We are a young and energetic charity with ambitions to grow in order to provide quality education and support in underprivileged communities. Our committee is run on entirely voluntary basis and currently consists of eight individuals who have all visited Calcutta on numerous occasions and are passionate about bringing about real change in the lives of all the young people we help. The committee contains individuals who can draw on their experience from here in Ireland and India to contribute towards Calcutta Connect having the greatest impact possible in the communities we work and we meet regularly to discuss our current and future work. The key positions in the Charity are currently occupied by the following individuals
Chairperson: Brian Kelly
Having first travelled to Calcutta in 2002, Brian has returned to Calcutta on numerous occasions and he travels regularly to Calcutta working closely with the projects we support, our partner organisation and students we support in the city. He completed a Masters in Human Rights in UCD in 2011 having previously done a Degree in Development Studies in Kimmage Development Studies Centre in 2010.
Treasurer: Alan Irwin
Having travelled to India for the first time in 2008, Alan returns to Calcutta each year to work with and grow the projects we support, spending time developing further programmes and working closely with the students in all our centres. Alan completed his degree in mathematics and music technology in N.U.I. Maynooth in 2012 and currently lives in London working in the IT industry.
Secretary: Ian Stuart-Trainor
Ian first travelled to India in 2003 and returned on two occasions since most recently as a group leader of the Coláiste Éanna India Immersion Project 2010. He is also founder and CEO of IST Systems a company specializing in Computer Networking and Hardware.
Having first travelled to India as a pupil with the school in 2006, Alan has returns to Calcutta regularly to work with the projects and students we support in the city. He spent the summer of 2012 in Calcutta teaching in our schools and assisting with the furtherance of the vocational training programme. Alan completed a Business and Law Degree in UCD in 2011 and recently qualified as a solicitor.
Emily graduated from UCD with an International Bachelor of Social Science in 2015 and completed a Masters in Women, Gender & Society in UCD in 2016. She has volunteered with UCD Volunteers Overseas in the Northeast India project as Student Leader in 2015 and as Team Leader in 2017. She visited Calcutta with Calcutta Connect committee members in 2016 and 2017. Emily currently works in the voluntary sector, as the Programme Assistant for UCDVO.
Ciarán first travelled to Calcutta in 2002 as a participant in the Coláiste Éanna India Immersion Project. He subsequently returned to Calcutta with the school in 2004 and 2008 as a group leader. Ciarán has a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and currently practices as an employment solicitor in Dublin. Ciarán also serves on the committee of the Law Society’s Calcutta Run.
Shay participated in the India Immersion Project as a student in 2008 and returned as a supervisor in 2010. In 2013 he spent again time in Calcutta working closely with the projects we support and overseeing a number of improvements to our centres. Shay is currently completing his Business Management Degree and hopes to return to Calcutta in the near future.
Emmet traveled to India in 2010 as part of the Colaiste Eanna India Immersion Project. He completed his degree in Accounting & Finance and his masters in Accounting in DCU. Emmet works for Ernst and Young and will be visiting Calcutta again in the next year.