Alex B. Brillantes Jr. is a known political scientist, analyst, and expert in the fields of anti-corruption, comparative public administration, decentralization, development and underdevelopment, and the governance of institutions. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines and proceeded to take up his Masters at the same university, majoring in Public Administration. He took both his second Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii.
Accordingly, he has held positions in several governmental, academic, and professional organizations. He was the Dean of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman for two consecutive terms and a professor in the said department. He handles courses revolving around comparative development administration, administration of political development, administration and national development, theory and practice of public administration, and public comparative local politics and administration. He was also a visiting professor at Kobe University, a Visiting Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and a Guest Professor at Meiji University. In addition, Dr. Brillantes was a Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Director of the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Apart from his term as the Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council, he was also President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration, Secretary General of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, and Deputy Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA).
Furthermore, Dr. Brillantes has offered consultations on governance and development administration matters for various international bilateral and multilateral institutions, such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development, and has been deployed in different nations in the Asia-Pacific Region. He has garnered several awards for his research, including the International Publications Award from the University of the Philippines and the Centennial Achievement Award in the field of Public Service and Law Enforcement. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Public Administration.