Matthew Courey

Matthew, a Lebanese-American from Boston, joined Seeds of Peace in 2003 as a member of the Young Leadership Committee to help with the “Breaking News, Making Headlines” Media Conference. Since then, he has worked to expand Seeds of Peace’s footprint in the United Kingdom.

After helping organize the premiere of the SEEDS documentary in London in 2004 as well as various other fundraising and awareness efforts, Matt quit his full-time job in 2009 to head to Otisfield, Maine, as a Counselor at the Seeds of Peace Camp. There he helped coach the Green Team to a win in one of the greatest, closely-contested competitions in the modern era.

His recent efforts in London have included a successful corporate sponsorship pitch to Credit Suisse UK in 2010 which raised £28,000. He also ran the Bridges to Peace walks which raised £75,000 in 2011 and £100,000 in 2012. The initiatives were aimed at building our ongoing capacity for regional programming. Matt is currently Chair of Seeds of Peace UK in addition to his responsibilities as a board member of Seeds of Peace.

He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in International Development and a minor in French, and is a former head of high-yield bond trading at Credit Suisse in London. He is an avid international traveler having voyaged to over 90 countries, and is an amateur photographer having been published in Lonely Planet Magazine India in 2010.

“There is simply no rational justification from an intellectual point of view of having a policy of ignorance, or using ignorance as a weapon in a struggle. Ignorance is ignorance, no more and no less. Always and in every case.”
— Edward Said

“If the outbreak of war is inevitable ... history teaches the lesson that its inevitability does not rest ... on natural law, but on individuals incapable of conceiving of another path. Is the source of violence not human nature ... but a lack of imagination?”
— Mark Kurlansky