Neal Keny-Guyer ’76 Beyond Duke Award:
On a recent humanitarian trip to the Gaza Strip, Keny-Guyer joined with Google to create a tech incubator for young entrepreneurs with big dreams for business. Out of that incubator rose two of the top 100 businesses in the Middle East.
of such turmoil and instability in the region,” he says. As the CEO of Mercy Corps, Keny-Guyer travels to where aid is needed most—among more than forty countries throughout the world—to deliver swift humanitarian aid and to enact innovative programs to bring about social and economic change. “We are zeroing-in on solving issues like clean water and clean energy through nanotechnology as well as being able to provide access to first-world options like financial security with mobile,” he says. Looking back, Keny-Guyer can trace the beginnings of his path to his undergraduate years at Duke. He arrived in 1972, at the end of the Vietnam War and during a pivotal time in the civil rights movement. He double-majored in religion and public policy, a combination that prepared him for a future pursuing social change. After Duke, he would go on to work with at-risk youth in Washington, Cambodian refugees in Thailand, and tens of thousands of children in developing countries as a director at the international NGO Save the Children. In 1994, Keny-Guyer joined the ranks at Mercy Corps, and he hasn’t looked back. “I know change can happen in these areas; MercyCorps I’ve witnessed it during my lifetime,” he says. “I spend 75 percent of my time traveling around It was the perfect example, Keny-Guyer says, of the the globe to precarious places, where life is incredibly hope and resiliency he encounters on his trips as the difficult. And yet, I continue to meet the most extraordinary people committing daily acts of heroism despite head of global aid agency Mercy Corps. “It was so exciting not only for the young people but their circumstances. It is so inspiring and fills me with great hope.” n also for us that these results were possible in the midst
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Forever Duke Award: Recognizing alumni for excellent recent volunteer service to Duke, to the DAA, and to other alumni groups. Maria Acebal ’90 | Bruce Barlow M.B.A. ’87 | Kate Bennett ’81 | Josh Bissu ’03 | Margaret Brackett ’93 | Michael Calvo ’02 | Zela Chin ’03 | Lea Courington J.D. ’77 | Debbie Roy Crumpler ’86 | Wendy del Real ’90, J.D. ’93 | Claire Florian ’09 | Heidi Guisto Ph.D. ’12 | Mary Gregory ’88 | Ana Homayoun ’01 | Nicholas John Leonardy ’81, M.D. ’85 | Rachel Mangoubi ’03 | Phil McKenzie M.B.A. ’99 | TJ Morales ’06 | Allen Nelson ’86, J.D. ’89 | Uche Osuji ’95, M.B.A. ’01 | Lynn Rauch ’85 | Ari Redbord ’97 | Russ Richards ’03 | Heidi Eads Spies ’01 | Fred Steckler ’83 | Mark Vahradian ’89 | Josie Witte ’02 | Lynn Wolitzer ’87 | Elizabeth Woodcock ’92 | Gregg Wurster M.B.A. ’03
Published on Nov 29, 2017