Paul Conneally has worked as a journalist since 1988 in the print and broadcast media, primarily in the area of news reportage and documentaries that focus on socio-economic development and international politics. His first assignment with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was as an information delegate in Azerbaijan in 1995. In December 1996 Paul moved to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where he stayed for 11 years working primarily in communications but also in fund raising and operations. Contexts where Paul has worked and lived with the ICRC include the North Caucasus, Central Asia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Israel & the Occupied Territories. He has also spent two and a half years as head of ICRC’s donor reporting in Geneva.
Paul assumed his current function as head of Media and Public Communication with the IFRC in Geneva in August 2008. He oversees all aspects of public communication including audio visual production, advocacy initiatives, and online and social media. He has a BA degree in Communications and a Masters degree in International Development and Cooperation and holds a Post-Graduate certificate in Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law. He is married to Linda with three young sons aged from three to eight years.