Paddy joined RAN in 2017 after six years as Executive Director of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit that built solar projects for Native American tribes, non-profits and schools in Nevada. Before that he spent 17 years fighting destructive dams and promoting human rights and sustainable water and energy practices around the world as Executive Director and Campaigns Director at International Rivers. He is a board member of International Rivers and was a member of the Steering Committee of the UN Environment Programme’s Dams and Development Program. He has written extensively on water, energy and climate issues and is the author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams. Described by Indian author Arundhati Roy as a “dazzling book,” Silenced Rivers has been translated into five languages.
He is glad he dropped out of his PhD in underwater archaeology at Queen’s University, Belfast, many, many years ago, although he still loves reading history and looking at really old things. He also loves gardening and things like mountains, rivers, forests, deserts and beaches.