Roberto Gil CANCEL COMAS
Roberto Gil Cancel Comas has been working with migrants and members of various diaspora groups for over eight years with a focus on civil participation and migration and development; a diverse experience spanning from East Asia to Europe and North Africa to the Americas. Before taking up regional responsibilities in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa he was Head of Project Coordination in IOM’s country office in Egypt (2014-2017). Prior to this he served as project manager in the field of diaspora engagement at IOM Kosovo (2012-2014) as well as Head of Project Development (2010-2012). This work built on his work with Latin American migrant communities in Belgium on how they contribute to their countries of origin through the NGO Service d'Information et de Formation Amérique Latine (2009-2010). That in turn was informed by his engagement with Latin American migrants in the US to promote their participation in the civil and political sphere of their new home country under the auspices of the National Council of La Raza (2008-2009).
Mr Cancel has a master’s degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Cultures and Development Studies where his thesis focused on migration and development, as well as his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Anthropology from the Florida State University. In addition, he is a practised project development and implementation trainer with experience also in workshop facilitation and strategic planning.
As a migrant and part of the Puerto Rican diaspora, Mr Cancel plans to continue his work strengthening the positive link between migration and development by empowering migrants to be actors for socio-economic growth.