Zarine Kharas

Dame Zarine Kharas DBE (born June 1951) is the co-founder, with Anne-Marie Huby, of Justgiving, a global online giving platform.

Zarine Kharas

BornJune 1951 (age 71)
Karachi, Pakistan
EducationUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationCo-founder, Justgiving

Kharas was born on June 1951,[1] in a Parsi family and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, the daughter of a civil engineer father and a housewife mother.[2]

She came to the UK to study law at Cambridge and remained.[citation needed] She worked for Lawrence Graham and Linklaters & Paines, both solicitor firms specialising in corporate and financial law. She then joined Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). When the head of CSFB, Hans-Joerg Rudloff, left to start his own investment banking operation, MC Securities, she followed him. Later she went back to her law firm roots, working with Simmons & Simmons. After which she and Huby started JustGiving.[3]


In 2015, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[4]


  1. ^ "JUSTGIVING FOUNDATION". Companies House. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ Blackhurst, Chris (16 March 2011). "JustGiving's co-founder has good cause to make a profit". ES. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ Treanor, Jill (12 June 2015). "High-profile figures in business and finance named in the honours list". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2015.