Orla Quinlan is the Director of internationalisation at Rhodes University since 2011. She is currently the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) lead on the Internationalisation of Curriculum (IoC) (2014 to date). She has facilitated IoC discussions at several SA Universities; run workshops on IoC, including aspects of inter-cultural competency, and represented IEASA at other international network conferences e.g. African Network of International Education (ANIE) and the European Association of International Education (EAIE). She currently serves on the IEASA Conference Committee and the IEASA publication’s committee. She has reviewed International Education Journal articles, pertaining to Africa. She recently wrote a piece on Internationalisation at Home in South Africa for the EAIE’s Forum, Winter edition 2015.
Ms Quinlan, who started her career as a teacher in Ireland, designed and managed education programmes in Bangladesh; participated in educational research and teacher training in Cambodia and was the Director of CONCERN’s emergency response in Burundi, during the Great Lakes crisis in 1994 before moving to South Africa until 1998. Based in the Western Cape, she worked on a range of social justice and change issues with South African NGOs, government task teams and community based organisations. Her activities included serving as a Board member with GAP (Gender Advocacy Programme), co-organising the first Harold Wolpe Memorial Conference and publishing educational text books on Teacher Appraisal and Challenging prejudice. Located at UWC, Ms Quinlan was a driving force on the South African Gender Equity Task Team, appointed by the Department of Education, and co-authored the final report, published in 1997. She joined Oxfam GB’s Senior Management team , based in Oxford, providing strategic leadership to a multi-cultural team located across 70 countries. As a leader in her field, she gave seminars to large international NGOs (e.g. the British Red Cross, Christian Aid); spoke at large conferences such as Bond (the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development) and the Institute of Fund-raising (IoF) Congress; ran Master classes at the Resource Alliances’ International Fund-raising Congress (IFC), held annually in the Netherlands, and has been a participant in the British Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO), Wilton Park conferences.