Our Team

 

Serena Mizzoni - Director, Ashoka Ireland

Serena Mizzoni founded a talent consultancy and recruitment firm in 2009. She joined Ashoka in 2011 as a consultant, she was appointed as Co-Director of the Ashoka Ireland office the following year and became Director in 2014, joining 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. 

Erin Fornoff - Venture 

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 organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in two states. While working in Ashoka’s headquarters in Washington D.C., she organized 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 work 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.

Conor Ward - Youth Years & Operations

Conor is Manager of Ashoka Ireland's Youth Years work and Head of Operations. Following his studies, Conor worked at The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the world's largest philanthropic networks and a leader in the field. He also worked with Ashoka Fellow Caroline Casey on the expansion of her organisation and the O2 Ability Awards before joining Ashoka in 2010. Conor holds a B.A. in Business & Politics from Trinity College and is a candidate for the L.L.M. in International Law & Business at University College Dublin.

Rebecca Kilbane - Fellowship & Partnerships

Rebecca is Head of Fellowship & Partnerships. A native of County Meath, she volunteered on the Marriage Equality campaign during her studies in Dublin. Since 2011, she has worked with Ashoka US Fellow Sanjeev Arora’s Project ECHO on expanding healthcare access in Ireland, and was selected as a One Young World Ambassador for Ireland in 2012. She is a co-founder of the Career Compass Series, panel discussions and events aimed at supporting young professionals. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology from Trinity College. 

Fiona Koch - Communications

Fiona is Manager for Communications. 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.