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Quintin Oliver

Institute Chair & Associate Profile

Quintin is a successful serial social entrepreneur having helped set up and develop many initiatives over four decades, from the European in the 70s, through the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) in the 80s, the ‘YES Campaign’ for the N. Ireland referendum on the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement and his own political consultancy Stratagem International in the 90s, followed by the Consultation Institute and DemocraShe in recent years.

The common thread through all his activities is a search for social justice, change and a more participative and democratic society, which is where consultation fits in, as a vehicle for active citizen engagement and a responsive state. He chairs the Consultation Institute Board, and keeps his hand in as trainer, facilitator and consultant on special projects across the UK and Ireland. He has advised on conflict resolution projects in Cyprus, North Macedonia, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Quintin lives and works in Belfast, N. Ireland, where he is currently restoring an abandoned Carnegie Library.

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