What I do: As Senior Policy & Engagement Advisor, I provide general support and strategic advice to the Engagement and Partnerships team by ensuring that DI's data-driven research work is timely, relevant and connected to current policy debates on development, peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance.
Previous experience: I have extensive experience in the conflict prevention and media sectors, including two years based in a humanitarian setting.
Before joining DI, I spent nearly five years with the International Crisis Group, where I helped set up the organisation's research and advocacy work in Guatemala in Central America, after several years working from its headquarters in Brussels. In 2019 I managed a research consultancy with the humanitarian non-profit The HALO Trust on the impact of armed violence on women and children.
I started my career as a journalist with EFE News Agency in Spain, my home country. I have written extensively on armed violence, political instability and humanitarian crisis. My research on these issues has been featured in the Guardian, the BBC World Service, the Washington Post, Associated Press, National Public Radio and El País, among others. I also have a successful track record of engagement in high-level policy discussions with the UN, the EU, the US and the UK governments as well as national and local decision-makers from Latin America. I hold an MSc in conflict studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and two Bachelor's degrees in journalism and film studies from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.