Our team

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

Chairman Emeritus

We are delighted that Lord Alderdice, following his retirement from the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Board of Directors, has accepted the honorary role of Chairman Emeritus and will continue to provide valuable strategic advice and guidance to the Centre.

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Chairman

Jeffrey Donaldson’s political career began in 1985 when he was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly with the distinction at the age of 22 of being the youngest person to win a seat at Stormont. Jeffrey was subsequently elected to the UK Parliament on 1 May 1997 to represent the constituency of Lagan Valley and was re-elected in May 2015 for a fifth term.

Eva Grosman

Eva Grosman

Chief Executive and Company Secretary

In 2006, following a career in retail business, Eva Grosman founded Connect NI consultancy, providing a range of services including strategic planning, project management, marketing and PR, events management, stakeholder engagement, community development, trade missions and international exchange programmes design and implementation.

Chris Maccabe, CB

Chris Maccabe, CB

Director

Chris served as a private secretary to the Chief Minister of Northern Ireland, Brian Faulkner, during the short-lived power sharing Executive in 1974; and as a private secretary to the Deputy Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1975 to 1977.

Niall Johnston

Niall Johnston

Director

Currently, the Project Director for the UK Government-funded Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Leadership Network, Niall is also the Parliamentary Advisor to the Somalia Stability Fund and an Advisor on FoRB to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Niall has over 25 years’ experience delivering technical assistance and development support to parliaments in developed, developing, fragile and conflict-affected environments across more than 60 countries and 170 legislatures.

Stacey King

Stacey King

Senior Advisor

Stacey King is an executive with over 20 years of experience in digital strategy, business transformation, development, and policy. She currently runs an Amazon subsidiary that incubates future-focused technologies. Stacey has a keen interest in transformative digital technologies and their impact on larger society – from economies to labor to laws to individual rights.

Sinead O’Sullivan

Sinead O’Sullivan

Senior Advisor

Sinead O’Sullivan is the CEO of Veriphix, a behavioural dynamics platform that detects and measures human emotion at scale. A Fellow at Harvard Law School (Center for Internet and Society) and a Senior Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sinead is also part of MIT’s COVID19 task force that seeks to implement immediate economic and governmental policies in response to the global pandemic.

Tina McKenzie

Tina McKenzie

Senior Advisor

Tina McKenzie is an award-winning Managing Director with over 20 years’ experience in the Recruitment and Employment Services sector within Northern Ireland, GB and international markets. Her experience spans a variety of business verticals including professional services, agri-food and logistics.

Liam Maskey

Liam Maskey

Senior Advisor

Liam Maskey has played a central role in the Northern Ireland peace process over the last 20 years. He has a demonstrated track record of engaging state and non-state protagonists to manage the transition from conflict to peace.

Interns 2020 – 2021

Phoebe Hagan

Phoebe Hagan

Intern

Phoebe is a recent graduate from Durham University where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Erin Hallett-Smith

Erin Hallett-Smith

Intern

Erin has joined us from Ontario, Canada, where she did her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology. Currently she is working towards her MA in Violence, Terrorism, and Security at Queen’s University Belfast.

Natasha Oviedo

Natasha Oviedo

Intern

Natasha Oviedo is a current Rotary Scholar and postgraduate student in the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice MA program at Queen’s University Belfast. Natasha traveled to Belfast from Sierra Madre, California, a small foothill village in Los Angeles County with plenty of wildlife and a close knit community.

Leslie Thayer

Leslie Thayer

Intern

Leslie Thayer studied political science with a concentration on democratic institutions in East/Central Europe in her undergrad. Currently she is completing a Master‘s in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University.