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EVERYTHING WE DO AT BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY IS DRIVEN BY A BELIEF IN THE POWER OF PURPOSEFUL COLLABORATION - THE SIMPLE IDEA THAT WHEN YOU BRING TOGETHER THE RIGHT PEOPLE AROUND A SHARED CHALLENGE, WITH A FOCUS ON DELIVERING A VALUABLE OUTPUT IN A CLEAR TIMEFRAME, YOU CREATE THE SPACE FOR GENERATING POWERFUL INSIGHTS AND DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS.

Since we started on our journey in 2005, we have learnt a great deal about collaboration. Most important is the understanding of the huge potential that lies in connecting practitioners and experts across sectors, organisations and geographies. We are grateful for the engagement of our network of over 20,000 professionals and close to 100 content partners.

We encourage you to get involved - whether that is sharing your insights and stories through an article for our website, creating a community profile to help others connect with you, joining one of our monthly online discussions, attending one of our many in-person gatherings, or joining one our collaborative Challenges.

Our Challenge approach brings together people from across our community and beyond who are passionate about tackling specific societal issues. Each Challenge starts by convening the best people from (and beyond) our global network; co-creating a solution through an interactive process of engagement and analysis that leads to a valuable output within a clear timeframe of 3 to 9 months; and communicating the outputs in a targeted way. We have run nearly 20 Challenges in the last couple of years on a wide variety of topics ranging from farmer livelihoods to corporate social innovation, from advocacy partnerships to scaling inclusive distribution models.

If you work for a university, think tank or NGO, please consider joining us as a Content Partner. If you are looking to showcase the work you are doing or share your ideas with the business and sustainable development community, becoming a Content Partner is a unique opportunity to build a meaningful conversation with our audience of professionals.

If you work for a company, please get in touch to see whether we can help you access fresh solutions to complex implementation challenges, build meaningful relationships with peers and stakeholders, or develop new stand-out, thought leadership on a priority issue. We are grateful to our many supporters and partners.

We are proud to be an award-winning B Corp, reflecting the values that sit at the heart of our organisation.

"Accelerating progress towards the world envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and defending the progress already made, means we must collaborate more deeply, more effectively and more urgently than ever.

“Across the world, individual entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs within large companies are developing innovative new products, services, technologies and business models that are reshaping the opportunities to combine commercial success with social impact.

“Working together, connecting these individual efforts and harnessing our collective intelligence in a action-focused and agile way, offers the prospect of transformative change.

“We believe in the power of purposeful collaboration. Join us today!”

Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Co-Founders

our team

  • Zahid Torres-Rahman

    Zahid Torres-Rahman

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Spain

    Zahid has over 20 years’ experience in business and international development, including at PwC and HM Treasury, and is a Founder of Business Fights Poverty.

  • Yvette Torres-Rahman

    Yvette Torres-Rahman

    Co-Founder & CFO
    Spain

    Yvette has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and brand management, including at GlaxoSmithKline, and is a Founder of Business Fights Poverty.

  • Katie Hyson

    Katie Hyson

    Director, Thought Leadership
    UK

    Katie has over 10 years' experience within multi-national businesses developing sustainability and shared value, including Barclays and O2

  • Anna Johnson

    Anna Johnson

    Editor, Online
    The Netherlands

    Anna has 5 years' project co-ordination experience and is an​ MSc Environment and Resource Management graduate, specialising in Ecosystem Services from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

  • Natasha McEwen

    Natasha McEwen

    Member Engagement Director
    UK

    Natasha has over 15 years’ experience in inclusive business and cross-sector partnerships, including at the International Business Leaders Forum.

  • Tatiana Bessarabova

    Tatiana Bessarabova

    US Engagement
    USA

    Tatiana has around 10 years' experience in sustainability, inclusive business and cross-sector partnerships, including at the UN Development Programme's Business Call to Action.

  • Richard Gilbert

    Richard Gilbert

    Challenge Director
    UK

    Richard has over 20 years’ experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, including at Weber Shandwick and Burson Marsteller.

  • David Norman

    David Norman

    Challenge Director
    UK

    David has over 20 years’ experience in sustainable development and partnership building for companies and NGOs, including at SABMiller and WWF.

  • Alice Allan

    Alice Allan

    Challenge Expert
    UK

    Alice has 20 years' experience facilitating engagement between the private sector, civil society and government, including leading CARE’s global Women’s Economic Empowerment advocacy.

  • Vittorio Cerulli

    Vittorio Cerulli

    Challenge Director
    UK

    Vittorio has 10+ years’ experience in sustainable behaviour and innovation, including at HEC, IMD, Unilever, Cambridge CISL, and he is the Founder of Purpose House.

  • Sofia Ribas

    Sofia Ribas

    Challenge Researcher
    Spain

    Sofia is passionate about promoting social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and has a background as a social entrepreneur, as well as with GIZ in Morocco.

  • Beth Jenkins

    Beth Jenkins

    Challenge Director
    USA

    Beth has close to 20 years’ experience in inclusive business, including at the IFC and Booz Allen Hamilton, and is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative.

  • Gib Bulloch

    Gib Bulloch

    Intrapreneur in Residence
    Switzerland

    30 years' experience in cross-sector partnerships and intrapreneurship, including as Executive Director of Accenture Development Partnerships. Author of The Intrapreneur.

  • Graham Baxter

    Graham Baxter

    Senior Adviser & Challenge Expert
    UK

    Graham Baxter has over 35 years’ experience working on sustainability and responsible business, including at the International Business Leaders Forum.

  • Lee Rael

    Lee Rael

    Creative Director
    South Africa

    Lee has over 15 years' experience as a graphic designer, web designer and online community developer, including at Seed Sustainable Design Studio and Booksure.com.

circle of advisers

  • Jane Nelson

    Jane Nelson

    Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
    USA

    Jane has co-authored five books and over 80 publications on corporate responsibility and the role of the private sector in development.

  • Andy Wales

    Andy Wales

    Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer, BT
    UK

    Andy has over 15 years in senior management leading government affairs, policy, sustainability, strategy and communications for FTSE 100 and Fortune 1000 multinationals.

  • David Grayson CBE

    David Grayson CBE

    Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility
    UK

    David speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses and media.

  • Lisa Nichols

    Lisa Nichols

    Founder and CEO, Motivating the Masses
    USA

    Lisa is a world class coach and motivational speaker, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people.

  • John Davy

    John Davy

    Digital Entrepreneur
    USA

    John is a successful and highly regarded serial entrepreneur, speaker and investor. His expertise lies in building high-growth companies and digital marketing.

  • Diana Pallais

    Diana Pallais

    Office 365 Enterprise Partner Marketing Director, Microsoft Corporation
    USA

    Diana’s track record of work in international business includes leading business units and market expansion initiatives for technology and development organisations.

  • Maria Sipka

    Maria Sipka

    Co-Founder and President, Linqia
    USA

    Maria is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Linqia, Maria was COO at XING, Europe’s leading business social network, focused on monetization and member acquisition.

  • Simon Maxwell CBE

    Simon Maxwell CBE

    Development Economist
    UK

    Simon worked for 15 years at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. In 1997, Simon became Director of the Overseas Development Institute, where he is now a Senior Research Associate.

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Are you interested in joining our team to help identify and deliver Challenges to harness and scale the positive impact of business on people and planet?

Do you have at least 10 years’ experience, including working for or partnering with business? Do you have strong project management and interpersonal skills? Are you a self-starter with an energetic and positive outlook?

We are interested in hearing from individuals looking for part-time, freelance opportunities.
Click here to register your interest and we’ll let you know when something relevant comes up.

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