Dominic MacSorley became CEO of Concern Worldwide in 2013 after more than 30 years of experience with the organisation.

Originally from Belfast, Dominic studied law at Queen’s University before joining Concern in 1982. 
 
He was aged 26 when he began his first role with Concern, working as a volunteer on the Thai-Cambodian border.
 
Since then, he has worked in over 20 of  Concern’s countries of operation, leading the organisation’s  emergency response to some of the most challenging humanitarian crises of recent times, including Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Haiti.

Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley speaking to Mary Robinson in Rwanda in the wake of the genocide. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley speaking to Mary Robinson in Rwanda in the wake of the genocide. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2013, Dominic served as Senior Director in the Concern Worldwide US office, representing Concern at the UN and with major donors in Washington DC. During this period, he was elected twice as NGO representative and Co-Chair of the Inter-agency Standing Committee Humanitarian Forum. 
 
Dominic's dedication to humanitarian and development work was recognised in 2009, when he received an OBE for 'Services to International Humanitarian Aid'. Three years later, he received an award for 'Outstanding Vocational Commitment to International Development' for his contribution to international humanitarianism from the Northern Ireland all-party group on international development.

Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Irish humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide
“Conflict, climate change and inequality are driving levels of hunger, fear and displacement to unprecedented levels. It is unacceptable that millions of people across our world struggle to survive every day. It doesn't need to be this way. Solutions exist, we know, we have been saving lives and helping to transform the most vulnerable communities for over 50 years. But we don’t do it alone. It is the support of our donors and the public that allows us to be the first in and the last out when crises happen.”
Dominic MacSorley - Concern CEO
Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley speaks at the Irish Humanitarian Summit. Photograph taken by UCD CHA.
Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley speaks at the Irish Humanitarian Summit. Photograph: UCD CHA.
Cavan native Sean Brogan with Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley at Concern's Dublin headquarters presenting his cheque for €10,143
Volunteer Sean Brogan with Dominic MacSorley presenting a cheque from his community for €10,143. Photo: Concern Worldwide
LtoR Former Concern US Chairman Tom Moran, Sabina Higgins, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley and Concern UK Executive Director Rose Caldwell at Concern’s 50th Anniversary Reception at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Concern representatives with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Concern Worldwide CEO, Dominic MacSorley, talks with residents of a collective centre for Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon. Photo taken by Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide.
Concern Worldwide CEO, Dominic MacSorley, talks with residents of a collective centre for Syrian refugees in Northern Lebanon. Photo taken by Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide.
Dominic MacSorley - CEO, Concern Worldwide meets with locals in Central African Republic. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Dominic MacSorley - CEO, Concern Worldwide meets with locals in Central African Republic. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.

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