Suzanne Keatinge, Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne joined Dóchas in February 2016. She is an experienced senior international development practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience in the sector. Suzanne previously worked with Plan International Ireland as Head of Programmes. Prior to that she served as Trócaire’s Regional Manager for Asia, with a focus on governance, gender and humanitarian programming in Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, India and Pakistan.
She has also worked with the United Nations in Iran and Somalia. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in African Politics from SOAS University of London and a Master’s Degree in History from Cambridge University. She is married, with two children.
Anna Farrell, Finance and Operations Manager
Anna joined the organisation in May 1981 when it was known as The Confederation of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (CONGOOD). She was the only staff member from May 1982 to October 2002 and was responsible for overseeing the amalgamation of CONGOOD and the Irish National Assembly (an EC related forum of Irish NGOs concerned with development) to form Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations in 1993.
She has negotiated office leases and moved the organisation a total of 7 times down through the years, from its first base in Ely Place to Kildare Street (1982-1986), Baggot Street (1986-1991), Herbert Street (1991-1992), Deerpark Road in Mount Merrion (1992-2003), Harcourt Street (2003-2011), Baggot Court (2011-2016) and Olympic House (from 1 July 2016).
Anna’s areas of responsibility include finance, office management and general administration. She attends and services meetings of the Dóchas Board, its sub-committees on Finance, Audit and Risk and on Governance and of the General Assembly. She also provides administrative support to the Company Secretary role.
She is fiercely loyal to and protective of Dóchas members as well as of the organisation itself. She is a passionate advocate of justice and equality, responds positively to requests for help and is extremely supportive and encouraging of the Dóchas team.
Anna is very family orientated and likes reading and walking and is known to avoid cooking at all costs!
Louise Finan, Head of Programme and Policy
Louise left the bright lights of London in September 2016 to come home to Ireland and join Dóchas as Head of Programme and Policy.
She holds a BA in European Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Development Practice and is currently working towards an MA. She has worked in a variety of humanitarian and conflict contexts, as well as in developing countries in places such as the Horn of Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East.
Louise is passionate about social justice, equality and human rights. She is also passionate about cheese, shouting at the telly, and cake.
Muireann Kirrane, Membership Engagement Manager
Muireann joined Dóchas in April 2018 after more than a decade working with Trócaire, both overseas and in Ireland. Having begun her career in the international development sector as an intern in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she continued working on humanitarian response programmes in conflict affected countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, DRC, and Darfur, Sudan. Moving from humanitarian response to longer term development work in southern Africa and Asia, she focused on Land and Resource Rights programming and policy work in Central and East Africa and Cambodia and Myanmar. She has experience also in Institutional Funding, Strategy Development and Public and Political Engagement.
Muireann worked with VSO Ireland for a year to experience different models of development. She holds a BA and Master’s Degree in European Studies and a Master's Degree in International Development.
She enjoys travel and has developed a more recent interest in exploring ancient Ireland on two wheels.
Lía Flattery, Communications and Events Officer
Lía first joined the Dóchas team in October 2017 as the Programme Support Intern before taking on the position of Information Officer in November that year. She has held the role of Communications and Events Officer since February 2018.
Lía has a BA in History and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked in a variety of communications-focused roles in the past, including with the Institute of Child Education and Psychology, as a Communications and Media Intern with the Irish Environmental Network, and a number of roles in student media and publications.
She loves a good cup of tea and is interested in gender equality and environmental sustainability.