Dr. Francis Mark A. Quimba is a Research Fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and Director of Philippine APEC Study Center Network. He has worked on a number of research topics including agriculture, trade, and rural development. His current research interest is in innovation activity of local firms. He has participated in round table discussions on issues of trade, industrial development, innovation and e-commerce. He obtained his masters in International Development from the International University of Japan. He obtained another MA and his Ph.D. in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan.