Serena Mizzoni - Director, Ashoka Ireland
Serena is the Director for Ashoka Ireland. Born and raised in Dublin, she has Irish, Welsh and Italian roots. Following her studies in 2009, she founded a talent consultancy firm providing mentorship for recent graduates. She joined Ashoka in 2011, hiring 30 young entrepreneurial professionals as Change Executives for the first Change Nation event. She is passionate about championing the unique and holistic skill-set that Gen Y entrepreneurs have to offer. Serena 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 and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for the M.Phil. in Creative Writing at Trinity College.
Conor Ward - Skills & Finance
Conor is Manager for the Changemaker Skills Programme and Head of Finance. Following his studies, Conor worked at The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of Ireland’s largest philanthropic networks and a leader in the field. He also worked with Ashoka Fellow Caroline Casey on the expansion of her organization, Kanchi, before joining Ashoka in 2010. He is passionate about expanding access to quality education in Ireland and abroad, and has traveled to the West Bank to work with education specialists in Israel and Palestine. Conor holds a B.A. in Business and Politics from Trinity College.
Barry Flinn - Communications & Frame Change
Barry is Head of Communications for Ashoka Ireland. He is a cultural hybrid, with roots in California, rural Co. Limerick and Dublin. Following his studies in 2011, he spent 7 months travelling from Cairo to Cape Town before returning home to manage the summer programme for his family’s business, Free-Range Kids. He joined Ashoka in 2012 in advance of the first Change Nation event. His passions include writing screenplays for films, and figuring out what makes people tick. Barry holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from University College Dublin.
Rebecca Kilbane - Talent & Partnerships
Rebecca is Head of Talent & Partnerships. A native of County Meath, she volunteered on the TD Marriage Equality campaign during her studies in Dublin. Since 2011, she has worked with Ashoka US Fellow Sanjeev Arora’s Project ECHO on expanding health care access in Ireland, and was selected as a One Young World Ambassador for Ireland in 2012. She is focused on expanding Ashoka’s network to include more female leaders. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology from Trinity College.
Fiona Koch - Skills & Communications
Fiona is an Associate working across Communications and Changemaker Skills. 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.
Anne-Marie Neary - Changemaker Schools
Anne-Marie is the Project Manager for Ashoka Changemaker Schools in Ireland. A native of Finglas, she trained as a Montessori teacher and taught in Boston before returning to Dublin to complete a B.A. in Human Development and English at St. Patrick’s College of Education, followed by an M.Phil in Psychoanalytic Studies at Trinity College. Having worked in Special Education at several disadvantaged schools in Dublin, Anne-Marie is passionate about the role of positive psychology and empathy-based programmes in improving learning outcomes. She holds an H.Dip in Education from Trinity College and is currently pursuing an H.Dip in Psychology at Dublin Business School.