Ispahani Tea Gardens. Photograph: Iraj Ispahani, 2012

About us

Ispahani Advisory advises family businesses and wealth owners on family business strategy, family governancestrategic philanthropypeople and family education. We take an integrated approach to family wealth, health and wellbeing. We encourage families to take a more proactive approach to risk and reputation management. The firm operates internationally and advises multi-jurisdictional families and entrepreneurs in an increasingly transparent and regulated world. Ispahani Advisory’s distinctive approach is reflected in our long term thinking derived from a business owning family with longevity. Family businesses around the world make a significant contribution to the economy and importantly to society and communities. Responsible wealth ownership underpins our overall approach at the firm. An increasing number of wealth-and business-owning families are embracing sustainability as a growing area of focus. But much of this relates to areas external to the family and the governance of family and business interests. At Ispahani Advisory we believe that families must in parallel address internal issues that can become greater derailers than the challenges of the external environment. Families must ensure that they themselves are sustainable.

Our philosophy is articulated in two recent publications. In 2021 Iraj Ispahani edited Family Business and Responsible Wealth Ownership: Preparing the Next Generation and in 2022 he co-authored Circular Economy Principles for Family Business and Wealth Stewardship: A New Governance and Sustainability Framework published by Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

At Ispahani Advisory we believe that to be effective, education and engagement should be inextricably linked. In 2021 Iraj Ispahani and Philip Marcovici became founding advisors of the Multi-Generational Leadership Programme at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Participants are families from Global North and South and the program helps them understand social, environmental and economic changes, the consequences on value and the impacts on their family and its stakeholders. To learn more about this programme or to download the brochure click here.

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