Joey de Venecia

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Joey de Venecia
Born Jose Perez de Venecia III
(1963-08-10) August 10, 1963 (age 51)
Nationality Filipino
Other names JDV3
Occupation entrepreneur, secretary general of PDP-LABAN
Known for son of Jose de Venecia, Jr.
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Karen Batungbacal De Venecia

Jose "Joey" P. de Venecia III is the eldest son of Jose de Venecia, Jr., the Philippines' former five-term Speaker of Congress. He received much attention in the Philippines as a whistleblower related to the corruption scandal surrounding the ZTE broadband project.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1963. His mother is Victoria Perez, the daughter of Eugenio Pérez, who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1946 to 1953. He is the youngest of 4 children and his siblings are: Alexandra (Sandra), Leslie and Vivian. His parent's marriage ended in a divorce when Joey was six months old, and Perez now lives in Albany, New York.

Aside from being in telecommunications, he founded the first Third Party Contact Center in the Philippines in 1997 named Qinteraction. Since then, the Contact Center and Business Process Outsourcing Industry has created over 500,000 jobs as foreign investors have entered this market. We now have the likes of Accenture, Convergys, and Aegis PeopleSupport to name a few. The BPO Sector contributes about $USD 8bn to the Philippine Economy annually.

He was responsible for inviting and convincing the State Grid of China to participate in the privatization of our country's National Electricity Grid. Together with Goldman Sachs China, he participated in the preparation of the private sector bid and succeeded in the auction. This is the largest investment in the Philippine Energy Sector worth $USD 4bn.

Together with the Philippine Bank of Commerce, he established the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea in West Africa (Banco Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial). Equatorial Guinea is a small country with less than a million people but has one of the largest proven oil reserves in the African Continent.

He is Chairman of Castle Rock Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-registered financial advisory firm. He is on the Advisory Board of publicly listed firm, Basic Energy Corporation.

A firm believer in the saying, "God helps those who help themselves", Joey envisions a society that gives every Filipino the opportunity to help himself or herself through a working partnership between the private and public sectors. He also believes that through information technology (IT), the Philippines can achieve dramatic economic growth that will lift it out of third world status.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Karen Batungbacal De Venecia who graduated as a chemical engineer from University of Notre Dame, and had her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. Karen was formerly the Managing Director and Senior Country Operations Officer of JP Morgan Chase & Co. Currently the Executive General Manager of QBE's GSSC.

Educational Life[edit]

He graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a BS in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He was a full-time research scholar at the Fordham University Business School in New York City where he earned an MBA with a major in Finance. He also taught accounting to first year MBA Students.

Civic Work[edit]

From 2007 - 2008, he was Chairman of the Virlanie Foundation, a joint European and Philippine foundation that addresses the plight of street children in the country. Joey is also the Founder of CLICK (Computer sa Bawat Pamilya), a non-profit entity that advocates giving each Filipino family a computer.

Political life[edit]

He is the National Secretary-General of the PDP-LABAN Political Party (the party of the late former President Corazon C. Aquino and her husband, Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.). He is a member of the Makati Business Club; and, an organization which combats extreme poverty. He is a Rotarian and was cited in the publication Who's Who In the World in Telecommunications.


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  2. ^ Alejandrino, Jose (2009-10-30). The Journal of an Unknown Knight. Strategic Book Publishing. pp. 339–. ISBN 978-1-60860-745-7. Retrieved 3 July 2011.