Who we are

Our Mission

EWB-Ireland is dedicated to bridging the gap between academia, industry and NGOs to give Irish engineers and scientists opportunities to learn about and contribute to sustainable development globally.

We do this by partnering with disadvantaged communities, both in Ireland and overseas, to improve their quality of life through education and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while promoting global experience for engineers, engineering students, and similarly motivated non-engineers.


There are Engineers Without Borders organisations in over 60 countries throughout the world. Engineers Without Borders Ireland being formed in 2010. Each national organisation is independent however we share the common principles of promoting sustainable development through engineering.

Engineers Without Borders Ireland CLG is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Company Registration Number: 536535
Registered Charity Number: 20158101
CHY Number: 22174

Financial information available on EWB Statement of Accounts for 20152016 and 2017.


The governance structure of EWB-Ireland comprises a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and a local branch network within regional centres including Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Sligo.

The Board of Directors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, monitoring compliance and use of resources and establishing policy. No remuneration is paid to Directors for their services on the Board.

The Executive Committee is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of engineering professionals with significant experience in engineering, academia and international development. All members are highly committed volunteers.

EWB Ireland has 1 member of staff – Program Manager for Build Solid Ground.

EWB Ireland is a signatory to the Comhlamh Code of Good Practice for Sending Agencies.


Declan Alcock

Professional Networks


Declan is a Chartered Engineer with 20 years experience in Building Services Consultancy and Sustainable Building Design. He holds an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design, is a BREEAM Accredited Professional, BREEAM International New Construction Assessor and a Certified European PassivHaus Designer. Declan is also a Director of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC), Project Director at Varming Consulting Engineers and an Executive Member of the Nepal Ireland Society.



Liam McCarton

Research & Academic Networks


Liam is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years experience in Environmental Engineering Design, Construction & Commissioning of water & sanitation projects including being project manager for the Irish Red Cross working on post tsunami water and sanitation reconstruction programs in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives and as a water and sanitation advisor to Governments in Sierra Leone, Niger and Nepal. Liam is currently lecturing on Degree and Masters programmes within DIT and leads the DTC research group within the School of Civil and Structural Engineering.


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Billy Holland

Company Secretary & South West Region


Billy studied Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork and Postgrad in Accounting & Corporate Finance, Management and Finance. He has played professionally with Munster Rugby since 2005 and has been player representative since 2010. Billy coordinates the south and west regions for EWB-Ireland.



Elaine Doyle

Head of Overseas Placements


Elaine holds a BEng Manufacturing Engineering from University of Limerick and an MSc Sustainable Development from DIT. She has worked in the waste management and windfarm planning sector as an engineer and the environmental educational sector as a facilitator. Elaine currently works as a Coastal Programmes Officer with An Taisce Environmental Education Unit and is also founder of environmental education company Boltz.

Dr Gerard McGranaghan

North West Region


Gerard is a Mechanical Engineer and independent Engineering Consultant. He previously worked as Senior Development Manager with Ceramicx Ireland and Trinity College Dublin where he also received his doctorate in Heat Transfer. He is currently employed by IT Sligo. Gerard was a UNV in Nepal and is interested in off grid energy and appropriate technology.


Emer Kennedy


Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of civil engineering works, with a focus on water infrastructure design for land development, transport and local authority clients. Emer works for Arup and became involved with Engineers Without Borders as an Arup representative for the EWB Where There is No Engineer Competition. Emer has previously completed humanitarian work in Nepal including as a Corporate Fellow with EWB Australia. .


Fiona Little

Retired Engineers Liaison


Fiona currently works as a Construction Project Manager for a multi-national. She has a BSc in Structural Engineering with Architecture and an ME in Civil Engineering with Business both from UCD.


Andrew O’Connell


Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in industry specialising in bridge design and construction. He currently works as a Senior Engineer with Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. He has a BE in Civil Engineering from UCD and an MSc. in Structural Engineering from the University of Surrey. Andrew has volunteered in Rwanda with Bridges to Prosperity as Construction Supervisor for a suspension bridge in Kigali Province.


Katie Mahon

Build Solid Ground Program Manager


Katie holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick. Katie is Program Manager for Build Solid Ground which is being carried out by a consortium of 14 nonprofit organizations in seven countries in Europe over three years with the funding from the European Union.


Mark Finegan


Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer and formerly Chief Engineer for the United Nations World Food Programme where he led the development of the discipline of humanitarian engineering within WFP and the international community. Mark led a team of professional engineers implementing a portfolio of infrastructure and technical projects across the globe with responsibility for the development, oversight and implementation of WFP global engineering strategy. Mark is currently Project manager with DAA managing the Development of Dublin Airport Masterplan.



Aoife Wilson


Aoife first became involved with EWB-Ireland upon returning from a placement with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Uganda. Aoife has a Masters in Energy Management from Dublin Institute of Technology and holds a degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. She currently works as an Energy Market Modelling Analyst at ESB Trading.


Katie Mahon


Katie is Program Manager for Build Solid Ground which is being carried out by a consortium of 14 nonprofit organizations in seven countries in Europe over three years with the funding from the European Union.