Manuel is the UNIDIR’s Liaison Officer in New York and a Researcher with the Conventional Arms Programme. As a Liaison Officer, Manuel supports the work of UNIDIR by increasing the Institute’s visibility and impact, building networks and partnerships, and contributing to the identification of new opportunities and resources.
In addition, he coordinates the Preventing Armed Conflict and Armed Violence portfolio with the Conventional Arms Programme and is leading UNIDIR ‘s support to the multilateral process on conventional ammunition, including the latest Group of Governmental Experts in 2020-2021 and the ongoing Open-Ended Working Group in 2022-2023.
Manuel is also contributing to UNIDIR’s applied research in the fields of weapons and ammunition management and ammunition profiling in different regions.
Before joining UNIDIR, Manuel worked for several years on peace and disarmament issues at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America
He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in Business Administration from University Complutense of Madrid. He speaks English and Spanish.