Development Education



Philip Alston is a Professor of Law at New York University.  From 2014 to 2020 he was UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.  He was previously Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1991 to 1998, and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions form 2004 to 2010.

Dr Lorna Gold is a social scientist and climate activist living and working in Ireland. She lectures in the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University and works as an independent consultant on climate justice. Prior to her current roles, she led Trócaire’s Policy, Research and Advocacy for almost two decades, until April 2020. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Glasgow. She is vice-chair of the board of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and is a member of the recently established Vatican Commission on the post-COVID world. Her most recent book Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future was described by Naomi Klein as “an anguished journey into the heart of the climate crisis.” It tells her personal story of waking up to the ecological emergency as a mother, academic and activist. Her academic research interests include just transition, civil society movements, and the role of faith groups in climate activism.

Mark Malone is a communications worker and independent researcher. Recently Mark has been involved with a community project researching the growth of extremist and far-right movements in Ireland as they emerge which can be found here With a background in local/transnational social justice, grassroots campaign work and community organising, Mark has an interest in the impact of communication tools and social technology, and how these are shaping both progressive and regressive social forces in Ireland and beyond.

Wongani Grace Taulo has over 20 years of experience working on education and social justice. Wongani works with UNICEF HQ office in New York as Senior Education Advisor, Gender Equity and Inclusion (GEI). The GIE team promotes and supports access to equitable and inclusive education through global advocacy, networking and partnerships. The team leads the production of strategy guidance, tools and resources to support inclusive and equitable education programming within UNICEF. GEI teams also supports strategic programming for gender responsive education systems and leads the global Out of School Children Initiative (OOSCI). Wongani was previously Chief of Education in Iraq and Sierra Leone and before joining UNICEF, she worked with Open Society Foundation, ActionAid and CRS. Wongani holds a Master of Management degree in Public Development and Management from Wits University, South Africa. Wongani also holds post graduate certificates in Microfinance from the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, and Peace Building from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA as well as a Professional Certificate in Education Economics, Financing and Planning with Wits University.

Gavan Titley works in the Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University. His research broadly focuses on questions of racism and media/communications. His most recent book is Is Free Speech Racist? (Polity Press, 2020).

Stephen McCloskey is Director of the Centre for Global Education, a development non-governmental organisation based in Belfast which delivers education programmes and services that challenge the underlying causes of poverty and inequality, locally and globally. He is editor of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, a bi-annual, peer reviewed journal funded by Irish Aid since 2005. He manages education programmes in Palestine and Lebanon, and has published research in 2020 on the impact of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees. He regularly publishes in openDemocracy on poverty, education, economics, social justice and the Middle-East.


Dr Vanessa Andreotti is Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and Professor at the university of British Columbia. Her research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change.  Her publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of international development, and critical comparisons of  ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism,  with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. Vanessa also works in teacher education and conceptualizes education as an expansion of frames of reference and of fields of signification with a view to expanding possibilities for ethical solidarities. Her academic work is committed to protecting the public role of the university as critic and conscience of society and as a space of independent, multi-voiced, critically informed and socially accountable debates about alternative futures.

Claudia Hoareau is a speaker, educator, creative and diversity & inclusion professional, specialising in anti-racism. Her background is in the arts and international relations and she is passionate about curating and holding safe spaces for conversation, learning and cultural change to take place, with a view to building fairer, equitable and more empathetic societies. She is an experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working across the private and not for profit sector. Skilled in communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, project management and people management. She has a diverse career and extensive experience in issues relating to human rights, anti racism, inclusion and identity. She has been involved in various projects at state and community level highlighting the issues faced by migrants in Ireland in the areas of health, employment, and discrimination with particular focus on racism. She has also led on media and community initiatives that dispel myths and stereotypes and promote and advance the positive contribution of migrants to Irish society. Claudia currently sits on the board of the Irish Network Against Racism Ireland and is focused on helping organisations and institutions address racism in Ireland through facilitating workshops, delivering training and designing and developing policies and programmes to prevent racism and support those who experience any form of discrimination.

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