Fionnuala Gilsenan is Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of South Africa. She has worked for the Irish diplomatic service since 2000 when she was appointed to serve as Ireland’s Representative to United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). Prior to working for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms Gilsenan worked for two Irish based international non- governmental organisations. In the late 1990s, she was active in shaping Ireland’s foreign policy response to self-determination for East Timor.
Following her posting to East Timor, Ambassador Gilsenan served in Ethiopia as DHOM (2006-2008), and as Ambassador in Tanzania (2012-2016). She has worked extensively on African Affairs since joining the Department, most recently as Africa Director from 2016-2019. She presented credentials to HE President Ramaphosa in October 2019.