Rory McLaughlin

Director of Programs - CDA Myanmar


Rory joined CDA in 2017 as the Myanmar country office‘s Director of Programs. His professional areas of expertise include conflict and context analysis, systems mapping, participatory facilitation of strategic planning and program design processes using Reflecting on Peace Practice and Do No Harm, and the design of learning resources, tools and curricula.

Before joining CDA, Rory worked as a consultant with diverse NGOs, networks, political parties, and international agencies on program development, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and analysis both in Myanmar and on the Thai-Myanmar border. Since moving to Myanmar in 2012, he has also founded, and been closely involved in the establishment of several local NGOs.

He is the author of several books and training manuals on the topics of peace and conflict, social cohesion and civic engagement based on participatory approaches and methodologies that he developed based on his experience as a trainer and facilitator in several conflict-affected and refugee communities in Myanmar, Thailand and India.

Rory holds a Master’s degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in Education from Deakin University, Australia.