In conversation with: Nik Kafka

Overview

Nik Kafka is our guest on Teams & Beyond this month, with a conversation that is interview is packed full of golden nuggets.

Speaking from his base in London UK, Nik tells us about his early influences and what led him to give up his successful banking career in London and head off to Paraguay – not the first place most people would think of relocating to!

The experiences Nik encountered through this move proved to be far beyond what he expected. He tells us the story of how he came across an unusual school shortly after his arrival. And, as one thing lead to another, how this led to him founding Teach A Man To Fish.

Nik’s experiences in building this global NPO, from scratch to positively impacting millions of lives each year through their work. It is packed with messages that are simultaneously simple reminders to focus on what is important when things aren’t going according to plan and the power of collaboration and partnerships. It is heart-warmingly inspirational, and relevant to most of us during these turbulent times.

Fetch yourself something to drink and settle down for 30 minutes to take in this conversation. It will make your day!

About Nik

Nik Kafka is the Chief Executive and founder of Teach A Man To Fish, headquartered in London.

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

Under his stewardship Teach A Man To Fish has grown into an international network whose membership now numbers over 4,500 education institutions and experts in more than 125 countries. Over 300,000 young people have benefitted directly from Teach A Man To Fish programmes across Africa, Asia & Latin America, with widespread impact.

Nik was honoured as a Young Global Leader in 2009 by the World Economic Forum and as one of Devex’s 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in 2011. 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.