Rafael Redondo - A Former Miner committed to Advancing Tech Recruiting at LBS
Updated: Sep 10, 2021
Tell us about yourself 😄
Where are you from?
Sao Paulo, Brazil
What is your role in TMC this year?
Senior Vice President, Partnerships
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I worked in some unconventional places! My first job was in an underground mine 6 hours driving from any big city. And then I move to working in another mine in Cornwall, and managing beer deliveries in some of the largest favelas of Rio de Janeiro. I only had a big-city office job when I was 27!
Pre-MBA Life 🤓
What is your story leading up to the MBA?
I graduated as Mining Engineer, doing a double degree programme where I studied in Brazil and in France. I had the chance to intern in an underground gold mine in Brazil and also in a mine in Cornwall, UK. After graduation, I realised I didn’t really want to be an engineer, and I then joined AB-Inbev, where I worked in logistics for 3 years and lived in Rio de Janeiro. My move to tech came next, when I joined Red Ventures and worked with product management, digital marketing, data analytics and venture building. I was always a big fan of football and always was involved in teams whenever I was, and I also have a passion for skiing, surfing and longboarding (although not being really good at any of them haha!)
Why did you decide to do an MBA?
I became really interested in the MBA after I joined Red Ventures, when I started working closely with MBA alumni. I realised the importance of doing an MBA on shaping their competences and creating their networks, and I decided I wanted that as well.
Why did you choose to come to LBS for your MBA?
I wanted to live again in the UK, in a diverse and international school that had tech as one of its main focus. With this, the choice for LBS became quite easy!
Why are you interested in technology / what about technology are you most interested in?
I am passionate about tech mostly because I believe one can create enormous impact with very few resources! Nothing more beautiful than a small team disrupting a traditional business. I also love the type of culture and autonomy one tend to get in most tech companies.
LBS Experience 😎
Describe your LBS MBA experience in 3 words
Intense: from courses to social and club activities, recruiting and sport trainings, this was one of the busiest years of my life
Enlarging: meeting some many diverse and wonderful people and being exposed to some many careers really expands your boundaries
Transformative: all these experiences change what one thinks, values and wants to focus on in their lives
What has been your most memorable experience from the LBS MBA so far?
Organising and performing on the Talent Show at Tattoo!
What was the most challenging part of pursuing your MBA during a global pandemic?
Not being able to quickly connect with larger groups of people! It was harder to know people out of your classes and core activities.
What are your summer 2021 plans?
Over the summer I interned at Homelike, Europe’s largest marketplace of furnished apartments for middle-term stays, as a Strategy and Intern Operations. I initially led projects on improving the listing experiences for new suppliers, especially focusing on private landlords. I also became acting country manager of UK and Ireland operations, being able to achieve record-high Gross Merchandise Value with average monthly growth of 20%.
Plans Going Forward 🚀
What are your post-MBA goals/plans (in terms of career, life/living etc.)?
Continue my career in the tech sector, getting more knowledge and experience in product and marketing, and then advance to senior management positions.
What is your motto/mindset going into your final year of the MBA?
Focusing on what I enjoy, build and nurture relationships along the way :)
What do you hope to achieve through TMC specifically this year?
Consolidate tech as the major hiring industry at LBS, helping to expand hiring opportunities and to prepare students for hiring 💪
Finally, what, if any, advice do you have for incoming LBS students?
Get involved with your school community, joining clubs or leading other student activities! You will not only create meaningful connections but also will have something you will be very proud to talk about.