Chief Executive Officer: Leonie Kerins
Since joining Doras in April 2007, Leonie Kerins has worked in a managerial role initially with responsibility for the Advice and Information Centre and most recently as CEO. A fluent French speaker who emigrated to France in 1992, Leonie spent over a decade working for the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), as part of a team guiding African governments through the World Heritage application process. During her time at UNESCO, Leonie was routinely seconded to the Secretariat of the Executive Board, UNESCO’s decision-making body. Leonie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from University College Cork and a Master of Science in Population and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Finance Officer: Audrey O’Sullivan
Audrey joined Doras in July 2017. Audrey has over twenty years’ experience in both the Public and Private financial sectors. Audrey holds a qualification as an Accountant Technician (IATI) and further her studies in Certified Public Accountancy(CPA). She also holds a qualification in Supervisory Management. Audrey has worked closely with the Department of Social Protection and Department of Justice & Equality in her previous role as Financial Administrator in the Disability Sector and Traveller Integration Project. Audrey is currently completing her practice hours in University of Limerick as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Audrey has a passion for equality and choice for all.
Communications & Campaigns Officer: Aideen Roche
Aideen joined Doras Luimni in January 2014. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law, a higher Diploma in Project Management and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology, focusing her academic studies on migrant integration, the rights of asylum seekers, and anti-discrimination issues. Aideen has been working in the human rights sector and with migrant and minority groups for the past 10 years, in Ireland and internationally.
Legal Officer: Fiona McCaul
Fiona McCaul first joined Doras Luimni in August 2013 on a 9 month internship with the legal service. She continued working with the legal service on a voluntary basis and was appointed Legal Officer in June 2015. She holds a B.A (Hons) in European Community Studies, a first class Postgraduate Honours Degree in Irish Law (LL.b) and a Diploma in Community Development from NUIG. Fiona provides one-to-one legal advice and information on a range of immigration related issues.
Advice & Information Intern: Consolata Okonkwo
Consolata Nneka Okonkwo holds qualifications in Business Studies and Banking and Finance. She has also studied event management, Business with Information Systems, ECDL, SAGE Accounting and Payroll, and has completed a course on Community Work in a Changing Ireland. Consolata worked with PAUL Partnership as a Receptionist/Administrator from 2007 to 2009. She came to Doras Luimní as a Receptionist Administrator and presently she is the Operations Assistant. Consolata is bilingual in Igbo and English.
Advice & Legal Information Officer: Rachael Bermingham
Rachael started working with Doras in September 2015 as the Advice and Information Intern with the legal service. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York as well as an M.A. in Sociology of Development and Globalisation from University College Cork. She has worked in the political and community development fields in both the U.S. and Australia, working as an Electorate/Research officer to help end the offshore detention of asylum seekers, promoting LGBTI rights and on programmes that improve community access to nutrition education.
Resettlement Officer: Ahmed Hassan Mohamed
Ahmed first joined Doras on a student placement supporting the Advice and Support team, as part of the LIT BA in Social Care programme. Ahmed has worked in areas related to youth, education, environment, peace building, gender and leadership for the last 4 years, including support & outreach roles with Paul Partnership and Kerry Action for Development Education. Ahmed has also worked with the Global Peace Foundation Ireland for the last 3 years, focusing on engaging youth and students within Limerick in environmental sustainability, peace and education related projects.
Resettlement Officer (Wexford): Hannah Culkin
Hannah first joined Doras as an advice and information intern in November 2014. She holds a BA International in English literature and sociology from NUI Galway and KU Leuven, and a 1st class honours MA in Global migration from UCD. Hannah has been involved with asylum seeker integration initiatives in Galway and Dublin and with North Korean young people in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked on Syrian programme refugee resettlement projects since 2015 in Ireland and in the UK.
Legal Intern: Monika Fallon
Monika has been working as a Legal Intern with Doras since February 2017. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia, a M.Sc in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a M.A. in Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta. After a year in Malta studying about refugees in the Mediterranean, she decided to use her education to help migrants in Ireland.
Translator, Interpreter & Cross-Cultural Worker:Tarig Misbah Yousif
Tarig Misbah Yousif worked for many years as an aid worker in refugee camps in eastern Sudan where he managed refugee self-sufficiency projects. He also worked with UNFPA, Sudan Country Office, Khartoum. The job involved evaluating and documenting a UNFPA-funded project (Collective public declaration to abandon FGM/C in Wadsharefie of Rural Kassala, eastern Sudan). He has experience in the areas of Humanitarian Relief Programmes, Refugee Studies, Translation, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. He completed a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies in Trinity College Dublin and he published numerous articles on issues related to forced migration.
Education Coordinator: Helen O’Grady
Helen has worked for Doras Luimní since 2008. A recipient of Vodafone Awards in 2008, Helen initially joined Doras as Education and Employment Coordinator. Helen has a particular interest in integration through education. Prior to joining Doras, Helen worked in the field of development education where she became involved with training and supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Helen has a Degree in Social Studies in Social Care and a Masters in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies.
Receptionist & Administration Assistant: Anne Purcell
Anne started working with Doras in August 2017. Anne has previous experience working in the fields of legal and medical administration. Anne is from Limerick and is enjoying the experience of working in the environment of the Doras office.