Linda O'Halloran is the founder and managing director of Thinking Development. She started the organisation in response to an emergency appeal sent by one of the largest educators of women in Haiti, the Sisters of St. Joseph de Cluny, for help in re-designing and reconstructing their schools. Seeing the potential resources available at University College London, where she was a research student, Linda gathered institutional, academic, and external professional support to deliver the kind of consultancy that the involved development planners felt necessary. She now coordinates the diverse teams of professionals and academics who are working with the Cluny sisters to deliver well-thought-through, sustainable facilities to disaster-affected communities in Haiti.
Linda works as a freelance digital service transformation consultant to the public sector, currently working with the Government Digital Service. She holds an MPhil in philosophy from UCL and she sits on the executive board of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.