Friday Forum at City Club: CEO Neal Keny-Guyer

April 26, 2019 // 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Location: Sentinel

Lunch and lecture begins at 12:00 p.m.

Special location: Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue

Lunch: $23 City Club Members, $30 Non-members; General Admission: Free for City Club members, $15 Non-members; Tickets available here.

Neal Keny-Guyer has led Mercy Corps’ mission for nearly 25 years. With more than 68 million people displaced around the world, that work has never been more important. So what’s different now than two decades ago? Keny-Guyer has a distinct perspective on the state of the world and the ever-narrowing gap between local and global. Friday Forum is City Club’s weekly lunchtime program for civic-minded people to network and learn about topics affecting Portlanders and Oregonians.

About the Speaker

Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur driven by the belief that a better future is possible.

Since 1994, Neal has served as Chief Executive Officer of the global humanitarian organization 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 staff of 5,600, and global revenue of over $480 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 at-risk youth in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. After attending business school, he moved to Thailand to aid Cambodian refugees with CARE and UNICEF.

In 1982, Neal began his tenure with Save the Children, rising to become Director of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. He designed and implemented high-impact relief and development programs 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 father for his first child — while consulting businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations on strategy and organizational development.

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 as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of 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.

About the Moderator

Jane Greenhalgh is a senior producer and editor on NPR's Science Desk.

She produces the weekly Health segment on NPR's Morning Edition and writes and edits for NPR's health blog, "Shots." Greenhalgh also produces stories on science, health, and global health across NPR's many platforms.

Greenhalgh was part of the team of broadcast, digital, and multimedia journalists who produced the 2015 award-winning series "#15Girls," which examined the struggles teenage girls face throughout the developing world. Greenhalgh's story "Banished to the Shed" was one of NPR's most listened to and viewed stories of 2015.

She has twice won the National Academies of Science Communication award for her work on NPR's 2014 series "The human microbiome: guts and glory" and the 2009 series Climate Connections. She traveled extensively for this year-long, multi-platform project, examining how climate change is affecting people across the globe. From Timbuktu, where the desert nomads are giving up their way of life, to Peru, where potato farmers are moving their crops higher up the mountain, and to Bangladesh, where scientists are experimenting with drought and flood resistant rice, the stories Greenhalgh produced chronicled the impact of climate change.

Greenhalgh has traveled extensively covering health issues in developing countries, including cholera in Haiti, polio in Indonesia, tuberculosis in Kenya, AIDS in India, malaria in the Gambia, malnutrition in Bolivia, and menstrual health in Nepal.