Dexter Galban, MD

General Practitioner

Expert's Profile

Commissioner Dexter Acosta Galban earned his Doctor of Medicine and Master in Business Administration (MD-MBA) double degree from the Ateneo de Manila University after completing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of the Philippines Manila. Certified for Leadership and Management in Health by the University of Washington, he is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Management from the Ateneo de Manila University.

As a public servant in government, he serves as Commissioner of the Commission on Population & Development (POPCOM) under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). In the private sector, he leads both Alaga Health Inc. and Experto PlayLabs International Consultancy as Chief Executive Officer and Founder.  He also shares his expertise as the national adviser, mentor, and/or consultant of several national and international NGOs, civil society groups, and patient networks.

Credentials & Highlights


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    University of the Philippines - Manila

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

    Ateneo de Manila University

  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)

    Ateneo de Manila University

  • Master in Public Management (MPM) - current

    Ateneo de Manila University

  • Leadership and Management in Health

    University of Washington

  • Risk Assessment and Management

    University of Cincinnati Risk Science Center


  • Commissioner & Board Member

    Commission on Population & Development - National Economic & Development Authority (POPCOM-NEDA)

  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder

    Alaga Health Inc.

  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder

    Experto PlayLabs International Consultancy Inc.

  • International Digital Health Solutions Expert

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Global Panel Member

    Restless Development & Project Everyone

  • Consultation Pool

    Governing Health Futures 2030 - The Lancet & The Financial Times

  • Research Consultant

    Health Care Without Harm - Asia

  • Board Member & Governance Committee Member

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Alpha Alpha Phi

  • COVID-19 Project Management Team Member

    United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Philippines

  • Technical Working Group Member

    United Nations Population Fund Philippines

  • Vice President (Branding & Communications | Marketing & Finance)

    IPG Training Institute for Professional Advancement

  • Mentor

    makesense Philippines & PhilDev Foundation

  • National Adviser / Advisory Board Member / Consultant

    Junior Achievement Philippines, GoodGov PH, One for Nursing Empowerment - Philippines, Healthy Philippines Alliance, Kabataang Lingkod Bayan ng Pilipinas, Youth Advocates for the Philippines, International Youth Council Pilipinas

  • Clinical Internship

    The Medical City and Ospital ng Makati


  • Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare - Top 100 Leaders (2022) Health 2.0 Conference (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

  • Man of the Year - Outstanding Public Servant & Business Innovator (2021) Asia-Pacific Luminare Awards

  • Best Business Pitch (2021) Philippine Startup Week

  • Solidarity & Leadership Award (2020) United Nations Development Programme & 2030 Youth Force Asia-Pacific

  • Global Research Presenter (2019) 5th Green Hospitals Asian Conference

  • The Force Recognition for Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador (2019) 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines

  • Champion for Health (2018) The 2030 Project / The Lead Project

  • Registered Business Professional - RBP (2017) Chartered Association of Marketing & Business Professionals

  • Top 5 Future Professionals (2016) United States State Department - Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

  • Leadership Award (2016) Junior Achievement Philippines & Junior Achievement Worldwide

  • Fellow of the Royal Institute of Nursing - FRIN (2015) Royal Institute of Singapore

  • Best Oral Presenter (2014) 17th East Asian Forum for Nursing Scholars / 2nd Shanghai International Nursing Conference (SINC)

  • Inductee (2014) University of the Philippines Honor Society of Nursing / Siga Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing