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Rafael Durand is the founder and CEO of Dxpat Consulting, a firm that helps leaders and organizations to maximize performance, development, and business results in new and challenging situations. He is a Leadership Development and Intercultural Coach, Human Resources Consultant, and Leadership Speaker.


As a former corporate lawyer and senior HR executive, Rafael has over thirty-five years of experience developing both emerging and executive leaders, in Fortune-200 global companies, and non-profit organizations. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, and the United States, and he is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.


Rafael believes in coaching as a co-active conversation targeted at solving problems through discovery, awareness and choice. He believes people are naturally creative, resourceful, whole, and capable of finding answers, taking action, recovering from mistakes, and learning from experience. Through coaching, Rafael encourages clients to reflect on their values, challenge assumptions, explore alternatives, set objectives, and grow.


Rafael received his executive coaching certification from the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program in 2014. He is also certified in several leadership assessment tools.


Rafael works in Irvine, CA, where he lives with Hanna, his life-long wife. Currently, he enjoys exploring Southern California, bird watching, listening to music, and reading.

Signature Talks 

  • Transitioning Leaders: How to Set Yourself Up for Success 

  • The Agile-Learning Leader: The Silver Lining in Times of Disruption 

  • The Inclusive Leader: How to Leverage Cultural Differences

Rafael Durand
Coach, Leadership Development
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