Martin J. Fisher

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KickStart International

Martin Fisher spent 17 years in Kenya, establishing and running a large rural water program and the Appropriate Technology Unit at Action Aid, and in 1991, co-founding KickStart-International (originally ApproTEC) with Nick Moon. Martin is a pioneer in the "business solutions for poverty," "technology for development" and "social enterprise" spaces. He has published articles on high impact development and philanthropy, has designed/patented multiple engineering products (for low-cost construction, sanitation, food processing and irrigation) and has been recognized with numerous awards and honours. Among the awards received: US State Department Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls (2012), Forbes Magazine Impact 30 List - World's leading social entrepreneurs (2011), Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability (2008), Social Capitalist Award Fast Company Magazine & the Monitor Group (2007), Skoll Social Entrepreneur (2005), Gleitsman Award of Achievement (2003).