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.
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.
Tatiana Cary - Venture Manager
Tatiana manages the search and selection of new Ashoka Fellows in the UK. Prior to joining Ashoka she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco focusing on youth development programming and gender equity and helped to launch an incubator for women led small and medium enterprises. She has extensive experience in the NGO sector working as a researcher, journalist, facilitator, and program manager. Tatiana holds an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics concentrating on gender justice and inclusive economies.
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.
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.
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.