About Stephen

20151011 Stephen Poster Headshot WP 2Stephen Donnelly  is a TD for Wicklow and East Carlow.

He ran for office in 2011, in response to Ireland’s growing economic and social crises. At the time he was working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co., specialising in transformational change for large public and private sector organisations. Stephen has worked across many sectors, including private equity, retail, public infrastructure, healthcare, education, international development, the voluntary and social sectors. At the Harvard Kennedy School he studied international development, with a focus on rebuilding economies and protecting and strengthening vulnerable populations.

Stephen believes in equality of opportunity, a strong economy, high quality and efficient public services, support for vulnerable individuals and groups and an accountable, responsive local and national political system. He lives in Greystones with his wife and three young boys.


Harvard Kennedy School: Master in Public Administration in International Development

  • Specialising in advanced micro and macroeconomics, with focus on IMF programmes and rebuilding economies
  • Research: Microsavings and finance, with focus on women’s empowerment programmes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Visiting scholar at the Centre for Innovation in Product Development

  • Awarded scholarship to study leading design methodologies
  • Co-authored paper on design tools for high-tech, large-scale manufacturing

University College Dublin: Bachelor of Engineering

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering – Awarded first class honours


McKinsey & Company Inc., Business Analyst, London & Dublin, 2001–2003, 2008-2011
Worked on projects in a range of industries including non-profit, education, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, retail banking, packaged goods and mobile telecoms.

Dalberg Global Advisors, Project Manager, Washington DC, 2007
Led projects in micro-insurance, micro-savings and women’s empowerment.

Transport for London, Programme Manager, London, 2005–2006
Designed & implemented new Travel Demand Management (TDM) programme.

Eden McCallum, Associate, London, 2003–2006
Led a variety of work streams on projects with client organisations, addressing board-level strategic issues.

The Product Design & Development Centre, Design Engineer, Dublin, 1997–1998
Member of multi-disciplinary team for start-up design agency, working with clients in a range of industries to develop new products.