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Serial Entrepreneur & Management Specialist: Michael Ede

Over his 16-year long career as an entrepreneur, investor, project manager and football intermediary, Michael Ede (MBA) has honed the skills and domain expertise needed to elevate the careers of high-performing football athletes.

As of September 2020, Michael Ede is the CEO and managing director of Uplift11, a sports talent management agency dedicated to fully maximising the potential of new and experienced sporting talent. Mr Ede brings years of industry experience and nuance to the role. His qualifications include the Football Agent Pro certification, courtesy of the esteemed John Viola Academy, as well as the S4 Scouting Professional Football Recruitment and Players Scouting Level 1 Training.

As a multidisciplinary and FA-licensed  football  intermediary,  Mr  Ede  prioritises  and  negotiates for the long term success and sustainability of his clients’ careers above all else. As a result, Uplift11 now represents football athletes like Tonći Kukoč, Lugiani Gallardo, Lewis Horner, and Charlevy Mabiala. They also work with coaches Emanuele Ferraro and Sergey Matveyev. Michael Ede and Uplift 11 have been featured in TIME, Forbes, and the Washington Mail for their meticulous and thoughtful service to global sporting talent.

In addition to his role at Uplift11, Michael Ede also serves as CEO of its parent company, Maigmike Consulting, a business solutions firm built for the modern-day. Maigmike Consulting leverages industry insights and experiences to transform business performance. Mr Ede develops business strategy across a diverse array of projects, helping top executives and business owners overcome organisational challenges. Michael Ede’s focus on client success has resulted in countless happy customers, all of whom attest to Mr Ede’s expertise and dedication to business outcomes.

Michael Ede is also the Director of Training and Development at Brighter Connect, a training and consulting organisation that offers courses and learning materials across various domains. At Brighter Connect, Mr Ede conducts training around the corporate sector, government agencies, and more. By facilitating end-to-end training programmes, Mr Ede’s empathy, energy, and penchant for client success have created opportunities for over 1,000 learners.

As a project manager, Michael Ede has worked with some of the world’s biggest and most acclaimed financial institutions, biopharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. These include HSBC, Barclays, Bank of Ireland, Capgemini, AstraZeneca, and more.

While working with Barclays, Mr Ede led the adoption of Agile project management philosophy while tackling challenges like CCSR compliance requirements. As a Global Release Lead at HSBC, he implemented a new centralised platform for BIB and Multi-Channel Business Account Opening by leveraging the DevOps framework. As a Deployment Lead at AstraZeneca, Mr Ede built synergies between business and technology operations: he integrated company data systems for the firm’s ‘Our Future Reimagined’ programme and mapped their deployment E2E business plan.

Overall, Michael Ede brings a level of experience, energy, and focus unmatched in the industry. As managing director of one of the fastest-growing sports talent management agencies in the UK, he is the perfect person to motivate and manage top-performing athletes from all corners of the world.