Declan O'Briain


Declan is responsible for executing Siren's business plan, growing Siren's portfolio, and ensuring that Siren’s collaborative, client-centred approach is embedded within all aspects of our programming.

Declan combines a critical perspective on the political economy of development with a solution-oriented approach in order to understand and solve complex problems.

He has particular expertise in human rights research, advocacy, and monitoring; criminal justice and detention system reform; civil society capacity building; and public sector strategic planning and change management.

Declan played an instrumental role in Siren’s strategic planning work with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, which culminated in the development of their inaugural, organisation-wide Strategic Plan, which has been endorsed by the Lebanese President and Prime Minister.

Before joining Siren, Declan worked with local human rights organisations on the Thai/Burma border advocating for the rights of former political prisoners and ethnic minority groups.

Declan holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Cambridge University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from McGill University. He is a native English speaker and is working on his Arabic.