Rafaela Paulo Teixeira was born on July 12, 1996 in Santo Tirso, district of Porto, northern Portugal. She is a Marine Biologist graduated at the University of Algarve (Ualg).

In 2015 obtained the first level Speleology and, with great taste, has been collecting certificates of lectures given by various scientists performing research in Portugal, contributing  to the enrichment of their cognitive abilities on various scientific content.

In the academic year 2015/2016, she was general secretary of the Biology Student Center of the University of Algarve (NEBUA) and won first place in the Algarve University in pairs competition called ANEBIO Quiz, ranking third nationally. The national competition was held in Vila Real, Portugal.

During the second year of the marine biology degree, Rafaela applied for a US State Department program called Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe that, with the collaboration of Fulbright, after sending your application (where noted their curriculum vitae ), letters of recommendation and have been interviewed in the capital (Lisbon), the Portuguese was chosen to participate in the program. which took place in Eugene (Oregon),  Fort Collins (Colorado) and Washington DC, between the dates June 18 to July 24, 2016, where, along with over 21 students from 16 different countries in Europe, had training on environmental issues (environmental issues); how to be a good leader (leadership skills); among other activities, such as volunteering.

In 2017 Rafaela participated at the 10th edition of the Green Project Awards Conference in Sintra, Portugal and graduated from University of Algarve in Marine Biology. Currently Rafaela is attending the second year of the International Master Degree of Marine and Coastal Systems at the same university.