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Amir Rizwan

Co-optative Member

Amir Rizwan joined the Board of Governors in October 2020. He is a member of the Foundation’s Programme Committee and brings a great depth of experience looking at new funding models to support social change working with civil society organisations and a wide range of other funders. He is now working at Big Society Capital as a Relationship Director (on a job-share basis) where he is focusing on building partnerships and new ways of working on social challenges with foundations and mission-aligned investors. Furthermore, he is also the diversity lead at Big Society Capital where he is working on implementing and enhancing the organisations EDI strategy across the whole business.

He brings a great depth of experience looking at new funding models to support social change working with civil society organisations and a wide range of other funders. He has led on Comic Relief’s social investment work supporting social organisations with innovative funding tools for three years and prior to that managed a community housing investment fund for CAF Venturesome. Amir also currently chairs the Diversity Forum for the social investment sector which looks at how to improve diversity, equality and inclusion within the social investment. Amir also brings lived experience, having lived in London for most of his life since coming to the UK as a refugee in 1991 He hopes this will help inform Cripplegate Foundation on how best it can operate in a complex environment. This will be Amir’s first trustee or governor’s role.