Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland, is directly responsible for the strategic development and management of one of the largest and most established NGOs in Ireland.
Jim is an Executive Director of Oxfam International and shares collective global responsibility for Oxfam’s programmes in 94 countries as well as the global campaigning efforts. Jim has played a number of leadership roles within the confederation including the global change process to deliver greater impact and effectiveness affecting all programmes and thousands of staff around the world.
Jim is chair of Dóchas, the umbrella organisation for all NGOs working on development issues in the Republic of Ireland. He also recently chaired the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence comprised of Civil Society and Human Rights actors as well as the Irish Defense Forces and the Irish Government.
Jim is a frequent participant in debates on development issues in the Irish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly and is a regular television, radio, newsprint and online media contributor on development issues such as Trade, Transparency, Womens’ Rights, Food and Food Security, Climate Change etc. as well as major humanitarian crises. He has also engaged on behalf of the sector in high level meetings with the OECD, World Bank, UN Women, World Food Programme etc.
He is a regular visitor to Brussels where he has engaged with parliamentarians and European Commissioners on issues of trade, transparency, taxation and the resilience agenda. He has played a key role during the Ireland EU Presidency in engaging with the political establishment on Hunger and Climate Justice.
Jim also has a strong interest in governance and has been heavily involved in improving and delivering better governance in the development sector in Ireland and within the Oxfam Confederation.
After 15 years working in senior management positions in the private sector in Ireland, Jim moved to South Sudan where he ran a health, water and sanitation programme in Blue Nile State. He also worked on child poverty issues in Eastern Europe.
Jim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and postgraduate from the University College Galway, an MBA from University College Cork and has trained on development issues in Nairobi, Ireland and the UK as well as with various UN agencies. Later this year, Jim will be presented with a prestigious alumni award for outstanding achievement from University College Cork for his distinguished leadership in International Development.