A business and communications strategist, Raquel currently supports the African Development Bank with strategic and digital communications for the Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and the Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
She is a former Diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights where she led the deployment of Europe’s first online platform for hate crime monitoring and reporting. She has also worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as Head of the Strategic Communications and Media Unit for the USAID-funded Somalia Stabilization Initiative, and contributed to IOM Libya's Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism as Community Engagement and Communications Officer.
A natural problem solver and advocate for inclusive growth, Raquel is Co-Founder and former Chief Product Officer at Jetstream Africa, a supply chain platform simplifying export logistics for African suppliers, and Co-Founder and former Managing Partner at Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market where she played a vital role in designing a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local producers in Senegal.
Raquel is a founding member of the Slow Food International's Dakar community and joined the official Senegalese delegation to Terra Madre 2016, a convening of food activists from across the globe.
She serves as adviser to technology startups in East and West Africa, is a former fellow at pan-African tech accelerator MEST Africa, and worked with UNICEF as a Digital Strategy Consultant from 2006-2018.
Raquel is the Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns; and worked as Campaign Manager for Social Media Week Lagos’ #55FORWARD initiative, bringing together ambassadors from fifty-five African nations to discuss how they use social media to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing youth population.
Dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations, Raquel was Senior Partner at Young Art Collector, an agency that engages artists and emerging collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community and participated in the 2017 ICI Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana.
Renowned for connecting people across her expansive network, she is a champion for clean and fair food systems and mentors young women in leadership and discovering themselves unapologetically.
She is currently based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.