The Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School

Seán Farrell

Seán Farrell Director International Division

Seán Farrell has over 20 years experience working in development and humanitarian settings. He has been with Trócaire since 1999 and has worked in a number of roles across the organisation, most recently spending 8 years in Africa managing the Trócaire country programmes in both Uganda and Zimbabwe. He has also managed Trócaire’s Education and Campaigning work as well as the Trócaire Lenten Campaign.

Prior to joining Trócaire, Seán spent 7 years as a volunteer development worker in both Romania and the Philippines and describes his time in both countries as ‘life changing’ and ‘life shaping’.

He is deeply committed to the work of justice, having witnessed first-hand for many years, the devastating impact of poverty and the denial of human rights on people’s lives. He describes working for Trócaire as a ‘privilege’ in having the opportunity every day to make a difference in the lives of people living with poverty and oppression.

He was recently appointed Director of the International Division for Trócaire with responsibility for Trócaire’s development and humanitarian work overseas.

Seán is originally from Dromard in Co. Longford and has a Masters in Equality Studies from U.C.D.

Panel Description: Why we do what we do: conversations about changing the world - download conversations hand-out

Do you dream about changing the world? In charity fundraising we have the chance to do that every day – and we do it by telling stories, inspiring supporters, and campaigning for a better future. But let’s not kid ourselves. We work in a challenging sector and it can be hard sometimes to remember the difference we make.

Ivana Bacik, Sean Farell, Karen Ingala Smith, Simone Joyaux and Abi Wilkinson are all helping to change the world we live in – through politics, campaigning, activism and writing. Join them to discuss how we encourage grit and persistence in the non-profit sector, as we take time to listen to each other’s stories, celebrate our successes and fight harder for a better world.