Shaiza Rizavi MBA ’96
Shaiza Rizavi is a partner at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., a brokerage firm committed to giving the small but patient investor the opportunity to create wealth. Since joining the firm in 1996, she has managed a growing portfolio of global securities by coupling traditional best practices and innovative approaches in her stock picking. Shaiza's philosophy for aggressive growth involves balancing what is tested and tangible with what has potential and promise for the future. With experience in global social venture and a passion for innovation, Shaiza picks stocks of companies that change people's lives while building capital.
Before receiving an MBA from Columbia Business School, Shaiza worked in Mexico, raising awareness of best sanitation practices, and in Southeast Asia, analyzing opportunities for global replication of successful youth development programs. Shaiza continues pursuing her passion for enhancing opportunity for the underprivileged by serving on the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School and on the Grants Committee of the Heart and Soul Foundation. She is also an active member of the Economic Club of New York.
Shaiza lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her family. She shares her enthusiasm with her four children for a range of activities—from hiking and biking to photography and classical music.
Shaiza serves on the Board of Directors of her children's school and on the Parents Committee of the American Museum of Natural History Science and Nature Program.