Emil Fernandez is a career diplomat of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Republic of the Philippines. He entered the DFA as a Foreign Service Officer in 1998.
In October 2021, he was appointed as Consul General in Honolulu, overseeing the provision of consular services, engagement with U.S. INDOPACOM, and the further strengthening of economic and cultural ties between the Philippines and the State of Hawaii and the U.S. territory of American Samoa, among other responsibilities.
Prior to his assumption, Mr. Fernandez served as Deputy Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany. His other foreign assignments included Washington, D.C. (2010 to 2016), Santiago, Chile (2005 to 2008) and Caracas, Venezuela (2002 to 2005).
At the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, Mr. Fernandez occupied several important positions, including Executive Director of the Office of Asian & Pacific Affairs (2016 to 2018), Director for Southern Europe of the Office of European Affairs (2009 to 2010), Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations (2008 to 2009) and Acting Director of the Office of ASEAN Affairs (1999 to 2001).
Mr. Fernandez graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Economics. He has also completed post-graduate courses in Commercial and Trade Diplomacy, International Relations, and International Trade Law and Policy.