Raul Alfaro-Pelico is the senior director of RMI’s Energy Transition Academy within the Global South Program. Raul leads RMI’s capacity development efforts to secure a net-zero future for all. The Academy supports senior- and mid-level energy practitioners in utilities, renewable and distributed energy companies, and regulatory bodies enabling the clean energy transition.
Raul brings over 20 years of sustainability leadership accelerating the net-zero transition, catalyzing investment for impact, and managing environmental, social, & governance (ESG) risks to deliver on the returns behind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His track-record includes managerial, analytical, and technical roles at multilateral institutions (World Bank, United Nations, International Finance Corporation, and Inter-American Development Bank); multinational organizations (Exxon Mobil Corporation, Noble Energy, Glencore, and Acciona); and, multidisciplinary research and academia (The Economist Intelligence Unit, Arcadia, and Drexel Universities).
Raul advises national delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a member of the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support network. His support includes the climate negotiations at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) November 2021 Conference in Glasgow, the UNFCCC Bonn May–June 2021 sessions, the Chile COP-25 December 2019 Conference in Madrid, and pre-COP15 November 2009 Conference in Barcelona, Spain. He is a private sector observer to the Climate Investment Funds Global Climate Action Program, and Just Transition Initiative.
PhD, Engineering, Lancaster University (United Kingdom)
MSc, Economics, University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies
BA, Business Administration, London Metropolitan University and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid