Andrew Mountfield was born in the UK and spent his early childhood in the USA. He completed the dual degree economics and business administration programme in the UK, Germany and France at the European School of Business university partnership, and subsequently graduated with a masters degree from Bocconi University, Milan. He holds a research masters from HEC Paris and Oxford University, where he worked on emergent strategy and its relation to organisation. He completed his doctorate at Ashridge Business School. He is currently a member of Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
He started his career with a major Swiss pharmaceutical company as an assistant to the board, was seconded to a global strategy consulting company, but then returned to the pharmaceutical industry with management assignments in business development and finance.