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Shaiza Rizavi MBA ’96
Shaiza Rizavi is a partner at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., a growth equity brokerage firm committed to giving the small investor who possesses long-term patience and fortitude an opportunity to create wealth. She finds stocks of companies with disruptive, innovative approaches which, when well executed can change people's lives while building capital.
While a student at Vanderbilt University, Rizavi worked in Mexico raising awareness of best sanitation practices. After graduating, she worked in Southeast Asia analyzing opportunities for global replication of successful youth development programs and then went on to obtain an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Rizavi remains active at Columbia Business School where she serves on the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Program and on the Columbia Alumni Arts League. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Calhoun School, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Museum of Natural History and is a member of the Economic Club of New York. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Acumen, where she learns about businesses creating successful social change in emerging economies in East and West Africa and South Asia.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”