Matt Robinson

Head of Private Capital Mobilisation

Matt heads British International Investments’ efforts to mobilise private capital into, alongside or following BII’s own investments.

Matt has held a number of other roles since starting at BII in 2016 including as Investment Director in the Intermediated Equity team, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Group Strategy and Development. In this latter role, Matt oversaw all aspects of the development and negotiation of BII’s current 2022-26 strategy: Productive, Sustainable and Inclusive Development.

Prior to BII Matt was Head of Strategy at Big Society Capital, the UK’s social investment bank, which he helped to build from inception in 2012. Matt was responsible for overall strategy-setting and major initiatives, including securing a new UK social investment tax relief, setting-up the Access foundation for blended capital, and the Business Impact Challenge. Matt was a member of Big Society Capital’s management committee and its investment committee that approved over £250 million across 40 deals in the first four years of operations.

Matt’s earlier career included 5 years as Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office, where he led the social investment team and was also part of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Matt spent six years as a development economist working across Asia and Africa, including several years living in Malawi. Matt holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is non-executive director of the National Forest Company and has previously served on the board of two social investment bond companies.