Raul Alfaro-Pelico

Senior Program Director
  • Global South

Raúl leads policy advisory, thought leadership, capacity development, technical backstopping, and investment preparation support for a net-zero, resilient, and prosperous world. He oversees RMI’s Africa Energy Program, which enables energy access and de-risks clean energy projects across the region, and the Energy Transition Academy, which empowers senior- and mid-level practitioners in the electricity, industrial, and financial sectors in the Global South.


Raul brings over 20 years of sustainability leadership accelerating the net-zero transition, catalyzing investment for impact, and managing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks to deliver on the returns behind 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 for the Climate Investment Funds Global Climate Action Program and the 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


Washington, D.C.