Dr Taddy Blecher is CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Imvula Empowerment Trust, CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association; and former Chairperson of the SA National Government task team on Entrepreneurship, Education, & Job Creation. He is a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, helping create six free access institutions of higher learning. Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson School of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, and has raised over R500 million in cash, property and equity to support free access to post-secondary school education. As a result, over 17,050 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth now have combined salaries in excess of R1 Billion Rand p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R27.2 billion. Over 600,000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.