Michelle Giddens

Bridges Ventures

Michele co-founded Bridges Fund Management along with Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002. The firm is dedicated to sustainable and impact investment and has raised almost £800m across three types of funds: Sustainable Growth, Property and Social Sector funds.

Michele has over 20 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA.


There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector.

Michele has a BA Honours in politics, philosophy & economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Michele is on the board of CDC, and has recently been appointed as Chair of the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, as established by the G8.