Jaime Aristotle Alip, Founder and Managing Director, CARD MRI
Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip is the Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), the Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service in 2008. Started in 1986, CARD MRI is a group of mutually reinforcing institutions serving 2.8 million poor families. Its microinsurance arm, CARD Mutual Benefit Association (CARD MBA), insures more than 11.2 million individuals representing 20% of all insured Filipinos. In addition, Dr Alip brought to other Southeast Asian countries CARD’s model of poverty eradication by establishing its presence in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia.
Dr Alip was awarded the Order of Friendship Award for his more than two decades of work in Vietnam in the field poverty eradication. He also received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2006. He served for six years as member of the International Board of Directors of Oikocredit from 2008 to 2014, and is currently the Chairman of the ICMIF Development Board Committee.
Dr. Alip is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed the 3-year Owner/President Management (OPM) Program in 2007 and was given the Excellence Award on Strategy. He obtained his doctorate degree in Organization Development from the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI), Philippines, in 2002.