Our Team

Bernard Kirk

Bernard is the Founder and CEO of The Camden Education Trust.

He is the former director of Galway Education Centre, the Department of Education funded provider of training for primary and second level teachers. 

Bernard co-founded Africa Code Week, one of the largest digital literacy initiatives organised on the African continent, involving over3.8 million young people in 35 countries in 2019. He is also co-founder of Refugee Code Week now rebranded as Digital Skills for Today.

Since 2016, Bernard is Chairperson of Philanthropy Ireland. He is also a mentor for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Academy . He also advises a number of philanthropic family foundations in relation to education.
Bernard is a member of the Science Gallery Education Committee, a Science Gallery Emeritus Leonardo. He is also co-founder of EXCITED, the Digital Learning Movement.
Bernard established Robotics Ireland in 2006 and since for many years organised the FIRST LEGO League, Junior LEGO League and EA Robotics competitions in Ireland. 
In 2013 Bernard was awarded an Honorary Masters in Science by NUI Galway for his contribution to Education in Ireland.

Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith is course content developer and lead mentor in the ‘Africa Code Week’ and ‘Refugee Code Week’ initiatives. Brendan also serves as the Education and Public Engagement Officer of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland Galway.
He is co-founder of Ireland’s only computer and communications museum, has twice been recipient of the Galway Science Person of the Year Award, twice recipient of the IT in the Community Galway Award and was granted the ‘Galway City Mayoral Award for Volunteer of the Year’ in May 2017. He is also well known in Ireland for his social, community and environmental activism.

Alice Hartemann

Defining herself a proud #Millenial, Alice leads Communications for the Camden Education Trust. As it is her field of expertise, she oversees Social Media for Africa Code Week. She was in charge of EduConservation‘s communications, which she has been managing since from the genesis of the project (2016) until 2019.

Josephine C. Sepeku

Josephine Sepeku is a graduate of integrated Law & Sharia, Class of 2016, and currently pursuing an MA in Gender Rights and Globalization in National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) 2018-2019. She is also interning with Global Women’s Studies to assist in the organisation of events for the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence at NUI Galway (2018). She is a member at Women Action Towards Entrepreneurship Development (WATED) and Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA). She was a Business Development Assistant & Executive Assistant to the CEO of Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) an ICT Hub hosted at the Commission for Science &Technology, the only incubator in the Country.  Josephine also served as a coordinator of the Airtel Fursa Lab hosted at the Kijitonyama Primary school and a Tanzanian Africa Code week Ambassador. In addition to that, she was also a volunteer at the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) in the previous years.
She also worked as a project officer of the Drone project of Delivery of medicines and blood samples from Ukerewe Island to Mwanza (Bugando Hospital, & Medical Department Stores) in Tanzania which was a project between DHL, GIZ (under the German Ministry for Economical Corporation Development) and DTBi.
Josephine has been actively volunteering in WATED activities especially those involving women and children rights.  Not only that, Josephine volunteered in a women land rights project in rural Tanzania. In collaboration with United Nations One of Tanzania, Miss Josephine assisted in coordinating a training for civil society organizations on widening the Democratic Space in Dar es Salaam. This training was then followed by a higher-level meeting in creating a common space for civil society organisation in Human Rights which is also assisted in.  she has represented the organisation in the organising committee of the 16 Days of Activism in 2016, from that she was also given a chance to be one of the keynote speakers representing youth on the 1st National Women’s Rights Forum, in Dar es Salaam November 2016.
 Furthermore, Josephine has one the Coordinators for the Africa Code Week Training of more than 50 Primary and Secondary Teachers in ICT (Computer literacy & Scratch program), which was a program collaboration of SAP Ireland and Galway Education Centre in Ireland, DTBi and CoICT (College of Information and Communication Technologies- University of Dar es Salaam) June 2017.
In addition to that, DTBi in collaboration with the African Transformative Innovation Partners (ATIP) based in the US and Airtel Tanzania, Josephine had assisted in a coordinating the Robotics (Lego & Arduino) Summer camp of children of grade 4-7.

Cushla Dromgool-Regan

Cushla Dromgool-Regan is an ocean literacy expert with over fifteen years experience working in communications, education and outreach.
Cushla is the strategic education manager and communications lead for the Explorers Education Programme, which is funded by the Marine Institute, Ireland’s state agency for marine research, technology development and innovation. Supporting the Government’s integrated marine plan for Ireland Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, the Explorers Education Programme aims to embed knowledge of our ocean into the primary school curricula.
Inspiring educators, school teachers and their student’s, Cushla has adopted a collective approach in developing engagement in our ocean.  She is supported by a wide network of stakeholders including marine scientists and experts at the Marine Institute, the Explorers outreach teams around the coast of Ireland, marine experts from third level institutes and industry, as well as key stakeholders in the wider community.
Cushla is passionate about increasing our understanding of the ocean, helping people develop their ability to communicate about the ocean, as well has ensuring people are able to make responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.
Cushla has a MSc (Marketing) by research, examining the barriers and solutions to ocean literacy in Irish primary schools. Achieving First class honours, her research contributes to the advantages of using a social marketing systems approach to support societal change.