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Martin Burt

Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya

Skoll Awardee


Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya. He is currently developing two social innovations: self-sufficient schools for chronically unemployed youth and the “Poverty Stoplight”, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology which allows poor families to self-diagnose their level of poverty across 6 dimensions and develop customized plans to overcome not only income-poverty, but also deprivations in 50 indicators. He is visiting professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is author of books on economics, development, education and poetry. He is recipient of numerous awards: 2016 Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Skoll Foundation; Avina Foundation; Fundación Novia Salcedo Prize, Albert Bandura Award, Nestlé Shared Value Award; UNESCO; Global Development Network GDN; BBC World Challenge; Synergos and Eisenhower Fellowships. Formerly he was elected Mayor of Asunción and served as Vice Minister of Commerce and Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay.

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Martin Burt - Fundacion Paraguaya, September 2, 2014
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