Sech Zabaleta
Executive Chairman, Group Chief Operating Officer & Chief Development Officer

Sech is the chief executive officer of the ACEN Global Development Group and member of the ACEN Executive Management Committee. He is also chief development officer of both ACEN and ACEIC, and serves as Chairman and/or President of ACEN’s development pipeline and land companies. Prior to joining ACEN, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bronzeoak Philippines, a pioneer and leader in clean technology energy development in the Philippines. Bronzeoak’s energy businesses were integrated into ACEN in early 2017. Sech has a Masters in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA and a BS Management Honors degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Jonathan Back
Director, Group Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan is the chief strategy officer of ACEN. He is a lawyer and banker with over 25 years of experience in the legal, investment banking, and private investment sectors with significant experience in equity capital markets, corporate finance, and in advising on large infrastructure, power, and telecom projects. Jonathan was previously a director and the executive chairman of BPI International Finance Ltd., the Hong Kong banking subsidiary of BPI and concurrently, co-head of Wealth Management and head of international businesses of BPI. He was also a director of Schools Relief Initiative Ltd., a Hong Kong based charity supporting education in Southern Sri Lanka. Previously, Jonathan served as an executive director in Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong (Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets) and managing director and head of Asian Equity Capital Markets in JP Morgan, Hong Kong. Jonathan holds a bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the University of Oxford, where he graduated with first class honors. He also received first class honors in the solicitors final exam.

Patrice Clausse
Director, Group Chief Investment Officer

Patrice Clausse is the chief executive officer of ACEN International. He joined Ayala Corporation in May 2010 as an advisor to the Strategy and Business Development team and became a founding member of the ACEN management in 2011, where he led the Business Development and Operations teams. Currently, he heads ACEN’s international business, with focus on Southeast Asia and Australia. Patrice is a member of the Board of Directors/Management and Advisory Committee of various ACEN International Projects. Prior to joining Ayala, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London as well as with Marakon Associates (part of Charles River Associates). Patrice holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholar. He also received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK.