Author, It Happened on the Way to War; Co-Founder, Carolina for Kibera
Rye Barcott is the author of It Happened on the Way to War. While an undergraduate student in 2001, Barcott co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that helps break cycles of violence and poverty by investing in young leaders in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Named a TIME magazine and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Hero of Global Health, CFK fights poverty and promotes ethnic and religious reconciliation through a unique model of participatory development. After college, Barcott served in the US Marine Corps for five years. Following his service, he earned master’s degrees, as a Reynolds Foundation social entrepreneurship fellow, in business and public administration from Harvard University. He is currently a member of the World Learning Board of Trustees and a TED fellow.The World Economic Forum recently named Barcott a Young Global Leader.