Jake Harriman is the Founder and CEO of Nuru International, who left his job as a Platoon Commander in the US Marine Corps to join the fight against extreme poverty. During his military career, Jake led four operational deployments, including two combat tours in Iraq and disaster relief operations in Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami. Jake was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat during his second tour in Iraq. Since 2009, Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia have enabled over 85,000 people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Jake’s passion, vision, and leadership have led a team of extremely gifted leaders join his efforts. Jake is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jake has received many honors, some of which include: Rainer Arnhold Fellowship (2009); Unsung Hero of Compassion presented by His Holiness The Dalai Lama (2014); Gerson Lehrman Group Social Impact Fellowship (2014); Ballard Center Social Innovator of the Year (2014); TEDxBYU speaker (2014); White House Champion of Change (2014); Presidential Leadership Scholar (2015); Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (2016). Jake has been interviewed on ABC News, CNN Newsroom, FOX Business and MSNBC Morning Joe and received coverage in Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times and Stanford Magazine, among others.