Iraj Ispahani is the CEO of Ispahani Advisory Ltd and is based in London. Ispahani Advisory advises family businesses on business strategy, governance, people, and education. The firm operates internationally and specialises in working with family and private businesses, private foundations and wealth owners. Iraj serves as a Group Director and Board Member of the Ispahani Group, a family business headquartered in Bangladesh which marked 200 years in 2020.
Prior to joining the family business Iraj held global and regional leadership roles in banking at JP Morgan and organisational development at Korn/Ferry. He also co-founded Cantos an online corporate communications business in 2001.
Iraj is Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe Council and an Independent Trustee of the Standard Chartered Foundation. He is an Advisor to UNICEF in the UK and in Bangladesh. Iraj is a Member of the UK Development Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is Founding Advisor and member of the Advisory Group of an educational programme starting in June 2022 at the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University on Multi-Generational Leadership, equipping the world’s most influential families to shape the 21st century. Iraj is editor of the Family Business and Responsible Wealth Ownership: Preparing the Next Generation, published by Globe Law and Business in 2021. He is co-author of Circular Economy Principles for Family Business and Wealth Stewardship – A New Governance and Sustainability Framework, published by STEP in 2022.