James O’Brien is the Executive Coordinator of Forum, the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. He began his career with Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, leading their campaign to defend Ireland’s overseas aid budget.
James worked for VSO Ireland and VSO in roles that included volunteer management, research and advocacy, and most recently as Volunteering for Development Leadership Advisor. In this role, he was involved in the early stages of the Global Standard for Volunteering for Development.
With Forum, James served as Chair of the Post-2015 Volunteering Working Group and Coordinator of the Volunteer Groups Alliance.