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Neal Keny-Guyer

CEO, Mercy Corps


Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University, a master’s degree in Public and Private Management (M.P.P.M.) from Yale University, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Portland State University, Oregon.

Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Under his aegis, Mercy Corps has emerged as a leading international humanitarian and development organization with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a staff of 5,000, and global revenue of over $437 million. Keny-Guyer has forged new directions at Mercy Corps, most notably implementing global mergers and strategic alliances, placing human rights, civil society and social entrepreneurship at the forefront of Mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission, and building an organizational reputation for groundbreaking, innovative programming in the world’s toughest environments.

Neal Keny-Guyer serves on the Yale President’s Council on International Affairs and the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management (SOM). In addition, he serves on the Boards of InterAction (as Chair), ImagineNations, and the Nike Foundation’s Advisory Board. Keny-Guyer was included among the Top 50 CEOs for Power & Influence by The NonProfit Times in 2015. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Alissa, who is an Oregon state legislator.