Diego has over fifteen years of experience in the agribusiness and biodiversity conservation. During his career he has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including local farmers, governments, private sector, NGOs, and other international organisations. He is an experienced project manager, researcher and writer. He has led projects and undertaken spatial planning analyses on global, regional and national scales. Since 2011, Diego has authored over 20 technical and policy reports and scientific papers on species, freshwater biodiversity conservation, conservation planning, and protected areas.
In the agribusiness sector, Diego worked for two wineries in northern Spain, managing the production process of red and white wines, with additional responsibility for implementing and managing quality assurance and food security control systems, managing harvest seasons and staff and training farmers. He has also worked in the UK in the fresh produce industry, as a quality controller and technical coordinator of fresh fruit and juice products for UK supermarkets.
In biodiversity conservation, he has five years of experience managing assessments for the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species mostly as part of the work of the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit work in Asia. He also coordinated the development of the Key Biodiversity Areas global standard, and provided regular technical support to develop IUCN’s biodiversity policies. From 2014 to 2017 he worked in the UN Environment World conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Here he led on the compilation and management of the World Database on Protected Areas for Latin America, as well as the development of global protected area indicators and technical projects. His other responsibilities included managing staff and developing new quality control processes, and publishing technical and policy reports and scientific papers.
Diego is a trained Agronomist with a Master on Environmental Management of Protected Areas and Countryside. He is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and can read and understand Italian and Portuguese.