Commissioner Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe served as a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, where he contributed on formulating and analyzing policy reforms to the international trade system. He was also an Of Counsel at Ocampo Manalo Law Office.
His breadth of experience in trade regulation and economic law includes serving as a trade negotiator for the Philippines at the World Trade Organization from 1999 to 2005. He specialized in competition law and trade facilitation, among other economic policies, as a Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Trade and Integration and Facilitation.
During the 16th Congress, he served as the lead adviser to the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives on key economic legislation, which includes the Philippine Competition Act or R.A. 10667.
Commissioner Bernabe graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines, where he also subsequently finished his law degree. He pursued further studies as a Chevening Fellow in University of London, and at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney, Australia.