Rafael Lopes

Rafael Lopes de Freitas

Senior Technical Educator,

Speaker and Cloud Expert.

New York, NY

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As a speaker, educator and technologist, and having witnessed the birth of cloud computing, I can speak from experience about its value and added benefits to any audience on any situation.

As a Senior Technical Trainer working with Amazon Web Services, I currently deliver the entire AWS curriculum as part of the technical training operation and also participate as a speaker on events and MeetUps for AWS users and enthusiasts around the world. Due to my experience working on AWS, I am able to constantly learn and improve my expertise on technical evangelism for thousands of people, from content writing to delivery, both in front of live audiences and digital platforms, such as Coursera, edX, AWS Training Portal and YouTube.

I think I am on my best when delivering quality technical content while hearing back from people, by constantly keeping in touch with the community/user groups to bring their feedback back home, and although my current focus is education and public speaking, I accumulate diversified proficiencies and experiences on multiple areas such as backend development, DevOps engineering, data center management, security engineering, coffee maker (very important), photographer, guitar performer, etc.! On top of my general qualifications, I consider myself a versatile generalist professional with a wide range of adaptation abilities.

Work History

  • 2015

    Amazon Inc. - USA

    Senior Technical Instructor

    (2015 - Present) | New York, NY - USA

    I teach Instructor Led Trainings and webinars in addition to participating and speaking at events and lectures for AWS users around the world. Having witnessed the birth of cloud computing with a close relationship to the subject, I can speak from experience about its value and added benefits, making the audience identify their scenario with the architecure I'm talking about. With previous experience managing infrastructure on the same traditional model as Cloud Computing, I'm now determined to spread content and encourage new people and companies to join this technology by taking full advantage of its capabilities.

  • 2012

    PSafe Technology Inc.

    Infrastructure Manager

    (2012 - 2015) | Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil

    Provide executive leadership and ownership as the head of the TI Infrastructure. IT system analysis and architect, providing the technology architecture, integration, design, coordination and leadership for the integration of the technology systems. IT Architect performing strategic analysis to determine cost effective approaches to integrate the main elements of all company's products. Responsible for end-to-end technology initiatives. Direct liaison and program manager between technologists and the CEO/CTO. Led day-to-day operations of Help Desk, application delivery and development, network administration and data center management operations. Provide IT leadership, project management, relationship partnering, budget planning strategic and tactical technology direction. Brand development, web site traffic growth, deployment and DevOpping, Specialize in contract placement of Information Technology Professionals.

  • 2011

    Microwave Digital Works

    Senior Backend Developer

    (2011 - 2012) | Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil

    Responsible for programming and give maintenance of several Globosat (TV Channel) web portals, including Brasil Channel (Canal Brasil), Viva Channel (Canal Viva), Globosat Commercial, Megapix, Globosat HD, Premiere International, Sócio Premiere and Multishow HD channels, from mounting Quality Assurance environment to project and communication control with end users; also performing the architecture and assembly of Production environment with redundancy in failover and backup of the InfoGlobo Geomídia project.

  • 2000

    RJNet Internet Service Provider

    Infrastrucure Architect and Network Manager

    (2000 - 2011) | Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil

    Responsible of management and maintenance of the operational services of a service provider: Apache, IIS, Sendmail, Asterisk, Nagios, backup using linux (amanda), virtualization using both vmware xen, maintenance of Linux and Windows servers and OSX fluent; Also responsible for programming the company's internal systems and maintenance and development of websites/customer systems, for creating the RJNET speedometer connection very used in the 2000's, responsible for the creative department, where several systems were built, such as condominium management products and others.

Education History

  • 2006

    Universidade Estácio de Sá

    Bachelor , Computer Science

    (2006 - 2012)

    Student with a high grade on all disciplines and a Final Paper based on a application developed to debug and help Windows Operating System to understood better what resources installed applications were using, running and consuming memory.

  • 2001

    PUC - RJ

    Bachelor , Computer Science

    (2001 - 2006)

    The PUC-Rio IT department is a program with excelent grades according international standards about academic quality.


Idioms Fluency

  •   NativePortuguese
  •   NativeEnglish
  •   ProfessionalSpanish

Professional Skills

  • AWS Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Conference Speaker
  • Developer Relationship
  • Curriculum Development
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Operating Systems
  • Mentoring and People Management