About Us

Team

Washington DC

Patrick Lynch, Director of Washington D.C. Office

Patrick has been seconded to Hedayah from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since September 2013. Patrick has held a number of senior positions in UK Government Departments in Belfast, London and overseas. This work has included designing and implementing new CVE approaches and providing analysis and advice to U.K. Ministers on a range of security issues. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen and a Master’s degree in Ethnic Conflict Management from the Queen's University of Belfast.

Jessalyn Walker, Program Manager

Jessalyn is the Program Manager of the Community Policing for CVE program. She works with international police trainers and leadership to promote community policing as a tool to counter violent extremism. Together they collaborate to revise existing in-country police academy curriculum to incorporate a community-oriented ethos throughout the training. Having worked at the United States Institute of Peace from 2014 to 2017, she supported the capacity building program with Hedayah to organize and deliver a host of different CVE-relevant workshops and trainings, with law-enforcement, government, and civil society actors. She co-authored a manuscript titled, Institutionalizing the Community-Oriented Policing Ethos to Counter Violent Extremism, which will be published in 2019. 

Jessalyn holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Criminology from the University College Cork. Her thesis focused on the relationships Irish women forge while incarcerated and the resultant impact on their re-entry to society. Her research interests include international root causes of crime and violence, global prison systems and identity sensitivity and appreciation.

Conor Gallagher, Program Manager

Conor is the Program Manager of the P/CVE National Action Plans Task Force (P/CVE NAP TF). Since joining Hedayah in February 2018, he has been managing the Task Force’s workshops, working on the ongoing design, delivery, and maintenance of the P/CVE NAP TF including elements of budget management, concept development, and training support.

Conor has extensive experience in emergency response program management for over 40 countries in Asia, West Africa and Latin America as a Government Partnerships Associate for the United Nations World Food Programme in Washington D.C from 2014 to 2018.  He also brings a broad range of experience from across the private sector, NGOs and the political field including consultancy work in the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast and cross-community/cross-border youth work in Northern Ireland/Ireland.

He received a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

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