Appointed in December 2014, Michele Giddens is a Partner and Co-Founder of Bridges Ventures, a specialist fund manager dedicated to sustainable and impact investment. She has over 20 years of experience in impact investment and international development finance.
Michele has played a key role in the growth of the impact investing movement in the UK. She was an adviser to the UK Treasury’s Social Investment Task Force and chaired the Community Development Finance Association from 2003-2005. More recently, she chaired the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, part of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, from 2016-18. She sits on the BVCA Council, and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of CDC, the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution.
Michele has over 25 years of international development and social finance experience. She began her career with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia. She subsequently spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation, one of the leading community development banks in the USA.
Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She was recently awarded an OBE for services to international development and social finance in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Committee membership: People Development and Remuneration; Development Impact; Nominations.