Martin Burt

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fundación Paraguaya

Martin Burt holds a PhD from Tulane University; is Founder of Poverty Stoplight, which uses a new poverty measurement tool through mobile technology and social innovation, to find solutions that activate the potential of families by self-diagnosing their level of multidimensional poverty and developing customised plans to eliminate poverty. It is being implemented in more than 30 countries, including in the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In 1985 Martin founded Fundacion Paraguaya, an NGO devoted to developing solutions to eliminate poverty and is Co-Founder of Teach a Man to Fish, an NGO based in London that promotes education that pays for itself. He has pioneered educational models such as the financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high school for the rural poor. Martin also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and of the Global Foodbanking Network and is a Visiting Professor at two distinguished schools.