Atty. Rafael Villanueva is a lawyer and consultant with over seven (7) years experience. Much of his career focused on alternative dispute resolution. He has been involved with the Philippine Government in various positions, the most recent of which was as a Director for Public Information and Promotions at the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution — an office attached to the Philippine Department of Justice, which aims to promote the use of non-litigious forms of resolving conflicts. He was also a committee member for the revision of his country's criminal code, and a part of a presidential committee promoting civil and political rights. He trained at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, and is an alumni of the US State Department's International Visitor's Leadership Program. Both experiences gave him a unique exposure to the international justice system and the international commercial arbitration scene. Among his other interests are renewable energy development, construction and finance. He holds a business administration degree from the University of the Philippines, and a law degree from San Beda College.