Muzaffar Khan is an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Investor and Film Producer. He completed his BSc in Industrial and Business Economics at the LSE in 1991, received an MA in English Literature from King’s College in 1992 and his MSc in Development Studies from the LSE in 2007. In 1998, Khan joined Moore Capital Management (one of the largest hedge fund groups in the world), quickly becoming the Moore Emerging Market (MEM) fund’s senior strategist. During his time at MEM, Khan devised many highly profitable strategies for the portfolio manager, Marc Cheval. The team was primarily focused on macro strategies. Over Khan’s five-year tenure, the team enjoyed double-digit returns every year, with assets under management growing from $250 million to $1 billion. Khan retired from Moore Capital Management in 2003, becoming the Vice Chairman of ACOPS, an international environmental charity and consultant to the Man Environmental Capital Opportunities (Man ECO) division of Man Group.
The main focus of his current work is Alchemy Ventures, a social enterprise he founded in 2004. Alchemy’s mission is to increase social mobility and reduce aspirational poverty in the world’s youth. Khan spends the majority of his time mentoring university students for free. Since 2006, Khan has toured top schools and universities across the world delivering lectures on outperformance and career progression. Typically, he will give one-on-one CV and mentoring sessions to hundreds of students every year. To date, he has helped 1000s of students secure a summer internship or full-time graduate offer in industries ranging from hedge funds, investment banking, law, accounting to film direction and real estate.
Khan’s mentorship philosophy and techniques are encapsulated by ‘Racing Towards Excellence’, a book he co-authored with one of his mentees, Jan Sramek. The foreword of the book was written by Sir Howard Davies, at the time the director of the London School of Economics (LSE). The academic rigour of the book was further supported by the LSE when they did a follow-up short film on mentoring featuring the book.
At SSE Riga, Khan has been a frequent lecturer over the last few years and his book is used by the school as a tool for helping students learn valuable corporate social intelligence skills. He also frequently acts as an advisor and strategic consultant to corporations and governmental organisations as well as a success coach to a range of individuals, both in terms of their profession and age group. All his current income funds his non-for-profit work with university students. Apart from mentorship, he is a respected figure in environmental work and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on carbon credits trading.