Oliver is the founder and CEO of AVA Online Group, an e-commerce startup building the next generation of online brands for Asia and beyond.
Its first product is AVA.PH, a curated online boutique for premium brands and experiences. AVA helps creative enterprises reach an online savvy audience 24/7, without the traditional retail overhead. We celebrate Filipino creativity and hope to share the creative potential that the Philippines brings in design-driven markets. AVA is funded by Kickstart Ventures (the early stage venture fund of Globe Telecom), Hatchd Digital (the startup studio behind Rappler.com), and the Segovia Group.
Oliver also co-founded Metroheart Properties, a boutique real estate company that is currently developing a budget hotel in the Makati business district. He is also a board director at the Rotary Club of Makati and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Club of the Philippines.
Oliver holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the LeBarron-MacArthur-Ellis Fellowship. He co-authored “Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best & Brightest Young Business Leaders“, becoming the first Filipino writer to be published by Harvard Business Review Press, and among the youngest authors in the publisher’s stable. The book was positively reviewed by the Financial Times and Washington Post, among others, and was selected to the 2012 JP Morgan Summer Reading List.
For four years, Oliver was based in Singapore where he worked with Procter & Gamble Asia. In a regional marketing strategy role, he spent possibly the most interesting year of his life: selling Whisper feminine care pads. No, he didn’t have to test the product. Oliver also previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Actis, a private equity firm.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Oliver graduated with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he was an Asian debating champion and founding editor of the Ateneo Student Business Review. In 2005, he won 1st prize in the World Bank International Essay Competition for his work on an educational social venture.
Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Oliver is passionate about emerging markets, innovation, entrepreneurship, and brand building.