Francis O’Donnell (moderator)

Ambassador, Irish Institute of International & European Affairs

Francis O’Donnell is an Irish international diplomat who served abroad in senior representative positions with the United Nations until retirement, and later with the Sovereign Order of Malta. He is a life member of the Institute of International and European Affairs, under the patronage of the President of Ireland. He served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to Slovakia from 2009-2013. He previously served as a United Nations official for 32 years, most recently as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Ukraine from 2004-2009, and previously in the same capacity in Serbia and Montenegro. An honours graduate in Economics and Philosophy from the University College Dublin, O'Donnell read International Law and Diplomacy at postgraduate level in Geneva, and qualified in Disaster Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.