Giving Voice to Experience

When it comes to Education That Pays For Itself we believe that all our participants have something interesting and important to say. Instead of being dominated by long talks by well-known key-note speakers, the conference is designed to use small group and interactive formats to maximize discussion between participants.
That said, it’s always valuable to have time to sit back, reflect and be inspired by some of the practitioners who’ve been working on sustainable education initiatives the longest and to draw on their experiences.

Confirmed speakers include:

Martin Burt
Martín Burt is founder and Executive Director of Fundación Paraguaya.

Formerly Martín served as Mayor of Asunción, Vice Minister of Commerce, and Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay. He is a founding member of the Moisés Bertoni and Mbaracayu foundations; and of Teach A Man To Fish, an NGO based in London that promotes the agricultural school model in 35 countries.

He is a professor at American and African Universities and regularly attends the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. He is an author of books on economics, development, education, and poetry. Martin is married and has three children.



Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business incubation industry. He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp, the only privately held, unfunded, profitable business incubator on the African continent, currently supporting in excess of 500 businesses.

Allon is the author of two bestselling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up. He hosted the first national radio show on entrepreneurship in South Africa in 2004; wrote and hosted the first South African prime time, entrepreneurship, reality TV show; and also created and published an ongoing entrepreneurial cartoon strip. Allon is the host of his fourth season of the popular The Big Small Business Show on BusinessDay TV.

Allon is the co-founder of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and sits on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards. Allon's passion and focus on the development of entrepreneurs attracted the attention of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which, on 11 March 2008, awarded Allon as a Young Global Leader.



Tiffiny Humphries is the Project Manager and Operations Officer of the Maharishi Institute and Impact Sourcing Academy in South Africa, Durban. She has been instrumental in setting up the Maharishi Institute in Durban.  In this capacity she is focused on building relationships for developing and placing financially marginalized students into work.  These students have attended either the short term skills programs through the Academy or the longer term degree qualification through the Institute.  Prior to working at the Maharishi Institute Tiffiny worked with companies from an employee assessment perspective for recruitment and employee development and with tools designed to help managers succeed in the workplace.  Tiffiny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science and Social Service and has a passion for human capacity development.   She believes that each individual has the ability to transcend their circumstances and fulfill their innate human potential.

Nik Kafka

Nik Kafka is the founding and managing director of Teach A Man To Fish. Leaving a successful banking career in the City of London for a local microfinance institution in Paraguay, Nik discovered an innovative school aiming not only to teach the poor how to become rural entrepreneurs, but to do so as a self-financing social enterprise. Having helped transform this school into a replicable model, and realising the huge potential for funding education through enterprise rather than charity, he returned to the UK to found Teach A Man To Fish.

He holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MSc in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance. In 2009 he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2011 as one of Devex’s Top ‘40 Under 40’ International Development Leaders in London.  


Steven Carver is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in establishing and running a plethora of different businesses during his career, including social enterprises. He is the Chairman of Win Win Group, the umbrella organisation for Shoestring Industrial Theatre, Mercury Pictures, WorkPlay Training and The Surprise Factory. He has recently co-founded African Earth, an African solution-based sustainability business and is Executive Trustee of Outward Bound, the largest inner city youth development and teambuilding organisation in the world.

Steven has also been an instrumental player in the Education That Pays For Itself movement – founding Eden Campus, Africa’s first free rural eco-business school for entrepreneurs. He sits on numerous school boards and is committed to education that includes an entrepreneurial focus.

Steven holds honours degrees in Education and Theatre Directing. He has three children and resides in South Africa.