In 2010, Rafat graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal, obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration, having pursued his undergraduate studies in Computer Engineering Technology and Network Management at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. In the same year of graduating from HEC, Rafat established the “Resonate! Yemen” foundation, aimed at engaging Yemeni youth in public policy discourse.
Rafat Al-Akhali has remained a committed and prominent leader on Yemini youth issues since graduating from Oxford in 2013.
In November 2014 Rafat was sworn into the Yemini Cabinet as the youngest minister in the history of the Republic of Yemen, in the position of Minister of Youth and Sports.