Dr. La Viña is an educator, lawyer and advocate of environmental and human rights issues. He is the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government in the Philippines and simultaneously serves on the board of national and international organizations on the environment and social entrepreneurship. Prior to this, he worked for eight years at the World Resources Institute based in Washington, D.C. From 1996 to 1998, Dean Tony was appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines. He is a leading expert on climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental law with dozens of published books, articles and papers.
Dean Tony obtained his Masters (LLM) and Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School. His Bachelor of Laws is from the University of the Philippines and his undergraduate degree in A.B. Philosophy is from the Ateneo de Manila University.