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Martin Burt

Alumni PhD
Martin Burt

My name is Martin Burt and I live and work in Paraguay. I guess I would say that I am a social entrepreneur interested in developing social innovations to address chronic problems related to poverty around the world. Although my home is in South America, I moved to New Orleans for the 2013-2014 academic year to work on my PhD from the Payson Center at Tulane University. I travel extensively, since I oversee development programs throughout Latin America and Africa. During the past few years I have been working on two initiatives: self-sufficient schools for the rural poor and the Poverty Stoplight to eliminate poverty. I am the founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya and work closely with Teach A Man To Fish and Education That Pays for Itself in the UK and where I am a co-founder (2005) and collaborate as an executive director. I also participate in a few social entrepreneurship communities around the world (Skoll, Schwab, Synergos, Avina). Finally, I am a visiting professor in social entrepreneurship and teach online courses at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts.

In addition to my work in civil society and environmental conservation, I have public sector experience, having been elected Mayor of Asunción (1996-2001) and having been appointed vice minister of commerce (1991-1993). From June 2012 to August 2013 I was the chief of staff to the president of Paraguay. I have a BA in Public Administration and Inter American Affairs from the University of the Pacific in California (1980) and a MA in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC (1983), in addition to executive development courses at different universities.

Martin Burt was the subject of a Paysonite Profile in the November 18, 2013 edition of the Payson Center eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Primary Classification: 
As an international development practitioner, the Payson Center has been very useful for my professional career. By allowing me to take online courses while working in the field, I have been able to advance toward my PhD with great ease. I know of nothing better in this field.
  • B.A., University of the Pacific, Public Administration and Inter American Affairs, 1980
  • M.A., George Washington University, Science, Technology and Public Policy, 1983
  • PhD, International Development, Tulane University, 2016
Academic Experience: 
  • Visiting Professor in Social Entrepreneurship, American University of Nigeria, 2008-present
  • Professor of Practice, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2010-2012
  • Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, University of the Pacific, 2007-2012
  • Business Adminstration Professor, Catholic University of Asuncion, 1983-1985
Country Experience: 
United Kingdom

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