Dominic MacSorley is the Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest international humanitarian and development organisation that operates in 27 of the world’s poorest countries.
Mr MacSorley, a native of Belfast in Northern Ireland, studied law at Queen’s University before joining Concern in 1982. In the past four decades, he has led the organisation’s responses to some of the world’s most devastating humanitarian emergencies including those in Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2013, Mr MacSorley served as Senior Director in the Concern Worldwide US office, representing Concern at the United Nations and with major donors in Washington DC. During this period, he was elected twice as NGO representative and Chair of the Interagency Standing Committee Humanitarian Forum.
Mr MacSorley also served as President of Alliance 2015, a strategic partnership of seven European NGOs, and is currently Chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence, an alliance of human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, Irish Aid and the Irish Defence Forces.
In 2010, Mr MacSorley was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to international humanitarian aid and, two years later, he was also honoured by the Northern Ireland All Party Group on International Development for his outstanding contribution to international humanitarianism.