An old family tradition


PLACE, YEAR OF BIRTH: Dublin, Ireland,  in 1954

EDUCATION:                                     Economics & Philosophy, B.A. (Honours, 1975), University College Dublin, NUI

  International Law & Diplomacy, (Postgrad), 1990-1991, Geneva, Switzerland


Ambassador (ret.), consultant, moderator, fund-raiser, researcher, author (Vienna-based)
Senior Advisor, Global Partnerships Forum (New York)
Endorser/Senior Advisor to NGO consortium “Nonviolent Peaceforce” (Brussels & New York)
Active member of several European-based charities.
2015-PRESENT        Chairman, VR Property Management Limited (Dublin)


2014-2015 Chancellor, The Order of Clans of Ireland (under the patronage of the President of Ireland)
2012-2015 Director, Member of the Board of Clans of Ireland (under the patronage of the President of Ireland)

Previous career history

2009-2013:               Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to Slovak Republic

2004-2009: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine 

2002-2004: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia and Montenegro

2000-2002: UNDP Representative in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro)

1999-2000: Principal Advisor/Team Leader for Crisis countries, UNDP Headquarters, New York

1996-1999: Deputy Director, Emergency Response Division, UNDP, New York

1994-1996: Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Ankara, TURKEY

1991-1994: Chief, Humanitarian Relief Unit, United Nations Volunteers (UNV, HQ), Geneva, SWITZERLAND

1988-1991: Programme Development and Evaluation Officer, UNV, Geneva

1986-1988: Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP, NIGER

1983-1986: Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP, MAURITANIA

1982-1983: Programme Officer/Asst. Res. Representative, UNDP, LESOTHO

1979-1982: Administrative and Finance Officer, UNDP, LESOTHO

1976-1978: Programme Assistant (UNV), UNDP, SUDAN


Short humanitarian, development, representative missions or other visits:

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Burkina-Faso, Canada, Central Africa, Croatia, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, FYRo/Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Togo, Turkey, UK, Yemen.


Private civic activities

  • Life Member of the Institute of International and European Affairs - Dublin

  • Member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland
  • Member of the Clan Association of the O'Donnells of Tyrconnell

  • Member of the County Donegal Historical Society

  • Member of the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild

  • Member of the Military History Society of Ireland

  • Founder-member of the Irish-Arab Society (at his initiative) facilitated Irish trade/diplomatic links with Arab states

  • Contributor on Irish Nobility and Armigerous Families, to 2nd International Colloquium on Nobility

  • Contributor to 1st White Paper on Irish Foreign Policy; registered in National Archives

  • Contributor on Land Reform to the Law Reform Commission in Ireland

  • Contributor to inter-faith Global Peace Services initiative

  • Member of Austrian-Irish Society, Vienna

  • Member of St. Johann’s Club, Vienna

  • Former member of the Board of Clans of Ireland 

  • Former member of Society for International Development

  • Former member of the Philosophy Society, University College Dublin, Dublin (1972-1975)

Honours and awards

  • Grand Cross pro Merito Melitense, Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes & of Malta

  • Grand Cross of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia, Royal House of Georgia 

  • Golden Medal Award, Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovak Republic 

  • Diploma and Medal of Honour, Parliamentary Ombudsman for Human Rights, Ukraine

  • Diploma of Honour, Foreign Minister of Ukraine

  • Diploma of Honour  of the City of Kiev, Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine

  • Diploma of Honour, Mayor of Novograd Volynsky,  Ukraine

  • Medal of Honour, Institute of International Relations, Kiev Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine

  • Knight Commander with Silver Star, Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great, Vatican

  • Knight (and ambassador), Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta

  • Knight Commander, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

  • Knight Commander of Merit with Star, Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

  • Silver Cross of Honour of Jerusalem, Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, Jerusalem

  • 25 and 30 Years Dedicated Service Awards for World Development, UNDP

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