Atty. Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. was appointed Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on December 31, 2015.
From 1991-1994, Mr. Cristobal served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Thereafter, he established his own law practice, taught politics and governance at the Ateneo School of Government, and served as adviser to heads of different government agencies.
In 2001, Mr. Cristobal was appointed Undersecretary for Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation, and was also designated Supervising Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff of the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. From 2005-2009, he served as Director General of the Intellectual Property Office.
In August 2010, Mr. Cristobal was appointed DTI Undersecretary for International Trade, responsible for the Philippines international trade policy and negotiations, including export promotions. In 2012, he was named Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy and concurrent Vice Chairman and Managing Head of the Board of Investments.
Mr. Cristobal obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A. and his Juris Doctor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.