Gerardo’s work focuses on the assessment of social, health and economic impacts of climate change, as well as on tracking the implementation and effectiveness of adaptation policy and activities. In particular, Gerardo specializes on the assessment and prevention of direct health and socioeconomic impacts of extreme weather events, including heat waves, in urban settings.
He is the technical focal point for transparency in adaptation, the TNA country coordinator for Sao Tome and Principe and Eritrea, and the coordinator of ongoing collaborations with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. He has in-country working experience (research, consultancy, policy advice and project implementation) in China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Honduras, India, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Republic of Korea, Serbia and Tajikistan.
Before joining UNEP DTU, Gerardo worked on climate, sustainability and health for the World Health Organization in Germany (2013-2017) and Japan (2009-2011), as a Madrid-based consultant for a variety of institutions and development banks, focusing on environmental policy planning and appraisal in Latin America (2011-2013) and as an environmental policy analyst for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (2007-2009).
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain), and a Master of Public Health from Boston University (USA) through a Fulbright Scholarship.