The Future of International Volunteering – Inclusive Development and the Localisation Agenda
International Development Speaker & Expert Panel
Viatores Christi (VC), an Irish volunteer organisation, which celebrates 60 years of working with marginalised communities in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America will host a high-level panel discussion on the future of international volunteering and inclusion in a changed, post-Covid world. Key themes raised in the online volunteering research will be discussed and there will be an opportunity for questions to be put to the panelists.
Format: Chaired by VC CEO Shane Halpin with Sarah O’Toole CEO of CBM Ireland, as keynote speaker and an expert panel from INGOs in Ireland, Europe and East Africa.
Sarah O’Toole (Keynote speaker) CEO of CBM Ireland
Sarah O’Toole was appointed as CEO of CBM Ireland in 2014. She brings considerable experience in both the non-profit and corporate world. Prior to joining CBM, Sarah was Chief Operations Officer of the Soul of Haiti Foundation and spent two years in Haiti as Project Manager of their Brand Haiti project. She has also worked with organisations such as Trócaire, Special Olympics and Concern.
Séamus O’Leary (Panel) Project Funding Manager at Misean Cara
Séamus has been involved in overseas development for many years. He has worked on programmes in India and the Philippines with Trócaire as Asia Programme Officer and the Integration Centre on cultural diversity in Ireland.
Victor Okonga (Panel) Country Development Manager for FMSJ in Kenya
Victor has been in this role since 2018 and works with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St. Joseph (FMSJ) on health and education projects in rural Kenya and in Uganda – Victor who himself started as one of VC’s first incountry local volunteers is now responsible for the day to day running of the development office.
Rea Konttinen (Panel) Programme Coordinator for Abilis Foundation, Finland.
Rea works with the VIVID consortium partner Abilis Foundation. It supports projects that are planned, implemented and monitored by people with disabilities in developing countries. Abilis´s emphasis is on grassroots organizations.
Colette Rooney (Panel) Recruitment Manager and VIVID-T Project Coordinator for Viatores Christi
Colette has been involved in the recruitment and deployment of volunteers since 2005 prior to this she was involved in the corporate and consultancy sectors.
Shane Halpin (Chair) CEO Viatores Christi
Shane has been involved in development projects since 1994 and spent over 10 years working as a volunteer development worker in South Africa. He has held the role of CEO at VC since 2013 and has overseen the development and growth of VC in the areas of development and humanitarian action while maintaining a firm foothold in the faith-based missionary sector.