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
Chief Operations Officer

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.

Barbara Scettri
Development Programmes Manager

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

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.

Lisa Wilson
Media And Communications Officer

Lisa joined Plan International Ireland as Media and Communications Officer. She holds a MSc International Development and BSc Management from the University of Manchester.

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.

Katie Hennessy
Fundraising 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.

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.

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.

Deirdre Gavin
Youth Engagement Support Officer

Deirdre joined Plan in May 2018 working on the development education team as the youth engagement support officer.

George Massey
Emergencies Programmes Officer

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

Stacey Dunne
Emergencies Officer

Stacey joined Plan Ireland in November 2018 and is currently working with the Emergencies team. A dedicated Humanitarian she has over 6 years’ experience in the international development and humanitarian sectors and experience working with Government Institutions.

Stephen Cassidy
Emergencies Officer

Stephen joined Plan International in September 2018 and is the Emergencies Officer,

Mahbub Kabir
Inclusion Support Officer

Mahbub joined Plan International Ireland in April 2019 and is the disability and inclusion focal person. An anthropology graduate, Mahbub has many years’ experience in the development sector, particularly supporting persons with disabilities and other minority communities.

Sarah Davoren
Programmes Desk Officer

Sarah joined Plan International Ireland as programmes desk officer.

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.

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.

Deirdre Murray
Desk Officer (Development)

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

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.

Keelin O'Sullivan
Public Engagement Intern

Keelin joined Plan International as Public Engagement Intern in August 2019.

Oreoluwa Matemilola
Emergencies Intern

Oreoluwa joined Plan International as Emergencies Intern in May, 2019. She is in the process of completing a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at UCD.

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.