Meet Our Team

We are a young and energetic charity with ambitions to grow in order to provide quality education and support in underprivileged communities. Our committee in Ireland 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. In Calcutta we are lucky to have an excellent project manager in Baren Mondal who oversees all of our programmes for us throughout the year. The key positions in the Charity are currently occupied by the following individuals

Our Committee

Chairperson: Brian Kelly

Having first traveled 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 traveled 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 works in the IT industry.

Secretary: Ian Stuart-Trainor

Ian first traveled 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.

Emily Lyon

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, 2017 and 2018. Emily currently works in the voluntary sector, as the Programme Assistant for UCDVO.

Alan McMullan

Having first traveled to India as a pupil with the school in 2006, Alan 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.

Ciarán Ahern

Ciarán first traveled 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. In both 2016 & 2018 Ciarán returned to Calcutta to visit the projects supported by Calcutta Connect. Ciarán also serves on the committee of the Law Society’s Calcutta Run.

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Shay Ferris 

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 completed his Business Management Degree in 2016 and works for Fire.com as an Operation Analyst.

Emmet Wilkinson 

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 as an accountant and he returned to Kolkata in February 2018 to visit the projects supported by Calcutta Connect.

In India

Calcutta Manager – Baren Mondal 

We have been lucky to know Baren Mondal for a number of years now and he has been a great supporter and advocate of the work we do in Calcutta Connect. This year we have been delighted to bring Baren onboard with us in Calcutta Connect and he will now work for us in monitoring the programmes we support in Calcutta and in particular will work closely with us in our programme with PRDS and our student and college sponsorship programmes.