Seán was appointed Chairman of Gorta in 2012. He is a former senior manager in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. He has many years experience in agricultural development, including policy, research, production, processing, marketing and rural development.

He has an honours degree in Agricultural Science, a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Chemistry and an MBA in Public Sector Management. Seán has served as an expert with the European Commission, where he had specific responsibility for programme and project evaluation in relation to funding and support of the Agri-food sector.
He has been Agricultural Counsellor at the Irish Embassy Rome and Permanent Representative to the Rome based UN agencies, the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He was a member of the Committee on World Food Security and EU chairman and negotiator at the World Food Summit in 1996 as well as a representative to FAO Council and various inter-governmental committees.

For several years Sean has been an Irish Delegate to various meetings of EU Commission and Council, and an Irish representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) specialist committees and working groups. He has acted as a World Bank consultant in Asia and South America. He is a past President of the Irish Agricultural Science Association, and past Treasurer of the North – South Agrilink initiative, and is currently Chairman of Cedia – the Confederation of European Associations of Agronomists. Sean has served as a member of the Council of Gorta since 2006 and the Programmes Committee since 2008.

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