Andrei Stephens

Andrei Stephens

Works at:

Urban Airship

Location in:

Portland, OR, United States of America

Andrei Stephens

Currently

Works at:
Urban Airship
Location in:
Portland, OR, United States of America

Bio

I have consulted with companies of all sizes - from startups to publicly traded - spanning three continents, providing support on a variety of projects. I focus on effective communication, whether creating messaging for a new campaign or buy-in from key stakeholders. I'm comfortable using data to measure effectiveness and drive resource allocation, as my extensive coursework in quantitative disciplines (economics, mathematics, statistics, physics, financial reporting) has translated to professional contexts.

My highly quantitative background and financial research experience provide me with an uncommon ability to focus on the numbers, while my strategy, sales and marketing work allow me to interface effectively with everyone from engineers to CEOs.

Andrei has worked/studied in

  • Ghana
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Andrei speaks

  • English
  • German

Andrei has experience in

  • Consulting
  • Finance - Asset management/ hedge funds
  • Financial services (incl. insurance, mortgages, retail banking)
  • Services - legal, PR, marketing, accounting
  • Technology

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Work

2013 – present

Director of Strategic Engagement

Africa IQ
  • We build awareness of innovations in products, funding structures, and business models coming out of Africa to stimulate engagement and investment.
2012 – present

Consultant

Independent Consultant
  • BusinessBecause (London, UK / Portland, OR)
  • Marketing, Sales – Building brand recognition, user base, partnerships, and revenue
  • • Main point of contact for all North American revenue, utilizing multiple channels to build demand and convert interest
  • o Team increased company revenue >30% QoQ during initial quarter
  • o Site was able to add partnerships with the top school in Canada, the top school in Australia, the University of Oxford, the largest telecom network in the UK, and GE.
  • • Redesigned customer acquisition strategy for network
  • • Produced marketing materials and messaging to promote the network
  • • Created fundraising and B2B sales materials and presentations
  • AfricaIQ (New York, NY)
  • Engagement – Conceiving, negotiating, and promoting partnerships and marketing initiatives
  • • Member of strategy/executive team of this international nonprofit
  • • Craft presentations and white papers to promote organizational initiatives and support fundraising
  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Accra, Ghana)
  • Marketing and Product Strategy – Mentored and collaborated with entrepreneurs building their companies following receipt of seed funding
  • • Provided business and funding advice to CEOs of companies including:
  • o Saya – First African Techcrunch Disrupt finalist
  • o Dropifi – First African company accepted to 500 Startups
  • Prismaflex UK (London, UK)
  • Marketing and Product – Consulted CEO on rollout of new product line, pivot of business model
  • • Created product business plan, including market research, financial projections, and resource requirements for successful launch
  • • Liaised with company officers in Spain and France to create buy-in and develop strategy in line with existing business
2014 – present

Associate Product Manager

Urban Airship
  • Member of the optimization and analytics team
2012 – 2013
(Nov – Sep)

Incubator Consultant

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
  • I consulted with entrepreneurs to develop their businesses following receipt of seed funding, and to position business models for attractive valuation in future rounds. I also provided marketing and product guidance, and advised on strategy.
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Ghana Investment Team

Said Business School Venture Fund
  • The investment team identified investment opportunities, conducted due diligence, and negotiated placements in Ghana, West Africa.
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Social Media Lead / Steering Committee Member

Oxford Business Network - Africa
  • The OBN hosts events and promotes dialogue about business in Africa, including hosting a world-class business conference. This year's conference was headlined by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. A full speaker list is at: http://www.oxfordafricanetwork.org/speakers.htm
2011 – 2012

Agent

Bankers Life and Casualty
2012
(Mar – Sep)

Editor

Masterplans.com
  • I helped craft fundable business plans for entrepreneurs, providing market intelligence and business savvy to help our customers pursue their dreams.
2008 – 2011

Research Associate

GAM- LLC

Work

2013 – present

Director of Strategic Engagement

Africa IQ
  • We build awareness of innovations in products, funding structures, and business models coming out of Africa to stimulate engagement and investment.
2012 – present

Consultant

Independent Consultant
  • BusinessBecause (London, UK / Portland, OR)
  • Marketing, Sales – Building brand recognition, user base, partnerships, and revenue
  • • Main point of contact for all North American revenue, utilizing multiple channels to build demand and convert interest
  • o Team increased company revenue >30% QoQ during initial quarter
  • o Site was able to add partnerships with the top school in Canada, the top school in Australia, the University of Oxford, the largest telecom network in the UK, and GE.
  • • Redesigned customer acquisition strategy for network
  • • Produced marketing materials and messaging to promote the network
  • • Created fundraising and B2B sales materials and presentations
  • AfricaIQ (New York, NY)
  • Engagement – Conceiving, negotiating, and promoting partnerships and marketing initiatives
  • • Member of strategy/executive team of this international nonprofit
  • • Craft presentations and white papers to promote organizational initiatives and support fundraising
  • Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Accra, Ghana)
  • Marketing and Product Strategy – Mentored and collaborated with entrepreneurs building their companies following receipt of seed funding
  • • Provided business and funding advice to CEOs of companies including:
  • o Saya – First African Techcrunch Disrupt finalist
  • o Dropifi – First African company accepted to 500 Startups
  • Prismaflex UK (London, UK)
  • Marketing and Product – Consulted CEO on rollout of new product line, pivot of business model
  • • Created product business plan, including market research, financial projections, and resource requirements for successful launch
  • • Liaised with company officers in Spain and France to create buy-in and develop strategy in line with existing business
2014 – present

Associate Product Manager

Urban Airship
  • Member of the optimization and analytics team
2012 – 2013
(Nov – Sep)

Incubator Consultant

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
  • I consulted with entrepreneurs to develop their businesses following receipt of seed funding, and to position business models for attractive valuation in future rounds. I also provided marketing and product guidance, and advised on strategy.
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Ghana Investment Team

Said Business School Venture Fund
  • The investment team identified investment opportunities, conducted due diligence, and negotiated placements in Ghana, West Africa.
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Social Media Lead / Steering Committee Member

Oxford Business Network - Africa
  • The OBN hosts events and promotes dialogue about business in Africa, including hosting a world-class business conference. This year's conference was headlined by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. A full speaker list is at: http://www.oxfordafricanetwork.org/speakers.htm
2011 – 2012

Agent

Bankers Life and Casualty
2012
(Mar – Sep)

Editor

Masterplans.com
  • I helped craft fundable business plans for entrepreneurs, providing market intelligence and business savvy to help our customers pursue their dreams.
2008 – 2011

Research Associate

GAM- LLC

Education

2012 – 2013

Oxford Said Business School

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2004 – 2008

Reed College

BA
2000 – 2004

Cranbrook Kingswood

Additional Info

Website
uk.linkedin.com/pub/andrei-stephens/b/537/358
Nationality:
  • American