SOURCE: International Relief and Development

International Relief and Development

October 28, 2009 10:53 ET

IRD CEO to Receive Emory Medal for Distinguished Public Service

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - Dr. Arthur Keys, President and CEO of International Relief & Development (IRD), will be honored Friday, October 30 in Atlanta by the Emory University Alumni Board with the 2009 Emory Medal for his many years of humanitarian service. Keys earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University Candler School of Theology in 1992.

Keys will also be available Friday for interviews about the Emory Medal and his work at IRD.

   What:     Phone interviews with Dr. Arthur Keys, President and CEO, IRD
   When:     Friday, October 30
             1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
   Contact:  Melissa Price

Keys has been active in non-governmental organization (NGO) and humanitarian aid work since the early 1980s when he worked in the former Yugoslavia for the World Council of Churches Urban-Rural Mission Program. He also served as President of Keys and Associates, Inc., a for-profit organization that raised more than $150 million in grants and in-kind contributions for NGOs in international development.

In 1998, Keys and his wife Jasna Basaric-Keys founded IRD with a mission to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD works in regions of the world that present social, political, and technical challenges, and particularly specializes in helping communities affected by conflict and war to recover and improve. In 2008-2009, Keys managed approximately $1 billion of development assistance, with major grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor, Department of State, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.N. agencies.

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