Rael has held a number of executive positions, as well as helped co-found several successful early-stage financial services and technology ventures. He initially moved to the UK in 2007 with JPMorgan, where he worked in the bank's Johannesburg, New York and London offices.

Rael was involved in creating the One to One's "Young Professional Network" in 2010, aimed at raising awareness and engagement amongst young professionals, predominantly those from outside the UK but based in London, with the intention of developing long-term relationships with the charity, as well as diversifying its fundraising networks.

Rael grew up in Cape Town and holds a Business Science degree with honours in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cape Town.