Dr Taddy Blecher is the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association (C.I.D.A.) which founded the Maharishi Institute (MI). MI facilitates university education, vocational training and employment for unemployed youth. A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to winning the first prize in a global competition to find the most innovative education initiative in the world.
Through his work with C.I.D.A, over 15,250 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. They now have combined salaries in excess of R820 million p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R18 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.
Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson.