Rafid was previously a member of @indonesianmantaproject, working for manta rays ecology research and conservation in Raja Ampat, West Papua. He is interested in shark and rays conservation, particularly in finding the mutual benefits of conservation and livelihoods. He is also a Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Sciences (ICCS) at the University of Oxford and a Beahrs ELP Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Rafid manages and expands Thresher Shark Indonesia, building and maintaining relationships with partners, communities, donors, and other private entities. Rafid graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Coastal Science and Policy. He is pursuing his PhD in Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.