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Meet Rafa



Meet Rafa Sabbagh, a co-founder of K21, where he has dedicated his career to spearheading agile and digital transformations for companies ranging from startups to multinationals. With a wealth of experience, Rafa is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), from the Scrum Alliance, and an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), from the Kanban University. From 2015 to 2017, he even served as a member of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors.


Equipped with a Master's in Business and a Computer Engineering degree, Rafa has been deeply involved in the world of Agile and Scrum since the mid-2000s. His expertise and passion have led him to personally train over 10,000 Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Agile Coaches. He has provided coaching and conducted training sessions in more than 20 countries, such as the USA, Brazil, Spain, Peru, Colombia, India, Hong Kong, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK. Through his wotk efforts, he has empowered individuals to transform their careers and helped companies enhance their efficiency and effectiveness, creating better working environments.

Rafa's impact extends far beyond his training and consulting endeavors. He has been a prominent figure at international events, sharing his knowledge and insights with diverse audiences, including several Scrum Gatherings and major agile conferences worldwide. Through his experiences, he has gained a broader perspective on global knowledge work practices and the challenges faced by different cultures and communities, which allowed him identify key challenges and provide innovative solutions.

In 2013, Rafa authored the first book about Scrum written in Portuguese, which has become a respected reference in Brazil. Its third edition, published in early 2022, further solidifies its relevance in the industry.


Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Rafa's ability to connect and engage with diverse audiences is truly remarkable. He embraces the opportunity to learn from others and expand his horizons, ensuring that his contributions to the agile community remain cutting-edge and relevant.

Rafa Sabbagh, through his expertise and experiences, continues to push the boundaries of agility, empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in an ever-changing landscape.

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