Cesar A. Buenaventura, O.B.E., is the Managing Partner of Buenaventura, Echauz and Partners (BEP) Financial Services, a financial advisory firm.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Master's degree in Civil Engineering majoring in Structures from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1954, as a Fulbright scholar.
After graduation from U.P. in 1950, he first work with David Consunji who had just started his construction business.
He started his career at Shell in 1956, rising to become the first Filipino CEO and Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in the Philippines in 1975 until his retirement in 1990. He stayed on as non-executive chairman until 1992 and currently remains a Director of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation.
He was appointed member of the Monetary Board of Central Bank of the Philippines representing the private sector in 1981 a position he held up to 1987.
He is founding chairman of the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc, and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Makati Business Club.
He was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines from 1987 to 1994, the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Management from 1994 to 2007, and President of Benigno Aquino S. Foundation from 1985 to 2010.
He is a recipient of many awards, among which are :
Most Distinguished Alumnus, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines in 1977
The Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines in 1985
Outstanding Professional in Engineering by the Professional Regulatory Commission in 1997
Outstanding Fulbrighter in the field of business by the Philippine Fulbright Association in 2008
Recipient of Centennial Award as one of the Top 100 Alumni Engineering Graduates
In 1991, Mr. Buenaventura was made Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Other Directorship/Position for the last 5 years up to present:
Chairman Maibarara Geothermal, Inc.
Vice Chairman DMCI Holdings, Inc.; AG&P Company of Manila; Montecito Properties, Inc.
Managing Partner Buenaventura, Echauz & Partners (BEP) Financial Services
Director Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation; Phil. American Life Insurance Co.;
Petro Energy Resources Corporation; Semirara Coal Company; Manila
International Airport Authority