philippines. She has more than 16 years of work experience in the asset management industry. Previously, she was with BDO Trust and Investments Group and Deutsche Bank AG Manila Trust Department, managing the portfolios of retirement funds, pre-need, insurance and other corporate funds.  

Ms. De Castro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Development Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University.

  

 

ZEDRIC MATUBIS
Head of Sales

Zedric Matubis is Head of Sales of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC).  He is responsible for building a strong wholesale and product specialist team to support key strategic distribution partners and channels. 

Prior to joining MAMTC, he was Vice President of Manulife Philippines, where he helped conceptualize retail and institutional distribution strategies for  wealth products. He has more than twenty years of experience in retail banking and wealth management. He was Vice President and Head of Retail Sales of Philam Asset Management.  He also worked for Philippine National Bank as a Senior Assistant Vice President and Area Head for key business districts, and as Assistant Vice President and Head of Business Development for the Retail Banking group of Citibank, NA.  

Mr. Matubis is a Chartered Wealth Manager, a Registered Financial Planner, an SEC-Certified Fixed Income Salesman and an SEC-Certified Investment Solicitor. He was a scholar of the Philippine Science High School.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where he was a Department of Science and Technology scholar, graduating magna cum laude.

  

 

GERLIE AMAN
Treasurer and Head of Operations

Gerlie Aman is the Treasurer and Head of Operations of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). She is responsible for the effective and transparent management of the financial affairs and records of the Company in accordance with  relevant rules and regulations and accounting standards. 

Prior to joining MAMTC, she was the Head of Investment Operations and Accounting of Manulife Philippines, where she maintained efficient and effective internal control framework for investment operations.  She has more than 20 years of experience in trust operations having worked as the Accounting and Reports Division Head of BDO Private Bank - Wealth Advisory and Trust Group and Deputy Operations Head of Deutsche Bank Trust Department. 

Ms. Aman holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, major in Accounting from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

  

 

STANLEY RAYMUND CABRERA V, CFA, FRM
Risk Officer

Stanley Raymund V. Cabrera V is the Risk Officer of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). He is responsible for maintaining the Company’s risk management framework, balancing all stakeholder needs and interests, and ensuring that the risk management framework is efficient, practical and consistent with the Enterprise Risk Policy of the Manulife Group while remaining compliant with regulatory requirements.

Before joining MAMTC, he was the Investments Risk Officer of Manulife Philippines, where he worked on strengthening the risk management framework for investment operations.  He also held various risk positions, as well as investment roles at BDO Private Bank, where he helped develop and formalize the risk management framework of the bank’s trust business.

Mr. Cabrera graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy in 2002.  He is also a graduate of the U.P. College of Law and completed his Juris Doctor in 2012.  He is a CFA charterholder, a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a Certified Public Accountant.

  Atty Apolonia Juan II

 

APOLONIO JUAN II, LLB, RFC
Head of Compliance

Apolonio C. Juan II is the Head of Compliance of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). He is responsible for identifying, documenting and assessing the compliance risks associated with the Company’s fiduciary and investment management activities and providing compliance guidance and actionable advice that meets regulatory requirements and balances risk mitigations and business objectives. As the concurrent AML Officer, he is responsible for the effective implementation of the Company’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Program (MTPP) in accordance with regulations issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Before joining MAMTC, he was Senior Assistant Vice President and the Deputy Head of Compliance & AML of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company’s Cards and Personal Credit Sector where he helped develop and strengthen its compliance and AML frameworks. He also worked for BDO Private Bank, Inc. as the Legal and Compliance Officer of its Wealth Advisory and Trust Group.

He is member and Officer since 2014 of the Anti-Money Laundering Officers (AMLO) subgroup of the Association of Bank Compliance Officers of the Philippines (ABCOMP) and he was part of the initial and final drafting of the first National Risk Assessment (NRA) for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing of the Philippines, as spearheaded by the AMLC and the World Bank.

He is a lawyer and a member of the Philippine Bar since 2005, and is a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), graduating with Distinction from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC).

Atty. Juan took his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the East-Manila and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree major in Political Science from De La Salle University-Manila.

PAUL JEFFREY LU

 

PAUL JEFFREY LU, CFA
Head of Wealth Solutions

Paul Lu is the Head of Wealth Solutions of Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC). He is responsible for the development of new products and collaboration across the organization to identify opportunities and enhancements that will strengthen distribution potential across different channels. He is also responsible for all offshore feeder funds, including the management of cash flows and speaking for those strategies in support of distribution.

Prior to joining MAMTC, he held various roles as portfolio manager and equity analyst of Manulife Philippines. He was also an equity analyst at COL Financial Group (formerly CitisecOnline.com, Inc.). During his tenure, he helped expand the firm’s research coverage in the consumer and utilities sectors.

Paul holds a Bachelors degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a CFA charterholder.