Rafael started his career in Colombia in environmental protection in a development and regeneration setting, including working as an Environmental Consultant in the development of a Medellin Metro, Colombia. In July 1989, after completing an MA in Environmental Planning at the University of Nottingham, he joined Peterborough City Council in a planning role. Since relocating to the UK Rafael has worked on the NET tram development at Nottingham City Council and in other public transport operational and policy roles at Birmingham City Council, Centro and most recently at Transport for Greater Manchester as head of innovation. Rafael also holds a post-graduate diploma in Project Management from the College of Estate Management at Reading University. Rafael has a wide range of experience in the transport and intelligent mobility field including operational delivery and strategy/policy development. He has worked with big commissioning budgets and advices cities and European networks on sustainable mobility. He leads TfGM’s international outreach programme and regularly moderates round tables at conferences and other high-level policy events.