Fintan Farrelly (chair) has served as a development worker since 1973, initially with Concern and then for 25 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs/Irish Aid. He retired from the Department in May, 2011. He has a post-graduate diploma in Social Policy from St. F.X. University, Antigonish Nova Scotia and a M.Sc. (Econ) from the Development Studies Centre, University of Wales, Swansea.
His development career started in 1973 when he went to Bangladesh as a volunteer with Concern. He later served as Concern Deputy Field Director in Ethiopia (1976 – 1977) and as Field Director in Yemen (1977 – 1980) and in Ethiopia (1982 – 1984). In 1986 he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs/Irish Aid initially as an adviser to the Ministry of Health in Sudan. In 1988 he moved back to HQ and over the following years served in a number of different roles including Head of Planning and Evaluation, Head of Mission (Lesotho), Head of Development (Uganda) and as a Senior Evaluator in the Evaluation and Audit Unit.
During his time with Irish Aid he worked extensively in the fields of evaluation, rural development, health, education, climate change and development effectiveness. He has also represented Ireland at many OECD, EU and UN meetings on the above topics, has served on the Council of Concern and is currently a member of Concern’s Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.