Taddy Blecher is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maharishi Institute.
Blecher is a pioneer of the free education movement in South Africa.
In 1999 he founded CIDA City Campus, the first free university, to answer the question of crippling poverty in South Africa. CIDA offers a 4-year business administration degree.
Over 4 500 CIDA graduates have gone on to claim promising jobs in the business field.
Blecher has co-founded several institutions to help alleviate poverty in South Africa, through education and the development of the full potential of every African child, including, Maharishi Institute, Innovation Town, Branson School of Entrepreneurship and Invincible Group.
Blecher has helped found several more free educational institutions in South Africa, and because of his work, more than 600 000 young South Africans have been educated in general courses and special life-skills training classes.
The university maintains a low-cost system by asking students to utilize their skill and ability in contributing to the operations and management of their school.
Blecher has been recognized as one of the 100 young leaders around the world, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was a 2006 recipient of the Skoll Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur Award.
Blecher top Awards include:
– $1 million prize from the Skoll Foundation for social entrepreurship
– Global Leader of Tomorrow Award, World Economic Forum
– Young Global Leader award, World Economic Forum
– Managerial leadership award, Black Management Forum
– Gemilut Chesed award, King David Foundation
– Recipient of two honorary doctorates
Blecher holds several academic qualifications including – BSC (Hons) Actuarial Science (Wits), FIA(London), an FSSA and a PhD (Honoris Causa).