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Houghton, Nathaniel 'Nate' OR'07

Houghton, Nathaniel 'Nate' 0'7
Nate Houghton is the Founder of The Congo Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to develop the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for peace and prosperity in the Congo". They empower young leaders in the Congo through an intensive leadership training program, believing that talented youth can create a peaceful and prosperous future for Congo. The result of their program is a cohort of skilled leaders sparking true development across the Congo. Houghton can’t point to one moment in the Congo that changed his life, made him renounce every idea he had about the world, and led him to start a non-profit in Africa. He’s not from the Congo and the first time he visited Kinshasa, he was nineteen. But at this point, it’s safe to say that Congo’s history, people, and future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States. Houghton believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think start-ups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in the Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.”
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