Rohan Martyres is a Manager of CAN Invest, the social investment and social impact unit of the charity CAN. CAN helps social enterprises and charities in the UK with business support, capital funds and office space.
Through impact consultancy, business analysis and work on a range of other CAN programmes, he supports a wide range of entrepreneurial charities and social enterprises to ameliorate social disadvantage in a more effective and financially sustainable manner.
He says: “CAN is undertaking valuable work. It helps social enterprises and charities understand and improve their social interventions and business models, with clear benefits for their ongoing viability and their social impact.
"Alongside other activity, this furthers CAN’s broader vision of helping the sector achieve an ambitious goal: to substantially re-orient capitalism away from short-term financial profit toward a more holistic concern for financial viability within a context of social and environmental sustainability. I am proud to be part of an organisation working to these ends.”
Rohan has analysis, strategy and project management experience in many organisational settings, including universities, companies, diplomatic missions,local government, and of course a range of social enterprises, NGOs and other non-profits. He has worked in Australia, East and South Asia, Africa and Europe, and holds first-class university degrees from Melbourne and Cambridge.
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