Amir Rizwan

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Amir Rizwan

Relationships Director (Job share)
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Social investment for foundations and investors, social enterprises and charities, venture philanthropy and partnerships

About Amir

Amir is the Relationship Director at Big Society Capital which is a job-share with Joanna Heywood, supporting social ventures to grow their business and impact by connecting them with support and capital. Building the social impact investment market through relationships with mission-aligned investors and networks. Establishing development partnerships to tackle social issues. Developing learning programmes, tools and platforms to enable more and better support to social ventures.

Alongside his current role at Big Society Capital. Amir is also Big Society Capital’s Diversity Champion and is responsible for leading on its equality, diversity and inclusion strategy alongside colleagues across the business. Furthermore, he is also a member of Big Society Capital’s innovation team looking at supporting early-stage fund innovation. Amir has been working in the social investment sector for 8 years having recently led on Comic Relief’s social investment strategy and prior to that he managed a community housing investment fund for CAF Venturesome as well as a portfolio of social investments to a range of social purpose organisations. Through his role at Big Society Capital Amir is a member of the Social Impact Investing Group (SIIG) steering group.

Prior to joining the social investment sector Amir worked in the financial services sector in a variety of roles for BNP Paribas and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Amir is currently the co-chair of the Diversity Forum, which was setup to improve diversity, equality and inclusion within the social investment sector. He is also a Governor at Cripplegate Foundation, a place-based foundation in Islington, where he supports the management and board on decisions relating to grants, strategy, planning and decision making; helping and supporting the organisation to grow and develop.