David Kelleher, Associate

What David does with G@W David Kelleher

David is a co-founder of Gender at Work and has been involved with colleagues in developing conceptual frameworks and approaches to institutional and organizational change for gender equality. He has worked on Gender at Work projects in South Asia, South Africa and the Horn of Africa. Currently, he is co-editing a new book with Aruna Rao and Joanne Sandler that will bring together stories and thinking about recent best practice in changing institutional and organizational norms and practices related to equality and inclusion.

Other work on gender and institutional change

David is an organizational consultant and a faculty member of the Canadian Organization Development Institute. He has worked with numerous non-government and public organizations helping them build their organizational capacity to further social change, particularly related to gender equality.He has been in a variety of leadership positions within Amnesty International, including a period as President of the board of Amnesty Canada. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Bridge Cutting Edge Program on Gender and Social Movements. He is also engaged in a long-term effort to strengthen human rights activism within Amnesty Canada.

Recent Writing

  • The Amnesty International journey: Women and Human Rights
    (with Manjima Bhattacharjya, soon to be published in Bridge Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Social Movements
  • Why Gender matters in Activism: Feminism and Social Justice Movements
    (Manjima Bhattacharjya, Jenny Birchall, Pamela Caro, David Kelleher and Vinita Sahasranaman, Gender and Development, in press.)

Recommended book

Anything written by Mahmoud Darwish.

Dreams & Passions

“Skiing, playing jazz with a small band in Ottawa, working with the great people in organizations like Amnesty and Gender at Work, and camping trips with my wife, Holly.”


Email: david@davidkelleher.ca