Diego has over a decade of professional experience, five years in the agribusiness sector and eight years in 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: having led projects, undertaken spatial planning analyses on global; regional and national scales; and authored over 20 technical and policy reports and scientific papers.
In the agribusiness sector, Diego worked for two wineries in northern Spain, managing the production process of red and white wines and being responsible for implementing and managing quality assurance and food security control systems. 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 IUCN he worked for five years on The IUCN Red list of Threatened Species mostly as part of the Freshwater Biodiversity Unit in projects in Asia and on the development of the Key Biodiversity Areas global standard. For three years he worked in the UN Environment World conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) where he took part in the compilation and management of the World Database on Protected Areas, focusing in Latin America protected areas data, supported the development of global protected area indicators, and published 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.