Sorley Mc Caughey - Chairperson
Sorley Mc Caughey is the chairperson of Debt and Development Coalition Ireland. He is Advocacy and Policy officer with Christian Aid. His focus relates to advocacy and policy work on the issues of climate justice, tax justice and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Sorley spent most of the last decade working in Africa - in Mozambique and Ethiopia - with the United Nations Development Programme on programmes relating to good governance. On leaving the UN, he took up a post as long term consultant to the Norwegian Aid programme in Mozambique on the national public sector reform programme, a part of which involved developing the national anti-corruption strategy.
Elena García - Treasurer
Elena Garcia was born in Spain and has lived in Ireland for many years. She has been working in the area of finance for over 10 years. She has focused her energies in the global justice / development sector for the past 7 years. Elena is currently the finance and administration manager for Comhlámh - an organisational member of DDCI. Comhlámh's mission is to challenge society on the root causes of global poverty and inequality and empower people to demand equity in global relations.
Alex Klemm works in communications at Unite the Union Ireland, and is also a translator. Alex is committed to helping deliver progressive social change, and believes that an imaginative communications strategy, professionally delivered, can enable under-resourced organisations to punch above their weight and make significant interventions in the public debate.
Vicky Donnelly has worked as a development education worker with Galway One World Centre for over ten years. Her education work has focused on engaging with schools, youth and community groups. Vicky has also worked as an anti-racism facilitator with community groups and organisations around the country.
Stephen McCloskey is Director of the Centre for Global Education and Editor of "Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review", a bi-annual development education journal. He has extensive experience of managing and delivering global education projects, strategic planning, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation. His publications include "The East Timor Question: The Struggle for Independence from Indonesia" (IB Tauris, 2000, with Paul Hainsworth) and "From the Local to the Global: Key Issues in Development Studies" (Pluto Press, London and New York, 2003 and 2009 with Gerard McCann). He is Chair of Cuba Support Group Belfast and is currently developing joint projects in Palestine.
Dr Marie Moran
Marie Moran is a post-doctoral scholar at the UCD School of Social Justice. She has taught on the Equality Studies programme in UCD since 2005, delivering undergraduate modules on 'Global Justice' and 'Social Justice Movements', as well as teaching on the Equality Studies Masters Programme. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the idea of identity in contemporary capitalism, and is currently writing a book on the same topic. She is also a regular contributor to the Tonight with Vincent Browne show on TV3. Marie is very interested in the workings of capitalism, and the way in which social inequality is justified and naturalized in contemporary societies. A self-professed feminist since the age of 12, she is committed to writing, thinking and teaching about equality, as well as engaging in various forms of political activism for social justice.
Dr Camilla Fitzsimons
Camilla is from Dublin and has been working in community education contexts since the 1990s. She has worked with women's groups, vocational groups, resident groups and campaign groups all as part of wider community development initiatives. She currently works as a Lecturer within the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare. She is interested in critical approaches to education and endeavours to be led by principles of equality and social justice. She enjoys working collaboratively to create conditions where adult learners can pose questions about their lives and the structural factors that shape their circumstances. She is particularly interested in working with intercultural groups and has also previously researched the impacts of accreditation (certification) on radically oriented community education and community development.