Solita Collas-Monsod is a Professor at the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines. She is the convenor of the Philippine Human Development Network and was Chairman for 11 years. Her international involvement includes having been a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy (UNCDP) and the South Commission and serving Advisory Board of the South Centre in Geneva, Switzerland and of the Board of Trustees International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, D.C. She is frequently asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the UNDP Human Development Report. She served as Minister and later Secretary of the Socio-Economic Planning in the Philippine Government. She served as Vice-Chair of the Department of Agriculture Senior Scientist Advisory Committee and is currently Chair of the SEAMEO SEARCA Advisory Board. She is also currently a member of the high level task force on implementation of the right to development. She was given the Most Outstanding Alumna. Award for 2005 by the UP Alumni Association.
Mrs. Monsod also writes a weekly column for Business World and Philippine Daily Inquirer, and is co-host of “UNANG HIRIT”, an early morning TV show dealing with current socio-political and economic issues.