Ronan White, B.E. (Mech. Eng.), M.A. (Dev. Studies) is a teaching associate at Kimmage DSC. He has been working as a practitioner, trainer and lecturer in the field of development for the past 18 years. He has extensive experience working in Africa, including two years working among Zulu communities in South Africa, and eight years in Mozambique as the Development Coordinator of the Spiritan Congregation. He has also delivered training and capacity building modules for a range of NGO and faith-based development organisations in Angola, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Mozambique, and Nigeria.
Ronan currently works as the Global Development Coordinator with the Sisters of St Louis where he focuses on building capacity and best practice among staff and management of development programmes in Africa and South America. Areas include project management and delivery, strategic planning, policy development, and funding. He also assists the development programme of the Columban Fathers in Peru, Myanmar and the Philippines, and delivers pre-departure training to development volunteers in the area of Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). He designed the interdisciplinary module “Ethics and Development Practice” on our BA programme in Maynooth University, and has delivered it since the programme began in 2013 until 2016.
Ronan is qualified in multiple disciplines, and in addition to a Masters in Development Studies, he holds Batchelor Degrees in Engineering and in Theology and Anthropology. He still applies his engineering expertise supporting a Dublin-based floor tiles company.
Ronan is a highly skilled facilitator and manager and is passionate about facilitating people to get the best out of themselves – whether it be working with local communities, with organisation staff, or with learners. Ronan is also passionate about writing. His academic writing has been published in the scholarly journal Milltown Studies, and one of his short stories has been longlisted for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland short story competition.