Arthur B. Keys, Jr.
President and CEO, International Relief & Development
Dr. Arthur B. Keys has over 30 years of experience with domestic and international humanitarian assistance, economic development, and food/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.
Currently, Dr. Keys is the President, and CEO of IRD. Since founding IRD in 1998, Dr. Keys has overseen the distribution of more than $3 billion in humanitarian assistance to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the United States Gulf Coast
Dr. Keys was previously the 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 Bachelors degree from Bethany College. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Bethany. 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 with the 2009 Emory Medal for his many years of humanitarian service. In December 2011 Dr. Keys was named one of Emory University’s History Makers, one of 175 persons both living and deceased, who have made a lasting impact on Emory or on the larger community, and as exemplifying the qualities that still frame Emory’s vision.
Dr. Keys is fluent in Serbo-Croatian. He is married and has three children.