Morgan Keay


Ms. Morgan G. Keay


Ms. Morgan G. Keay is the CEO and Founder of Motive International, a Washington, DC-based social enterprise and Woman-Owned Small Business focused on conflict mitigation, stability, and sustainability in fragile societies around the world. A social entrepreneur, global strategist, and former diplomat, Morgan has held senior-level positions in the public, private, and civil societies sectors, and has served in all three U.S. foreign policy agencies: Dept. of State, Dept. of Defense, and USAID. 

Prior to launching Motive, Morgan served as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). From 2014-15, she served as the Conflict Advisor to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. Working directly on the Commander’s special staff, Morgan developed a signature methodology for AFRICOM’s Theatre Campaign Plan, helping shift U.S. efforts to a more preventive approach to conflict, mass atrocities, and crisis in Africa. She designed activities to counter violent extremism for U.S. Special Operations Forces, and helped shape U.S. policy and strategy to counter Boko Haram. 

Before AFRICOM, Morgan served at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, where she led CSO’s engagement to prevent destabilizing violence in the Niger Delta. Convening key Nigerian influencers, launching a high-profile mass media campaign, and guiding diplomatic and community outreach, the operation Morgan led measurably reduced incentives for violence, and established innovative new models for public-private partnerships in the context of conflict mitigation and stabilization. 

As a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Morgan directed an interagency joint task force in Afghanistan that was responsible for shaping coalition-wide strategies to transition billions of dollars in governance and development assistance to Afghan stakeholders. A frequent advisor to senior U.S., NATO, and Afghan policymakers, Morgan was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal by the U.S. Department of Defense. After serving in Afghanistan, Morgan went on to advise U.S. Army III Corps in Fort Hood, TX in advance of their deployment to ISAF Joint Command (IJC). 

Prior to serving in government, Morgan spent ten years in Mongolia as the Founder and Executive Director of The Itgel Foundation, an NGO specializing in sustainable social transformation. With Itgel, Morgan catalyzed national level policy reforms, secured land and resource rights for marginalized tribes, and increased partner community household incomes by 400% through livelihood initiatives. After handing over Itgel’s activities to local stakeholders, Morgan was recruited by Rio Tinto to design and manage their USD $15 million annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) portfolio for Oyu Tolgoi, the world’s largest copper mine, located in Mongolia’s Gobi desert. Her commitment to exceeding global CSR standards set new benchmarks in the country’s mining boom. For her decade-long commitment to Mongolia, Morgan was awarded the medal of distinguished service by the Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Tourism.

Morgan has authored numerous papers and policy documents, including sections of the UN Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, and is a frequent speaker on international affairs, global sustainability, and civil-military affairs. She holds a master’s degree in International Policy from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Biology and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She can be contacted at: