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 his team. Raul is a foot soldier (and the ship captain, sometimes) who likes to be involved in everything DAWNING.
Raul brings 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher and entrepreneur. He’s served multilateral organizations (United Nations, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), non-profits, corporations and governments in over 30 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America –mostly as a specialist in social science research methods in developing country settings.
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. Since 2008, 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 course on research methods in international affairs.