Rafael joined VantagePoint from Zenon Environmental (acquired by GE), a leading water treatment company. At Zenon Environment, Rafael served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this position, Rafael held responsibility for all aspects of sales, operations, R&D, and manufacturing of membrane-based water treatment technology.

Prior to his position at Zenon Environmental, Rafael was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, focusing on the environment and energy sectors. Earlier in his career, Rafael was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he invented a new technique to access contaminated groundwater for environmental remediation.

Rafael earned three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley- B.A. and M.Eng. and Ph.D.