Last May, the Nearshore Executive Alliance (NEA) had the opportunity to collaborate with the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace), a New York based non-profit that works with entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries around the world to help them create sustainable employment.

Through its member companies, the NEA participated in the Bpeace Executive Business Exchange (BEBE) program. BEBE is a corporate entrepreneurship program supported by the U.S. Department of State. In operation since 2002, Bpeace promotes the role of business in peace-building through innovation, leadership diversity, jobs, and global business collaboration.

“A key part of our mission at the NEA is to help advance nearshore service providers and to drive sustainable economic, business, social, and human rights growth in the region,” said Rebeca Hassan, NEA Executive Director, “When we learned about the BEBE program, we immediately recognized the opportunity to create synergies and invited our member companies to take part in this initiative.”

NEA member organizations CI&T and Unosquare each hosted an executive from the El Salvador based company Tech Americas. For the one-week visit, each company developed an in-depth agenda to meet the program’s learning outcomes.

"This important collaboration validates the leadership of Nearshore Executive Alliance and the commitment of its member companies to expand markets and share knowledge. On behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the people of Central America, we thank the NEA, CI&T and Unosquare for sharing the vision that business has a role to play in peace-building," said Bpeace CEO Toni Maloney.

In the fall of 2014, Bpeace will select another exchange executive to benefit from the BEBE program. The Nearshore Executive Alliance looks forward to cooperating with this initiative again and to help identifying relevant host companies for the program.