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Who We Are

Development Perspectives is an independent Global Citizenship Education non-governmental organisation (NGO) and registered charity (CHY18555). Development Perspectives is based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland but works with partners all over both Ireland and the world.

Vision:

To live in an equitable, just and sustainable world.

Staff

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Bobby McCormack - bobby@developmentperspectives.ie

Bobby Mc Cormack is the co-founder and CEO of Development Perspectives. Bobby worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Humanities in Dundalk Institute of Technology from 2006 - 2019 and has an MA in Development Studies and is a qualified mediator. Bobby is a board member of Dóchas and in 2017 was the recipient of the Dóchas, “Global Citizen of the Year“. Bobby has produced 5 documentaries, is an avid Man United fan and loves Dogs.

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Margaret Downey - mog@developmentperspectives.ie

As one of the co-founders of Development Perspectives, Margaret has been involved in the organisation since 2006. Her academic background is in Health and Development. Margaret is currently the co-ordinator of the SDG Advocate Training which is part of the Saolta Programme. She is a qualified yoga teacher and massage therapist with a passion for the great outdoors, chess and canal barges.

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Deborah Conlon - deborah@developmentperspectives.ie

Deborah Conlon has been involved in Development Perspectives since 2010. Her current role includes managing all aspect of Development Perspectives Public Engagement. Deborah has BA in Design from DIT and a post-graduate certificate from DKIT in Digital Marketing and Digital Media Management. Outside of her work in Development Perspectives she is chairperson of the Dundalk BIDs. She loves being involved in creative projects, hot chocolate, reading and board games.

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Nick Doran - nick@developmentperspectives.ie

Nick Doran is Saolta's Programme Manager. His background is in Media and Critical Linguistics which he has taught at youth groups and universities. He’s passionate about equality and sustainability, has published numerous pieces on unequal power distribution in society, and is predisposed to spontaneous debate! Nick kayaks, is an adventure fanatic, a board games aficionado, and kimchi lover!

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Paul Crewe - paul@developmentperspectives.ie

Paul Crewe has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2013 and currently works as the EU and Special Projects Officer. Paul holds BA (Honours) in Community Sports Leadership. Paul has been heavily involved in coordinating projects in the area of Migration and Integration. Paul also coordinates EU-funded projects which explore global citizenship education. He has over 5 years experience facilitating within the Adult and Community sector. Paul is particularly interested in the topic of income inequality and how it links to many other issues. He has a passion for sport (every sport), travel and retro gaming.

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Annamaria Balazs - annamaria@developmentperspectives.ie

Annamaria Balazs has joined the team in 2019 as a Financial Officer. She is a qualified accountant from Hungary and currently converting her qualification into Irish ACCA. Annamaria is looking after the company financial operations, finance reports, budgets and accounting records. Annamaria also holds a BA (Hons) degree in PR, Marketing and Media management and BA (Hons) IT, Librarian and Broker Information.
Annamaria has lived in Ireland since 2006 and moved to Drogheda area in 2013, she loves the beaches near by and the beautiful countryside scenery. She is big into meditation and pranic healing, loves reading history books and traveling around the world.

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Katie Martin - katie@developmentperspectives.ie

Katie Martin has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2018 contributing to the social media platforms of the #SDGchallenge. She is now Project Coordinator for SDGchallenge Schools, a project funded by WorldWise Global Schools and is excited to share her passion for Global Active Citizenship with students and teachers.
Katie is undertaking her BA in International Relations and has a keen interest in sustainability and activism. Having been a member of Comhlamh’s Trade Justice Group since 2017, she is a passionate advocate of creating awareness around our global structures and their effects in our everyday lives. Lover of sea-swimming, running, reading, writing and traveling.

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Hanna Oberdorfer - hanna@developmentperspectives.ie

Hanna Oberdorfer has joined Development Perspectives in October 2019 in the position of trainer for 'Saolta’, DP’s new strategic partnership project. Her background is in Education, Diversity, and Conflict Studies, and she has spent the last years providing training in various settings and countries, with people from a variety of backgrounds. Hanna is very passionate about social justice, equity and sustainability, and follows these ideas and values in her professional and personal life. She also loves travelling, languages, music, going for walks along the coast, and has recently discovered the joys of baking her own bread.

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Mark Kearns - mark@developmentperspectives.ie

Mark Kearns joined as Research Officer in September 2020. Mark has a background in Adult and Community Education as well as in Higher Education and has been involved in a number of research projects related to these areas. In his spare time Mark coaches underage soccer as well as enjoying outdoor pursuits such as hillwalking, kayaking and cycling.

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Sara Hurley - sara@developmentperspectives.ie

Sara has been involved with Development Perspectives and the SDG Advocate Training Programme since 2020, recently joining the team as Saolta Programme Officer. Her background is in Gender Studies and Psychology with a special interest in language, behaviour and intersectional stratification in society (both nationally and globally). Her main areas of research lie in Gender Equality and Climate Action. She looks forward to collaborating and communicating for meaningful, equitable and sustainable change. Sara has taken to indoor/small space gardening and joined a community garden in Fernhill that has a robust biodiversity and sustainability plan to protect and restore the heritage kitchen garden of the old estate. She’s a dog lover, foodie and can drink an unending supply of tea.

Board of Management

Elaine Cronin (Chair)

Elaine Cronin joined the Board of Development Perspectives in May 2017. Since then, she has served on the Finance and Governance Committees, and held the position of Company Secretary. She has considerable experience across the creative industries and not-for-profit sectors, and previously held management positions in early years arts, theatre, film, festival, and multi-disciplinary settings. Elaine currently works in a finance role for a regulatory body in the public sector, and is a non-executive director and charity trustee of a heritage organisation. She is an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Affiliate, and a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (BA History of Art and Design and Craft Design, HDip Community Arts Education), University College Dublin (MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management) and the Institute of Public Administration (BBS Accounting). Elaine’s professional interests include corporate governance, sustainability, spreadsheet-wizardry, and equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Libby Sweetman (Governance and Finance Committee)

Libby Sweetman, M.I.A.T.I completing BA Hons in (Acc & Fin), has over 15 years accounting experience, including 6 years in Zimbabwe, Libby has over 20 years’ involvement in community development and voluntary work and has participated in development education programmes including Development Perspectives’ “Insight 2015”, Community Work in a Changing Ireland and EU Peace III Positive Relations, Peace & Reconciliation Diploma.

Maeve McArdle (Governance Committee)

Maeve McArdle B.Comm, MBS, PH.D
Lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Heilbronn University, Germany. An experienced lecturer and fundraiser with previous involvement in community volunteering. Current research interests lie in social marketing, sustainable consumption and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gráinne O'Callaghan

Gráinne is a Solicitor specialising in the fields of Regulatory, Planning and Environment law. Alongside this, Gráinne takes an active role in development education and participated in the Development Perspectives 2017 Insight Program and the Development Perspectives 2018 SDG Advocate Program. In addition, Gráinne has attended Treaty negotiations in the United Nations with Trócaire, participated in a Youth Advocacy course with Civicus and completed a Youth Internship with AIESEC Tanzania. Gráinne's eagerness to learn stems from a desire to expose her blind spots, challenge her once conventional perspective on the world and become a better global citizen. To offset the adrenalin which this journey instils, Gráinne spends her spare time cycling the Wicklow hills!

Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy is an Anthropologist, Educator and Innovator. She has worked in the INGO sector in Ireland for 15 years, 13 of which she spent in Trócaire, most recently as Development Education Manager and Innovation Team Lead. Jen’s passion for Development Education and global justice is rooted in her bones. She is also committed to the holistic arts as a Feminine Embodiment Coach and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Her current passion project focuses on Irish Mythology and indigenous ancestral wisdom, and how this might be weaved into feminine embodiment practices as an exploration of personal power for women.

Stephanie Kirwan

Stephanie is the Senior Education and Training Manager in Meath Partnership responsible for the management and coordination of their EU funded Adult Education programmes and their QQI training centre. Stephanie has over 10 years’ experience working in the Development Education sector in Ireland and holds an MA in International Development, a BA in Public Health and Health Promotion and various other certificates in areas of Programme Design and Validation for FET.

Emmet Sheerin

Emmet has been working for over a decade in the international development sector with a number of INGOs. He has extensive experience leading public campaigns on various global justice issues, and has a particular interest in the areas of Business and Human Rights, as well as Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Emmet is also an award winning independent documentary filmmaker. He has an MA in Public Advocacy and Activism - NUIG, an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (UCD) and a BA in Media Studies - Maynooth University.

Michael Kenny

I am an Adult and Community Educator with a particular interest in engaged participation. My Co. Meath upbringing is rural within a West of Ireland migrant family. My higher education is an Agricultural Science degree (BAgrSc 1980), Rural Development masters (MAgrSc 1990), a Higher Diploma in Higher Education (HDHE1998), and a level-10 Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Management (Bristol University. 2021). My experience is Further Education (FE) teacher education, community work in Ireland and Africa, and extensive engagement with formal, non-formal, and voluntary rural and urban organisations. I am the principal investigator of Erasmus+ European programmes, a member of the SAOLTA steering project committee, active in Tidy-Towns, a voluntary secretary to the Irish Rural Link board, a regional council twinning officer with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, and a recent past member of the board of Concern Worldwide in Ireland and Concern UK.

Paddy Reilly

Paddy Reilly has designed and currently presents courses in Participatory Adult Learning and Facilitation for Change as part of the MA in International Development, and facilitates students undertaking primary research in development-related areas. On the undergraduate programme,Paddy presents the modules Leadership and Working with Groups, Ethical Approaches to Working in Development, and Facilitating Development Education. He has a passionate interest in transformative and collaborative learning and people-centred development, and this shapes his pedagogical and research approaches and interests. Paddy worked with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre for many years, including as Executive Director from 1995 to 2013.

Cathal Kearney

Cathal is a Mayo man who now lives in Louth. He worked in the multinational business sector before working in the education sector. He has worked in higher education management for more than twenty years and also in consultancy roles for almost ten years. As a proud Mayo man, he is fanatical about his GAA roots and is an eternal optimist. He has given many years of service to local sporting organisations, credit unions and church bodies. He is a passionate gardener and has a keen interest in horse racing and cycling.


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