Meet the Plan International Ireland Team

Our team is small, but our passion for what we do is massive!


Plan International Ireland is a strong and experienced group of passionate and determined innovators who are determined to make a difference.

Paul O’Brien
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Paul O'Brien is CEO of Plan International Ireland. With a career spanning 30 years in development and humanitarian work he has lived and worked in a number of developing countries, including: Kenya, Sudan, Liberia, Bangladesh and Tanzania. A senior leader in Ireland’s NGO sector for the last 14 years Paul still travels extensively in his work with Plan International Ireland.

Donal Maher
Head of Finance

Nenagh native, Donal, is one of the more experienced Plan International Ireland staff, joining the organisation in 2006.

Dualta Roughneen
Head of Programmes

Dualta joined Plan International Ireland in 2009 after completing a Masters in Human Rights in UCD. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and was appointed Head of Programmes in February 2016.

Anne-Marie McCarthy
Emergency Programmes Manager

Anne-Marie joined Plan International Ireland in May 2016 with 20 years’ experience in the international development and humanitarian sectors. She has supported programmes in Asia, Africa and Latin America with her most recent visits to Plan International programmes in Egypt, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Maria McLaughlin
Development Programmes Manager

Maria joined Plan in March 2017 with over 10 years’ experience in technical advice, research and programme management in long term development work in Africa and Asia.

Ambrose Duffy
Head of Public Engagement

Ambrose joined Plan International Ireland in March 2018, and is primarily responsible for managing relationships with our many child sponsors.

Lonán Paul
Media and Communications Officer

Lonán works on PR campaigns, external communications, media relations and social media for Plan International Ireland.

Emily Barton
Commercial Development Officer

Emily joined Plan International Ireland in May 2017 as Events Officer. She has over 6 years’ experience in the strategic, commercial and logistical project management of events, corporate, experiential and large scale outdoor events.

Lisya Fins
Digital Marketing Officer

Lisya joined Plan International Ireland in September 2016; with a background in digital marketing and online advertising. After graduating from a BA degree on Sociology and MSc on Social Policy, she joined Google as an account strategist with a never ending passion for social impact. She then worked as an account manager at a digital performance agency for various clients including not-for-profit organizations.

Katie Hennessy
Donor Relations Officer

Katie is the main point of contact for sponsors and supporters and she is driven by a desire to help people help others in a meaningful and engaging way.

Jigyasa Sharma
Public Engagement Intern

Jigyasa joined Plan International Ireland as our public engagement intern.

Siobhan McCanny
Management Accountant

Siobhan joined Plan Ireland as an Accounts Assistant in August 2011. Originally from Tyrone, Siobhan moved to Dublin in November 2011 after taking three years out travelling to Australia and New Zealand.

Jemma Lawlor
Finance and Operations Administrator

Jemma joined Plan International Ireland in April 2017 as Finance & Operations Administrator.

Ronan O'Neill
Grant Accountant

An experienced accounting professional, Ronan is a keen runner and has spent over 10 years working overseas managing large development programmes.

Barbara Scettri
Education Advisor

Barbara joined Plan International Ireland in September 2012 with more than 15 years’ experience in the International Development and Humanitarian sectors.

Rebecca O'Halloran
Development Education Officer

Rebecca joined Plan International Ireland in April, 2015 and has worked in Development Education for over 8 years, starting as an intern in the Africa Centre. She holds a BA in Politics, Sociology & Legal Science, and an LLB, both form N.U.I. Galway. She also completed an MA in Development from DCU in 2008.

George Massey
Emergencies Programmes Officer

George's fieldwork experience includes programmes in Haiti, Iraq and Sierra Leone.

Julie Dwyer
Emergency Programmes Desk Officer

Julie joined Plan International Ireland in November 2017.

Deirdre Murray
Desk Officer (Development)

Deirdre joined Plan in July 2017, and has many years’ experience working in the international development sector.

Lauren Konopacz
Desk Officer

Hailing from the United States, Lauren is an integral part of Plan International Ireland's Development team, and when not doing development, she likes to write post cards and home brew!

Linda Fuhrmann
Programme Support Officer (Emergencies)

A dedicated humanitarian worker, Linda joined Plan International Ireland in September 2015 after working in West Africa in response to the Ebola crisis.

Emilia Sorrentino
Education in Emergencies Specialist

Emilia has a background in Education in Emergencies and Psycho-Social Support. She has spent the last four years in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza and the West Bank) where she worked as Programme Manager and later as Country Director for an Italian NGO.

David Williams
Emergencies Officer
Shelter and Construction Adviser

David joined Plan International Ireland’s Disaster Risk Management Unit in 2014, and is a Chartered Structural Engineer.

Amy Mulcahy
Development Programmes Desk Officer

Amy joined Plan Ireland in December 2013 having just completed her master's degree in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre. She then returned in 2017 as a Desk Officer on the Development Programmes team.

Aidan Leavy
Inclusion Specialist (Plan International)

A native of Westmeath, Aidan joined Plan Ireland in May 2011. A graduate in social sciences, Aidan was previously Director of International Service Ireland (ISI), supporting people with disabilities in West Africa and South America.

Gillian Quinn
Gender and Inclusion Project Officer (Plan International)

Gillian joined Plan International in November 2014 and is currently working as a Gender and Inclusion Project Officer with Plan International Headquarters.

Jenny Ackermann
Programme Support Intern

Jenny joined Plan International Ireland in June 2018 as our programme support intern.

Melanie Le Page
Programme Support Intern

Melanie joined Plan International Ireland as a programme support intern.

Victoria Barrios
Emergencies Intern

Victoria joined Plan International Ireland as an emergencies intern.