Rico is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of xchange, an impact-first social enterprise incubator in the Philippines, investing in high potential early-stage social enterprises, while providing full-time mentorship to help them grow and achieve scale.
Rico began his career as a philosophy teacher at the Ateneo de Manila University, before becoming a research analyst at Asia Equity, the first foreign-owned investment house in the Philippines. Subsequently, Rico moved to Hong Kong to work at JP Morgan and then at Cazenove, leading a team of analysts to cover financial services companies across Asia. In 2003, Rico returned to the Philippines, and, together with his wife and partners, ran Information Gateway, a pioneering mobile content company that grew to become one of the largest players in the space. Here he gained much practical experience around running and scaling enterprises. In 2009, Rico began to focus his efforts on building the social enterprise sector in the Philippines, and in 2011, founded xchange together with his wife. Rico holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.