Alfredo is an urban development planning specialist with more than 37 years of experience in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of low-income housing, municipal and local development, post-emergency reconstruction and urban poverty reduction planning, policies and projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He has comprehensive experience as lecturer and teacher on urban development themes in different universities in Europe and Latin America; and in setting up training and capacity building programs for central and local governments and NGOs. He was awarded a distinction in his MSc studies on Urban Development Planning at the DPU, University College London and was project leader at the Housing Development & Management Department, Lund University, Sweden where he obtained his PhD on the impact of human settlements development policies and low-income housing finance programs in reducing urban poverty and social exclusion. His professional posts have included working as Programme Officer for the Swedish cooperation in Central America (Sida) and as senior consultant for the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank, UNDP, UN-Habitat, GIZ and KfW. He was a member of the International Task Force of the Millennium Development Project of the United Nations on improving the lives of slum dwellers, and has authored different journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on climate change adaptation, urban poverty reduction, low-income housing finance and urban development planning.