Jake Harriman: The New Front Lines | TEDxBYU

Jake Harriman: The New Front Lines | TEDxBYU


In his TEDx talk video, Jake Harriman, the Founder of Nuru International—a US-based social venture that empowers individuals living in remote and rural areas to combat extreme poverty in their communitiesand a former US Marine, walks through his journey from fighting terrorism on the battlefields of Iraq to fighting the desperation of extreme poverty in impoverished villages of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Jake shares incredible stories filled with lessons for empowering leaders and developing new solutions to old problems. He also describes:

  • The key discoveries he has made about the power of equipping leaders in making truly sustainable gains in the war against extreme poverty
  • The urgency of the crisis of extreme poverty in a compelling argument that sheds light on the greater global implications of ending the crisis—including greater global security and stability and untapping 1/6th of the world's economic potential found among those living in extreme poverty

Jake Harriman served as a Special Operations Platoon Commander in the US Marine Corps, where he led four operational deployments in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the "War on Terror" won't be won on the battlefield alone: The contributing causes of terrorismdisenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme povertymust also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty. He graduated with an MBA in June 2008 and led a team to launch Nuru International in Kenya in the same year.

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Founder, Nuru International

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Former Marine Platoon Commander Jake Harriman is the founder and CEO of Nuru International, a U.S.-based social venture that empowers poor individuals in remote, rural areas to end extreme poverty in their communities. Inspired to act by the poverty and tragedy he witnessed during four operational deployments throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, Bronze Star winner Harriman retired from active duty and enrolled at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business before founding Nuru in 2008 and then living in 3rd world countries the last eight years, putting systems and models in place that save innocent families in war torn regions by teaching and building structure for leadership, agriculture, education, and survival.