Experts << Back
Home > Experts > Salvador Buban

Policy Fellow

Salvador Buban

Policy Fellow

Salvador 'Badz' M. Buban is a trade expert with more than 20 years of experience in trade policy formulation and trade negotiations, particularly with respect to multilateral (WTO) and regional (ASEAN, ASEAN Plus FTAs and APEC) in the areas of market access for trade in goods, SPS, TBT, rules of origin, customs procedures and trade facilitation, FTA implementation, capacity building and regional integration.

Badz held senior roles at the Department of Trade and Industry, including leading FTA negotiations and multilateral trade negotiations and engaging with industry to inform on trade policy. He also chaired various working groups and sub-working groups responsible in formulating Philippine position on the various engagements, including FTA negotiations.

As Senior Officer at the ASEAN Secretariat, he provided support to the Committee Chairs and ASEAN Economic Ministers in the areas of trade in goods, customs and trade facilitation matters and ASEAN Single Window, by drafting policy and discussion papers, as well as recommending options to facilitate decision-making. He facilitated and participated in discussions and negotiations under the ASEAN and ASEAN Plus FTAs.

He also served as Trade Facilitation Advisor of the USAID Trade Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project and provided technical assistance to government agencies in areas of trade policy, customs procedures and trade facilitation.

Badz earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Masters in Social Development from the Ateneo de Manila University, and Diploma on Trade Policy from the WTO.


  • Government policy
  • International trade (policy formulation and trade relations)
  • Trade negotiations (market access/trade facilitation, including tariffs, SPS and TBT, rules of origin and customs procedures)
  • Free Trade Agreement implementation and capacity building
  • Regional economic integration (primarily focused on ASEAN and ASEAN dialogue partners)


Jan - Mar 2004

Diploma, WTO Trade Policy Course
World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland


Master of Science in Social Development
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines


Bachelor of Arts in Communication (major in Broadcast Communication)
University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines



Jan 2018 - to presentPolicy Fellow, Policy Design Department
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

2014 - 2017

Trade Facilitation Advisor
USAID – Trade Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project

2010 - 2014

Senior Officer (Trade Facilitation),
Trade Facilitation Division, Market Integration Directorate
The ASEAN Secretariat

2006 - 2010

Senior Officer (Trade in Goods and Rules of Origin)
External Economic Relations Division, Market Integration Directorate, 
The ASEAN Secretariat

2005 - 2006

Associate Officer, FTA Cluster
Bureau for Economic Integration and Finance
The ASEAN Secretariat 

1996 - 2005

Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist
Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

1994 - 1996

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA)

1990 - 1992

Junior Programme Officer for the Popularization Programme
Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA)

Relevant Workshops/Training

Oct 2011

New Issues in Trade Policy: Challenges and Responses from Asia
Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines

May 2003

WTO Seminar on Trade Facilitation
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Feb - Mar 2002

Trade and Environment (AusAID)
Melbourne, Australia

May 2000

Harmonization Work Programme for Non-Preferential Rules of Origin (WCO)
Brussels, Belgium

<< Back

Loading Loading