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Before co-founding Ruperez International LLC, Rakela worked as an independent international business consultant in Chicago and Washington DC, helping businesses and organizations to identify and enter new markets in diverse industry sectors. Former clients include start-ups, mid-size and established companies in areas such as agriculture, travel and tourism, consumer goods, property development, new technology and biopharmaceuticals, among others.


When living in New York City, she was Director of US Institutional and Corporate Relations for the Spanish Law firm Diaz-Bastien y Truan Abogados. Her areas of project expertise included renewable energy, high-speed rail, commercial real estate and fashion and retail.


Rakela began her career as Executive Aide to Member of Parliament Bob Hicks in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. She was a research assistant and speechwriter at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, Belgium and then became a Congressional Aide in the Spanish Congress of Deputies in Madrid.


Rakela holds a BA in Political Science and French Language from the University of Toronto, Canada; an MA in International Relations and European Union Studies from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset of Madrid, Spain and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Loyola University Chicago‚Äôs Quinlan School of Business.