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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 Youth Forum and Neighbourhood Energy Action (NEA) in the 70s, through Clydeside Action on Asbestos and 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 in the 90s, followed by the Consultation Institute and DemocraShe in recent years. He serves as head of the International secretariat for the Helsinki Iraq project, taking Iraqi leaders to a forest in Finland, and advising  on progress in Iraq itself. The common thread through all his activities is a search for social justice, change and a more participative 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. Quintin lives and works in Belfast, N. Ireland.

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