Mark Florman

Mark Florman

Visiting Senior Fellow

Institute of Global Affairs

About me

Mark Florman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics. He was founder of the merchant banking group Maizels Westerberg and has since founded a number of businesses in the technology, advisory, financial services and investment sectors.

He was Managing Director of the private equity firm Doughty Hanson, Chair of LM Glasfiber (the global renewable energy group) and started the African venture capital firm 8 Miles LLP with Bob Geldof. He has been active in policy ideas and campaigns related to social mobility and poverty fighting in the UK and across the world. He co-founded the Centre for Social Justice, the Early Intervention Foundation and B Labs (UK). He was CEO of BVCA for two and a half years.

He is CEO of Time Partners, advising venture capital firms and governments on growth, markets and regulation. In March 2015 he was appointed to the Board of the BBC Trust, and is the Trustee for England. Mark was a member of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force in 2014, and was appointed to the Triennial Review of the Big Lottery Fund by the UK Cabinet Office in the same year.

Mark is a leading authority on some of the world’s most entrenched socio-economic challenges, speaking widely on reforms that must be made to drive improved governance and productivity, and always championing the power and social impact of good business. He is the author of the External Rate of Return with the London School of Economics and speaks on the Future of Business.

Expertise

merchant banking; technology; advisory; investment