Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO

Neal Keny-Guyer

Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur driven by the belief that a better world is possible, even in the toughest places.

Since 1994, Neal has served as Chief Executive Officer of the global humanitarian organisation Mercy Corps. Under his leadership, Mercy Corps has grown into one of the most respected international relief and development agencies in the world, with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a team of over 5,500, and global revenue of nearly £405 million. Fast Company ranked Mercy Corps one of the most innovative social-change organizations in the world and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls Mercy Corps "a first-rate aid group."

A native of Tennessee, Neal started his career working with atrisk, inner-city youth in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. He launched his international work in 1980 in response to Cambodia's Killing Fields, working with CARE and UNICEF along the Thai-Cambodia border.

In 1981, Neal began his tenure with Save the Children, living in Somalia and Lebanon before rising to become Director of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. He designed and implemented high-impact relief and development programmes in some of the most war-torn and politically sensitive regions in the world.

In 1990, Neal undertook his toughest assignment — as a stay-at-home dad for his first child.

Neal 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 Doctor of Humane Letters from Portland State University.

A former trustee of the Yale Corporation, Neal remains very involved with the University, serving on the Yale President’s Council on International Affairs and the Board of Advisers of the Yale School of Management (SOM). Neal is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Board, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System.

Neal lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Alissa, an Oregon state representative. They have three adult children.