Rafael Altavini is Head of Talent Management and Organisational Development for the Swiss-based Schindler Group. He holds a Bachelor Degree as Mechanical Engineer from Unicamp (Brazil), an MBA from IMD (Switzerland) and graduated with distinction in 2017 from INSEAD’s Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change (EMCCC).
Rafael was born in Brazil and over the last 18 years, together with his wife Carolina, has lived in six different countries and worked in many different business functions in the automotive and elevator industries. In the first part of his career, Rafael’s assignments included engineering positions in Germany and in a greenfield operation in China, a Country General Manager posting in Thailand, and the leadership of a supply chain organisation in Brazil. Throughout this period Rafael has led organisations with hundreds of employees and been responsible for significant business results.
In 2013, driven by his passion and curiosity to help people and organisations become better, Rafael decided to redirect his career into the field of people development and moved into Human Resources management. In his current job at Schindler, Rafael leads a team dealing globally with topics such as Talent Attraction, Leadership Training and Development, Organisational Design, Change Management and Diversity & Inclusion.
In his spare time Rafael acts as a guest lecturer and coach at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and regularly mentors MBA students and alumni from other business schools. He also continues to research and conduct workshops on the topic of “couples and transformational programmes”, which was the central part of his taboo-breaking thesis work at EMCCC.