Rajiv Joshi is a social entrepreneur and activist currently serving as a Visiting Executive at Saïd Business School. Rajiv has served as a Trustee of Oxfam and as Executive Director and Head of Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality. During this time he led global action towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), mobilizing over 173 million people as part of the ‘Stand Up: Take Action’ initiative. He also supported The Elders with their ‘Every Human Has Rights’ campaign and helped spearhead citizen participation in creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as co-founder of ‘The World We Want 2015’ platform and founding Chair of the Post-2015 Policy and Strategy Group.Rajiv also serves on the Board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. He previously served for six years as an elected Board Member of CIVICUS based in Johannesburg, representing civil society organizations in more than 100 countries. In 2008 Rajiv founded the CIVICUS Youth Assembly.
From 2005-2007 Rajiv served two elected terms as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and has also been a Senior Advisor to the British Council, as well as a publicly appointed member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Scotland Committee). He also worked as a Senior Public Sector Consultant with CapGemini in the UK.Rajiv holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) with a focus on International Economic Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.