DOCASA, Inc. Officers & Directors
PROF. STEFAN ALLESCH-TAYLOR CBE | CHAIRMAN
Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, is a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chairman 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 Chairman 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 authorized 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. Stefan is the Chairman and Founder of award-winning Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, a fast growing independent specialty coffee business in the United Kingdom. He currently oversees companies operating in 6 different sectors in 15 countries.
Stefan is the Founder and Chairman of South African registered The Afri-CAN Charity, operating in Malawi and South Africa providing employment and training to the most disadvantaged in those communities, through the creation of social ventures. The Afri-CAN Charity also builds ECD pre-school nurseries and provides over 350,000 Free School Breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa, over 2,000 pre-school children attend these nurseries.
Stefan is the Co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘CLRSC’), providing support for the homeless in Central London.
Stefan is the Chairman of Pump Aid, an award-winning UK based charity 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.
Stefan is the Chairman of UK charity Team Up, Team Up trains volunteer undergraduate students to tutor disadvantaged children in private lessons in attaining essential GSCE’s. To date over 5,000 children in London have benefitted from the program.
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.
MATTHEW GILL | VICE CHAIRMAN
Mr. Gill has been an executive director and an investor of a number of organizations, both public and private, over the last 15 years in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has worked principally in corporate startups and turnarounds as a strategic advisor in a variety of sectors, including property, technology, food retail and financial services, helping to arrange finance when necessary. He serves as a Director of Pump Aid, an award winning UK charity that has provided clean water to over 1.35 million people in the poorest communities in rural Malawi and Zimbabwe. He is also a Director of The Afri-CAN Charity, an organization that focuses on training, permanent employment and providing free school breakfasts in South Africa and Malawi.
Mr. Gill holds a BSc in Business Administration from Coventry University.
ASHLEY LOPEZ | PRESIDENT & CEO
Ms. 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, Ms. Lopez moved to Chief Operating Officer in March 2013 and in January 2015, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer. She is a Founding Member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (“CLRSC”). The CLRSC provides meals and services to the homeless and socially vulnerable in Central London and has served 10,000 meals since its inception. In June 2015, Ms. Lopez joined the Board of Business for Social Progress, a new forum established by UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity, where business leaders discuss how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in today’s business world. In January 2016, Ms. Lopez was appointed a Trustee of the award winning water charity Pump Aid, who have provided over 1.35 million of the poorest people in Sub Sahara Africa with clean water.
Ms. Lopez holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and a MA in Management from the University of Westminster, London. In July 2016 she was chosen as the UK business magazine, Management Today’s, top 5 businesswomen in the UK under 35 years old.
MARYAM A-MAZRAEI | COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Maryam Mazraei is a graduate from University of Kent Business School and has over 5 years of experience in branding, design, marketing and communications. Alongside being the Communications Director at DOCASA, Inc. she is also the Marketing Director at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DOCASA, Inc.’s subsidiary based in the United Kingdom). She is also the Communications Director for The Afri-CAN Charity where she works on communicating and spreading awareness of the charity.