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Abiy Meshesha Nuru Ethiopia Managing Director & Global Council Chair Born and raised in southern Ethiopia and from a smallholder farming community, Abiy has led local and international NGOs in Ethiopia since 2004. Before joining Nuru Ethiopia on March 2018, Abiy worked as Save the Children International(SCI) Regional READ TA Project Manager in Hawassa, SCI satellite office manager in Hadelaela, EKHC DC Medan ACTS Manager in Dilla, and South Adventist Academy Vice Principal in Hawassa. In addition, he worked on short-term emergency projects with Medicins Sans Frontiers. Abiy holds an MA in Sociology and BA in Education.
Noella Nuru Burkina Faso Executive Director Noella serves as Sr. Scaling Coordinator. Noella started her career in Civil Engineering; she has worked in construction management, project management, and maintenance planning for some of the biggest mines in West Africa. After more than a decade of working in international engineering, she felt a need to use her experience and talents to help lift her country out of the poverty trap.
Aerie Changala Nuru Chief Executive Officer Aerie has been leading Nuru as its CEO since 2020. Prior to assuming his current role, Aerie has been part of Nuru’s leadership since the organization’s earliest days. He led the design of the Nuru model and scaling for the past decade. Aerie’s passion for serving vulnerable and marginalized communities comes from his time serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Burkina Faso. Having spent the majority of his adult life living in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, Aerie has traveled extensively, speaks five languages, and brings a truly global perspective to his work at Nuru. Aerie earned his BA in International Affairs from John Cabot University (Rome, Italy); his MA in International Conflict Analysis from University of Kent (Canterbury, UK); and completed Stanford’s University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership.
Pauline Wambeti Nuru Kenya Managing Director Pauline Wambeti believes in “not waiting for other people to make the changes for us, but to make the changes ourselves.” Having invested over 15 years in community development in Kenya, Pauline is currently the Managing Director for Nuru Kenya. Prior to joining Nuru, Pauline worked for the United Nations Environment’s Regional office for Africa-Nairobi. She has been a Programme Officer for the National Organization for Peer Educators; a Business Development Officer for K-Rep Bank Ltd and, a Program Facilitator for Doctors of the World. Pauline has studied Social Work and Community Development in addition to post graduate studies in Development Studies and Project Management. She is a 2018 East Africa Acumen Fellow. Msingi wa uongozi wa Pauline Wambeti ni kwa falsafa ya, ‘tusingoje mabadiliko ya maendeleo kutoka kwa wengine, mbali tujibadilishe na kujiendeleza wenyewe.’ Hivi sasa Pauline ni Mkurugenzi wa Nuru Kenya, shirika lililojikita katika kumaliza umaskini uliokithiri, mashinani mwa nchi ya Kenya. Kabla ya kujiunga na Nuru, Pauline alifanya kazi UNEP katika ofisi kuu ya Afrika jijini Nairobi. Amekuwa pia Afisa wa kuelimisha rika katika shirika la NOPE; Afisa wa Maendeleo ya Biashara katika K-Rep Bank Ltd; na Mkufunzi katika shirika la Doctors of the World-Spain. Pauline amesomea Kazi za Kijamii; Maendeleo ya Jamii na Usimamizi wa Mradi. Pauline alishiriki katika 2018 Acumen East Africa Fellowship.
Amy Gaman Nuru Nigeria Managing Director Amy Gaman is an impact-driven leader who has significantly contributed to building resilience in northeast Nigeria. With about fifteen years of professional experience in humanitarian and development work, Amy has established herself as a passionate advocate for social and environmental justice. As the Managing Director of Nuru Nigeria, Amy leads a team of professionals in implementing programs that address critical social issues in the region, including social and behavioural change and regenerative agri-business development. Her leadership and innovative approach to development programming significantly impacted the lives of communities affected by conflict and poverty in the region. Amy also contributed to the reintegration of Chibok Girls through her work as Assistant Coordinator with the Atiku Abubukar Center at American University of Nigeria. Amy was also an integral team player in the strengthening integrated delivery of HIV and Aids Services by Family Health International 360, where she was the program coordinator for the UNHCR IDP Profiling and Vulnerability Screening Project; Amy was also a volunteer coordinator for UNHCR. She also led as Chief of the Party for Building Sustainable Livelihoods Activity, a holistic and integrated program for Agricultural and Economic Growth in Nigeria which fostered social cohesion, climate adaptation and community resilience. She has received awards for her work, including recognition from the British Council through the Northeast Humanitarian Hub, the Amazon Leadership Award in human resource management and the Northern Youths Leadership Award from Arewa House. Amy also continues volunteering in policy formulation through ONE Campaign and The Kukah Center, understanding that political leaders need to be engaged for sustainable change. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the University of Maiduguri, a Master of Business Administration from Business School Netherlands and a Master of Art Peace and Conflict Studies from Modibbo Adama University (in-view). She has several postgraduate certifications from the American University of Nigeria, including in Project Management, Business Communication and Leadership. Amy is a Perennial Leadership Fellow New York 2021 cohort and an Acumen West Africa Fellow.
Elizabeth Atherton Nuru Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth earned her BS in Business Administration and her Masters of Accountancy at The University of Montana and holds Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant licenses. She provided audit and advisory services to public companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations at KPMG and taught auditing and pursued doctoral studies at The University of Arkansas before joining Nuru in 2013. At Nuru, she oversees the business operations and development teams as well as Nuru’s diversity initiatives. She received the InsideNGO Excellence in Finance Award in 2016 and advocates for the eradication of extreme poverty as a Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign.
Matt Lineal Nuru Chief Implementation Officer Matt received his BA in Government and Spanish from Lawrence University and a MS in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University. He then began his international service career in rural Honduras, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later with The Nature Conservancy. Over several years punctuated by severe challenges for Hondurans, his experiences were eye opening as to how people navigate the complexities of rural life. Matt was drawn to Nuru International in 2011 with the resolve to take on tough challenges and has been humbled and amazed to be part of the transformational impact of local leaders. As Nuru’s Chief Program Officer, Matt continues to promote the agency of rural communities as the foundation of meaningful positive change.
Simon Eli Nuru Nigeria Leadership & Partnership Director Simon holds a B. Tech in Urban and Regional Planning as well as an M. Tech in infrastructure along with several certifications in program design and project management. Simon joined the fight to end extreme poverty after several years of being a tutor in higher institutions, he believes knowledge creates wealth. After experience living as a refugee in northern Cameroon during the time when his home community was part of Boko Haram’s caliphate, Simon is passionate about providing the people of northeastern Nigeria opportunities for hope and meaningful choices.
Tom Kibet Chief Operations Officer Tom is zealous about advancing the lives of smallholder farmers continuously by supporting and promoting agribusinesses at the community level. As the Chief Operations Officer, he oversees the planning, coordination, management, and driving revenue growth of the agricultural ventures.Tom is a customer-oriented business development professional with 7 years of vast experience in enterprise development and management. He is keen on building self-sustaining endeavors. He holds an MSc. in Biotechnology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a BSc. in Biology from the University of Eastern African, Baraton. He isenthusiastic about solving smallholder farmers’ problems through entrepreneurship.
Yemisrach Sintayeu Finance & Administration Coordinator Yemisirach joined the Nuru Ethiopia team in March 2018. She received her BA in Accounting and Finance from Arba Minch University in Accounting and Finance in 2011 and for seven years served as an Accountant at Southwest Evangelical Churches, Mekane Yesus Synod Development and Social Service Commission. She is passionate about working to improve the health and living conditions of people living in extreme poverty, and especially seeing women and girls have opportunities to chart a path toward a better life.  She has substantial experience in accounting and financial management.
Ibrahim Field Office Coordinator, Gombi/Hong LGAs
Bless M&E Coordinator
Humshe Project Coordinator
Reuben Facility Assistant/Driver
Sharon Project Officer
Amos Field Office Coordinator
George Nyamweya Leadership, Training, & Development Manager George is passionate about training staff, farmers, and farmer leaders. Since high school, he was involved in student club trainings and this gave him a great zeal in skills transfer. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and International Development from the University College London and a BSc. in Disaster Mitigation with Sustainable Development from Masinde Muliro University. He also holds a teaching certificate from The American Tesol Institute. He is a member of Rift Valley Reading Association and Young African leaders Initiative Alumni, both of which are improving the capacity of leaders in Kenya. As a leadership Program Manager, he is excited when he spots staff and farmers in cooperatives applying trained skills, knowledge, and capabilities to improve their livelihoods.    George ako na ari ya kufunza wafanyakazi, wakulima na viongozi wa wakulima. Tangu akiwa shule ya upili, alihusika katika mafunzo ya vilabu vya wanafunzi na hii ilimpa msukumo  katika kuhamasisha utekelezaji wa mafunzo. Ana shahada ya uzamili katika Ualimu na Maendeleo ya Kimataifa kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha London na shahada katika Kupunguza Maafa na Maendeleo Endelevu kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Masinde Muliro. Yeye pia ana cheti cha ualimu kutoka Taasisi ya  Tesol Marekani. Ni mwanachama wa Chama cha Mafunzo ya Kusoma cha Bonde la ufa  na  chama cha Vijana  Viongozi wa Afrika, vyote ambavyo vinaboresha uwezo wa viongozi nchini Kenya. Kama Meneja wa kitengo cha Uongozi, anafurahi wakati anapata wafanyakazi na wakulima katika vyama vya ushirika wanatekeleza ujuzi, maarifa na uwezo kuboresha mapato yao.
Billy Williams Donor Relations Director As passionate about ending extreme poverty as he is about his home state of West Virginia, Billy developed a hunger for listening to and telling good stories at a young age. He received his BA in both Chemistry and English and an MA in English from West Virginia University as well as an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As Nuru’s lead advocate and storyteller, Billy has been invited to share at events around the globe. If you are seated next to him on a plane, or trapped with him in an elevator, he’ll be sure to invite you to join our efforts, too.  
Casey Harrison Chief Sustainability Officer Casey was born and raised on a farm in rural Maryland, and has worked at the nexus of smallholder farming in Africa and natural resource management since 2009. Prior to Nuru, he contributed as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia where he served as an agricultural extension agent, and worked with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of agricultural production and value chains with a focus on East and Southern Africa. He has completed a dual MA in Natural Resource Management and International Affairs from American University in Washington DC and the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and in his free time, Casey enjoys travelling, backpacking, biking, and live music of all kinds.
Emily McLaughlin Chief Culture Officer Emily has over a decade of experience in human resources, training and teaching. Since joining Nuru in 2010, she has been passionate about supporting Nuru’s incredible staff and striving to make Nuru one of the best companies to work for. While Emily earned her BA in English and Communications at Concordia University in the sunny city of Irvine, CA, she’s a Washington native at heart, and you can find her always looking for excuses to get outdoors with her hubby and three crazy kiddos. During her time at Nuru, she has been instrumental in creating a healthy culture that lives out its values in service to communities living in extreme poverty.
Lee Schofield Security Advisor Lee started his career of service in the British Army and now contributes at Nuru as security and development professional. He brings significant prior experience to his efforts at Nuru, previously working in dynamic environments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Somalia to provide on-the-ground leadership capacity development and sound security strategies for and with local development professionals.  By building strong local partnerships and initiating programs of positive change together with the people he serves, Lee helps whole communities develop strong networks, and contribute directly to their own enhanced safety, security, and trust.  
Tacy Layne Marketing & Communications Manager A lifelong West Virginia resident, Tacy graduated from Fairmont State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Following graduation, she worked as a marketing administrator for an advertising publication. In 2015, inspired by travel to Malawi, Africa, Tacy began work in the nonprofit sector as a writer/editor for an international nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the orphan crisis. Moved by the realization that extreme poverty is the leading cause of family disruption, Tacy joined Nuru International in 2018 to support fundraising efforts, donor relations, and communications. In her spare time, she enjoys training for marathons, whitewater rafting, skiing, and occasional foraging. 
Andrew Chacha Security & Administration Officer
Joseph Muniu Training Officer
Paul Mwita Training Officer
Daniel Gisiri Training Officer
George Kimani Animal Feeds Production Officer
Ann Kathambi Cooperatives Accountant
Arkippo Adams Acting Team Leader - Livelihood
Victor Charo Regional Leadership Team: Regional Training Coordinator
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. Due to the desperate condition of the U.S. political system, Jake turned his attention to helping protect the American Democratic experiment, which he fears is on the brink of failure - a failure that would have terrible global consequences. In 2020, Jake founded More Perfect Union to break and rebuild the current dysfunctional system and give it back to the American people. Key early components of Jake’s plan include creating a reform-minded fulcrum of five new Members in the U.S. Senate, building a nationwide movement for unity and reform, and passing new legislation to reform the electoral system and structural rules and norms of Congress.
Kennedy Koech Dairy Program Officer
John Hancox Board Chairman
John is a practicing dermatologic surgeon specializing in skin cancer treatment and prevention in Morgantown, WV. He graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.A. in biology and also received an M.D. with honors. He then completed a combined medicine/psychiatry internship at West Virginia University. John completed his residency and served as chief resident at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, followed by a cutaneous surgery and oncology fellowship at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He has authored or co-authored over 35 publications. His experiences working with missionary groups and local outreach programs fuels his passion for aiding those in poverty. He has international experience in Mexico, Europe, and India. John and his wife Melissa have two daughters and two sons.
Biruk Abayneh Cooperative & Agribusiness Program Manager
Tatek Amataw Monitoring & Evaluation Program Manager Born and raised in the heart of Sheger, Tatek has 15 years of professional experience in program management and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked for humanitarian and development organizations such as ICRC, IFRC, British Red Cross, GOAL Ethiopia, Comic Relief and Cordaid. While in the Red Cross, Tatek had the fortune of travelling extensively throughout Ethiopia and working with the most vulnerable communities across the country. He also worked with Somali, Eritrean and South Sudanese refugees during which he witnessed the traumatic effects of armed conflicts on non-combatants. Tatek, who earned his BSc from Addis Ababa University in Applied Mathematics, enjoys watching and playing soccer and also reading about the intriguing mysteries of the universe of which we are a part.
Zerihun Woldesenbet Agriculture Extension Rural Livelihoods - Program Manager
Amanda Valladares Gea Business Development Manager Originally from Granada, Andalusia, Amanda has always been passionate about foreign affairs, ID and the role foreign aid plays for developing countries. Amanda earned her BA in French Studies from the University of Granada and the University of Tours, France and holds a Masters in International Relations from the UPF, Barcelona. She lived and worked in Latin America where she gained experience managing projects focused on institutional strengthening and economic development. She has a track record developing proposals for multiple donors worldwide and identifying and securing funding opportunities. Amanda is a native Spanish speaker, proficient in French and a self-taught English speaker.
Ian Schwenke MEL Advisor Ian was born and raised in the DC metro area, but has spent nearly 8 years living and working on the African continent with family, friends, and during his Peace Corps Service in Benin. Before Nuru, Ian received his MA in Global Human Development, and a specialization in sub-Saharan African regional studies at Georgetown University. While pursuing his MA, he had the opportunity to blend his knowledge of small-scale community development learned in the Peace Corps with academic practices used by development organizations and practitioners. At Nuru as an MEL Sr. Associate, Ian will help incorporate best practices to monitor ongoing projects, evaluate successes and failures, and learn for the future.
Andi Daze Legal Advisor Growing up in the high plains of Jos in north central Nigeria, Andi cultivated a passion for the development of Africa. After over a decade of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and working in corporate law in England and the US, Andi returned to Nigeria to contribute towards his passion. As our Legal Advisor, Andi advises Nuru on establishing, managing risk, and implementing programs within a robust legal framework across Africa. Andi also sits as a Director on the board of Nuru Nigeria. As an arbitrator and international corporate and commercial lawyer with vast experience in international development, Andi is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Nigeria, Attorney at Law in New York, and Solicitor in England and Wales.
Steve Amodio Scaling Advisor After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, Steve decided that it was the beginning and not the end of his commitment to positive change in the world. He then spent the better part of 2 decades in West Africa, partnering with both public and private sector organizations to solve problems in health, technology, education, climate change and supply chains. From the dunes of Northern Mali hunting down the last Guinee Worms for the Carter Center to the Port of Cotonou to ensure millions of dollars of investment into local Shea producing organizations, Steve has maintained his focus on solving for the barriers that have locked away autonomy and self-reliance from the indigenous people. Today he is living with his family in Chicago, but his focus remains the same.
Karina Sobieski Treasurer Karina is a global human capital leader and strategic talent partner across a range of industries. She has experience in organization design, executive recruiting (Board, C-suite, Advisory), leadership assessment, succession planning, talent strategy & management, compensation & equity, and diversity & inclusion. Currently, Karina is Managing Director, Human Capital at Clearlake Capital Group. Prior to that she was co-head of the Human Capital Practice at Advent International; Partner, Human Capital Practice for the SoftBank Vision Fund; Partner, Human Resources at Andreessen Horowitz; and was the second employee to join Nuru International when it was founded in 2008, where she served as CHRO, helping build and scale the organization from the ground up. Karina graduated with a Master’s in Psychology from Warsaw School of Social Psychology. After university, she worked at McKinsey & Company in Europe where she was responsible for HR & Recruiting, as well as at CitiBank where she managed Talent Acquisition. Karina remains very closely connected to Nuru’s vision and mission, and is humbled to serve as a board member to continue and help Nuru with its mission to end extreme poverty globally.
Angélique Cooperative Development Manager Angélique serves as Cooperative Development Manager for Nuru Burkina. Angélique holds a Master's in Marketing and Communications. She is passionate about nature and locally sourced products from Burkina Faso. Before working at Nuru, she supported rural organizations transforming local agricultural products.
Joseph Agricultural Development Manager Joseph is the Agribusiness Development Manager at Nuru Burkina. He believes that fighting against poverty and improving living conditions in Burkina Faso requires supporting the population living in rural areas. He built businesses around providing potable water and organic fertilizers to underserved populations in rural Burkina.
Aslin Rodriguez Sr. Grants & Compliance Associate Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Aslin has worked with international non-governmental and governmental organizations supporting their humanitarian, human rights, and development work in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Western Europe. She began her Humanitarian and International Affairs journey by supporting disaster relief operations and establishing innovative health and resiliency programs. Aslin strongly believes in the power of community, and her work has been focused on strengthening organizational capacity to effectively deliver aid to communities in need. Aslin earned her Master’s in International Relations at Universidad Antonio Nebrija in Madrid.
Samson Project Assistant - Gombi
Joshua Finance Specialist
James Project Officer
Wamari Cooperative Assistant
Petina Impact Training Assistant
Dorathy Communications Assistant
Emmanuel Project Assistant
Tayo Administrative Assistant
Jinkai Administrative Assistant
Daniel Program Assistant
Timothy Security & Logistics Assistant
Candice Lee Sr. Human Resources & Admin Associate Originating from Virginia, Candice joins Nuru with extensive experience supporting executives in the nonprofit industry as well as in-depth retail management experience. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Old Dominion University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification from the Project Management Institute. Candice is passionate about ensuring vulnerable populations have the necessary tools to be successful in life, and is thrilled to lend her passion and talents to further Nuru’s mission. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Bethany Ibrahim Sr. Impact & Markets Associate Bethany is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. From 2015-2018, she served in Peace Corps Madagascar as an education volunteer in a rural village teaching English at the middle and high school,and organizing youth development camps and teacher trainings. In 2022, Bethany graduated from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master in International Development Policy with a concentration on women empowerment, food security and poverty reduction in Africa. Bethany is a native English speaker, fluent in Malagasy, and proficient in French. She is passionate about fostering sustainable impact in Africa through participatory and locally-led partnerships.
Alexa Doyle Finance Manager A self-described ‘atypical accountant’, Alexa uses her financial expertise for social good. Alexa grew up on the West Coast before earning her Bachelor's at The University of Notre Dame. She started her career at The Walt Disney Company, spending 9 years working in Corporate Finance & Accounting. Alexa then joined the nonprofit sector and served as Director of Accounting at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Alexa's passion for global impact was ignited by her internship with a social enterprise in Gulu, Uganda, while she was completing her MA of Social Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University. When she isn’t buried in spreadsheets, you can catch her traveling the world, drinking iced coffee, or shamelessly watching reality TV.
Janie Wu Accounting Associate Born on the island of Taiwan, Janie immigrated to the US when she was 6 years old. She earned her BA in Economics from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Nuru, she worked in the import/export industry. However, being fed up with corporate life, Janie made the pivot to the non-profit sector. She is passionate about utilizing her skills and abilities to impact others in a meaningful way. Her enthusiasm for bringing positive change in the world led her to Nuru and its mission to battle extreme poverty overseas. Janie is fluent in 3 languages and you can find her outdoors chasing the next adventure no matter what season it is. 
Adou Cooperative Development Assistant
Dina Human Resources Senior Associate
Ignace Security Manager
Kula Administration and Finance Manager
Souleymane MEL Manager
Waldja Procurement Associate
Choji Grant & Finance Manager Choji joined Nuru Nigeria in November 2022. Choji has over two decades of work in finance and a commitment and passion for ensuring compliance, growth of the organization, and support to ensure Nuru Nigeria can reach the people in its target communities with the needed support.  He has worked in the development and the humanitarian sector.  Choji is a financial specialist, a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Nigeria, an Associate Chartered Management Account (ACMA), and a member of the Certified Professional Institute of Forensic Examiner. He attended training on Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro), FMD Pro Level 1, and has trained many on the use of accounting software. He is passionate about impacting lives in Nigeria.
James Procurement Officer
Jegede Grant & Compliance Officer
Judith Human Resources & Administrative Manager Judith holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She belongs to the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria as an Associate Member. She brings a wealth of experience in managing HR and administrative functions across diverse industries such as Education, Manufacturing and Non-Government Organisations. Her career journey has encompassed various leadership roles in both HR and administration, making her a versatile and experienced professional. Judith believes in the potential of an empowered and well-supported workforce. Her core philosophy revolves around aligning HR and administrative strategies that will create an environment where employees can thrive, enabling the organization to attain its objectives. She promotes a workplace that supports innovation, fosters collaboration, and prioritizes well-being, driving organizations to new levels of excellence.
Conner Swan Development Manager Conner is a Chicago, Illinois native earning his BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Saint Louis University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Benin as a secondary education English teacher. Prior to joining the team at Nuru, Conner worked as a Director at CCS Fundraising, a strategic fundraising consulting firm, and at the Lions Clubs International Foundation as the Regional Development Specialist for Europe. He enjoys collaborating with colleagues in English, French, or Spanish, and outside of work is a crossword puzzle enthusiast, a runner, and a PAWS Chicago foster dog home.
Warren Junium III Vice President of Development A storyteller at heart, Warren has traveled the world communicating on behalf of nonprofits,  the White House, and Fortune 500 companies. These adventures helped him hone his craft and leverage his passion for good. Twenty years and thousands of stories later, Warren has helped raise more than $6 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and global NGO PATH. Warren is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds multiple leadership certificates from Harvard Business School and Cornell. When not putting the fun in fundraising, Warren can be found on adventures with his family, channeling his time on the farm for home gardening success, or golfing. If you have a minute or two, Warren has a story to share.
Aïssetou Executive Director Aïssétou has over 20 years of field experience in sociological research, business marketing, development, and community mobilization. With 6 years' experience in grants and program management; prior to NBF, she worked with ISDAO on human rights issues, working with community-based organizations. She holds a degree in sociology from University of Ouagadougou.
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Identify Farmer Communities

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Identify Farmer Communities
Recruit Local Leaders

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Recruit Local Leaders
Organize Farmers into Cooperatives

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Organize Farmers into Cooperatives
Farmers Benefit From Cooperatives

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Farmers Benefit From Cooperatives
Cooperatives Strengthen Operations

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Cooperatives Strengthen Operations
Nuru Exits Community

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Nuru Exits Community
Replicate and Scale in New Communities

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Replicate and Scale in New Communities
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