Serena Mizzoni - Director, Ashoka Ireland

Displaying her entrepreneurial flair early on, Serena Mizzoni founded a talent consultancy and recruitment firm in 2009. She joined Ashoka Ireland in 2011 as a consultant and was subsequently appointed as Co-Director. In 2014 Serena assumed the position of Director and took a place on Ashoka’s European Leadership Team. Serena regularly lectures on social entrepreneurship at University College Dublin. She holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management and an M.A. in Strategic HR from Dublin City University and Champlain College Vermont's Dublin campus. Serena has a King Charles Spaniel named Ollie, who spends his days in their Dublin office, winning over clients and supporters alike. 

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Fiona Koch - Communications Manager

Fiona is Manager of Communications and Media Partnerships. A third-culture kid, she has roots in Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and the US. During her studies, she led a non-profit selling Haitian artwork to fund sustainable initiatives in rural Haiti. Following graduation she held positions in fundraising at Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C. and Fountain House in New York, before working for Ashoka Ireland Fellow Steve Collins. Fiona holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College. 

Paul Stapleton - Community Manager

Paul is Community Manager for Ashoka Ireland. From the midlands of Ireland, Paul initially began his career as an Engineer before joining the staff team at Barretstown, a camp for children whose lives have been affected by serious illnesses. He worked for four years across Ireland, the USA, and Africa on leadership teams responsible for running camps that are part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global network of camps for seriously ill children. Paul holds a B.A.I. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

Fiona Collins - Changemaker Schools Advisor

Fiona is an advisor for Ashoka Changemaker Schools. She is the Principal of the inner-city primary school Francis Street C.B.S., located in the Liberties area of Dublin. She has held this position for ten years. Under her leadership, the teachers and pupils of Francis St. C.B.S. have developed an empathy-based methodology programme. She holds a Masters in Education with a focus on Educational Disadvantage. In 2014, Francis Street C.B.S. was selected to join the global network of Ashoka Changemaker Schools.

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Moira Malone - Programme Support Associate

Moira is a Programme Support Associate. She was born in California, but moved to Dublin when she was five and is now a citizen of the country. She spends most of her days drawing, playing the piano or writing stories. In 2015, she finished a one year internship in Francis St. CBS as an administrator and did some graphic design there also. Her goal is to one day buy a house in the hills, start a family, and focus on gardening and expanding her knowledge of society and psychology. Her dream is to be able to help children and teenagers with mild or severe psychological problems.

Elaine Collins - Finance Manager

 

Erin Fornoff - Volunteer

Erin is Venture Integrator for Ashoka Europe, coordinating the selection of new Fellows across the region. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, she was a field organiser for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in two states. While working in Ashoka’s headquarters in Washington D.C., she organised collaborations on water, launching initiatives in Africa, Asia and South America. She is a published poet and Artistic Director for Lingo, Ireland’s first spoken word festival. Erin holds a B.A. in Anthropology & Communications from the UNC Chapel Hill, and completed her M.Phil. in Creative Writing at Trinity College in 2014.

Bride Rosney, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice

Bride Rosney was the Director of Communications with the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ from 2001 to 2009, having previously worked as Special Advisor to Mary Robinson for an eight-year period, during her time as President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. With over twenty years of experience in education at both second and third levels, she previously worked as a teacher, educational researcher and school principal. Bride is currently the Secretary of Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.

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Caroline Casey, Ashoka Ireland Fellow

Caroline Casey is the Founder of the O2 Ability Awards and Binc. A former management consultant with Accenture, Caroline is visually impaired to the degree that she is registered as legally blind. She was the first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2006 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from NUI Ireland in the same year. In 2006 she also became the first Ashoka Fellow from Ireland and the UK and received the Eisenhower Fellowship. Caroline speaks on issues of disability discrimination and looking past limits, and is a regular speaker at forums including the WEF in Davos, TEDx and One Young World.

Maura Moore, Allied Irish Bank

Maura Moore is Head of Professional Services and Nonprofits at Allied Irish Bank p.l.c. (AIB). An experienced venture capital professional and seasoned innovator, her corporate experience spans med-tech, telecoms and financial services. Maura joined Business Banking at Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. in 2012 and was appointed to her current sector strategy and specialism role in Dec 2013. She is the bank’s sector expert on finance for social housing and impact investing. A member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland, Maura holds a B.Sc. from NUI Maynooth, a graduate Diploma in Production Engineering and an M.B.A. (Hons) from University of Limerick. She has completed Advanced Management Development Training for VC professionals at the European Venture Capital Institute. Maura is a member of Maynooth University Governing Authority and sits on Ashoka’s  Social Finance Committee, Irish Chapter.

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Neil O'Leary, Ion Equity

Neil O'Leary is Chairman and CEO of Ion Equity, an investment company best known for creating Topaz, the multi-billion Euro fuel supply business. Neil is a hands-on investor, with property development interests in Europe, commodity interests in North Africa and start-ups in East Africa. Neil is a graduate of University College Cork and Incorporated Law Society, and started his career as a lawyer with McCann Fitzgerald in Dublin. He served as Senior Executive of the London Stock Exchange, before becoming an investment banker and Director with Union Bank of Switzerland. Neil is a member of Cork University Foundation, and serves on the Board for Traidlinks, a non-profit focused on diminishing poverty through enterprise, and on the Board of Soul of Haiti, an Irish charity working in Haiti. 

Patrick Coveney, Greencore

Patrick Coveney has served as CEO of Greencore Group since 2007, and has led the business through a period of strong growth and significant portfolio change into a focused, multi-country convenience foods company. Prior to joining Greencore, Patrick was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the food and beverage industry, eventually becoming Managing Partner for McKinsey in Ireland. He holds a B. Comm. (First Class) from University College Cork, and is a former Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford where he earned an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Management Studies. A keen sportsman, Patrick represented Ireland and Munster at underage level in rugby, and sits on Munster Rugby’s Commercial Board. Patrick served as President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

Sharon Keilthy, McKinsey & Company

Sharon has served as Health Expert and Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company since 2005. A native of Dublin, she holds an honours degree (First Class) in Engineering from University College Dublin. In 2003, after working in Singapore, Sharon founded The Asian Institute, a business-in-Asia support business, serving as Managing Director. She is also the Founding Director of the Asia Trade Forum at the Irish Exporters Association. Sharon has advised Ashoka Ireland on strategy formation, and has overseen the Irish rollout of ProjectECHO, a health solution that helps hospital teams support GPs to give best-practice care to patients they'd normally refer to the hospital waiting list.