Sinead O'Gorman, Director, SAR Europe

Sinead O’Gorman directs Scholars at Risk's European office—SAR Europe—hosted at Maynooth University, Ireland. SAR Europe coordinates activities of European partners and national SAR sections in Europe to promote academic freedom and to advance opportunities for at-risk scholars. Ms. O’Gorman joined Scholars at Risk’s New York office in 2007, previously serving as SAR's Deputy Executive Director. Before joining SAR, Sinead previously held programme and research positions at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) in London and at the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) in Dublin. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in French from the Université de Montréal, a BA in English and French from Trinity College Dublin. Ms. O’Gorman was a pensionnaire étrangère at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), rue d’Ulm, and holds a Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.



Denise Roche, Advocacy Manager, SAR Europe

Denise is the Advocacy Manager at SAR Europe. She leads our advocacy work to promote academic freedom, including coordinating the activities of the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy.  Denise is a qualified solicitor, holds an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice from Northumbria Law School England, and a BCL (International) degree from University College Cork Ireland. Prior to joining SAR Europe in July 2020, she held positions at the National Women's Council, the Law Reform Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish Mission to the United Nations in New York, and acted as a Judicial Fellow of the High Court. Previously she served as co-rapporteur of the Feminism and International Law Committee of the International Law Association and was a committee member of the Irish Women Lawyers' Association.


Joel Hanisek, Policy & Programme Manager, SAR Europe

Joel is Policy & Programme Manager at SAR Europe, managing the EU-funded Inspireurope project and supporting the activities of SAR sections in Europe. Joel is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin, teaching human rights in theory and practice. Joel holds a PhD in US-Iran relations from the School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin, an A.B. from Davidson College, and an M.Div. from Yale University. He has extensive experience with the United Nations system and was previously Director of the Presbyterian UN Office in New York. He has worked in the fields of advocacy, human rights, and ethics with a variety of intergovernmental, NGO, and healthcare organizations.