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.
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 Consultant
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Ortega Bowen Business Development Intern
Rebecca joined the Development Programme team as Business Development Intern in November 2018.