Phillip O’Brien has a research background in Atmospheric Physics and Climate. A graduate of DCU and NUI, Galway, his principle area of interest is mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the impacts of Climate Change. In previous work, he was responsible for the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry.
Seán O’Leary MIPI holds a BSc in Government and Public Policy and a Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development from University College Cork and a Diploma in Management from the Irish Management Institute. He is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute and was its executive director from 2012-2017. His work with the Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat focuses on adaptation and climate change impacts. He previously worked on climate adaptation policy in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and he has also worked in community, rural and regional development.
Gemma O’Reilly is an economist with the Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat. She has worked with the EPA Climate Research Programme in the area of socioeconomic, technology and transition management. She has been a regular member of the Ireland and EU delegation to the UNFCCC including the 2015 Paris conference. She negotiated elements of climate finance in the Paris Agreement. Gemma was previously an economist for the UK government working on water quality, climate change and transport modelling. She holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy, an M.A. in Economics and B.A.(hons) in Economics and Philosophy.
Claire Camilleri joined the Secretariat in February 2016 as the Managing Administrator. Previously, Claire worked as the Team Leader in the CPD Training division within Engineers Ireland and has also worked as the International Affairs Officer for the Irish Medical Organisation. Claire has a dual degree in Journalism and Social Science (Public Policy) from the University of Queensland.