Alumni Stories: MBA in Economic Development

Featured Alum

Mr. Keith Wright

'97, MS Economic Development
International President and Chairman
Global Executive Office
Food for the Hungry

Keith Wright is responsible for providing leadership to the Global Executive Office and ensuring global alignment and achievement of the organization's strategy to achieve its Vision and Mission. Keith is also responsible for expanding global partnerships to connect commercial activity to poverty solutions.

Keith has more than 19 years of relief and development leadership, implementation, and resource development experience in Africa, Latin America and the US. For 11 of these years Keith has lived in Africa. Keith has a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. Keith has been with Food for the Hungry since 2000.

Alumni Testimonials

Keith Wright
MBA Economic Development, Class of 1997
President | Food for the Hungry International 

‘When I decided to attend the Eastern’s Leadership and Development MBA program I was clear on my call to serve the most vulnerable through innovation and economic development. I was also clear that I needed to build up my skills and tools to be more impactful. I was not disappointed. Eastern gave me a core skill-set that I use every day across management and business, as well as invaluable perspectives on the nature and reality of the kingdom of God -- and how it can be advanced in the face of the world’s most daunting problems. I highly recommend this program to world changers who want to not only understand the challenges we face as a global community but gain the skills and perspectives to make a real difference.”

Matthew Maury, 
MBA Economic Development, Class of 1990
Chief Executive Officer | TEAR Australia 

“My Master’s degree (MBA) at Eastern has proven to be a foundational cornerstone for my career in relief and development. From my work as a grassroots community development worker in Africa to my current role as head of a Christian development agency, the courses, faculty and fellow students all contributed - and 25 years later still actively shape - my theology, my leadership, and my heart for serving God and others.”

Paul Luchtenburg,
MBA Economic Development, Class of 1989
Executive Officer | AMK Cambodia

“A combination of outstanding, dedicated professors and committed dynamic classmates made my years at Eastern some of the best and most memorable of my life. Many people from that time remain my best friends today and have been a great support professionally and spiritually over the years. The courses helped us to wrestle with some key development and theological issues.”

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