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Martin Burt

Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya

Skoll Awardee


Martin Burt is a social entrepreneur and global leader. As Founder & CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, an NGO devoted to developing solutions to eliminate poverty, he has become a pioneer in microfinance, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies in over 30 countries. He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, an NGO based in London that promotes "education that pays for itself" and is Founder and CEO of Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement and coaching tool that uses technology to allow families to self-diagnose and eliminate multidimensional poverty. Dr. Burt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. He holds a PhD from Tulane University and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. As a public servant, he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, Mayor of Asuncion, and Vice Minister of Commerce.

Regional Focus

North America, South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa

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Martin Burt - Fundacion Paraguaya, September 2, 2014
Last year, the government of Paraguay adopted a new way of measuring the state of the nation, called the Social Progress Index (SPI). Both government and business leaders were concerned…