Allen is a Canadian Chartered Accountant born and raised in Calgary.
Allen graduated in 1989 from the University of Calgary and articled with Ernst & Young Calgary. After obtaining his CA designation in 1994, Allen spent nearly 2 decades working in the emerging markets of Kazakhstan, Qatar, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey & UAE in senior finance roles with the World Bank, Deloitte, Integra Group and Qatar Solar.
Since 2018, Allen has been an advisor to both tech and non-tech startups: he has recorded over 280 podcast episodes; he has made nearly 1600 posts on various social media platforms including LinkedIn (800+), Instagram (350+), Twitter (275+) and Facebook (150+). Allen has also written and published 22 articles around career advice on both LinkedIn and Medium
Finally, since May 2020, Allen has narrated a total of 17 audio books on the Amazon website referred to as ACX (part of Audible), 15 of which have been published and 2 remain under ACX quality assurance review.