Luis joined 100 Resilient Cities after graduating with an MA in European Political & Public Administration studies from the Collège d’Europe in Bruges. During his studies, Luis was a public sector consultant with Accenture, 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, including Horizon 2020 and the SMEs instrument, he and his team won the Public Service Innovation Award 2015. He currently follows an Executive Education program at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
Prior to that, Luis worked in Brussels as elected 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 Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations system.
Luis’ work in the civil society field promoting citizen participation in democratic processes through advocacy campaigns, student & youth mobility, stakeholder engagement in conflict transformation in conflict areas 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.
He is originally from the Canary Islands (Spain), speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and is learning Serbian. Currently Luis also serves 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 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.