Ms. Martha Keays has worked with the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent over three decades in various capacities, including managing complex emergencies and large-scale operations in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Ms. Keays began her career with the American Red Cross as a volunteer and later managed cross-border programmes in partnership with the Mexican Red Cross before joining the IFRC in 1993 as the regional disaster management delegate in Nairobi. After heading the IFRC Regional Delegations in Guatemala and Fiji, she served as Senior Advisor to the IFRC Secretary General in Geneva before returning to the American Red Cross as their Regional Representative in East Africa.

Prior to taking on her current role, Ms. Keays worked as US Peace Corps Country Director in Guatemala, Kenya and Colombia, and headed a US funded development cooperation programme in El Salvador.

Ms Martha Keays. Regional Director for the Americas, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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