Author: Thomas Hong

Leadership Program Director — Thomas has worked in education and leadership development in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. He holds a B.A. in Economics and master’s degree in teaching from the University of Virginia and an MBA in international organizations from the University of Geneva.
Why is servant leadership important to Nuru?

Feature photo: Nuru Kenya Country Director Pauline Wambeti visiting the home of a Nuru farmer. Servant leadership is one of Nuru’s values. Nuru…

Knowing when locals are ready to lead

In June 2015, Nuru hit a major milestone that was seven years in the making: Nuru International’s expat team exited Kenya, leaving behind…

Expats vs. Locals: who should drive development?

As the car weaved in and out of the two-lane road, I observed the Ugandan drivers in the streets of Kampala, amazed at…

How Banchi Helped 154 Nuru Farmer Households

The Leadership Program equips Nuru leaders to identify the needs of the community; design solutions to address those needs; and effectively and efficiently…

Intro to Nuru Ethiopia Training Begins for Healthcare and Education Programs

Nuru Ethiopia held the Introduction to Nuru training during the Program Planning Process (PPP) for Healthcare and Education. 16 candidates were invited to join the…

I had the great fortune of attending the Servant Leadership Winter Conference this past February. It was hosted by the Servant Leadership Institute…

It was about two years ago when we first began talking about “cross-pollination” at Nuru. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cross-pollination as “the transfer…

The Leadership Program welcomes Brian Viani and Paige Belt, the new Program Facilitators for Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia respectively. It struck me…

When the Leadership Program launched a couple of years ago we had some specific ideas about how we wanted the organization to value…

It seems like we do this every couple of months and if feels like just yesterday when I came and was transitioning with…