Core Team & Network Members

The SCI team works with our international network of activists, fellows, alumni and other partners to deliver lasting social change.

Core Team & Network Members

Core Team

  • Martin O’Brien
    Martin O’Brien

    Martin O’Brien

    Director

    Martin is the Director of SCI and has worked for over 20 years in the peace and human rights movement in Northern Ireland. 


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  • Padraic Quirk
    Padraic Quirk

    Padraic Quirk

    Deputy Director

    Padraic is the Deputy Director of SCI and has over 25 years experience in social change within Northern Ireland and internationally.

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  • Jacqui Livingstone
    Jacqui Livingstone

    Jacqui Livingstone

    Operations Manager

    Jacqui is the Operations Manager at SCI and has over 20 years of experience in the field of human resources, executive support and office management.

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  • Avila Kilmurray
    Avila Kilmurray

    Avila Kilmurray

    Migration and Peacebuilding Executive

    Avila is SCI Migration and Peacebuilding Executive. She has worked in the community sector and philanthropy in Northern Ireland since 1975.

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  • Steven McCaffery
    Steven McCaffery

    Steven McCaffery

    Communications Strategy Executive

    Steven delivers SCI communications & supports its wider work for change. After 20 years in journalism he also focuses on the role of the media in divided societies.

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  • Ruth Burns
    Ruth Burns

    Ruth Burns

    Administration and Communications Assistant

    Ruth is the Administration and Communications Assistant at SCI, providing support for the organisations various projects and events.  

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  • Angela Hodkinson
    Angela Hodkinson

    Angela Hodkinson

    Associate

    Angela is an associate with SCI, taking forward a programme of strategic learning on its partnership work with Northern Ireland government.

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  • Dr Rachel Williamson
    Dr Rachel Williamson

    Dr Rachel Williamson

    Migration Researcher & Administrator

    Rachel joined the SCI team in 2018 as Migration Narrative Researcher and Administrator, supporting the Migration Programme. 

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Board Members

  • Mike Posner
    Mike Posner

    Mike Posner

    Michael Posner is an SCI Board Member and the co-director of the NYU Center for Business and Human Rights and the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern.

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  • Christine Bell
    Christine Bell

    Christine Bell

    Christine, an SCI board member, is  a Professor of Constitutional Law at Edinburgh University, Assistant Principal (Global Justice) and co-director of the Global Justice Academy.  

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  • Maggie Beirne
    Maggie Beirne

    Maggie Beirne

    Maggie Beirne has spent her working life as a human rights practitioner. She worked with Amnesty International’s International Secretariat for 17 years.

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The Mentoring Programme

  • Miranda Madikane
    Miranda Madikane

    Miranda Madikane

    SCI Mentee

    Miranda is the Director of the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. 

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  • Ramla Sahid
    Ramla Sahid

    Ramla Sahid

    SCI Mentee

    Ramla amplifies refugee voices and provides support to communities directly affected by the US 'Muslim Ban'.

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  • Stephanie Leonard
    Stephanie Leonard

    Stephanie Leonard

    SCI Mentor and former Mentee

    Stephanie is a community organiser and founder of Act Build Change, a free online training platform to learn how to organise and campaign.

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  • Tahmid Islam
    Tahmid Islam

    Tahmid Islam

    SCI Mentee

    Tahmid is a community organiser based in London who helps those from marginalised backgrounds to recognise their own power and the ability to make a change.

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  • Nicola Browne
    Nicola Browne

    Nicola Browne

    SCI Mentee

    Nicola is a human rights activist with 18 years experience in academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

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  • Katrina Newell
    Katrina Newell

    Katrina Newell

    SCI Mentee

    Katrina is an experienced youth and community worker in Northern Ireland.

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  • Marissa McMahon
    Marissa McMahon

    Marissa McMahon

    SCI Mentee

    Marissa works in Belfast as a project organiser on a joint project between Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) and the Simon Community NI focusing on homelessness.

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  • Clare Wightman
    Clare Wightman

    Clare Wightman

    SCI Mentee

    Clare is the founding CEO of Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire, England, which uses narrative and connecting approaches to transform people’s lives. 

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  • Jonathan Hodge
    Jonathan Hodge

    Jonathan Hodge

    SCI Mentee

    Jonathan has worked in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland for over 15 years.

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  • Debbie Watters
    Debbie Watters

    Debbie Watters

    SCI Mentor

    Debbie is a co-director and founder member of Northern Ireland Alternatives (NIA), a community based restorative justice organisation.

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  • Mony Ruiz-Velasco
    Mony Ruiz-Velasco

    Mony Ruiz-Velasco

    SCI Mentee

    Mony is a U.S. immigration lawyer, organiser and the Executive Director of PASO – West Suburban Action Project in Melrose Park, Illinois. 

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  • Mona Younis
    Mona Younis

    Mona Younis

    SCI Mentor

    Mona is a strategic programming, planning, and evaluation advisor who has devoted her professional career to supporting efforts to achieve progressive social change.

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  • Dominika Spyratou
    Dominika Spyratou

    Dominika Spyratou

    SCI Mentee

    Dominika is an Advocacy Officer at SolidarityNow, Athens.  

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  • Frank Sharry
    Frank Sharry

    Frank Sharry

    SCI Mentor

    Frank is the Executive Director of America's Voice.

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  • Rebecca Rittgers
    Rebecca Rittgers

    Rebecca Rittgers

    SCI Mentor

    Rebecca has dedicated her professional career to leveraging philanthropy and strategic investment to advance human rights and social justice.

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  • Monina O'Prey
    Monina O'Prey

    Monina O'Prey

    SCI Mentor

    Monina has been a community activist for over 30 years. 

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  • Andrew Stroehlein
    Andrew Stroehlein

    Andrew Stroehlein

    SCI Mentor and former Mentee

    Andrew is European Media Director of Human Rights Watch based in Brussels.

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  • Mohamed Omar
    Mohamed Omar

    Mohamed Omar

    SCI Mentee

    Mohamed works with asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

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  • Lauri McCusker
    Lauri McCusker

    Lauri McCusker

    SCI Mentor

    Lauri has lead the development of the Fermanagh Trust into a successful, sustainable community-focused organisation.

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  • Mary Meg McCarthy
    Mary Meg McCarthy

    Mary Meg McCarthy

    SCI Mentor

    Mary Meg leads a human rights organisation providing direct legal services to immigrants and refugees while advancing systemic reform.

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  • Bernadette McAliskey
    Bernadette McAliskey

    Bernadette McAliskey

    SCI Mentor

    Bernadette is a lifelong human rights and social justice campaigner.

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  • Niall Mann
    Niall Mann

    Niall Mann

    SCI Mentee

    Niall is the regional communications coordinator for IMIX in the West Midlands area of England working in the migration sector.

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  • Dami Makinde
    Dami Makinde

    Dami Makinde

    SCI Mentee

    Dami grew up in the UK as an undocumented migrant and now campaigns for the rights of similar young people. 

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  • Luna Lara Liboni
    Luna Lara Liboni

    Luna Lara Liboni

    SCI Mentee

    Luna focuses on issues relating to homophobia and the lack of recognition of civil rights for LGBT people in Italy.

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  • Patrick Corrigan
    Patrick Corrigan

    Patrick Corrigan

    SCI Mentor

    Patrick has over the last twenty years led Amnesty International’s work in Northern Ireland. 

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  • Amie Gallagher
    Amie Gallagher

    Amie Gallagher

    SCI Mentee

    Amie is a community development worker from Creggan in Derry, N. Ireland.

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  • Denise Charlton
    Denise Charlton

    Denise Charlton

    SCI Mentor

    Denise is a consultant and executive coach working on strategic management, leadership and team development, and strategic communications.

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  • Teresa Buczkowska
    Teresa Buczkowska

    Teresa Buczkowska

    SCI Mentee

    Teresa works as the Integration Manager at the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

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  • Steve Ballinger
    Steve Ballinger

    Steve Ballinger

    SCI Mentee

    Steve is Director of Communications at British Future, an independent think-tank engaging peoples’ hopes and fears about integration and immigration.

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  • Amal Azzudin
    Amal Azzudin

    Amal Azzudin

    SCI Mentor

    Amal Azzudin is a campaigner for human rights and social justice in Scotland.

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  • Gemma Attwood
    Gemma Attwood

    Gemma Attwood

    SCI Mentee

    Gemma works in the area of community engagement for the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland.

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The Fellowship Programme

  • Palika Makam
    Palika Makam

    Palika Makam

    Palika, an SCI Fellow, is an activist and media maker, utilising participatory film and photography as tools for change.

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  • Dustin Kramer
    Dustin Kramer

    Dustin Kramer

    Dustin, an SCI Fellow, is a prominent activist for social change from South Africa.

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  • Rory Doherty
    Rory Doherty

    Rory Doherty

    Rory, part of the SCI Fellowship Programme, works  to empower the voices of marginalised young people in Northern Ireland.

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  • Zahra Albarazi
    Zahra Albarazi

    Zahra Albarazi

    Zahra, an SCI Fellow, is a human rights lawyer and activist working in the field of statelessness, which affects over 15 million people worldwide.

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  • Saket Soni
    Saket Soni

    Saket Soni

    Saket, an SCI Fellow, is a leading community and labour organiser working at the intersection of racial justice, migrant rights, and workers’ rights.

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  • Craig Dwyer
    Craig Dwyer

    Craig Dwyer

    Craig, an SCI Fellow, works with campaigns and organisations to harness digital and social media as a driver for communication, mobilisation and engagement.

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  • Brad Brockman
    Brad Brockman

    Brad Brockman

    Brad is an SCI Fellow and an activist from South Africa who previously led Equal Education, a movement campaigning for quality and equality in the education system.

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  • Nicola Browne
    Nicola Browne

    Nicola Browne

    Nicola, an SCI Fellow, is a human rights activist with 18 years experience in academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

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  • Seán Brady
    Seán Brady

    Seán Brady

    Seán, an SCI Fellow, is Assistant Director of Programmes at Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) based in Belfast.

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  • Jonathan Hodge
    Jonathan Hodge

    Jonathan Hodge

    Jonathan, an SCI Fellow, has worked in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland for over 15 years and his Peace Building Fellowship focused on researching loyalist identity.  Jonathan also participated in SCI's mentoring programme.

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  • Phumeza Mlungwana
    Phumeza Mlungwana

    Phumeza Mlungwana

    Phumeza, an SCI Fellow, is a prominent activist for social change from South Africa.

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  • Irũngũ Houghton
    Irũngũ Houghton

    Irũngũ Houghton

    Irũngũ, an SCI Fellow, has over 20 years’ experience of public interest activism and campaigning in Kenya.

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  • Charlene Carruthers
    Charlene Carruthers

    Charlene Carruthers

    Charlene, an SCI Fellow, is a leader and activist from Chicago who organises through a Black queer feminist praxis.

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  • Lisa Faulkner-Byrne
    Lisa Faulkner-Byrne

    Lisa Faulkner-Byrne

    Lisa, part of the Fellowship programme, is an activist and academic from a disadvantaged community in Belfast.

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  • Monina O'Prey
    Monina O'Prey

    Monina O'Prey

    Monina has been a peacebuilding activist in Northern Ireland for over 30 years.

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  • Rachel Mullen
    Rachel Mullen

    Rachel Mullen

    Rachel is part of the SCI Fellowship programme and an experienced activist with over twenty years’ involvement in social change campaigning.  

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  • Opal Tometi
    Opal Tometi

    Opal Tometi

    Opal, part of the SCI Fellowship Programme, is a Nigerian-American community organiser, activist, Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

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  • Saiful Huq Omi
    Saiful Huq Omi

    Saiful Huq Omi

    Saiful, an SCI Fellow, is a photographer, filmmaker, educator and human rights activist from Bangladesh.

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  • Katrina Newell
    Katrina Newell

    Katrina Newell

    Katrina, an SCI fellow, is an experienced youth and community worker in Northern Ireland.  She is also a participant in SCI's Peace Building Mentoring programme.  

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  • Phumi Mtetwa
    Phumi Mtetwa

    Phumi Mtetwa

    Phumi, an SCI Fellow, is an experienced South African activist working on issues of economic, gender and LGBTI justice.

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  • Alice Mogwe
    Alice Mogwe

    Alice Mogwe

    Alice, an SCI Fellow, is an experienced activist from Botswana who has led that country’s Centre for Human Rights (Ditshwanelo) for over 20 years.

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  • Celia McKeon
    Celia McKeon

    Celia McKeon

    Celia is an experienced activist in the peacebuilding and reconciliation field based in England.

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  • Gary Mason
    Gary Mason

    Gary Mason

    Gary is an SCI Fellow and Methodist minister who has spent almost 30 years working in Belfast in areas at the heart of the conflict. 

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  • Becky Keshet
    Becky Keshet

    Becky Keshet

    Becky, an SCI Fellow, is an Israeli lawyer who has been working for many years in the towns of Sderot and Ofakim.

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  • Yashar Kassar
    Yashar Kassar

    Yashar Kassar

    Yashar, an SCI Fellow, trains a network of young refugee activists and supports their personal development.

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  • Deepa Iyer
    Deepa Iyer

    Deepa Iyer

    Deepa, an SCI Fellow, is a South Asian American community activist, attorney and writer active in the racial and immigrant justice movements in the US for 20 years.

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  • Seán Feenan
    Seán Feenan

    Seán Feenan

    Seán, an SCI Fellow, has worked for over 30 years as a grass roots peacebuilder in the most politically marginalised communities in Northern Ireland.

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  • Marissa McMahon
    Marissa McMahon

    Marissa McMahon

    Marissa, part of our Fellowship Programme, works in Belfast as a project organiser on a joint project between Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) and the Simon Community NI focusing on homelessness.

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