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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.


To live in an equitable, just and sustainable world.


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Bobby McCormack -

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 -

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. 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 Conlon manages Development Perspectives and Saolta's Public Engagement. Deborah has BA in Design from DIT and a post-graduate certificate from DKIT in Digital Marketing and Digital Media Management. She's passionate about encouraging conversation on social justice issues and learning from others. Outside of her work in Development Perspectives she is chairperson of the Dundalk BIDs. She loves being creative, hot chocolate, reading and board games.

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Nick Doran -

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 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 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 Martin has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2018. As Project Coordinator of the SDGchallenge Schools, a project funded by WorldWise Global Schools, she gets to share her passion for Global Citizenship with students and teachers. Katie holds a BA in International Relations from DCU and an MA in International Peacebuilding, Security and Development Practice from Maynooth University. She is a member of Comhlámh Justice for Palestine and believes in the power of active citizenship and decolonisation for imagining and creating more sustainable futures. Lover of sea-swimming, running, reading, writing, and travelling.

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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.

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Alice Robinson -

Alice works as a trainer for Saolta. She holds a BA in Youth Work and an MA in International Development and has extensive experience working in the youth and community sector in Ireland. She enjoys using participatory arts based approaches as a tool to critically explore and highlight local and global equality issues. She is a musician with a keen interest in permaculture design and loves climbing mountains and being in nature.

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Quynh Thuy Do -

Quynh works as a Saolta's Programme Officer. She acquired a BA degree in Business English in Viet Nam and an MA degree in International Development at Maynooth University. Her great interests in youth empowerment, youth development, and civic engagement for social changes have been reflected in her diverse interaction with young people and local communities in Viet Nam, ASEAN and other regions. Besides, Quynh also accumulated several years of working experience in Human Resources Management and Recruitment Consultancy. She is a foodie and loves travelling, wandering around, and exchanging cultures.

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Tulip -

Soe Nandar Htun (aka) Tulip- Graduate with English and History in Myanmar. Currently enrolled in TV and Film Production Course in DIFE. Recently finished Creative Media, digital video and photography course at DIFE. Previous work is broadcast journalist and working for youth program called “Youth Voice” and believe that young people deserve to know what’s happening around the world and informing young people from a young age help them to become an active citizen. Passionate to create video content, design, photography and love travelling.

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Fiachra Keogh has been working as a trainer for 15 years to empower leaders to think systemically and act sustainably across Europe and Latin America. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from University College Dublin (UCD) and is currently studying inner development for sustainable transformation at the Inner Green Deal. His training background is in Environmental Governance, Climate Policy and Law, Environmental Sustainability, Ecology and its Application and Development in Post Conflict Societies.. He is Chair of Cavan Public Participation Network (PPN) and currently trains companies in environmental standards and mentors adults to realise SDG projects with Development Perspectives in Drogheda. He loves working at the crossroads of innovation, education and sustainability where he gets the chance to harness the potential to create a world that is equitable, flourishing and abundant.

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Ugne Virzintaite -

My name is Ugne Virzintaite. I'm a second-year student in Technical University Dublin. Where I am studying Community Development and Youth Work. Particularly I am interested in Sociology and Psychology. I am passionate about reducing inequalities and improving health, mental health, and wellbeing of people. Also enjoy exchanging cultures. I love art and Bikram yoga. Obsessed with cold showers.

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Martin graduated from Technological University Dublin—Blanchardstown with a BSc in Community Development and Youth Work and is currently completing an MSc in Sustainable Development at TU Dublin-Bolton Street. He is a passionate advocate for Education for Sustainable Development. He contributed to TU Dublin’s research project on Flexible Learning Pathways and the launch of the book “Leaves from the Cotton Tree” with the Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership. A committed lifelong learner and mature student. He enjoys cooking and sports, especially rowing and spending time in nature, and has coached soccer in the local community in Ireland, the US and Australia.

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Mark Soller joined Development Perspectives in 2023 as an Intern over the summer. He is studying a BA in Philosophy with Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Mark volunteers as an English Language teacher to those seeking international protection in Dublin city centre. He also holds positions in Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union representing students in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. He is passionate about social justice, active citizenship, and solidarity. In his spare time, you’ll find Mark with his friends, watching Star Trek shows (again), or doing whatever random hobby he picked up for the next few weeks.

Board of Management

Maeve McArdle (Chair, Governance and Risk 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.

Stephanie Kirwan (Company Secretary,Governance and Risk Committee)

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.

Jen Murphy (Governance and Risk Committee)

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.

Aideen O'Dochartaigh

Dr O’Dochartaigh is Assistant Professor in Accounting at the Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland, specialising in sustainability accounting and responsible business. Her research includes ongoing interdisciplinary work on supply chain sustainability accounting, carbon budgeting and sustainability networks. She completed her PhD on sustainability accounting at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in industry and practice. Aideen is also an experienced environmental campaigner who is an active member of several grassroots campaigns including Not Here Not Anywhere and the Dublin Ecofeminists.

Emma McEvoy

Dr Emma McEvoy is an Assistant Professor in Law at Dublin City University, School of Law and Government. Emma specialises in socio-economic law and, in particular, focuses on assessing how EU and private law facilitates small business operations, social inclusion and sustainable economic growth in the Internal Market. She is a recognised expert on public procurement law and socially responsible contracting practices. Her research has been published in reputed journals, which is well received and highly cited. Emma is engaged in policy oriented and engaged partnership research with the aim of promoting the use of law to advance social change in Ireland. Previously she contributed to the Irish Office of Government Procurement’s annual surveys of public procurement practice and co-authored the Cambers of Ireland’s report ‘A Strategic Procurement Policy for Ireland’. She continually presents her research at national public procurement events in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Since she began her academic career as a research assistant at Dublin City University (DCU) in 2012, she has continuously received funding to pursue socio-legal research assessing the social and environmental impact of European legislation. Notably, in 2019, she was appointed as a national expert on an 18-month European research project on ‘Promoting Social Considerations into Public Procurement Procedures for Social Economy Enterprises’ in a consortium with five European partners. As part of this project, she hosted a national conference on sustainable public procurement in partnership with the European Commission and the Irish Social Enterprise Network. Separately, her Ph.D. research was funded by Maynooth University and the Irish Research Council. She was previously employed as an Assistant Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University, National University of Ireland. Prior to her move to DCU, she was employed Postdoctoral Researcher in EU Law on the H2020 funded project “Supporting Independence and enhanced quality of life for Europe’s ageing population (SHAPES)” led by Maynooth University’s Assisting Living and Learning Institute (ALL) in Ireland and supervised by Prof. Delia Ferri. Emma is a co-author of a forthcoming textbook summarising the lessons learnt from the SHAPES project.

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.

Cathal Kearney (Finance and Audit Committee)

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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