Rafael Dos Santos

(André) Rafael dos Santos is a Brazilian-British multi-award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and lecturer.

Rafael was born in Santa Catarina, a state in the south of Brazil in 1981. The son of a fisherman and a housewife his humble beginnings were the push for his parents to move to Santos (a city in Sao Paulo state) so Rafael and his two sisters could receive a better education.  At the age of 21, Rafael moved to London, after living 2 years in Sao Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities.

He left his job as a support analyst at Microsoft, to learn English in London. Between 2001-3 Rafael worked as a kitchen porter, cleaner, glass collector and waiter to be able to pay his expenses. In 2003 an opportunity came along and he started managing houses.

Between 2005-14 he ran his own business – an agency that managed and let rooms in flatshares. For 12 years Rafael rented accommodation to more than 2000 migrants (young professionals and students) in London. He grew the portfolio under his management from 1 to 50 houses, 15 members of staff and reached a turnover of £1.2m.

In 2013 Rafael wrote a book – ‘Moving Abroad, One Step At A Time’ – published in English, Portuguese and Chinese and in Singapore and Malaysia.

In 2015 Rafael decided to support migrant entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. The first pilot project was the Migrant Business Accelerator – a 16-week programme where 10 migrants were selected to attend workshops in marketing, finance and operations and 25 mentors are donating their time to help the participants to launch their businesses.

Rafael is a guest lecturer at Regent’s University in London where he teaches Entrepreneurship, he has won 6 business awards, including the prestigious Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the UK’, and has been the keynote speaker at several events around the world, including the World Entrepreneurship Forum in China.

Rafael now specializes in helping entrepreneurs with sales, by creating and executing email marketing campaigns, powered by Infusionsoft, the world’s number 1 software for marketing automation.

Entrepreneurship, Migrant Issues, Migrant Entrepreneurs, Networking, Startup funding, Marketing, Relocation

- Presenting - Extensive eperience of presenting and speaking on camera
- Guest articles for many publications across business and consumer sectors
- Speaker Presentations at both consumer and trade conferences/exhibitions
- Interviewed for TV, radio, online and print

- How to succeed as a Migrant Entrepreneur
- My personal story - How I succeeded as Migrant in the UK
- How to start and grow a business



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 ‘’ Rafael is the biggest connector that I know in London.. His initiatives are always brilliant, His projects are for social good and his cause is to help migrant entrepreneurs, which is a great benefit for the whole of society, economically and socially...’’

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