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Team

The IDEA team coordinates and supports the activities of the network.
 
Frank Geary

Director

Frank Geary
Email: frank@ideaonline.ie
Skype: frankpgeary
 

Frank is the Director of IDEA having joined in March 2013. He is responsible for leading the organisation, implementing the IDEA Strategy, managing staff and reporting to the National Council. Frank is engaged in all aspects of IDEA's activities, in particular in representing the association in various networks and fora, in promoting Development Education nationally and internationally and in advocacy on behalf of IDEA members.

Work days: Mon - Fri

 

 
Elaine Mahon

Capacity Development Manager

Elaine Mahon 
Email:
 elaine@ideaonline.ie
Skype: elainemahon
 

Elaine manages the implementation of IDEA's capacity development programme with IDEA members, particularly in the areas of organisational management and Development Education practice. Elaine has worked for IDEA since June 2013 when she joined as project manager of the EU-funded project 'Challenging the Crisis'. She moved into her current role in October 2016.

Work days: Tues - Wed - Fri

 

Éimear Green

Communications and Events Manager

Éimear Green
Email:
eimear@ideaonline.ie
Skype: IDEA Comms
 

Éimear manages IDEA's communications including the E-Circular, Social Media, Annual Conference, events and general communications related activities. She joined IDEA in March 2015.

Work Days: Mon - Thurs

 

Sal Healy

Finance and Administration Officer

Sal Healy
Email: 
sal@ideaonline.ie
Skype: IDEA Sal
 

Sal manages IDEA's finance and administration functions within the organisation. She joined IDEA in October 2016. Prior to this, Sal worked in the financial private sector as well as working in human rights organisations on a variety of education projects. Sal recently completed a MA in International Development, Environment and Conflict in Dublin City University.

Work Days: Tues - Fri

Des Hennelly

Policy & Advocacy  Officer

Des Hennelly
Email: 
des@ideaonline.ie
Skype: deshennelly123
 

Des is Policy & Advocacy Officer with IDEA. He joined in June 2019. Des has worked in research and planning in the insurance industry, as an NGO housing researcher and latterly in research, policy and campaigns in Leinster House. He has a Masters’ degree in Development Studies from Maynooth University and has extensive experience of research, policy and advocacy work.

Work Days: Mon - Thurs

Orla Devine

Bridge 47: Partnerships Coordinator 

Orla Devine
Email: 
orla.devine@bridge47.org
 

Orla is Partnerships Coordinator of the Bridge 47: Building Global Citizenship Project. She joined IDEA in February 2020. Her role supports the development of partnerships between Development Education practitioners and a wide range of stakeholders across Ireland and the EU. Prior to this Orla worked for 5 years at the Centre for Global Education in Belfast managing their schools' programme, including teacher training and international school partnerships.

Work Days: Mon - Fri

Ji-Hyun Kim

Bridge 47: National Officer 

Ji-Hyun Kim
Em
ail: ji.hyun.kim@bridge47.org
Skype: Ji_Bridge47
 

Ji delivers and coordinates national activities in Ireland on behalf of IDEA for a three-year European Commission-funded project entitled Bridge 47: Building Global Citizenship. Her role focuses on building partnerships between IDEA members and key external stakeholders to increase the impact and outreach of Development Education and awareness of Sustainable Development Goals. Ji joined IDEA in June 2018.

Work days: Mon - Fri


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