She / Her

Entrepreneur & Author

Rupal Patel’s high-octane career as a CIA officer turned serial entrepreneur has taken her from military briefing rooms in jungles and war zones to corporate boardrooms and international stages. After a thrilling career at the CIA, she earned her MBA from London Business School and started her first award-winning business over ten years ago.

Called a ‘Power Woman’ by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Rupal is a sought-after international speaker and business consultant who has spoken in front of thousands. As a sitting CEO, author, strategist, coach and mentor, Rupal helps founders, executives, and next generation change-makers reset their mindset and make the impossible possible.

Her new book, From CIA to CEO, provides a powerful new toolkit for living and leading that reveals how the techniques of the CIA can help anyone find their voice and thrive without conforming to stale stereotypes or dated “best practice”.

Rupal shares the unconventional skills she developed as a woman and field agent in the high-stakes, alpha-male world of the CIA, and combines those clandestine insights with her experiences as a CEO and business advisor. With captivating stories and truly unique exercises, Rupal helps her audiences and clients leverage the CIA mindset to remake the rules of success and become unstoppable.

Rupal’s talks about identity-driven leadership help new and seasoned leaders delve deep into their identity so they can leverage their unique strengths, uncover blindspots, and become better, more effective, and more fulfilled in the process. Her unique perspectives on resilience, adaptability, mindset, and growth are invaluable for founders and corporate leaders who want off-the-beaten-path insights to help them think bigger, lead better, and be bolder.


Rupal Patel - From CIA to CEO