Dr. Seamus McGardle is the Managing Director of SRI Executive and oversees the Search, Leadership and Strategy practices.
Dr. McGardle has supported leaders of more than 300 international development organisations globally, drawing on 25 years of senior management experience, expertise and his extensive network with high-level executives in the sector. He regularly advises clients to reach the highest quality of appointments, leadership and strategic direction. His natural style as a leader is to work collaboratively to ensure long-term partnerships.
Before joining SRI Executive, Dr. McGardle was Managing Director of Guinness, where he led a dynamic and diverse team in 46 countries, living for 10 years in West and East Africa and the UK. Prior to that, he spent two years with Akzo Pharma as a Manufacturing Manager in Ireland and the UK .
He holds a BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from University College Dublin and General Management accreditation from INSEAD.
Helen McGardle is the Founder and Managing Director of SRI Executive Search.
With over 20 years’ experience as a search specialist and senior executive coach, Helen’s specialises in sourcing, managing and coaching the most exceptional candidates across the Life Science, Food Security, and Sustainability sector.
She holds a BSc in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Business Administration from Open University and an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching.
Fields: Food Security & Nutrition, Public Health, Development Finance, Climate Change, Sustainability, Academia, Government Appointments, Board positions
Passionate about ethical Search & Selection Ursula has been with SRI Executive since 2004 holding a variety of roles and currently leads our global team of Consultants and Researchers to ensure we support our clients through sustainable search and strategy services that impact at scale.
With a strong orientation for developing sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships with Clients and Candidates both in the private and public sector internationally, Ursula has worked across multiple areas of International development ranging from Food Security & Nutrition, Global Public Health, Development Finance, Climate Change & Sustainability, Academia, Government Appointments, and Board positions. Ursula generates the circumstances that build SRI Executive’s own global network of relationships and essential regional representatives that enable SRI Executive to find the world’s most outstanding diverse and dynamic leaders to save lives, eliminate poverty, sustain our planet and empower the world’s most vulnerable.to identify outstanding leaders for organisations that are solving the
Ursula holds an MSc in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin and has a BSc (Hons) Genetics from Queens University of Belfast.
Human Resources Director for Trinity College Dublin
Dean of King’s Inns
Chief Procurement Officer for the World Bank
Chief Executive Officer for HarvestPlus
Deputy Director, County Impact, Nutrition for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director, Innovation & Private Sector for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Assistant Director-General, Green Growth Planning, and Implementation
With responsibility for internal Operations and Client Services with oversight of the Tender and Contracts department, she has over the past 8-years supported the increase in SRI Executives client base, globally in both search and strategy. She has over 16 years’ experience in senior management positions, Colette specialises in the strategic planning, operational support, and the initial client engagement by brokering and building the relationship between SRI Executive and its clients at the business development, proposal and contracting stage. Colette has supported in building long term partnerships with some of our biggest clients such the Green Climate Fund, the World Bank, the UNDP, the GATES Foundation, UNICEF, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Asian Development Bank.
She holds a BA in English and Business from University College Dublin and an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching from Kingston College.
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Jack is responsible for driving the delivery of firmwide strategic objectives, organisational design and change management for SRI Executive globally. Jack has five years’ experience working in Search at SRI Executive, and previously served as a lawyer to a wide range of global investment funds.
Jack works to ensure the continued growth and development of SRI Executive, relying upon his knowledge of the International Development sector and his extensive experience working in professional services in the private sector. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Law from University College Dublin and is also admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, England and Wales.
Fields: Multi-lateral banks, Foundations, Government agencies, International Development
Languages: English, French
Jill Bausch is a global leader in Executive Talent Management, working with international development and social enterprise global organisations, UN and government agencies, multilateral banks and foundations at a senior level.
Jill is a Board level advisor to development and private sector organisations, universities and business schools in Europe on leadership, business strategy and behavioural economics, and a technical specialist in executive search, coaching, mentoring, behaviour change and psychometrics.
With more than 20 years’ experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and as the former CEO of Futures Group Europe, managing healthcare impact and behaviour change programmes globally, Jill is driven to build high-performance teams and to work with the new leaders of tomorrow.
Jill has an MSc. From the London School of Economics, is Certified in Disease Modelling from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jill is also a qualified practitioner in Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & 360 tools and Hogan Personality Profiling.
Assistant Secretary-General for the United Nations Children’s Fund
Assistant Secretary-General for United Nations Department of Safety and Security
Director of Human Resources for United Nations Development Program
External Affairs Director for Green Climate Fund
Director of Partnerships for United Nations Women
Director of Finance and Policy for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director of Maternal, Child and Newborn Health for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Private Sector Investment Specialist for Asian Development Bank
Susanne André is an accomplished and multi-faceted Senior Search & Strategy Consultant with SRI Executive. A strong and efficient changemaker in organisational development, it is her ability to harness and nurture talent, her legal eye for detail and adaptability in multi-cultural environments that make her a front-runner in strategy consulting. With 15 years of experience in legal work, governance, and human resources, her craft has been bolstered and fine-tuned having held leadership positions for the past eight years.
Susanne is comfortable working with small organisations and large networks alike. Immediately prior, she worked with Global Water Partnership leading on all aspects of process review and organisational restructuring across the network: with regional workforces, with management, and at a governance level. Susanne’s expertise in behavioural science means she offers more than just efficiency. With a deep knowledge of workforce training, performance development and talent management, Susanne ensures values and goals are aligned across all levels.
With SRI, Susanne is currently a Senior Consultant with a focus on climate change, sustainability and multilateral agencies and a Strategy Consultant in the areas of governance and organisational development.
Susanne holds a LLB Honors in European Law and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and an Organisational and Work Psychology and Introductory course in Psychology from Lunds Universitet,
Ann is responsible for the research function of SRI Executive globally. She has worked in International Development for the last six years, having previously worked in the private sector in International Marketing. Ann has held several roles within the International NGO sector. Her focus was in a donor-facing environment, building partnerships with key donors including Irish Aid and the EU. Her 18 years of experience in the private sector and additional experience in the NGO sector bring a unique insight and perspective to her work.
Ann holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and German from University College Cork and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the Technological University Dublin.
Telma combines an understanding of the international public and the private sector, knowledge as an organizational psychologist, and over 25 years of experience in her work supporting global leadership for institutions dealing with sustainable development challenges in areas such as health, climate, migration, social protection, employment, skills, and sustainable peace.
She has held several advocacy roles including Special Representative to the United Nations and Director of the International Labor Organization in New York, where she served as their focal point for the UN Task Team for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In this role she also served as Vice-Chair of the UN Development Group, a consortium of UN agencies created to improve the effectiveness of UN development activities at country level. Telma has been a pioneer in bridging organizational psychologists’ insights with humanitarian work. She has led human resources departments servicing global stakeholders in over 50 countries, addressing talent management transformations, building strategic unity, and leadership development. Recently, she was Partner at Kennedy Fitch, a management consulting firm focusing on the future of work and human resources.
As Director of Executive Search and Leadership for SRI Executive, Telma has led high-level searches for institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility, and UNICEF.
Telma holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a B.A. in Psychology and Romance Languages from the City University of New York.
Dan brings more than 15 years of experience in executive search and strategy consulting for clients including international NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations, and development consultancies. He brings expertise in sustainability, public health, and education as well as insight into talent assessments and strategic leadership.
Prior to joining SRI, Dan worked for Egon Zehnder as a Global Specialist in the Public & Social Sector. Earlier in his career, he was an Associate with global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was previously the Executive Director for America’s Impact, a 3,000-member foreign policy leadership organization. He’s also the author of “Wonk University,” the first guide on book on graduate admissions for international relations and public policy programs.
Dan resides in Washington DC and is SRI’s Director for North America where he supports the numerous organizations in the area.
Dan holds a MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he was an International Fellow. He also has a BA from Tufts University and a Certificate in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Alan Richter is the founder and president of QED Consulting and a partner of SRI Executive. He works with organisations primarily in the areas of leadership, values, culture and change, drawing on extensive expertise in global diversity, ethics and conflict resolution.
Alan is a recognised pioneer in the areas of diversity and ethics. He created the award-winning Global Diversity Game, a diversity training tool. He also co-authored the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks and the Global Ethics & Integrity Benchmarks and co-created the Global Diversity Survey and the Global Gender Intelligence Assessment.
He has consulted with global organisations including CERN, the UN and WHO, and Fortune500 companies such as EY, GE, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, MetLife, Sony, Unilever and others.
Alan has an M.A. and a B.A.B.Sc. from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, London University. He is based in New York, United States.
Patrick Shields is a Partner of SRI Executive Search.
Patrick is an accomplished recruiter and manager with a demonstrated operational ability to administer human resource services to decentralised worldwide offices. He has recognized expertise in high volume, multinational, hands-on recruiting and staffing.
Patrick has been the Executive Director and CEO of Global Recruitment Specialists for 23 years. GRS is a boutique recruitment agency focusing on the international social sector. Patrick also was the Manager of Recruitment & Staffing with CARE International in New York City for seven years, the Director of Admissions of Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn New York, a Recruiter with the Peace Corps in New York City, and a water and sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the early 1980s. Patrick has lived in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Susan brings over fifteen years’ experience working in diverse sectors, having started her career in the NGO sector as Executive Director for Junior Achievement in Kenya for over five years.
Following that, she moved to Australia where she worked with the State of Victoria’s Equal Opportunities Commission as a Multicultural Outreach Officer, reaching out to diverse communities and educating them on the Equal Opportunities Law and the complaints lodgement process.
Susan then successfully started her own business, recruiting and placing Attendant Care workers in nursing homes and home-based respite support for primary caregivers.
Susan returned to Kenya and has been in the Executive Search field since 2011, supporting SRI to deliver on its executive search projects in the region whilst building the brand’s footprint in Africa.
Susan is a qualified Executive Coach and certified to assess Psychometrics and Emotional Intelligence in Leadership using reputable tools such as Hogan Assessments (HPI, HDS, MVPI) and PSI’s Emotional Intelligence Profiling (EIP3) as well as Personality and Preferences Inventory (PAPI).
She holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Education, Business Studies from Kenyatta University. She is currently pursuing a PHD in HRD.
Executive Director for African Economic Research Consortium
Chief Operating Officer for Climate-KIC
Chief Executive Officer, Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture
Country Director, Mozambique for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Director, Commercialization for The African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Chief Finance Officer for Harvest Plus
Director, Research for the African Population and Health Research Center
Chief Executive Officer for The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships
Chief Financial Officer for International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Fields: Business & Professional Services, Private sector, Manufacturing and NGO´s
Languages: English, Spanish
Adriana is an international executive with broad experience in human resources and expertise in global executive search, she has successfully recruited more than 120 executive-level searches, contributed to the placement of more than 2,500 professionals during her career. Adriana’s key strengths are in leadership, coaching, strategic thinking, executive search, organisation building, communications, and company culture. Adriana has led high-growth organisations on how to attract and retain top talent.
Adriana is a multiple level human resources coach and advisor, she has worked for international non-profit organisations providing research and advisory services for private and public clients. Her bi-cultural exposure and diversity recruitment acumen consolidates her as a Global Executive Recruiter & HR Professional with expertise from working with multilateral agencies, NGOs and private sector multinational companies. Adriana leads searches for executives in South America, Ireland, the UK and internationally.
Adriana holds a BS in Industrial Relations by ITESO and a diplomate in PNL
General Manager, Brazil Sao Paulo for Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Chief Financial Officer, Guadalajara, México for C&A
Chief Financial Officer, Mexico City for The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Director of Human Resources, Mexico City for Sodexo
General Manager, Washington DC for Business Improvement Districts
A matchmaker for both candidate and organisation, Arvin ensures candidates are always a good fit to achieve their objectives. Having been in Executive Search since 1996, Arvin has serviced a cross-section of industries in the public and private sectors and has been a Senior Consultant with SRI Executive since 2009.
Arvin handles consultancy services for global organisations and specialises in sourcing and transitioning the most exceptional private and public sector senior management executives across different sectors into non-for-profit, foundation, banking, government, and private organisations. Arvin has deep experience in Food Security & Nutrition, Global Public Health, Development Finance, and Climate Change.
Arvin holds a BA in Psychology from De La Salle University, Philippines.
Director of Operations for The International Rice Research Institute
Head of Resource Mobilization for The International Rice Research Institute
Head of Partnerships for The International Rice Research Institute
General Counsel for Green Climate Fund
Head of Portfolio Management for the Green Climate Fund
Global Strategy & Organisational Development Expert
Location: United States
Combining her skills in project management and organisational development, Shawna has the tactical and implementation expertise to help organisations assess their relevancy, effectiveness, and efficiency in seeking to ensure their organisational Fit-for-Purpose in a changing global landscape. Her experience in designing and facilitating over 80 interventions for organisations such as USAID, Global Innovation Fund (GIF), PeacePlayers International and ICARDA, has led her to become passionate about development outcomes and the steps required to demonstrate positive impact.
With her strong skills in project management and organisational development, Kate manages our Strategy Team. She has over 10 years’ experience working in international NGOs and has comprehensive expertise in mixed-method multi-stakeholder consultation, facilitation and change management approaches. With an academic background in international development and experience working with communities, NGOs, governments and donors in East and Central Africa, she has a keen understanding of—and passion for the development space.
Fields: Multilateral & Intergovernmental Organisations, Development & Blended Finance
Noel has worked in the International Development arena for the past 5 years, having previously worked in banking for close to 13 years. More recently, Noel held several roles within the International NGO sector, where his focus was within a donor facing environment – building partnerships with major donors, foundations, trusts, and the corporate world.
Noel’s experience of having worked in both the private sector and the NGO sector brings a unique insight and perspective to his work.
Noel has an MA in International Development from University College Dublin and a BA in Sc. Management (Administration and Marketing) from Trinity College, Dublin. He is also a fully qualified practitioner in PRINCE2 Project Management methods.
Léa has been with SRI Executive since 2015 and has supported more than 40 search projects sourcing high-level and seasoned profiles, namely in the international development, climate change and global health sector. She is committed to finding unique talent for complex assignments across the globe, using innovative recruiting and search techniques, as well as making sure to create a positive candidate and client experience.
Lea has a diverse professional background spanning from law to diplomacy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Assas University, Paris and a Master’s Degree in International and European Law from Grenoble University.
Bioversity International – Director General
International Finance Corporation, Director, Corporate Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer
Green Climate Fund – Executive Director & Director Private Sector Facility
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation- Deputy Director, Urban Sanitation Markets
Isabella is a core member of our Strategy Team and has experience in coordinating multiple stakeholders to deliver on business-critical objectives, which has translated into a keen interest in operational effectiveness and the creation of fit-for-purpose organisations. Isabella has an academic background in peace studies and professional experience in human resources, from which she combines a strong grasp of development theory with practical experience in project management, policy and research. Recently, she is the lead analyst on the Women Deliver and Fairtrade International Strategy Development projects.
Jeanne is a core member of our Strategy Team and has experience in landscape mapping and needs assessment exercises, and assisting in the design, development and facilitation of key stakeholder informant interviews. Jeanne has an academic background in international relations and professional experience in research and business development. Recently, she is the analyst on the WWF Zambia strategy development project and the review of the Ramsar Convention.
Fields: Sustainability, International Development, Global Health, Development Finance, Private Sector
Languages: English, Hindi
Apoorva has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Trinity College Dublin and bachelor’s in human development from University of Delhi, India. She has a wide-ranging experience from nonprofit organisations for disability and education, to working with Delhi Government in their Public Grievance Monitoring System.
Apoorva has been with SRI for over 2 years now. With a deep understanding of Diversity and Inclusion in organisational processes, Apoorva has a professional approach to providing quality results and is able to commit to an assignment and deliver excellent outcomes. She is a collaborative communicator adept at forging cross-functional relationships with a range of stakeholders, and has a vast array of experience locating the very best candidates for high profile positions across the Foundations, Multilateral Agency and the NGO sector.
Director General – International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
CEO – National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)
Senior Programme Officer(s) – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
SVP, Global Legal program – Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)
Regional Advisor, Adolescent Development, Asia – UNICEF
Sidney obtained her Master’s Degree in International Relations from UCD and her Bachelor’s in History and Political Science from the University of Victoria, Canada. Sidney has professional experience working with NGOs and international Think Tanks in India and Ireland, where she carried out research projects focussed on social issues related to inequality, governance, and gender mainstreaming.
As a Research Consultant for SRI Executive, Sidney has a professional approach to providing quality results and is able to commit to an assignment and deliver excellent outcomes.
She has helped lead high-level searches for institutions such as Planned Parenthood Global, European Investment Bank, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and World Mosquito Program.
With over 11+ years working as a Recruitment Consultant, Shenaaz ensures candidates are always a good fit within an organisation to support the achievement of organisational goals. Shenaaz brings a crosscutting approach to the recruitment process in both the public and private sectors. She has supported in the appointment of senior directors into the FMCG sector. Working with organisations that are funded by the larger donors such as the World Bank, she can deliver consultancy services for regional and global organisations and specialises in sourcing and transitioning the most exceptional private and public sector senior management executives across different sectors into international development sector, and private organisations. Shenaaz is also tasked with SRI’s own internal hiring.
Chief Transaction Officer – South African Power Pool
Senior Programme Officer – South African power Pool
Head of Business Expansion Products – Copperbelt Energy
Tanja is an expert with twenty years of experience in environmental finance, with an in-depth familiarity in developing and supporting sustainability-focused investments for companies, NGOs and governments. Her primary areas of interest are sustainable land management (for food, fuel, fibre and ecosystem services) and emerging markets. She combined those professional passions by co-founding Clarmondial in 2010 to facilitate investments linked to improved natural resource use and sustainability. Her clients include global institutional investors, companies, government agencies of developed and emerging countries, family offices, entrepreneurs and leading not-for-profits agencies and development institutions seeking to mobilise investment in sustainable natural resource management.
Prior to that, Tanja worked at Climate Change Capital (UK), initially in the advisory team and subsequently as an investment associate. She has also carried out work for organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Indonesian Ministry responsible for planning, and the East African Community (EAC).
Tanja was born and grew up in Tanzania and Kenya, and is a Swiss and Danish national. She speaks English and Danish fluently, and limited German, Portuguese and Swahili. She holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from Imperial College London, an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from the University of Kent and a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Science from Aberdeen University.
Irina Maystrenko is a Consultant of SRI Executive Search
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine, Nice, France
Fields: Banking & Finance, Health and Life Sciences, International Development, Multilateral and Government Agencies
Language: English, Russian, Ukrainian
Irina practices psychology, coaching and training people in her private psychological consultation since 2012, after 10 years as a banking executive.
With SRI, Irina is currently a Consultant with a focus on Eastern Europe region agencies and she is comfortable working with small organizations and large networks alike. With a deep knowledge of psychology, coaching and career guidance, Irina ensures values and goals are aligned across all levels. Combining experience in banking with consulting experience she brings a unique insight and perspective to her work.
Irina has a Diploma in Finance from Ukrainian Academy of Banking and Diploma of Psychologist from National Pedagogical University ‘M.P.Dragomanov’, Kyiv, Ukraine; Certificates of Moskow Institute of System Consulting and Training and Moskow Institute of Process Work.
Chartered Psychologist & Professional Executive Coach
Dr. Mary Collins
Dr Mary Collins – Chartered Psychologist & Professional Executive Coach
Mary is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and works 3 days per week as an academic with the Royal College of Surgeons Institute of Leadership as well as running a successful private workplace psychology practice. Mary has been working in the Organisation Development and Talent Management field for over 15 years. Mary is on the Coaching Psychological Divisional Committee with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Mary completed her own doctoral research in 2010, her research focus was looking at enhancing the psychological contract of ‘Generation Y’ in the professional services sector to enhance performance and engagement levels. Mary is one of the authors of a book published in April 2014 with the Institute of Chartered Accountants titled ‘Managing Smart People and Other Professionals.’
Over the last 6 years, Mary has been running a Women in Leadership programme and is a faculty member in a master’s in leadership in the Middle East. This year she delivered a Women in Leadership program with Johnson & Johnson also in the Middle East.
Mary is an Accredited Professional Executive Coach and Coach Assessor with the Association of Coaching (AC) and is qualified in the use of a range of psychometric and personality assessment instruments. She is a Fellow and Council member of the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD).
In 2016, Mary was nominated as a role model for the Aurora Women in Leadership Programme. Mary sits on judging panels for the IITD National Training Awards, Engineer’s Ireland CPD Awards, GradIreland Awards, HR Leadership Awards and Bon Secours Hospital Group Staff Awards.
Mary is currently writing a book on ‘Recruiting Talented Professionals’ due to be published by Chartered Accountants Ireland in Spring 2021.
Victoria Bioux is a Leadership Development Consultant of SRI Executive Search.
With extensive experience in leadership development and change management, Victoria specialises in developing individuals, teams and organisations across the Life Science, Sustainability and Multilateral Agency sector.
She holds a BA in Psychology, a BSc in Business Administration from State University of New York, Buffalo and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Farina Pane is a Director of Leadership in Indonesia.
With over 20 years’ experience in leadership development and change management, Farina specialises in identifying and implementing the organisational changes across the Multilateral Agency and Climate Change sector.
She holds a Masters in Finance from Cleveland State University, Ohio.
Sharon Crabtree is a Training and Performance Specialist in SRI Executive Strategy.
With extensive experience as a Training and Performance Specialist, Sharon has developed and delivered complex learning and development strategies across the International Development, Climate Change, Sustainability, Conservation and Public sector. Having worked with WorldFish, CIMMYT, CIFOR, IWMI and ILRI, she understands the organisational dynamics and the complexities which arise, when implementing change within any organisation. As a former Director of the Hay Group, Sharon has implemented performance management, training and leadership development programmes for many senior-level executives and global leaders across the world.
She holds a BEd (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire and a BSc and Masters in Leadership and Management from the Open University, in the United Kingdom.
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