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Raúl Alfaro-Pelico

Lead Climate Change Specialist, Climate Change Group, The World Bank
Raúl is the Lead Climate Change Specialist at the World Bank’s Climate Analytics & Advisory Services team (Climate Change Group). He has around 20 years of professional experience in climate resilient development, environmental sustainability and energy. As WB Focal Point for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)-Climate Investment Funds (CIF), he provides: (i) policy, strategy & programmatic oversight; (ii) quality advisory services; and (iii) knowledge management to PPCR teams, countries and the CIF Secretariat (AU). Since joining the Climate Change Group in 2017, he is leading various WB efforts to mainstream climate change at the global, regional and national levels.

Globally, Raúl is advising on alignment with NDCs of various WBG Systematic Country Diagnostics (e.g. Cape Verde, Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic), Country Partnership Frameworks (e.g. Iraq, Nicaragua), and Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience (e.g. Philippines). Regionally, he is backstopping the implementation of the WBG Climate Change Action Plan, previously in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and currently in the Middle East & North Africa. At the national level, he is providing technical assistance on climate resilience for lending operations (e.g. Grenada Blue Growth Development Policy Credit). Joining the World Bank in 2015 as Manager of the Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice based in Washington DC, Raúl oversaw +35 staff and US$2billion program in the LAC region supporting green growth (forest, landscapes, watersheds); blue economy (marine, fisheries and coastal resources); environmental economics (policies, analytics and innovative financing), health (waste, pollution management) and risk management (environmental standards).

Prior to the World Bank, he oversaw the GEF-funded UNDP-implemented climate change program in Africa (Namibia); and, in Latin America (Mexico and Central America) and the Caribbean, as the Regional Technical Advisor for Energy, Infrastructure and Transport based in Panama. Previously he worked on sustainable development matters in the energy private sector (ExxonMobil, Glencore, Noble), economic research (Economist Intelligence Unit) and academia (Drexel and Arcadia University) over several years in Houston (Texas), London (UK) and Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

He is a Ph.D. (Engineering) Candidate from the University of Lancaster (UK), holds an MSc (Economics) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies-SOAS (UK), and an undergraduate degree in Business Studies from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).