Stuart Hamilton is the Head of Libraries Development for the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) in Ireland. He is the national advisor on libraries in the local government sector and leads the strategic development and implementation of service innovation and change management. He was previously Deputy Executive Director of International Relations and Communications at the Qatar National Library where he developed the library’s international relations, partnerships and outreach activities, and led the coordination of the library’s opening in 2017/2018.
Before moving to Qatar he was Deputy Secretary General at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in the Netherlands where he directed IFLA’s policy and advocacy work around copyright, human rights, Internet governance, and all issues relating to access to information, libraries and the digital environment.
He was responsible for IFLA’s engagement with WIPO and UNESCO, as well as work relating to the World Summit on the Information Society, the Internet Governance Forum, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark. He likes long walks, funk, and soul.