Raquel is an international development professional with nearly two decades of experience working with the United Nations and government agencies across Africa.
An advocate for more equitable and sustainable communities, she is a former diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, where she led the deployment of the first online platform for monitoring hate crimes across Europe.
Raquel has supported the Federal Government of Somalia with reconciliation efforts, worked with the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund and was a Digital Strategy Consultant for UNICEF from 2006-2018.
In 2021, she successfully completed the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Training Program for African Women Investors and provided digital marketing support to VC Include during the launch of the company's fellowship for emerging fund managers.
As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dakar Farmers Market in Senegal, Raquel played a vital role in designing a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local food, homewares and beauty producers.
The Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns, Raquel 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.
She was Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Jetstream Africa, a supply chain platform simplifying export logistics for African suppliers, and served as an adviser to technology startups with the pan-African business accelerator MEST Africa.
Recognizing a gap in the number of women holding high-level roles in public service, Raquel is currently formalizing a leadership accelerator that will create a pipeline of women leaders who are civic disruptors.
Renowned for connecting people across her expansive international network, Raquel is committed to abolishing food deserts, introducing more diverse voices into culturally considerate climate change conversations and mentoring young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.