Martin Burt

“Martin Burt is founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship among the world’s poor. A pioneer in microfinances and youth financial literacy in Paraguay, he has developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor. He is also co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London that promotes “education that pays for itself” and whose mission is to establish self-sufficient schools in 50 countries by 2017. In addition to his work in civil society,  Burt has served as Vice Minister of Commerce and was elected Mayor of Asunción.  He has received the Microfinance Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, and the distinguished alumni award from the University of the Pacific and the George Washington University, as well as the Social Innovation Award from Brigham Young University. In addition he has been awarded the UNESCO Orbis Guaraniticus Medal, the Recording Industry Association of American Gold Record for fighting intellectual rights property violations, the Eisenhower Fellowship Award from the USA and Taiwan, and the Argentina National Academy of History Domingo Sarmiento Medal. He is Visiting Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. His commitment to education was featured at the Clinton Global Initiative. He serves as a Trustee of the Karatara Project in South Africa and of Aflatoun-Child Savings International in the Netherlands, and is a Regional Board Member for Junior Achievement Worldwide. & . Martín Burt married, in 1982,  UOP alumna Dorothy Wolf from Turlock, California. They have three children: Daniel (23), Thomas (21) and Marie-Claire (19). They have lived in Paraguay since 1983.”