As Founder and Director of Occasio International Advisory Services (Occasio), Rafael Pinto works in partnership with several other professionals, from different fields and experiences, and from countries all over the world, in order to implement innovative projects and business services. He strongly believes that by collaborating and complementing each other’s skills in the workplace, we can add more value to projects and business deals, and become more efficient and competitive.
Rafael has already lived in 10 countries, including in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and in the Caribbean, and has traveled around the world for work and pleasure. This provides him with the ability to work well with people and companies from different cultures, mindsets, and experiences. Rafael speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Over the past 19 years, Rafael has worked on developing and supporting different programs in the area of entrepreneurship in countries all over the Americas region. He has also provided support services for companies and organizations looking to expand their business opportunities into new markets. Throughout these work experiences, Rafael has always promoted the benefits of networking and collaboration between stakeholders, and he launched Occasio with that vision in mind: To develop an ecosystem of qualified and serious partners that can work together successfully on projects and business deals.
Before starting Occasio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael worked at the Young Americas Business Trust - an organization affiliated to the Organization of American States, and the International Finance Corporation - of the World Bank Group, in Washington, DC, USA. He also lived in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, and worked at the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic.
Rafael studied at St. Louis University – Madrid Campus and Florida International University for his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and at American University for his Master’s degree in Development Management.
Rafael serves as a Strategic Advisor for the Young Americas Business Trust, which aims to promote social and economic development of young people around the world through programs of leadership, training, technology, and alliances.
He is also one of the Directors at the LatAm Startups organization, which aims to strengthen business opportunities, networking, and linkages between the innovation, entrepreneurship, and Startup ecosystems in Latin America and Canada.
Rafael is one of the Co-Founders of the Think Global initiative, which promotes in-person and online Bootcamps (in Brazil and abroad), In-Company training activities, and Mentoring to assist in a change of the mindset to global thinking.
He is also a Board Member in the International Advisory Council of the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Culture at the Norbert Wiener University in Peru, which aims to develop leadership and entrepreneurial programs for the university students and in the Peruvian entrepreneurial ecosystem.
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want" - Zig Ziglar