KaldiMarket Leadership Team


The Kaldi team is comprised of award-winning specialists in large-scale humanitarian initiatives, finance, entrepreneurship, business, blockchain development, computing, logistics, environmentalism, academia, and coffee industry professionals.

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE FKC FRSA

Director and CEO

30+ years of international multi-sector leadership experience, including 12 years in the international coffee sector. Investor and entrepreneur in multiple global startups. Fellow and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at King’s College London. Authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority

Max Ziff   BA ACA

Finance Director

Experienced multinational finance professional with expertise in restructuring and refinancing. Formerly SG Warburg and Houlihan Lokey, where he ran their European Financial Advisory and Sovereign Advisory businesses. Qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC

Daniel Ball

Tech and Strategic 

Technologist, award-winning entrepreneur, and distinguished former military intelligence leader working with the National Security Agency (NSA). Expertise in blockchain, operations, and agritech innovation. Formerly T-Mobile and US Government Department of Defence

Rachel Hillel

User Insights

20+ years advising consumer and retail brands in the UK and internationally, including Hotel Chocolat, Tesco, and Pret a Manger. Drove Pret’s global business strategy, including the Paris rollout. 8 years of board-level experience with stand-out, award-winning specialty coffee companies in the UK

Jesse Anglen

Software and Blockchain

Worked with leading entrepreneurs in the startup scene for over a decade. Proven track record of successfully executing complex blockchain and Web3 projects. Expert in leveraging decentralisation and Web3 tech

Zara Shirwan

Global Communications

20+ years international experience in corporate, consumer, and strategic advisory roles including Expedia and Sony. Specialist in media relations, global communication strategy and reputation management. Provides counsel to startups, entrepreneurs, CEOs, technology innovators  and digital currency exchanges  

Sunil Arora

Logistics, AI and Automation 

30+ years of expertise in the maritime shipping and export industry and 20+ years in technology integration in the sector. Founded award-winning maritime blockchain-based asset tokenisation platform, Shipfinex

Ashley Lopez

Green Coffee Specialist 

Over a decade of expertise in sourcing, purchasing and trading green coffee at volume internationally. Former CEO of multi-award winning specialty coffee brand in the UK and US