Business Fights Poverty

We are an award-winning business-led collaboration network focused on creating social impact.

our team

  • Zahid Torres-Rahman

    Zahid Torres-Rahman

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Spain

    Zahid has over 25 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 25 years’ experience in marketing and brand management, including at GSK, and is a Founder of Business Fights Poverty.

  • Katie Hyson

    Katie Hyson

    Director, Thought Leadership
    UK

    Katie has over 15 years' experience within multi-national businesses developing sustainability and shared value, including Barclays and O2

  • Natasha McEwen

    Natasha McEwen

    Director, Member Engagement
    UK

    Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in inclusive business and cross-sector partnerships, including at the International Business Leaders Forum.

  • Alan Yeboah

    Alan Yeboah

    Senior External Engagement Adviser
    Switzerland

    Alan has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic communication and digital engagement, serving at a global advocacy consultancy as well as a FinTech startup sourcing investments for the SDGs.

  • Annabel Beales

    Annabel Beales

    Director, Learning and Engagement
    UK

    Annabel has 15+ years experience in research and writing in the field of business and social impact, including previously for MLM Group.

  • Richard Gilbert

    Richard Gilbert

    Collaboration Director
    UK

    Richard has over 25 years’ experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, including at Weber Shandwick and Burson Marsteller.

  • David Norman

    David Norman

    Collaboration Director
    UK

    David has over 25 years’ experience in sustainable development and partnership building for companies and NGOs, including at SABMiller and WWF.

  • Alice Allan

    Alice Allan

    Collaboration Director
    UK

    Alice has over 25 years' experience facilitating engagement between the private sector, civil society and government, including leading CARE’s global Women’s Economic Empowerment advocacy.

  • 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.

  • Michael Salmon

    Michael Salmon

    Creative Director
    UK

    Michael has over 25 years of graphic design and branding experience across a wide variety of disciplines.

  • Sera Mathews

    Sera Mathews

    Social Media Coordinator
    United Arab Emirates

    Sera is a digital journalist keen on promoting environmental and human interest issues with prior experience at BBC Good Food Middle East.

  • Anna Spenner-Hernandez

    Anna Spenner-Hernandez

    Researcher
    Spain

    Anna is a University of Bristol Anthropology graduate, passionate about social and environmental justice, and has previously worked for charities focused on the environment and on tackling inequality.

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.

  • 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.

  • Marcus Druen

    Marcus Druen

    Executive Coach
    UK

    Marcus is part strategic advisor, part executive coach, with experience supporting senior execs at the likes of Telefonica O2, Lidl, KPMG and Microsoft.