Rafael Rodriguez

Practice: Digital, Branding & Commerce


Revelations at a weeklong silent retreat, writing and reviewing essays for academic philosophy journals, and how I helped build a medical clinic in rural Cambodia.


A Philippines national, multilingual Rafael was born in Thailand, raised in Malaysia, has lived in the UK, Spain and France, and worked in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He has our industry in his blood, having worked at his mother’s recruitment firm every summer from the age of fourteen, which surely makes him one of the most experienced professionals of his generation. After years in Management Consulting, Corporate Strategic Planning, Marketing and Commercial Management, Rafael landed in Tokyo and, ultimately, here at The Agency, transitioning from Corporate back to his roots in Executive Search, where he feels right at home – something he attributes to our dynamic culture, characterized as it is by flexibility and mutual support. Those who call him quirky don’t know the phrase “obsessed with success.” Indeed, Rafael is a details freak renowned for his problem-solving skills, and this, coupled with his passion for helping others, makes him an invaluable member of our tribe. When he starts clicking his double-jointed neck and thumbs, you know he’s in the zone! On non-recruiting days, he does Muay Thai, competitive rock climbing, or shops for another vintage Polaroid camera to add to his collection. Much of his vacation time he dedicates to volunteering for charities in SE Asia.

What they’re saying about Rafael

“It was really fun getting to know the team during the project. They were all helpful in answering my questions and made me feel at ease. The design ended up being better than I could have envisioned!”

Eve CrawfordProduct Designer

“By far the best team I've ever worked with. They truly understood the look I was going for and completely nailed it! I would highly recommend them as a company, you simply just won't find any better team!”

Aura BrooksGraphic Designer

“Salient is by far the most astonishing WP theme out there! I literally could not be happier that I chose to buy your theme! Your regular updates and superb attention to detail blows me away every time I visit my new site!”

Zak ReidInstructor, Skate Nao

“I'm wondering why I never contacted these guys sooner! Seriously, they all have commendable talent in their respective fields and knocked my concept out of the ballpark. Thanks for an amazing experience!”

Jack GrahamCo Founder, Coffee Inc