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IRD President and CEO Arthur B. Keys Joins Council on Foreign Relations

Posted on June 19, 2013 by hhaydu

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Arlington, VA—Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., Founder, President and CEO of International Relief and Development (IRD), has been invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

“I am honored to join the Council on Foreign Relations, among the leading voices on international affairs,” said Keys. “Non-governmental organizations continue to play a growing role in humanitarian, stabilization and governance activities. I look forward to joining with CFR colleagues to help inform the discussion about effective strategies to further global values and improve lives.”

Dr. Keys has over 30 years of experience with domestic and international humanitarian assistance, economic development, and food and agriculture programs. His expertise spans a number of non-governmental organizations as well as private consultancy. Dr. Keys has extensive experience partnering with major U.S. and international development agencies to provide humanitarian relief and assistance to the neediest parts of the world.
Since founding IRD in 1998, Dr. Keys has overseen the distribution of more than $3.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the US Gulf Coast.

Dr. Keys was previously Executive Director of Interfaith Impact for Justice and Peace, the Secretary for Public Ministries of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, and the President of the consulting firm Keys and Associates.

Dr. Keys is a native of Washington, PA. He has a doctorate from Emory University and a master of divinity from Yale University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Bethany. He is also the recipient of the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Justice and Peace given annually by Yale Divinity School and was honored in Atlanta by the Emory University Alumni Board with the 2009 Emory Medal for his many years of humanitarian service.

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IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stability, and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure.