Guided by a growing network of Advisors and Supporters, we are quickly evolving into a global community of values-aligned individuals committed to forging a new direction for the world. As part of a radically inclusive and cooperative model, our talented pool of facilitators, guides, and practitioners from multiple sectors work in collectives—all linked by their dedication to a regenerative, just, and peaceful future.
Who We Are
Rajiv S. Joshi, our founder, stewards Bridging Ventures and a growing team.
Our people make us, us.
Rajiv Joshi is an economist, community organizer, and instigator of business transformation and social change. As the CEO of Bridging Ventures, he is forging a new model for radical collaboration to create a regenerative future for all.
Raj joined The B Team at its inception in 2012 and was the organisation’s first Managing Director until 2019. In that position, he worked closely with Co-Founders Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz to redefine the role of business in society – alongside a global group of committed leaders, advisors, and supporters. He was also instrumental in advancing Principles of Responsible Tax Practice and driving corporate ownership transparency to end illicit flows of capital. In 2014, as a founding Board Member of the We Mean Business coalition, he supported efforts to mobilise corporate leadership and secure a universal commitment to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement.
In 2019, Raj was appointed as an Executive-in-Residence at Oxford University Säid Business School to explore the future of the corporation, investigate innovative forms of education, and help businesses address environment, social, and governance (ESG) risk. That year, he also joined former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres as part of the Mission 2020 campaign to help establish the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance and lead the Decisive Decade Initiative – a global effort to imagine the future and inspire a Great Regeneration, underpinned by independent research focused on strengthening collaboration and building roadmap for collective action.
Prior to The B-team, Raj was Executive Director of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality launched by Nelson Mandela, Kumi Naidoo, and other civic leaders in 2005. He was a Trustee of Oxfam Great Britain and a Board Member of CIVICUS, based in Johannesburg. As part of the anti-poverty movement, he co-chaired the UN-Civil Society Steering Group for the World We Want, playing a pivotal role in the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on his involvement in the UN Millennium Campaign, established by Kofi Annan in 2000.
Raj received a Bachelors of Arts with a First Class Honours in Economics from Strathclyde University Business School, and was awarded the Mahbub Al Haq Prize for Development Economics in 2008. After completing his degree, he was a Senior Consultant at CapGemini. In 2011, he completed a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he is a part-time Research Scholar.
In 2008, he was publicly appointed by the UK Government to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where he helped to strengthen community relations, building on his experience working on race relations, community policing, equal opportunity and youth participation in Scotland, the UK, the EU and the Commonwealth. Raj was also an Advisor to the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People and a Member of the Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance.
From 2005-2007, Raj was twice elected as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and was Vice-Chair of Young Scot, he successfully campaigned to introduce transport subsidies and abolish tuition fees and worked closely with the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority (FSA) to drive financial literacy and provide access to banking services amongst young people aged 16-18. He continues to serve as a Director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, on the Council of the International Anti-Corruption Convention (IACC) and as a Judge of the Thomson Reuters
‘Stop Slavery Enterprise Award”.
Raj originates from Gujarat, India and Kisumu, Kenya, and was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently lives between the UK and the US with his wife Shalini.
Amber began her journey at Bridging Ventures as an intern during the height of Covid-19, and was left inspired by the outlook and methodology. She went on to formally join the team as the resident Gen-Z, working on strategy and leading the communications team. Amber is currently in the third year of her economics degree at UCL, where she has elected to focus on Economic Development, Environmental Economics, Trade, and Policy.
Amber currently splits her time outside of studies between Bridging Ventures, and a collective philanthropy initiative which is the first of its kind in Europe. Following university, she is interested in further pursuing sustainability strategies for modern businesses that redefine shareholders and repurpose modern marketing technologies for community good.
His journey has taken him from a small village in the north of England, to two formative years living and working in China and Nepal, to leading major international campaigns on poverty, inequality, and climate change. He then took a much-needed break after coordinating civil society campaigning around the major UN climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009.
The next decade was spent at a different pace setting up a permaculture smallholding, learning to live more simply, and welcoming people seeking sanctuary from all parts of the world into a rural community. Ben brings his learning from sharing a home with people from many countries and backgrounds, and his experience as a permaculture teacher and international campaigner, to Bridging Ventures which he has been a part of since April 2009.
Within Bridging Ventures, Ben focuses on campaigning and public engagement and building partnerships with campaigning organisations around the world. He is also an advisor to The Climate Coalition in the UK on their COP26 strategy, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference set to be held in Scotland in 2021.
He is a seasoned public speaker who uses powerful storytelling and science-based environmental realities to educate and inspire audiences around the world. During the span of his conservation career, Casson has pursued illegal whalers through the icy waters of Antarctica, keynoted conferences for multinational banks, conducted record-setting beach cleanups to raise awareness of plastic waste, and spearheaded successful international campaigns to reform some of the world’s largest seafood companies. In honor of his conservation leadership, Casson has received the TIME Magazine “Hero of the Environment” award, a US Congressional Commendation, and the “Ocean Protection Hero” award from the well-respected environmental organization Save Our Shores. In June 2019, the California State Senate passed a resolution in recognition of his work.
From 2009 to 2014, Casson served as the chief seafood campaigner with Greenpeace USA, where he spearheaded the organization’s efforts to transform the global seafood sector. He is the author of two books on ocean conservation, including 2019’s Umijoo, the gold medal-winning children’s book which is now required reading in multiple schools around the world. He was also a principle architect of the Ocean Plastic Leadership Summit, the world’s first immersive, cross-sector symposium on marine debris.
Casson is a founder of the world’s first sustainable sushi restaurant, San Francisco’s Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar. Building on their success, Casson and his partners went on to open several more restaurants including San Francisco’s Shizen, Honolulu’s Tane, and Las Vegas’s Chikyu: fully plant-based sushi bars that have received a great deal of critical acclaim. Casson’s work to promote responsible dining is highlighted in numerous documentaries, such as Sushi: The Global Catch, The Last Ocean, and Of The Sea. He is also a primary character in multiple books on environmental issues, including best-selling author Peter Heller’s book The Whale Warriors, and Upstream by Langdon Cook.
Casson’s pedigree has rendered him a frequent commentator on ocean issues in many international media outlets, including CNN, TIME, Forbes, Asahi Shimbun, and the New York Times. He speaks extensively through a diverse array of panels, lectures, and presentations around the world, including keynoting the 2019 TD Summit Awards in Grand Cayman and delivering a TED talk at TEDxSF on a new paradigm for contemporary activism.
Born in Washington State, Casson speaks several languages and holds an MA in International Environmental Policy from the prestigious Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, which in May 2012 honored him with its Alumni Achievement Award. Prior to his graduate studies, Casson received a BA in Political Science from Hobart College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Specialising in high-value global fundraising, Lucy is a passionate activist and changemaker, currently working predominantly in climate justice. She is an advisor at Mission 2020, a shared global campaign, convened by diplomat Christiana Figueres to accelerate climate action so we can reach a turning point on greenhouse gas emissions.
With a firm belief that creative communications, innovative media, and finding mutual understanding between humans can change the world, her previous roles were at the intersection of entertainment and international development. Building on the knowledge gained from her MA in Film & Television Studies and Sociology from the University of Glasgow, Lucy was previously Director of Development for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, a media movement creating groundbreaking content with proven impact on global health.
Formerly, she was part of the core team to successfully launch Global Media & Entertainment’s charity, Global’s Make Some Noise.
As a qualified meditation instructor and Reiki practitioner, Lucy believes in the transformative power of mindfulness, nature and spiritual practices, in order to connect more meaningfully with ourselves and others.
Joseph Martorano comes to Bridging Ventures after more than two decades as a Communications Executive and Consultant spanning government, politics, non-profits, and the technology industry. He has consistently earned the confidence and praise of clients and peers alike for outstanding service, operational excellence, and an unwavering, solution-oriented focus.
His abilities, honed by the breadth and depth of extensive professional experience, are multidimensional. He is a consummate collaborator and highly resourceful team player who brings great passion and joy to all that he does. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.
Spring Impact tackles the issue of scale; its mission is to help the most successful social impact projects scale up. A senior non-profit executive, Mohamed is committed to delivering innovative solutions to social challenges.
Mohamed has over 20 years of experience implementing programmes and building partnerships in global health, social enterprise and humanitarian assistance across 25 countries. Mohamed was previously Global Grants Director at the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), where he spent a decade growing the Foundation to become one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world reaching over 100 million people with HIV information, testing, and treatment.
Mohamed graduated from London School of Economics and the University of Nairobi.
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