Bebhinn McKinley is a dialogue, conflict prevention/transformation, and peacebuilding practitioner from Northern Ireland. She is currently a member of the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth, Mediators Beyond Borders International and Mediators Institute Ireland.
Bebhinn is currently working in the field of Good Relations/Peacebuilding within Local Government in Northern Ireland. Previous positions have included a posting with the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister to support the implementation of Together: Building a United Community Strategy, which was part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
She has also worked for Non-Governmental Organisations, including Community Relations Council, Rural Community Network and Women into Politics. She was previously the chair of a rural women’s group and a member of Community Dialogue. Throughout these positions a core aspect of her work has involved meditating, facilitating dialogue and utilising creative approaches to explore conflict and peace at both a local and regional level. Bebhinn has recently acted as a mentor for women in Cameroon and also as a part time coach for the Mediation Foundation of Ireland. Bebhinn holds an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development, and MA in Irish Studies and BA in English and Politics.