Luis has worked at 100 Resilient Cities since 2015, currently as a Senior Program Manager for Europe & Middle East / Head of EU Public Policy – managing our engagement with the Southern Europe and Middle Eastern cities (Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan, Rome, Tbilisi, Amman, Ramallah & Byblos). He also manages the relationships with the European Union.
Luis has also been a public sector consultant working with the European Centre for Government Transformation (ECGT) and the Municipality of Barcelona on projects related to micro-distribution of services, reduction of emissions and innovation of public and mobility services. Working in accordance with European Union legislation and funds, him and his team won the Public Service Innovation Award 2015 of the European Commission.
Prior to that, Luis worked in Brussels holding elected office as President of AEGEE-Europe/European Students’ Forum, the biggest interdisciplinary student platform in Europe, empowering higher education students from 40 countries to take an active stand in the European integration process, as well as representing their voices towards the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Luis’ work in the civil society field promoting citizen participation in democratic processes through advocacy campaigns, helping advocate for higher budgets for student and youth mobility across Europe, stakeholder engagement in conflict transformation in conflict areas through youth has been recognized with distinctions such as the Schwarzkopf Foundation’s ‘Young European of the Year 2014’ in Berlin, and the European Parliament’s European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2013 for the Europe on Track project which he co-founded and helped develop.
Luis is originally from the Canary Islands (Spain), and speaks Spanish, English, French, and Italian. Luis currently holds office as elected President of the European Youth Forum, the biggest youth organizations-led movement in the world, bringing together all of the relevant and key youth organizations and platforms to advocate for the advancement and championing of young people’s rights, interests and visions, as well as representing their voices within the decision-making frameworks of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations system. He holds advisory positions in former French President of the Republic Valery Giscard D’Estaing’s political incubator Re-Imagine Europa and the EU-Australia Leadership Forum among others.
Luis holds a MA in European Political & Public Administration studies from the Collège d’Europe in Bruges and Executive Education from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).