Rafael is the Secretary General of the European Association of CCP Clearing Houses (EACH), the trade organisation that represents the interests of European CCPs. A government affairs professional with over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry, Rafael has also represented the interests of regulated market at FESE and worked for the European Parliament as well as in investment consulting.

He is a Member of the Consultative Working Group for ESMA’s CCP Policy Committee, an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody, an Invited lecturer on CCP Clearing at the Solvay School of Economics and Management and Vice-President and Chair of Leadership Circle at the European Society for Association Executives.

Rafael studied Business and Economics at ETEA, University of Córdoba (Spain) and The University of Birmingham (UK) and holds a master degree in European Economics from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).