Our People

Get to know the people who drive our mission forward: The Student Advisory Panel, the STAND team, and our Board Members.

Student Advisory Panel
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Ebere Edeh

Ebere is a Law student in Maynooth University. She is an activist and passionate about social justice.

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Joshua Dunne

Josh is a driven Business Studies student in DCU. He makes it a priority to learn from those around him.

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Yao Xie

Yao is a Ph.D. researcher who delves into education's role in global justice dynamics.

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Akshay Sawant

Akshay, from a Business and Engineering background, dreams to utilise his strengths for a better society. 

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Carolina Martinez

Carolina is currently doing her master’s in Public Policy at UCD with a focus in citizenship, rights, and policy.

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Zarina Dempsey

Zarina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin. She's a global citizen with a passion for effective communication.

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Jessica Mandanda

Jessica Mandanda is an Advocacy Communications Specialist with over 5 years’ experience in development communications.

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Sheenagh Rowland

Sheenagh is a student of European Studies at TCD. She has a keen sense of global justice which she enjoys advocating for on a global scale.

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Sarah Tanishka Nethan

Sarah works at the intersection of Innovation, Communications, Social Research, and Behavioural Science on pertinent global health challenges.

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Lia Foley-Kelleher

Lia is in her 3rd year of NCAD studying Product Design. She is a courageous changemaker who is always seeking to engage in multiple hands-on learning experiences.

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Hadiza Lemo

Hadiza is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the MSc Human Rights Programme at the UCD. She is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities affected by inequality and injustice. 

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Heather Kenny

Heather is currently pursuing a PhD in Food Science at UCD. She is passionate about global citizenship and the environment.

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Diane Sheehy

Diane is a final year Arts International with Economics and History student in UCC. She is incredibly passionate about fighting for equality and using her position for change.

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Cliona Kelliher

Cliona completed a Master’s in Climate Change in DCU in 2022. She cares deeply about social justice and believes that the climate crisis and global inequalities are inextricably linked.

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Christine O'Mahony

Christine O'Mahony is a graduate of Law, International Human Rights Law, and Political Communications at UCD. She is a former Student Union VP for Diversity and Inclusion, she currently works in a law office.

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Craig McLoughlin-Burke

Craig is the Student Union President at Carlow College and currently studies BA (Hons) in Arts & Humanities. 

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Gale Aitken

STAND News Editor & Communications Officer

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Charlotte Bishop

Education & Research Manager

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Clare Sheppard

Innovation & Leadership Manager

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Susie Spratt

Festival Manager

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Amanda Marques

Communications & Marketing Manager

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Erin Kehoe

Operations Manager

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Nina Sachau

Executive Director

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Caitriona Rogerson

Head of Programmes

Ronan O’Loughlin
Ronan O’Loughlin

Ronan O’Loughlin was previously the Director of Education and Training at the Chartered Accountants Ireland from 2003 to 2023. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1981 and spent many years working overseas in a number of professional accounting education projects. He joined the Institute from the Irish Taxation Institute where he was Director of Education. Other previous relevant experience includes previous board member and Chair of Trocaire’s Programme and Evaluation Committee which monitors all of the development agencies overseas planning and project evaluation. He is also currently a director of Kinia.

Anne Barrington
Anne Barrington

Anne Barrington is a retired diplomat having served 41 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Taoiseach. She has served as Ambassador to Japan and to Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi. In 2018 she was appointed Special Envoy of the Government of Ireland for Ireland’s successful campaign for a seat at the United Nations Security Council. Anne chairs a number of boards including the Shared Island/ESRI Research group, O Cualann Cohousing Alliance and Curam’s Governance Board. She is a member of the board of Literature Ireland. In addition to degrees in History and Politics, Anne has diplomas in Public Administration and Governance.

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Eunice Tolu Phillip

Eunice is a current Global Health PhD scholar at the Division of Population Health, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her study focuses on community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and community capacity building in households and ambient air pollution (HAAP) in rural Malawi. Before starting her research career in 2018, Eunice worked as a registered nurse in emergency, TB/HIV, and childhood immunisation departments and on several community-level projects. She received her MPH from the University College of Cork, where she focused on Health Promotion Studies. She currently volunteers with the Irish Global Health Network as the national coordinator of the ‘Student Outreach Team’ and sits as a student representative on the RCSI Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion unit.

David Moffitt
David Moffit

David began his career as a General Management Trainee with Smurfit Kappa where he ran packaging factories in Ireland and Spain. From 1992 to 1996, he was the Irish Director for R.R. Donelley before establishing Tech Group Europe, a manufacturer of drug delivery devices which was later sold to West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. He is also Chairman of Folens Group whose major business interests included Folens Publishing, Hibernia College and Accountancy School. David is active in the Not for Profit sector and also Board Member of Kinia and the Human Dignity Foundation and Ideate Ireland.


Niamh De Loughry
Niamh De Loughry

Niamh has worked for over 14 years with a multitude of local partners, international NGO & government departments and corporate sector engagement in a variety of humanitarian and development settings. She has worked particularly in Education, Health and Protection sectors in Asia and the Middle East. Niamh has worked closely with governments to set policies and integrate frameworks. With an academic background in accounting, and a masters from Trinity College Dublin in Reconciliation After Violent Conflict, she started her professional career as an accountant. Niamh is currently Deputy Chief Executive for the RDS’s Philanthropic programme.

Shane Twomey
Shane Twomey

Shane Twomey is a senior Organisation, Change and Management Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in Multi-national, Indigenous and Public Sector environments. Prior to moving into consultancy, Shane worked in a range of Senior Human Resources roles with numerous blue-chip organisations. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shane holds a Masters in Human Resources from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a Registered Coach with Henley Management School, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors and a member of the Institute of Directors.