Leonardo is a development economist with over 20 years of experience on applied economic research and empirical methods. His research interests include the links between climate, environment, society and economy; the dynamics of poverty, inequality and growth; heterodox approaches for understanding complex socio-economic phenomena; and the analysis of constraints to inclusive development in the developing world.

Prior to joining the New Climate Economy, Leonardo conducted empirical work, macro and micro modeling and country engagement for development organizations, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UK Department for International Development and USAID. During that period, he led projects in over 25 countries in support of policy making, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Leonardo previously served as Chief Economist for a Venezuelan financial institution, as Head of Economic Research in Venezuela's Tax Revenue Authority, and as an empirical economist for a leading Venezuelan economic private consulting institution.

Leonardo obtained his Economics degree at Universidad Catolica Andres Bellow in Caracas, Venezuela. He also holds a Certificate in International Taxation and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.