Judith Duavit Vazquez is an acknowledged visionary and power-mover in Philippine ICT. She is an awardee of the “ICT Executive of the Year” by the Philippine Cyber Press, and owns moniker “God Mother of the Philippine Internet”.

In 1989, the Central Business District of Makati City was bereft of telephones. Judith, then 27 years old, in participation with telecommunications giant Philippines Long Distance Company (PLDT) led and financed the laying of the nation’s first fiber. This project evolved into the PLDT Ethernet loop that travelled down the triangular path of Ayala Avenue, Buendia Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, delivering a plethora of telephones and communication lines to the revolution-battered Business Sector.

Heartened by a vision that “The Sun Never Sets at The Peak”- Judith embarked to break the 7-story height restriction of Ayala Corporation with the construction of The Peak Tower. Trapped in a legal battle with the oldest business house, she cited need for a review of Ayala’s 40-year old restrictions and dreamed of the rich potential of economic expansion should new space be created.

Miraculously and against all odds, The Peak Tower opened its doors in January 17, 1994 – a 45-storey 24×7 ICT-compliant environment that hosted the first remote switching unit of PLDT, a one-hop to the international gateway, and largest neutral telecommunications tower in Makati City. Its unique infrastructure was, and is, platform to the visionary Internet Banking Data Center of Unionbank, the first commercial ISP – Mosaic Communications, and the first call center – Asia Premier One Source.

Judith then founded PHCOLO Inc. – a premier co-location and fiber cross-connection site of carriers and communication service providers in TCP/IP-based technologies. It is an AJA ISO-certified facility with a historical 14-year uptime record of 99.99999%.

Judith was born in 1962. She was raised in an environment of independent governance made complex by Martial Law. She is granddaughter of Sen. Jose J. Roy, eldest and only daughter of Gilberto M. Duavit of GMA Network Inc. – the nation’s most valuable media company in market capitalization- distinguished by its News and Public Affairs. Since 1984, she has graced the GMA Network board and key subsidiaries, and is a member of its Audit, Risk Management and Compensation & Remuneration Committees.

Her philanthropy is entrepreneurship focused: donor of the Asian Institute of Management Professorial Chair for Entrepreneurship, and a benefactor of the University of the Philippines School of Economics. When her schedule permits, Judith runs a popular Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at the University of the Philippines – College of Business Administration.

In 2011, Judith was elected to the Board of Directors of the INTERNET CORPORATION FOR ASSIGNED NAMES and NUMBERS (ICANN). ICANN is the multi-stakeholder non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the 3 unique IP identifiers that make the Global Internet possible: domain names, public IP addresses, and IP Port assignments. It administers the sensitive IANA function of the Domain Name Root Servers System. ICANN develops policy under the ‘Bottom-Up’ governance model.

Judith is the first Female Asian elected to this august board. She has opted against a second term to activate ‘From Bottom-Up’. During her 3-year term at ICANN Board, she served the Audit, Risk Management and Structural Improvements Committees.

She wonders what tomorrow brings.

Formal Education

University of the Philippines (B.S. Business Economics)
Harvard Business School
Asian Institute of Management
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Affiliations

  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)
  • Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Clinton Global Initiatives Foundation (CGI)
  • Young Presidents’ Organization – World Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO)
  • International Women’s Forum
  • Management Association of the Philippines
  • Harvard Alumni Association