Founder | Executive Director
Raul is the Founder and Executive Director of DAWNING. They say he’s the man with the vision, but his boots are dirty –from designing projects and orchestrating logistics to mentoring, researching, writing, photographing, editing, and everything in between, always in collaboration with every member of the DAWNING team. Raul is the captain of the ship and a foot soldier who likes to be involved in everything DAWNING.
Raul brings 25 years of experience as a social scientist, educator and entrepreneur. Before DAWNING, he served multilateral organizations (United Nations, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), international non-profits, corporations and governments in over 30 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America –mostly as a specialist in quantitative and qualitative social science research methods in hard-to-reach corners of the globe.
Raul obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication and International Development at Cornell University, and a B.S. in Journalism at the University of Seville, Spain. He’s held teaching positions at Cornell, the University of Washington, and the University of Southern California. For the past 15 years, Raul is a part-time member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he teaches a graduate course on research methods in global affairs.