Rafael J. Betancourt is an urban economist with over 25 years of employment and academic experience in international development and management, urban economics and planning, and business administration and consulting. He is Senior Associate of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and a research consultant for the Canadian Embassy in Cuba. Born in Cuba, Betancourt teaches urban economics at Havana Polytechnic Institute (ISPJAE) and at the San Geronimo de La Habana University College. He also teaches local development at the Cuban Association of Economists and Accountants (ANEC). He studied in the United States and holds a Masters in International and Urban-Regional Economics from the University of Florida in addition to a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Havana Polytechnic Institute.