Rafael Vivas Ruiz is a graduate student in the Cornell masters in Real Estate Class of 2018. Rafael is pursuing a Real Estate finance and investment concentration. Rafael worked during the summer with Paladin Realty Partners as investment manager intern of this RE private equity firm.


Before entering the program, Rafael spent two years in a real estate investment and development company, where he was responsible for leading the new business team.  He conducted market research on Colombia’s real estate industry, investment analysis, and due diligence of potential acquisitions and new developments in the country.


Previously, Rafael worked with Carvajal a Latin American Holding, evaluating acquisitions and alliances with tech companies, and executing the strategy for the media and marketing solutions business units. During this time, he completed projects and transactions in eight Latin American countries.


Rafael graduated from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, where he received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.