Jim Ayala

Manila, The Philippines

Jim is the founder of Hybrid Social Solutions, a pioneering social enterprise that is building a gridless solar electricity network to transform rural communities across the Philippines. Jim is also currently Director of First Gen, the leading clean and renewable energy company in the Philippines; Chairman of Healthway Medical, which operates close to 200 primary care and corporate clinics in the Philippines; Chairman of Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines; and a member of the National Advisory Board for the World Wildlife Fund of the Philippines, the country’s leader in marine conservation and environmental protection. In recognition of his work in social enterprise, Jim was conferred the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Social Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2012 awards.   

Before entering the social enterprise sphere full-time, Jim worked with Ayala Corporation, where he was: senior managing director and a member of the Executive Committee, President and CEO of Ayala Land, and a Trustee of Ayala Foundation.  Prior to joining Ayala, Jim was a Director of McKinsey & Company, the world’s leading top-management consulting firm, where he worked across 29 countries.  At McKinsey, he focused on development work in emerging markets.

Jim earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating with honors in 1988.He completed his undergraduate work in 1984 at Princeton University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics.