Jake Harriman Speaks at TEDxBYU

I always enjoy sharing Nuru’s story; but when it’s in front of an audience of 800 smart, promising students, it’s even more of a thrill. Along with eight other individuals I deeply respect, I was invited to speak at the fourth annual TEDxBYU sponsored by Marriott School of Management’s Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance. The event was held on Friday, March 21st in Provo, Utah.

In case you’d like to listen in, here’s my talk, The New Front Lines:


About Jake Harriman

Founder — Jake Harriman is a United States Naval Academy graduate and former Force Recon Marine combat veteran who became convinced that the “War on Terror” can’t be won on the battlefield alone; the contributing causes of violent extremism–specifically extreme poverty–must also be eradicated. After transitioning out of the Marine Corps, Jake enrolled in the Stanford Graduate School of Business to found Nuru International in 2007 with a mission to eradicate extreme poverty in some of the most fragile regions of the world in order to help stop the spread of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. Over the next twelve years, Jake and his team grew Nuru to become one of the premier organizations at the nexus of security and development - empowering over 130,000 people with lasting meaningful choices to permanently climb out of extreme poverty in some of the toughest places in the world.

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