Rafa has over 12 years of experience supporting parliamentarians worldwide to advance environmental governance through his work with the environmental parliamentary association GLOBE, as part of the International Secretariat. He has led the formulation and delivery of numerous demand-driven, capacity-building interventions, from providing policy development capacity support to facilitating the exchange of best legislative practices, in collaboration with the national government agencies and civil society of the beneficiary countries, as well as with knowledge institutions such as the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.
He has worked on climate change mitigation and ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk-reduction, marine and terrestrial biodiversity governance including fisheries, forests and drylands, environmental economic accounting and the natural capital approach inter alia, and promoted policy coherence and convergence for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Rafa holds an MA in European Integration and Development from the Free University of Brussels - VUB and an MA in International Relations from the University Paris XI – John Hopkins Institute. He is also a chartered Project Manager Professional (PMP)®.