ABOUT US - International Business and Trade

About Us

As Managing 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 22 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.

He is also one of the Directors at the Global Startups organization, a non-profit accelerator in Toronto, Canada, that works exclusively with international startups and helps them scale globally from Toronto.

Rafael is a strategic advisor for various international organizations, as well as a mentor to many startups, entrepreneurs, and business initiatives.

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want" - Zig Ziglar