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Houghton, Nathaniel 'Nate' '07

Houghton, Nathaniel 'Nate' 0'7
Nate 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 through an intensive leadership training programme, believing that talented youth can create a peaceful and prosperous future. The result is a cohort of skilled leaders sparking true development across the Congo.

Nate can’t point to just one moment in the Congo that changed his life, a moment that 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, its people and its future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States.

"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," Nate believes. "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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