Ruairí de Búrca is Director General of Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.
A career diplomat, he was Joint Secretary to the British-Irish Secretariat in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2017. He held the role of Ambassador of Ireland to Mozambique, Angola and Botswana between 2010 and 2014 and has also served abroad in Mexico, Spain and Greece.
At the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ruairí has worked on issues facing Northern Ireland, Western Balkans, humanitarian aid, and the European Union. He has also served in the Irish Department of Finance.
Ruairí has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin and a Master of Arts in English from University College Dublin.