Executive team

Neal Keny-Guyer

Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO

Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. A native of Tennessee, Keny-Guyer holds a BA in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University and an MA in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mr. Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Read Neal's full bio ▸

Craig Redmond

Craig Redmond, SVP of Programs

Craig Redmond leads Mercy Corps' program operations and development, as well as financial services, innovations and emergency responses around the world. He has been with Mercy Corps since 2000 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the field, including Regional Program Director for South and Southeast Asia. Prior to Mercy Corps, he worked with the U.N.

Beth deHamel

Beth deHamel, Chief Financial Officer

Beth deHamel stewards Mercy Corps' financial resources and ensures strict accountability standards. She was previously the CFO at TriMet, the Portland region's public transportation agency, after holding executive positions at various financial services firms. She serves as a board member for several Oregon nonprofits.

Jeremiah Centrella

Jeremiah Centrella, General Counsel

Jeremiah Centrella is General Counsel at Mercy Corps. He is a member of the Board of Directors of InsideNGO, a member of Harvard Law School’s Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Working Group and Senior Workshop, a member of the NGO Counsel Forum, and a participant in various global and US government focused consultations and advisory groups focused on the legal issues that INGOs face when operating in close proximity to armed groups and terrorist organizations. He received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Willamette University College of Law and his B.A. in political economics from Colorado College.

Nigel Pont

Nigel Pont, Chief People and Strategy Officer

Nigel Pont oversees Mercy Corps’ organizational strategy, leadership development, human resources and more. He has been with Mercy Corps since 1997 and served in a variety of roles in the field including Regional Program Director for the Middle East. During a sabbatical in 2010-2011, Pont was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds a master’s degree in coaching and consulting for change from Oxford and the French business school HEC Paris.

Dafna Rand

Dr. Dafna H. Rand, Vice President for Policy and Research

Dafna H. Rand leads Mercy Corps' Policy and Advocacy and Research teams, and is responsible for Mercy Corps' efforts to influence practice across global institutions and to elevate thought leadership around core Mercy Corps priorities. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Dr. Rand held a number of leadership positions in government and academia, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.

Simon O'Connell

Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps European Headquarters & SVP for Global Partnerships

Simon O’Connell has been the Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships since early 2015. An experienced and entrepreneurial development professional with almost two decades living and working in numerous countries in Africa, Simon has responsibility for Mercy Corps’ European headquarters and oversees a global portfolio of programmes supported by our European partners. Passionate about promoting equitable opportunity and catalysing positive change, Simon’s main areas of expertise are in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnership; particularly new partnership models in fragile environments. Prior to his current role, Simon was Mercy Corps Regional Director for West and Central Africa, managing an annual budget of over $70 million and supervising a team of more than 600.

Dina Esposito

Dina Esposito, Vice President of Technical Leadership

Dina Esposito leads the Technical Support Unit, a global team of subject matter experts that provide critical technical support for Mercy Corps country offices in some 40 countries. She also leads the New Initiatives team focused on US government new business. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Dina was at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, and as the Director of the Office of Food for Peace. Prior to USAID, Dina served in Ethiopia and Kenya for the non profit organization, Pact, Inc., focusing on peacebuilding and governance projects. She began her career in refugee assistance and disaster relief. She has 20+ years in international relief, development and post conflict reconstruction experience.

Adrienne Karecki

Adrienne Karecki, Chief Development and Marketing Officer

Adrienne serves as Chief Development and Marketing Officer for Mercy Corps where she is responsible for private and corporate fundraising, global marketing and brand stewardship. Adrienne joined Mercy Corps in 2015 and served as the Regional Director for West, Central and North Africa. She is an entrepreneurial, innovative senior business leader bringing over 20 years of experience. Previously she was Senior Manager of Brand and Creative Strategy at the Nike Foundation working on the Girl Effect Global Strategy, overseeing strategic and creative direction and operations in Nigeria, Rwanda and Ethiopia. She has also worked as a Senior Account Manager at Wieden+Kennedy, the Director of Marketing and Chief Operating Officer/Senior VP for Planned Parenthood, and the Director of Business Enterprises at Central City Concern.

Myriam Khoury

Myriam Khoury, Vice President of Innovation

Myriam serves as Mercy Corps’ Vice President of Innovation. She has worked in the international development field for over 20 years. She brings extensive on-the-ground experience in fragile and conflict-affected countries, a commitment to partnership and impact as well as a track-record leading dynamic teams and enterprise-level change. Her VP role includes leading teams and systems changes to drive effective and efficient breakthrough solutions, achieving impact at scale for some of the world’s toughest humanitarian and development challenges. Earlier in her career, Myriam managed large projects and teams in the Balkans and Caucasus. More recently, she oversaw Mercy Corps’ New Initiatives team, and then directed the agency’s 50-person Technical Support Unit. Myriam has an undergraduate degree from Brown University.