Gerard (Gerry) Finnegan 

Masters in Business Administration, Queen’s University of Belfast 

Gerry Finnegan has been working as an independent Development consultant since his retirement from the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations in 2010. He was engaged with AIMS as part of its recent High Level “Review of the ILO’s Field Operations and Structure” (2017). Gerry has extensive consulting experience, largely in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment issues, including with World Bank and Finnish Consulting Group, UN Women, UNIDO, WHO, African Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, SDDirect, DAI-Europe, Guidepoint and Boston Consulting Group, ILO, International Development Ireland and Irish Aid, among others. Through his independent consulting work and his 22 years with the ILO/UN, Gerry has gained considerable global experience of development issues.

In his role as ILO Director for Lusaka Office covering Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, he was responsible for leading the Decent Work Country Programme formulation in all three countries, as well as for representing the ILO on the three UN Country Teams. His expertise also includes monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment; corporate social responsibility and creating shared value; employment, decent work and labour issues; small enterprise, cooperative, community and local economic development; financial and cooperative business management, and marketing and exporting.  Mr Finnegan has several publications to his name and is fluent in English (mother tongue) and conversant with French.