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Martin Burt, Board Member

Martin Burt

Martin Burt is founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, an NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship among the world’s poor. A pioneer in microfinances and youth financial literacy in Paraguay, he developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor - creating a radical new model for education and providing the inspiration for Teach a Man to Fish's unique mission.

In addition to his work in civil society, Martin was elected twice as president of the Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce, has served as Vice Minister of Commerce, and was elected Mayor of Asunción. 

Martin has received the Microfinance Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, and the distinguished alumni award from the University of the Pacific and the George Washington University, as well as the Social Innovation Award from Brigham Young University. 

He is Visiting Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific in California. He serves as a Regional Board Member for Junior Achievement Worldwide, and as president of the social entrepreneurship wing of the Accion International microfinance network. 


Jim Stephenson, Chairperson

Jim is a Forests & Ecosystems consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers UK specialising in community forestry and rural development. In this role Jim has been responsible for a number of high profile assignments for international NGOs and multilateral donor agencies.

Jim has previously managed a range of rural development projects in Latin America and East Africa and carried out research with the World Agroforestry Centre in Tanzania. Jim has experience in capacity building, training programmes, social research, fundraising, business and organisational development.
Jim has an MSc Forest Ecology & Management (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.


Nicola Blackburn, Board Member

Nicola ByeNicola Blackburn is Senior Market Development Manager at ActionAid International, leading a team of major gifts experts to enable the growth of philanthropy and partnerships income globally. In this role Nicola is responsible for launching and developing high value fundraising programmes across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Previous roles include working in ActionAid UK’s fundraising directorate as Head of Research and Project Information, and prior to that spending three years at Save the Children in the Philanthropy and Partnerships - Strategic Funding Team. Nicola was based in Kenya with Save the Children’s global emergency team responding to the East Africa food crisis in 2009.

Nicola joined the Teach A Man To Fish Board in 2013 and is a member of the Fundraising Committee. 


Hugh Johnson, Treasurer

Hugh Johnson is an accountancy professional with over 8 years experience working with charities. Hugh is currently Senior Auditor with BDO LLP. Previously he was a Senior Auditor with Lubbock Fine, where he led EC grant audits in the UK and in various countries throughout Europe. 

Hugh has also worked in various roles in the charity sector and has lived and worked in Kigali, Rwanda. He has a BA in Politics and Development Studies from the University of Sussex and is an ACCA qualified accountant. 


Lindsey Crouch, Board Member

Lindsey Crouch currently works as a Programme Manager in the Entrepreneurship Team at Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group. The programmes she manages range from supporting small-scale female entrepreneurs in rural Zimbabwe, to high impact start-ups in Canada.

Lindsey spent three years working at Teach A Man To Fish where she developed the School Enterprise Challenge from scratch and managed it until the end of 2013. Her work with Teach A Man To Fish ranged from training teachers in Kerala to redeveloping the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Lindsey is passionate about enterprise, education, and developing others to reach their full potential. She has a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, an MA in International Conflict Studies from Kings College, London and is also a Trustee for another international development charity, Glad’s House.


Sarah McMillan, Board Member

Sarah McMillan

Sarah McMillan is an international development professional with over 15 years’ experience working
on issues affecting youth. For the past decade, Sarah has undertaken a range of senior roles for a global network organisation, Youth Business International (YBI), which works with local partners in over 40 countries to promote and support youth entrepreneurship. Sarah has made a substantial contribution to the growth and development of the organisation and been responsible for designing
and delivering some of the key services to the network.
 
Sarah has also worked for UNICEF, Save the Children, and Restless Development in education,
health, and HIV/AIDS and has a Masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London.
 

Widely travelled, Sarah has a particular interest and affinity for South Asia and lived and worked for three years in Nepal. She has ambitions to one day support the establishment of a financially self-sufficient vocational school model for mountain regions, a vision that was inspired by a visit to Fundación Paraguaya’s agricultural school in Paraguay, and subsequent engagement and support from TAMTF. It was this experience and her continued passion for youth entrepreneurship, that drew Sarah to the TAMTF Board. Closer to home, Sarah is also on the Management Committee of a local youth club, Caius House, in Battersea London.


 

Eduardo Gustale Gill, Board Member

Eduardo Gustale GillEduardo became interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability while finishing his degree in Sociology at the Universidad Católica de Chile.  Since then he worked in various roles in that sector including the development of a program called Businesses Without Poverty. The program aims to measure and eradicate multidimensional poverty in private companies using a method called Poverty Stoplight.

Was elected Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum & Chevening Scholar for an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Warwick. Currently living in the UK representing Fundacion Paraguaya, an NGO that since its foundation in 1985 has spearheaded microfinance and entrepreneurship in Paraguay and the world. 


Nik Kafka, Board Member & Chief Executive

Please click here to read his biography.

 


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