|Born||20 April 1960|
|Residence||London, UK and Dubai, UAE|
|Occupation||Founder and Chairman, Inclusive Ventures and CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures|
Early life and education
Amersi spent his childhood in Kenya. In 1976 he came to the UK, and studied at Merchant Taylors School. Amersi studied law at Sheffield and Cambridge, and went on to do an Executive MBA at the Saïd Business School, Oxford where he was cited on the Dean's List and awarded a distinction.
Amersi is an honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford and an Independent Governor of the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. Amersi since then has financed one of the most significant expansions at Brasenose, with the creation of the Amersi Foundation lecture theatre.
Amersi initially practised law as a barrister at 1 Brick Court. He was then a solicitor with Clifford Chance and Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue. Throughout his legal career Amersi developed a specialisation in equity related deals, and represented issuers and financial institutions in over 100 transactions.
From 2008 to 2013 he was also a senior advisor to the TeliaSonera Group, leading their M&A work including the IPO of Kcell and MegaFon. He was also the board member of various Rothschild Banking Group entities, Motorola, MegaFon and Mi-Fone.
While at Saïd Business School, Amersi founded Inclusive Ventures, a fund that focuses on making investments that have a positive social impact. Through the fund, Amersi has supported RuralShores, a business that oversees outsourcing centres in rural areas of India. Additionally, Inclusive Ventures has worked to improve access and the quality of education in Kenya through United We Reach and Bridge, an education and technology initiative.
The Amersi Foundation
The Amersi Foundation was founded in 2012 and is one of several philanthropic initiatives Amersi is involved with. The Foundation has worked on issues such as modern-day slavery.
A key project that the Amersi Foundation is involved with is the ‘Extremely Together’ project, coordinated by the Kofi Annan Foundation. The project brought together 10 of the world's leading young counter-extremism experts to provide guidance on how to prevent and counter youth radicalisation. When asked about the work both foundations were conducting, Amersi said that ‘it is more important than ever that young people feel engaged and energised’.
In 2017, the Amersi Foundation contributed to the funding of The Foundry at Oxford University, a centre for entrepreneurs opened by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Amersi is listed as being a member of its advisory board.
Amersi is also involved in several projects that were launched under HRH the Prince of Wales, including the Prince's Trust International, the Prince's Trust Mosaic network and Dumfries House. He is a Trustee and a member of the Global Advisory Board of Prince's Trust International. He is also the chair of the International Advisory Council for the British Asian Trust, another of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charitable initiatives. Additionally, he chairs the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Reporting Initiative, is a trustee of the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, the Rose Castle Foundation, which works with faith leaders to improve inter-faith communications and United We Reach. He is a Counsellor for One Young World, joining Kofi Annan, Meghan Markle and Bill Clinton as current or former Counsellors.
- Member of the Development Board of the British Academy and a member of the Steering Group and the Corporate Advisory Group of the British Academy's Future of the Corporation Project.
- Member of the Global Leadership Council of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
- Member of the Advisory Boards of the Global Thinkers Forum, Toucan and Faith in Leadership.
- Member of the Global Partners Council of the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET).
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and of Commonwealth First.
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Education Outcomes Fund.
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