Diego works on The Development Corridors Partnership project where he focuses on scientific research and data management and supports the project management team on capacity building and communications. His research focuses on assessing and understanding impact assessment processes and tools and testing spatially explicit approaches to avoid or manage impacts from for large scale infrastructure projects. He also supports the development and implementation of the Protected Planet Initiative and works with other programmes across the centre. Diego is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) where he is part of the Protected Areas and Freshwater Specialist Group and the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group. Since June 2019, he is affiliated to the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, as a part-time PhD student.
Diego has over fifteen years' experience in project development, management and coordination, spatial planning, biodiversity policy indicator development, biodiversity risk assessments, and database management. Since he started his conservation career in 2009 he has led or contributed to over twenty-five technical and policy reports and scientific papers. Before 2009, he worked as a technical manager in agribusinesses in Spain and the UK. After that, as a biodiversity specialist, Diego worked for 5 years in IUCN on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and Key Biodiversity Areas, and, between 2014 and 2017, for UNEP-WCMC on the World Database on Protected Areas and Protected Planet Initiative. He has also advised companies on biodiversity management as a consultant at The Biodiversity Consultancy.