Dr. Sison is a highly respected international economist and financial analyst with a wealth of experience in the planning, design, and evaluation of development projects across sectors, particularly agriculture, fisheries and coastal resource management, irrigation and integrated water resources management, and education and health. He also has experience in project development, financing, and management as well as in overall agricultural policy/planning and rural development.
Since 1983, he has completed more than 70 assignments, mostly with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in China, Brunei, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam. Of these assignments, he was involved as Team Leader/Economist as well as Economist/Financial Analyst in various technical assistance projects and donor agency missions (TA fact-finding, loan fact-finding and appraisal, project review and reformulation, completion review, project performance audit).
Prior to joining PRIMEX in 1994, Dr. Sison was an established international consultant and a member of the Faculty at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) from 1973–1995. While at UPLB, he held several administrative positions aside from fulfilling his teaching and research responsibilities. He served as Executive Director of the Center for Policy and Development Studies (CPDS), Associate Dean of the College of Economics and Management (CEM), and Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics.0
He was cited as CEM Most Valuable Staff in July 1987 for holding several administrative positions and for his accomplishments as a UPLB administrator, professor, and researcher. He was also honored by CEM, UPLB as one of its Outstanding Alumni in October 1994 for his extensive work in economic development
He also served as Consultant/Adviser to the Undersecretary for Agriculture, Department of Agriculture (DA) for Planning and Policy over the period 1988-1991. At the same time, he served as Program Coordinator/Manager of the Research and Training Program for Agricultural Policy (RTPAP), a USAID-funded project intended mainly for improving the in-house policy analysis capability of DA staff, which was implemented under the Accelerated Agricultural Production Program (AAPP) through CPDS and CEM. From 1992–1993, he served as Policy Analyst for the USAID-funded Natural Resources Management Program (NRMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In 1994, he served as Head of the Policy Analysis and Advocacy Office of the Agricultural Policy Research and Advocacy Program (APRAAP), funded by the USAID-funded Agribusiness Systems Assistance Program (ASAP), which was intended to strengthen the policy analysis capacity of DA staff and assist in policy analysis of issues related to agriculture.
Dr. Sison holds a Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and an MS in Agricultural Economics and a BS in Agriculture (major in Agribusiness) from UPLB. He was a Research Fellow of the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI)/ International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines from 1983–1987.