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.


Paul O’Brien, CEO

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.

Paul has served on the Board of ICVA, (the International Council for Voluntary Agencies) the global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.  He was elected Chair of the ICVA Board by membership from March 2009 to March 2012.

Paul has studied agriculture and development and holds an MBA from University College Dublin; he is based in Dublin, Ireland.  During his spare time he is a GAA mentor with the Naomh Olafs U-10 girls’ teams.  He is married with two children.