Neal Walker started his professional career doing a year of independent research on renewable energy solutions in Costa Rica. That led to six years with the Organization of American States and then 28 years with the United Nations. At the UN, Walker led work in sustainable development, governance, humanitarian response and in defense of human rights. Neal was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as head of United Nations in Kyrgyzstan (2006), in Bangladesh (2011) and in Ukraine (2014 – 2018). Before then he held senior field positions in Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and Guatemala. In 2018 Walker accepted the post of Diplomat-in-Residence at Eckerd College in USA, teaching as a practitioner. His focus is empowering young people to become effective leaders in the resolution of challenges they prioritize.