Misean Cara is pleased to welcome Dr. Lance O’Brien to its Board of Directors. Lance brings with him decades of experience in the areas of sustainable agricultural development in Ireland and across Africa, including over 40 years in Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), where he started his career managing the organisation’s Irish Aid-funded projects in Lesotho, Sudan and Tanzania. During his tenure at Teagasc, Lance specialised in the areas of corporate and strategic planning, programme planning, foresight development and research management.
Now retired, Lance’s involvement in overseas development resumed in the final decade of his career, as manager of Teagasc’s international development activities, with responsibility for the development of the organisation’s policy and strategy for supporting agricultural development and food security in Africa. In this capacity, he led the formation of the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development (IFIAD) and was its first Chair.
During his career he has also been a member of numerous national and international expert groups on science and agricultural policy development including: EU Expert Group on Sustainable Food Consumption and Production in a Resource-Constrained World (2011); International Expert Group on developing the Agricultural Science Agenda for Africa (2014); Ireland’s National Task Team on Rural Africa (2021). He also worked as part of a team in the Irish Embassy in Nairobi to develop Our Shared Interest: Ireland Kenya Agri-Food Strategy 2017-2021.
“I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience in the areas of agriculture and rural development, including the role of knowledge creation and transfer, to the Board of Misean Cara.”
Lance has a long history of voluntary involvement, being a founder member and long-term Board member of Threshold, and a Board member of Clúid Housing. He is currently Chair of the Programme Committee of Vita and a member of the Vita Board. Since retiring, he continues on contract with Teagasc, managing a large EU-funded agricultural development project in Eritrea.
Speaking on his appointment Lance said, “I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience in the areas of agriculture and rural development, including the role of knowledge creation and transfer, to the Board of Misean Cara.”