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Rajiv Joshi

Executive in Residence


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HP

Profile

Rajiv Joshi is an economist, entrepreneur, and activist with two decades of experience in the art of business transformation and social change.

 

He is the Founder and Chief Instigator of Bridging Ventures, a new model for radical collaboration designed to help create a regenerative future for all. He is also an Executive in Residence at Oxford University's Saïd Business School and a Research Scholar at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Raj joined The B Team at its inception in 2012 and was the organisation’s first Managing Director. For seven years, he worked alongside Co-Founders Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, as well as other eminent leaders, to redefine the role of business in society. He was instrumental in the adoption of a Net-Zero emissions goal by business and government leaders ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement and helped create the Principles of Responsible Tax Practice to address corporate ownership transparency issues and stave illicit flows of capital.

In 2019, Raj was invited by former United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres to be a part of the Mission 2020 campaign. He helped establish the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance - a global alliance of Asset Owners with over $5.1 Trillion in assets aligned to a 1.5°C future. Most importantly, he led the Decisive Decade Initiative – a global effort to chart the path ahead, to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while achieving a just transition and radically restoring nature.

Prior to The B-team and Mission 2020, Raj was Executive Director of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), a Trustee of Oxfam Great Britain, and a Board Member of CIVICUS, based in Johannesburg. He has worked actively in strengthening race relations as a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Orb Media. 

Raj holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts with a First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Strathclyde Business School. Raj was twice elected as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament where he represented young people across Scotland, the UK and Europe, and hosted the World Youth Congress.