Anthony Banbury, a Westport resident and United Nations assistant secretary-general for field support, will speak to the Y's Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday about his recent experience as head of the U.N.'s Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.

The program, which begins with coffee at 9:25 a.m., will take place at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. Banbury's talk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

A graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Banbury's early career at the U.N. took him to Thailand, Cambodia Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

He also worked as an advisor on the Balkans in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1997-99 and at the National Security Council in the White House from 2000-03. He served as the Asia regional director for the World Food Programme in Bangkok from 2003-09, managing humanitarian relief and development operations in 14 nations before taking on his current job, where he is responsible for providing operational support to U.N. peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.

Those interested in attending Banbury's presentation and learning more about the Y's Men should contact Tom Douglas at, or visit the club's website,