Barry Johnston

Chairman and Co-Founder

Most recently Barry Johnston has been Director of Advocacy at Malala Fund, closely advising Nobel Prize winner and UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai. He led the organisation’s global advocacy with efforts focused on donor governments, UN and multi-lateral institutions while providing strategic support to the national and regional advocacy work of Malala Fund grantees. Previously he was the Head of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, leading political and corporate engagement. Other roles include Senior Advocacy Adviser at Christian Aid, Millennium Development Goals Adviser at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Public Affairs Officer at Amnesty International Ireland. He holds degrees from the National University of Ireland, the University of London and Dublin City University.

Barry has a track record of influencing public and policy debate in Ireland, the UK, EMEA and North America with multidisciplinary experience across communications, advocacy, social marketing and stakeholder management and has worked across a variety of complex issues including climate change & sustainability, food and nutrition, financial transparency, corporate taxation, health, education. He has brokered high level corporate-social sector partnerships and delivered joint initiatives with the likes of KPMG, Apple, the Office of the UN Secretary-General, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

A former candidate in the Irish Senate elections, Barry founded Emigrant Manifesto to campaign for expanded emigrant voting rights for the Irish diaspora. He was the first Irish citizen living abroad to run for election to the Irish parliament.