Mark Mellett

Mark Mellett

Chief of Staff, Defence Forces Ireland

Admiral Mark Mellett talks about his journey towards having an appreciation of the importance of women and equality, contextualizing the challenge as a societal issue. He advocates for greater knowledge and understanding of the importance of institutionalizing a gender perspective in society. Finally he recognizes the need for wisdom, making the point that the bridge between understanding and wisdom are values such as those that underpin Sustainable development.


Admiral Mark Mellett has over 39 years service as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces. He is the first naval officer in the history of the Irish State to serve as Chief of Defence. For over two decades he has been a change leader, contributing to ongoing transformation and positioning the Irish forces in a post-modern setting.

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