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Head of Strategy

Ashley Lopez is a Chicago native who studied in Minnesota and subsequently in London. She became a Director of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in March 2012. After spending a year heading up Human Resources, Ashley moved to Chief Operating Officer and on 1 January 2014, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer until her promotion to Group CEO DOCASA, Inc. on 1st June 2018.

Ashley led and executed the growth plan for Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. She was responsible for taking the business from two locations and ten employees to twenty locations and two hundred employees within four years.  In 2015 Ashley established the Roastery Department in order to meet the demands of the fast-growing business. This brought all coffee roasting services in house, creating the wholesale arm of the business.

She led the company’s entry into the United States in October 2017, launching the first Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, in Chicago, IL and securing a further 5 locations. In November 2017, Ashley oversaw the acquisition and integration of TAP Coffee, adding 4 locations to the group.

In June 2015, she joined the Board of Business for Social Progress, a new forum established by UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity. Here, the business leaders discuss how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in today’s business world. In January 2016, she was appointed as a Trustee of the award-winning UK based charity, Pump Aid. She is a Trustee of The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’) and is a founding Member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (“CLRSC”).

Ashley provides mentorship to Girls United, a charity that establishes football academies for girls in low-income areas. This enabled them to develop confidence and leadership skills through football.

Ashley holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and an MA in Management from the University of Westminster, London. In July 2016, she was chosen as one of the UK business magazine, Management Today’s, top 35 businesswomen in the UK under 35 years old.

Debora Soares