Chief Executive Officer
Iraj Ispahani is the CEO of Ispahani Advisory Ltd. and is based in London. Iraj serves as a Group Director and Board Member of M.M. Ispahani Ltd, a family business headquartered in Bangladesh which will celebrate 200 years in 2020.
Iraj is a 10th generation member of the Ispahani family. The Ispahanis have been involved in business in South Asia since 1820. With corporate offices in Chittagong, Dhaka and Khulna and, through its tea, textile, jute, property and shipping divisions, the Group employs approximately 10,000 people. Corporate and Social Responsibility form a large part of the Ispahani philosophy. Throughout its history the family has endeavoured to support and advance worthwhile causes and has established schools and colleges in colleges in Bangladesh as well as the renowned Ispahani Islamia Eye Hospital in 1960.
Iraj has held global and regional leadership roles in banking at JP Morgan and talent management at Korn/ Ferry where he focused on advising the buy side including asset and wealth managers, hedge funds and private equity firms. He also co-founded Cantos an online corporate communications business in 2001.
During his sixteen year career at JP Morgan, where he was Global COO of the Financial Institutions Group, Iraj worked in fixed-income markets, investment banking and asset and wealth management. At the JP Morgan Private Bank in London and Geneva Iraj advised wealth owners on investment strategy and generational planning. At Korn/Ferry he led financial services in EMEA and advised clients on governance, leadership and talent. He was also global head of client strategy and a member of the office of the CEO. In January 2020 Iraj was appointed Chair of The Shakespeare’s Globe Council. Prior to this Iraj served as Deputy Chairman and Trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe. He also served as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Nominations Committee. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of ‘Seeing is Believing’, Standard Chartered Bank’s global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness in collaboration with The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). In October 2019 Iraj was appointed as an Independent Trustee of the newly established Standard Chartered Foundation. Iraj is an Advisor to UNICEF in the UK and in Bangladesh. Iraj is a Founding Advisor of the Responsible Family Business and Wealth Ownership program created by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education and is one of the lecturers and facilitators.
Iraj was educated at Winchester College and holds a Master’s of Philosophy degree in international relations from Cambridge University and a Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) from London University in politics and history.