Manuel is a Researcher in the Conventional Arms Programme at UNIDIR. He joined UNIDIR after five years of working on peace and disarmament issues at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC). He has spearheaded more than 40 training, awareness and implementation initiatives in 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries - training more than 300 government officials. He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA and a B.A. in Business Administration from University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He speaks English and Spanish.
Manuel’s areas of expertise include conventional arms control, prevention of diversion and illicit trafficking (small arms and light weapons, ammunition, and parts and components), armed violence in urban contexts, physical security and stockpile management, and the life cycle management of ammunition.