A fond farewell to Michael Kiely, outgoing CEO of ChildFund Ireland

by Diana Quick / Blog

This month, ChildFund Alliance says goodbye to one of our longest serving CEOs, Michael Kiely. Mick joined ChildFund Ireland 14 years ago, and has been a strong advocate for the Alliance. We will miss him greatly!

Mick recently spoke with some of the Alliance Secretariat staff and shared reflections on his years of international service, including his time at ChildFund Ireland, and involvement with ChildFund Alliance.

Giving female rugby players from Asia’s poorest communities a once in a lifetime opportunity

by ChildFund Ireland / Statements

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 8 JUNE 2017: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is set to inspire young girls in Asian communities as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), World Rugby, and ‘ChildFund Pass It Back’ bring girls from across the world’s most populous continent to Ireland to take part in an international rugby competition.

Michael Kiely, CEO ChildFund Ireland

by Diana Quick / CEO Forum

Michael Kiely, CEO ChildFund IrelandMichael Kiely’s introduction to humanitarian work came when he was an Irish Army Captain serving with the United Nations in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1982. It truly was a baptism of fire as he volunteered with the International Red Cross during the infamous Sabra and Shatila massacres. Eleven years later, he accepted a period of secondment from the Irish Defence Forces with GOALand worked as a volunteer in South Sudan and as Country Director in Somalia. He resigned as a Commandant to become Deputy CEO of GOAL on his return from Mogadishu, a position he held for ten years until joining ChildFund Ireland as CEO in 2003.

Michael has travelled extensively throughout the Developing World initiating emergency and development programmes in Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, India, Timor Leste and DRC, to name a few.

He was appointed to the Board of Directors of APSO (Agency for Personnel Services Overseas) in 2000 by then-Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowan, who later became Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland). Michael held this portfolio until APSO was subsumed into the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2004.