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.

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Director

Margaret Ritchie, born in Downpatrick, Co. Down is a member of the House of Lords (Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick) since November 2019. She is a former MP in the House of Commons for the South Down Constituency from 2010 to 2017 and is a former Member of the NI Assembly from 2003 to 2012.

Margaret is a former Minister for Social Development from 2007 to 2010. She also served for 24 years as a Councillor on Down District Council and held the position of Chair and Vice-Chair of that Council. She also worked as a Parliamentary Advisor and Assistant to the late Eddie McGrady who was the former MP for South Down.

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.

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.

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.

Reeya Harish Gadhvana

Reeya Harish Gadhvana

Head of Programmes

Reeya is a recent graduate of Durham University where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a postgraduate Master of Law Student at BPP. She has a keen interest in Indigenous intra-state relations and the effects of popular discourse upon peace-building efforts. She is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati and is learning Spanish. Reeya is joining CDPB’s team as the Head of Programmes. She will be responsible for developing and managing variety of our initiatives, including our new Fellowship programme.

Rocío Mazorra

Rocío Mazorra

Content Manager

Rocío, originally from Spain completed postgraduate studies in international relations and affairs, including MA in the International Law and Arabic at SOAS. She has interest in linguistics, and is currently taking part in the Bilingual Translation Program. She is joining CDPB as a Content Manager, and will be leading development of materials and resources for our online learning platform.

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.

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.

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

Barry Doherty

Barry Doherty

Intern

Barry Doherty from Derry, Northern Ireland, studied History and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Relations. Barry has a particular interest in conflict resolution, inter-state dialogue, and diplomacy.

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.

Sarah Montgomery

Sarah Montgomery

Intern

Sarah is from a small rural community in Northern Ireland, at the foot of Slemish Mountain. She previously studied an undergraduate degree in Law with Politics and is currently studying a Masters degree in Violence, Terrorism and Security at Queen’s University Belfast.