Mustafa Riffat is a Managing Director and Head of Communications, having joined GIP in 2023. He is based in New York.
Prior to joining GIP, he was an Executive Vice President at Edelman, where he advised clients across all areas of communications, with extensive experience in corporate reputation, complex issues and crisis, capital markets, ESG and profile-raising matters. He joined Edelman after seven years at the Brunswick Group. Previously, Mr. Riffat was an investment banker at Citi and Nomura. He has a record of strategically positioning companies and their leaders to optimize their brand and relationships with key stakeholders including employees, investors, customers, governments and the media.
Mr. Riffat is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, a founding member of the next generation board of the Brookings Institution, a member of Chatham House and serves on the Young Leadership Council of Global Kids, a New York City-based non-profit. He was selected as a “Next America Fellow” by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and was named a 40 Under 40 Emerging Leader by M&A Advisor.
Mr. Riffat received a BA with a major in Economics and concentration in Middle East and Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University, as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School.