Diana Noble

Non-Executive Director


Diana Noble brings extensive experience in private equity, venture capital and international development to the BGF Board, which she joined in July 2016. She is currently Chief Executive of CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, managing net assets of £3.4bn. Established in 1948, CDC provides investment capital to fund growth in ambitious and promising businesses throughout Africa and South Asia.


Diana was a partner at Schroder Ventures (now Permira) for 12 years, founder CEO of e-Ventures and founder Managing Director of Reed Elsevier Ventures. Diana joined CDC after five years with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, where she took a number of roles, including Executive Vice President Operations. In this role, she was responsible for forty three countries and five global teams and oversaw the scale-up of a global programme to improve children’s access to HIV/AIDS treatment.


Diana has a first class Law degree and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.