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I fill a number of consultancy and advisory roles and am open to new opportunities as they arise.

I am currently Special Adviser to the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.  I have been working with the Foundation since January 2011, just after its inception.  My work with the Foundations is as thought leader and adviser on strategy. Other roles include speech writing, strategic planning and inputs into policy briefs and publications.

I also advise The Elders on their work on climate change and sustainable development. In 2017 I completed a series of Guides to the Implementation of the Paris Agreement for Sida (The Swedish Development Agency). In 2016/ 2017 I was hired by the OECD to support the work of the OECD DAC High Level Panel on A New DAC in a Changing World: Setting a Path for the Future. I also provided consultancy support to the OECD-DAC ENVIRONET and published a working paper on climate and development finance.

In Ireland I have worked on a series of  research projects for the Environmental Protection Agency on issues including climate and clean air policy and research, climate resilence and adaptation and climate services.

I am very honoured to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development since 2014.

I enjoy giving occasional lectures to students in the undergraduate programme in Development Studies in University College Cork and have also given guest lectures to the Masters in Development Practice in Trinity College Dublin and to the Masters in Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in the National University of Galway.

Previous clients include:

Irish Aid – I acted as environment adviser between 2003 and 2007 during which time I led the development of Irish Aid’s first Environment Policy and the establishment of an Environment budget line to support the implementation of the policy. I continued to advise Irish Aid from 2007-2009 once a full time member of staff assumed the lead on environment for the agency. During this time I also worked on Irish Aid’s mainstreaming strategy, broader issues of vulnerability and resilience and linking relief and development.

The World Bank – I supervised the Pastoral Risk Management component of the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in Mongolia between 2002 and 2007.

EU governments – I worked as part of the European Union delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change between 2003 and 2009. I was lead negotiator on capacity building and the Least Developed Countries Fund and a member of the Expert Group on Adaptation (and formerly the developing countries expert group). I represented the EU on the Consultative Group of Experts, a formal body under the UNFCCC that support developing countries to prepare their national Communications.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – I served as a consultant to Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) over a period between 2004 and 2009. Tasks included writing policy briefs and guidance documents as well as policy markers to track climate related development assistance.

Environmental Protection Agency / University College Cork – I was an EPA Research Fellow based at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork between 2009 and 2010. My research applied by knowledge of climate change adaptation at the international to the development of adaptation policy in Ireland. Outputs of this research included a National Adaptive Capacity Assessment for Ireland.

German Technical Development (GIZ, formerly GTZ) & the German Development Ministry (BMZ) – I was Technical Adviser at Project GIRNEM in eastern Mauritania from 1997-2000. The work of the project led to the development of Mauritania’s Pastoral Code and my own research was subsequently used to inform Mauritania’s National Wetlands Strategy. In the early 2000’s I also carried out a consultancy for the BMZ looking into the potential of a regional wetlands programme in West Africa.


Photo Credit: Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice


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