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Michael Telford has held financially intensive and managerial roles as a credit analyst, project finance consultant, financial manager, and capital markets specialist. He has been employed by or on behalf of principal investors, consultancies, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, large corporations, investment banks, and institutional fixed income trading operations. Michaels experience on the buy-side and sell-side of transactions is further benefited by the client perspective he gained as daily Chief Financial Officer of three non-financial services companies. Michael joined Crowdfunder following 14 months with the Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation, a US non-profit lending to private companies in Iraq. Prior, as Managing Partner of HaldaneFrontier, he provided consulting services, such as financial modeling, financial analysis, corporate strategy, strategic planning, business plan writing, and interim CFO duties, for Primavera Capital, DOCS Clothing, GreenCore Capital, Gary Capital, Tracker, and Layer 2 Communications. Previous to these, Michael was CFO of Paratus Worldwide, a start-up transportation company, for which he raised venture financing, was responsible for FP&A, treasury, investor relations, accounting and risk management, and facilitated the companys acquisition by a private equity group. As a financier and corporate financial advisor with Interlink Capital Strategies, Capital Link, and Delphos International, Michaels work included financial management and work raising money from bilateral and multilateral development organizations and private sources of capital for capital projects in challenging US and international markets. Early in his career, Michael was a mortgage-backed securities analyst, portfolio manager and fixed income trader for firms such as C-Squared Investment Group and Masterson Moreland Sauer Whisman, where he managed inventories and portfolios of debentures and mortgage-backed securities hedged with cash, futures, and options. He also wrote newsletters on US and world economies, macroeconomic policymaking, current capital markets, and issues pertaining to fixed income securities. Michael has a Masters in International Development Finance from the American University in Washington, DC and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Financial advisory, operational efficiency, and global project development consultancy that serves as a resource to firms entering new markets or examining traditional ways of conducting their business. Representative client engagements: Middle East Small Business Lending Institution (credit analysis, loan proposal writing); Financial Services Company (financial modeling, financial analysis); Start-Up Retailer (corporate strategy, new product marketing); Venture Capital Fund (strategic planning, fundamental analysis); Private Capital Investment Co. (portfolio analysis); Web-Based Accountancy Service Provider (business plan, financial model); Telecom & IT Services Provider (Interim CFO); National Foundation (volunteer member of the Board of Directors).
Part of three-person management team for start-up transportation security company operating in Iraq. Raised venture financing; served as CFO (responsible for FP&A, Treasury, and Investor Relations; supervised Accounting and Risk Management); and facilitated companys acquisition by a private equity group.
Contracted to a USAID funded NGO client providing business training and grants to small- and medium-sized businesses in Iraq. Held Finance Officer, Grants Manager, and Acting Chief of Party positions. Responsible for starting up and running an Iraq-wide grants program that was recognized as one of the top private sector economic development initiatives in Iraq in 2005.
Financial Advisor to nonprofit community medical clinics seeking improved financial operations efficiency and/or debt, equity, or grant funding for equipment purchases and building projects in low-income communities in the US.
Financial Advisor to foreign and US corporations seeking debt funding for establishing or expanding operations in developing countries.
Fixed income securities analysis, trading, and management responsibilities within US Government Agency, Brokerage Firm Institutional Sales, and Registered Investment Advisor settings.