Taddy Blecher is CEO and co-founder of the Maharishi Institute and CEO of Community and Individual Development Association. He co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson.
Taddy Blecher is Chairperson of the National Council for Entrepreneurship and Employment in Schools for the national South African Department of Basic Education. This system-reform initiative will be reaching over 12 million South African youth with employment, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship skills in the South African school system as it rolls out.
As a direct result of his work, over 18,550 South Africans have been educated post-secondary school, found employment and moved out of poverty into a more successful life. These youth (70% of whom are women) now have combined salaries in excess of R1.35 billion p.a. and expected life-time earnings of approximately R39.1 billion [$3 bn].
He has helped develop the new national Entrepreneurship Development Institute (ECDI) with the national Department of Small Business and the Services SETA, a R1.5 billion entrepreneurship development set of initiatives and has led the development on the concept of a National Virtual Incubator, an online eco-system to support all small businesses in South Africa.
Foote is a Skoll Entrepreneur and an Ashoka Global Fellow. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and was a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He served for nearly a decade on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Foote holds an MS in development economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from Yale University.
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