Taddy Blecher is the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association, which founded the Maharishi Institute (MI). MI facilitates university education, vocational training and employment for unemployed youth. A qualified actuary and management consultant, Taddy is passionate about the approach of consciousness-based education. Taddy also co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, national director of Consciousness-Based Education South Africa, executive chair of Invincible Outsourcing, and chairperson for the South African Government task team on Enabling Entrepreneurship for the Human Resource Development Council.