Morína O' Neill - Chairperson
Morína O' Neill is the chairperson of Debt and Development Coalition Ireland. Morína has worked in the development sector for many years, including for Comhlámh, the Assocaition of Returned Development Workers as a development education officer. She has also worked as a development worker in Belize for several years. Morína works as a consultant on development policy and development education issues for a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. She is currently undertaking a Phd on policy conditions of the World Bank and governance.
Sorley Mc Caughey - Vice-Chairperson
Sorley Mc Caughey is the vice-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 Garcia - 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 memb er 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.
Mbemba Abdulie Jabbi, is a Gambian living in Ireland for the last eight years. Mbemba came to Ireland as a student at Kimmage Development Studies Centre, where he completed a National Diploma/BA in Development studies in 2003 and then Masters in Rural Development at UCD in 2004. Mbemba worked in Darfur for a year and returned to Ireland in 2006 to further his education in Community Development and Management. Presently he works for the Africa Centre - an organisational member of DDCI - as Programme Officer for Development Education, bringing an African Perspective to development education in Ireland. His areas of interest include: to challenge the negative representation of Africa and Africans in Ireland and to empower Africans in Ireland to speak for themselves rather than being primarily represented by Irish migrant workers coming home from Africa.
Eilish Dillon is a development activist and educator with previous involvement in Comhlámh, Amnesty International Ireland and Banúlacht. For the last 8 years she has been the co-ordinator of the MA Development Studies programme at the Kimmage Development Studies Centre which is an organisational member of DDCI. At Kimmage Development Studies Centre, she lectures in sociology and research methods. She also provides training on the Dóchas Code of Conduct on the Use of Images and Messages for Dtalk.
Dr Sheila Killian
Sheila is a finance and accounting lecturer, teaching in the Kemmy School of Business in University of Limerick since 1994. Prior to that she was a senior tax consultant with both Ernst & Young and KPMG, and a Tax Senior with Arthur Andersen & Co. She has worked in the aviation finance industry as a leasing analyst, and as a programmer in both the educational software and industrial sectors. More recently, she taught in the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Helsinki School of Economics in Mikkeli, Finland. She has published her research on five continents. Her primary research interest is in taxation, particularly in relation to public policy, environmental issues, avoidance and evasion, tax competition, tax and development aid and questions of tax justice. She also works in the areas of corporate social responsibility and the role of group work in student learning. Sheila is very active in the supporting the work of the International Tax Justice Movement.
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.