Is a founding member of ISG. He is an independent researcher and consultant based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, with expertise in communication planning, collaborative evaluation and capacity development. Ricardo began his career in agricultural sciences that he followed with demonstration farm projects in South America. His graphic design and illustration skills led to a focus on participatory learning and media. He then switched to the field of adult education and community development. His doctoral work focused on how rural and remote communities harness information and communication technology. He has worked with the Communication for Development group at FAO, Rome, with the Information Center for Low External Input Agriculture (ILEIA) in the Netherlands, with non-governmental organizations, and with consulting firms. He was professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph where remains as adjunct. Together with Wendy Quarry they just published the book Communication for another development: Listening before telling (Zed Books, London 2009) – a critical and personal reflection about the real world of international development. He had professional level Spanish and English, and understands and speaks French and Italian.