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

    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

    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 & COO

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

  • Alice Allan

    Alice Allan

    Director, Collaboration

    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.

  • Natasha McEwen

    Natasha McEwen

    Community Engagement Manager

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

  • Michael Salmon

    Michael Salmon

    Creative Director

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

  • Annabel Beales

    Annabel Beales

    Senior Writer

    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 Lead

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

  • Sofia Ribas

    Sofia Ribas


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

  • 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

    Community Learning Coordinator

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

circle of advisers

  • Jane Nelson

    Jane Nelson

    Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

    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, Cranfield University

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

  • Anna Barford

    Anna Barford

    Senior Research Associate, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

    Anna is Prince of Wales Fellow in Pathways to a Circular Economy, supported by Unilever, and focuses on the intersection of livelihoods and the environment.

  • Lisa Nichols

    Lisa Nichols

    Founder and CEO, Motivating the Masses

    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

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