Born in Costa Rica, this amateur photographer has travelled extensively around all over the world. He focuses and specializes on photojournalism and street photography.

Images from the Rwanda War, Iraq invasion and the youth culture had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer. Although, he is not working professionally in photography, he did some commissioned works for a travel magazine in South Korea and realized a photo documentary about Iraqi refugees in Jordan for an international organization working on migration. Also, he volunteered as a photographer for a newspaper created for a world youth event in Thailand and for an international youth event in Lithuania, and have been a volunteer photographer assistant in different university courses.

His passion took him to study different courses in photography and is currently realizing self-assignments. Also, he has participated in several workshops and festivals such as the New York Photo Festival and Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, France.

His photographs have been exhibited in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, and in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In relation to his professional career, his experience is predominantly within the fields of Rights-based and Results-based approaches and programing, project management, capacity building and knowledge management.

He is currently working for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as Volunteering & Youth Development Coordinator in the Americas Region. In this position, he provides tailored support to National Societies of the Red Cross in implementing plans for volunteering and youth development based on their priorities and needs to strengthen capacity to mobilize and manage volunteers of all ages to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Before, he worked as Unit Manager for the World Organization of the Scout Movement in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the development and coordination of programmes for adolescents and young adults. This included the development of documents on youth participation and decision-making processes. Further, he managed and supervised the development of a world initiative in the areas of peace building, environment education and sustainable development in order to help member organizations revitalize their programmes through community-based activities. He directly supported national organizations in more than 50 countries worldwide, the majority in developing countries and in (post-) conflict environments.

He holds a master’s degree in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva as well as a specialized studies in Childhood and Youth Studies from the Open University in the United Kingdom, advanced studies in nonviolent conflict from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in Boston and specialized training in conflict resolution. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE).

Also, he served as member of the UNFPA’s Global Youth Advisory Board and was directly involved in the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference (COP15).

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