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Episode #48 - November 2022

Throughout our work, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire tries to identify unique and amazing connections to the world from right here in the granite state. From nonprofits doing work across the globe, to stories of international connections fostered by our global exchange programs, it never ceases to amaze the many ways that granite staters are impacting the world. In this month's episode, we speak with Maria Horne, co-founder and CEO of BLI Global, a nonprofit with a unique global history and a deep connection to the state. Through a variety of youth focused programs in countries as far away as Peru and Vanuatu, they are empowering youth to become changemakers in the world. Join us to dive deeper into the great work this program is doing right here in the state.

Maria Auma Horne

Maria Auma Horne is a young vibrant change agent who started Blue Luxury Investments (now BLI Global Capital) at the age of 24. Since then she has been able to work with local businesses in sub-Saharan African and south Asia to increase access to finance, improve livelihoods, impacting over 30,000 lives and continues to promote the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Previously she worked with Interface Consulting Limited as a projects officer providing support on development projects funded by SNV, IRC, UNICEF, Total E&P and Ministry of Water and Environment (Uganda). Maria has been involved in policy, lobbying and advocacy for social change and impact, participating in high impact international sessions like the United Nations (UNFCCC, HLPF, ECOSOC, UNEA), and regional African sessions including the ACET Africa Transformation Forum inaugural event. She is a Salzburg Global Fellow and passionate about the environment and conserving nature. She is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. She is key in networking with investors globally and has worked to finance projects and investments in East Africa, West Africa and South Asia.

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