Chief Information Officer at Uphold Inc.
Christopher Adjei-Ampofo Chief Information Officer & Head of Procurement is responsible for Uphold’s information technology and digital strategy spanning applications, data, cybersecurity and infrastructure, which are a vital part of nearly every aspect of the customer experience. An experienced entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 year’s industry experience providing effective solutions to business across many sectors. Chief Technology Officer, Head of Data Privacy, and Chief Information Security Officer of global Fintech companies including Ipreo with strong leadership and communication skills managed and deployed global solutions for leading investment banks including Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays Capital, and HBOS and Foreign Exchange companies including Caxtonfx Prior to joining Uphold Chris served as both the Director of Data Privacy and Information Security Officer for Ipreo Holdings LLC company owned by BlackStone and Goldman Sachs until recently acquired by IHSMarkIT.
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Feb 2020 - Present
Chief Information Officer
Nov 2018 - Feb 2020
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Responsible for providing strategic advice, direction, and implementation of Information Security and Data Privacy frameworks, and driving awareness, accountability, risk-based initiatives throughout the organisation towards greater business transparency and reinforcing trust from third parties, business partners and customers.
May 2018 - Aug 2019
Chief Technology Officer
goAfrica is a B2B marketplace that enables buyers and suppliers worldwide to trade with buyers and suppliers within Africa.
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Data Privacy & Information Security Officer
Responsible for the developing procedures and policies related to the prevention, detection, and response to Information Security and Data Privacy related risks, partnering with external legal counsel on the execution of programs to ensure that Ipreo’s global practices around personal information of clients, prospective clients, employees and partners comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations, company practices and standards, as well as leading industry practices.
Oct 2010 - Jul 2014
Global Head of IT Operations
• Lead the execution of technology strategy for technology platforms, partnerships, and external relationships. • Negotiate global contracts and manage vendor accounts - exploiting economies of scale of debtdomain worldwide presence to secure discounted pricing and/or preferential terms of service, as well as influencing vendor product development roadmaps. • Developed and implemented ISO 27001 framework globally • Anticipate and react to major technology changes to ensure the maintenance of company leadership within the loan syndication software industry. • Establish technical standards and ensure adherence to them for product development and company operations. • Designing and deploying global solutions using cloud technology including disaster recovery. • Developed an IT security strategy and due diligence documents for security audits.
Aug 2010 - Feb 2011
• Developed and rolled-out the marketing plan, including new product development and launch programmes that will allow Braesphere to evolve from a startup to vision driven solution and services company • Created an applications strategy, roadmap, policies, and standards based on business plans and application requirements • Managed budgeting, planning, forecasting, and variance reporting for IT services group • Developed teams, processes and systems to ensure our rapid growth strategy was achieved • Worked with our clients to develop custom innovative solutions and strategy for a global brand
Jul 2004 - Jul 2010
Knowledgewire Systems Ltd
Managing Director / Founder
2005 - 2010
Knowledgewire Systems Ltd
• Architected and designed TalkSheet CRM software based on 3-tier client server model using latest Microsoft technologies • Developed and rolled-out the marketing plan, including new product development and launch programmes that will allow KnowledgeWire to evolve from a product-driven company to a market-led provider of solutions and services. • Managed budgeting, planning, forecasting, and variance reporting for IT services group • Led the vision, strategy and business planning process to introduce KnowledgeWire as a solution provider for Travel and Foreign Exchange industry • Developed teams, processes and systems to ensure our 3 year growth strategy was achieved • Worked with our clients to develop a CRM vision and strategy for a global brand and aligned data points in one common global solution. • Planned and organised delivery of a packaged solution to be exhibited at the Travel Technology Exhibition at Earl Court in 2008. • Provided effective management, leadership, coaching and development of staff to achieve company and department goals and objectives. • Introduced development and delivery procedures to ensure successful release of product and services to client base • Directed development, maintenance and compliance with appropriate standards, policies and practices required to efficiently manage all environments. • Effectively interacted with a broad range of senior, technical and functional management and subject matter experts throughout the company regarding strategy and services.