Harvard Dean Appointed as Special Adviser to Guyana Foundation Board of Trustees

Mr. O'Neil Outar

Mr. O'Neil Outar

The Guyana Foundation announces the appointment of Mr. O’Neil Outar as a Special Adviser to its Board of Trustees. Born in New Amsterdam, Guyana, Mr. Outar is currently the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

In his position with the Guyana Foundation, he will be responsible for advising and facilitating approaches to international fundraising, as well as networking with like-minded global organizations and individuals who are able to provide skills training in a variety of fields to meet the needs in the country.

According to Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, C.C.H., “Mr. Outar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that makes him invaluable to the Guyana Foundation team. His accomplishments over the years are impressive, and the Foundation is very delighted that he has accepted its invitation to be a Special Adviser to its Board. We look forward to his technical guidance, support and advice as we continue our work to bring relief to people in need across Guyana.”

As the chief development officer for Harvard’s largest academic unit, Mr. Outar sets the strategic direction of all fundraising activity for the $2.5 billion Campaign for Arts and Sciences within the $6.5 billion Harvard Campaign.

“I am honored to be joining the Guyana Foundation as a Special Advisor and to have the opportunity to give back to the people of Guyana in a meaningful way. The culture of Guyana has had a profound impact on my life and underpins many of the values that have shaped my life and career including the importance of education, the value of community, and philanthropy,” said Mr. Outar.

Mr. Outar led the University of Alberta’s alumni and fundraising enterprise from 2010 – 2014. As the University’s first Vice-President (Advancement), he successfully integrated fundraising and alumni relations to build an organization that set new records in both giving and alumni engagement, building a vital new foundation to diversify the University’s funding structure. Other highlights include a more than doubling of the Advancement budget and staff, the planning for the largest-ever campaign, the successful integration of the Alumni Association into the University structure, and sponsorship of the groundbreaking Alumni Impact Study.

From 2001 – 2010, Mr. Outar held several leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Working closely with MIT’s president, he led the work that secured some of MIT’s largest-ever donations. His MIT roles included Senior Director of Global Initiatives, in which he spearheaded new Institute-wide activities in China and India, managed the Institute’s activities associated with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and increased privatephilanthropic support from outside the United States by more than six-fold. As Senior Director of Institutional Initiatives – focusing on the MIT Energy Initiative, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the $578 million Campaign for Students – he managed the fundraising of more than $1.25 billion. During the preceding $2.2 billion Campaign for MIT, Mr. Outar served as a Senior Major Gifts Officer with a focus on Silicon Valley, managing the fundraising of more than $250 million. Earlier, as part of Tufts University’s $609 million Tufts Tomorrow campaign, he served as Director of the Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

A Trustee of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C., Mr. Outar was a Commonwealth Study Conference Leader in 2014. From 2011 – 2013, he served on the WEF’s Knowledge Advisory Group. In 2008, he was selected to participate in Leader-to-Leader, MIT’s recognition and development program for rising Institute leaders.

Named in honor of his father’s favorite Australian cricketer, Norman O'Neill, Mr. Outar was educated in New Amsterdam, Brooklyn, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Tufts University.