Rafael Andreata is an Associate Director of Absolute Return at KAUST Investment Management Company. Rafael joined KAUST in 2014 and his responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting and monitoring the Endowment’s hedge fund portfolio. KAUST is an international graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation. Established in 2009 and located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, the university pursues research to address global challenges in the areas of water, food, energy and the environment. Prior to KAUST, from 2007 to 2012, Rafael worked as an equity analyst on the sell-side and buy-side covering Utilities, Telecom and Infrastructure in Latin America for Planner Securities, Santander Asset Management and Rio Verde Investments. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Materials Science from Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil and an M.B.A. in Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.