Juan teaches mediation at several European universities with an interactive experiential learning approach. He also works with mediation trainers on specific courses, including peace mediation, professional negotiation, and conflict transformation. After receiving a doctorate in International Relations, he specialised in mediation in transitional or postconflict regions. He is recognized by the Federal Association of Mediation in Germany. Over the last 15, years Juan has dedicated his work to peace-building in regions, such as South Eastern Europe, South Asia and North Africa.
In 2005 he co-founded the CSSProject for Integrative Mediation and served as its Director and Chairperson from January 2005 to May 2012. In this capacity he oversaw the overall development of the interactive problem-solving methodology for the organisation; and developed the use of interest-based negotiation in workshops with political leaders in divided communities. Juan has supported mediation and negotiation work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Over the last couple of years, Juan pursued a Masters Degree in Gender and Diversity Competence at the Free University in Berlin to complement his peacebuilding and conflict transformation work.