PROFESSOR STEFAN ALLESCH-TAYLOR CBE
Group Chairman Coffeesmiths Collective, Inc.
Stefan, is a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chair, educator and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or Senior Non-Executive Director on both public and private companies.
Stefan is currently the Deputy Chair of Action Hotels PLC; Co-founder and Supervisory Board Member of asset manager Global Evolution A/S and a Non-Executive Director of private equity firm Clearbrook Partners LLP. Stefan is authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority; he is regulated by the Danish Financial Services Authority; and is also approved as a ‘controller’ of a German deposit-taking bank by the Bundesbank, BaFin and Germany’s Deposit Protection Fund. He currently oversees companies operating in 6 different sectors in 15 countries.
Stefan is the Founder and Chair of South African registered The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’). The ACC also builds ECD preschool nurseries and provides over 900,000 Free School Breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa, over 3,500 pre-school children attend these nurseries.
Stefan is the Founder and Deputy Chair of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee ('CLRSC'), he remains the principal benefactor having funded over 90% of the meal events, providing support for the homeless in Central London for over 10 years.
Stefan is the Chair of Pump Aid, an award-winning UK based charity. Pump Aid was the UK Charity of The Year 2017 (Aid and Development) providing over 10% of the national rural water supplies for both Zimbabwe and Malawi combined with over 9,500 community partners serving over 1.35 million people.
In 2016, he was appointed the first Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at The Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London.
Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (‘CBE’) in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.