President and CEO
Miguel is President and CEO of OIKO. He is a Natural Resource Economist with twenty-five years of experience examining the relationships between poverty, vulnerability and climate change.
His professional career encompasses more than two decades of outreach, advocacy, policy dialogue and negotiation experience with major international organizations (WB, GCCA, DFID, CTCN, UNDP, etc.), advising governments, and climate sector on how to mainstream climate change. He has been a strategic leader of multidisciplinary teams of professionals, conducting field work and delivering technical analytical policy advice on climate policies at different scales: Ministries, Governments, NGOs and communities of resource users in more than 60 developing countries.
In the early nineties he worked at the World Bank as a Senior Environmental Specialist working with the Environmental and Social Sustainable Development Division for 6 years, where he was responsible for the implementation of natural resources projects, such as the Montreal Protocol Projects in Latin America, coordinating phasing out substances that deplete the Ozone. In 1998, after Hurricane Mitch, he was mobilized to the field to work on humanitarian reconstruction and disaster preparedness of vulnerable communities who had suffered from the devastating impact of the hurricane.
As a team leader he is skilled coordinating multidisciplinary teams of professionals, conducting field work and delivering technical analytical policy advice on climate policies at different scales: Ministries, Governments, NGOs and communities of resource users in more than 60 developing countries.
In the last 15 years, since OIKO was formed, he has leaded the company to conduct work in over 50 countries and completed nearly 100 climate change adaptation and resilience projects in both, public and private sector in natural resources, agriculture, energy, water, investment and banking sectors.
Miguel is a trained advisor and dialogue facilitator and has conducted policy formulation dialogue on climate change and natural resources. He has published in academic journals, lectures at the Autónoma University (Spain), and is an articulated public speaker on climate change and vulnerability.
He obtained a B.A. in Economics at the Complutense University (Madrid), an M.A. in Public Policy at the George Washington University (USA) and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics at the Gottingen University (Germany). He is a native speaker of Spanish, and fluent in both English and German.
We use Earth Science technology to improve the quality of life in our world, especially the economic livelihood opportunities of the world's most vulnerable populations and the sustainable use of the natural resources of our planet. Our work is divided in six main program areas- Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation, Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Poverty & Livelihoods and Climate Services.