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Agriculture, Food & Nutrition

Agriculture Food & Nutrition

Bill Callanan

Chief Inspector, Dept Agriculture, Food and Marine.

Dr Ailish Byrne

Director of Agribusiness, Tirlán

Mary Delaney

Sustainability and Business Development Consultant

Padraig Brennan

Meat, Food & Beverages Director, Bord Bia.

Pat O’Keeffe

Corporate Affairs Director, Glanbia Ireland.

Richard Shakespeare

Chief Executive, Dublin City Council

Roberta McDonald

Sustainable Solutions Lead, Devenish.

Seamus O’Mahony

Head of Commercial (Agri), Dairygold Co-op.

Agriculture Food & Nutrition

Anne-Marie Butler

Head of Education, Teagasc

Caroline Keeling

Chief Executive Officer, Keelings.

Dale Crammond

Director of Meat Industry Ireland

James McMahon

Tax Partner, Grant Thornton

Martin Flynn

Aldi Tomato Grower.

Neil Keane

Commercial Director, Alltech.

Nuala Ní Fhlatharta

Head of the Forestry Development Department, Teagasc.

Agriculture Food & Nutrition

Aileen Connolly

Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Danone

Aisling Flanagan

Founder Velvet Cloud

John Quilter

Global ProActive Health Technology Vice President at Kerry

Mairead McGuinness

European Commissioner

Mick O’Dowd

Agribusiness Development Manager, KEPAK

Zöe Kavanagh

Chief Executive Officer, REPAK

Agriculture Food and Nutrition

Deirdre O’Shea

Food, Agribusiness & Beverage Practice Leader, AON

Dr Niamh Lenehan

Chief Executive Officer, An Rialálaí Agraibhia

Frank O’Mara

Director of Teagasc

Jane Kavanagh

Head of Research Operations, Teagasc.

Jim O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer, Bord Bia

Tadhg Buckley

Director of Policy & Chief Economist, Irish Farmers Association

Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy


Kevin Roche



Camille O’Sullivan

Jazz Singer & Actor

Public Service

Ciaran Cuffe

[Former TD] Politician

Liz McManus

[Former TD] Politician, Minister of State for the Environment

Ruairi Quinn

Minister for Education & Skills

Arts & Humanities

Arts and Culture

Katie Devlin: Fashion Researcher

Katie is a fashion journalist and strategist based in London. Before joining Stylus, she worked in New York at PSFK, Harper’s Bazaar and US Vogue, and in London at Karla Otto.

Studied: BA English Literature (2017)
Quote: My time as fashion editor at the University Observer provided me with skills I still use in my role today.

Neil Jordan: Film Maker / Writer

Neil Jordan is an acclaimed novelist and filmmaker. His work includes the Academy Award winning The Crying Game, The Butcher Boy and Michael Collins.

Studied: BA English & History (1972)
Quote: "Great lecturers, great encounters with the most arcane subjects"

Oriole Cullen: Costume Curator

Oriole joined the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2006 as the Curator of Fashion and Textiles.

Studied: BA Art History & English (1997), MA in the History of Dress
Quote: “It all started for me at UCD, at a wonderful seminar on dating paintings through costumes.”

Ruth O’Mahony-Brady: Musician & Producer

Ruth is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has performed and recorded with a variety of artists across the music industry. She has toured all over the world with Glen Hansard.

Studied: BMus 2011
Quote: “UCD School of Music was a haven for me; a great space to engage with interesting subjects and fantastic lecturers.”

Sarah Costigan: Museum Director

Sarah joined the Little Museum of Dublin in 2012, initially as the Director of Development and is now Deputy Director.

Studied: BA English & Drama (2011), MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management
Quote: “UCD’s brilliant mix of academic and social experiences taught me the value of creative storytelling”

Sean Hayes: Assistant Project Editor

While at UCD Seán edited the student magazine OTwo. He worked for Lilliput Press and Gill Publishing before becoming Assistant Project Editor at Faber & Faber in London.

Studied: BA English Literature (2017)
Quote: “My time at UCD is something positive that I will treasure for years to come.”

Business and Innovation

Aoifa Smyth: Senior Account Manager

Inspired by her time as Fashion Editor of UCD’s College Tribune, Aoifa now works as a content creator at The Collaborations Agency. Previously she worked as a Social Influcencer at Londonbased agency Eight&Four.

Studied: BA English & Irish Folkore (2011), MA Fashion & Lifestyle Journalism
Quote: "I found my tribe with the College Tribune."

Conor MacAndrew: Innovation Designer

Conor works at The Dock, Accenture's Global Centre for Innovation where he helps clients solve their biggest strategic challenges.

Studied: BA History & Politics (2011), MSc European & Public Affairs
Quote: “I learnt two essential skills for a career in innovation: creativity and adaptability.”

Dalton Philips: CEO

Before joining DAA as CEO, Dalton worked for Walmart. He is on the board of ACI Europe.

Studied: BA Geography & Classics (1990), MBA
Quote: "Put your head down, work hard and suck the absolute marrow out of your course.”

Fiona Mullan: Chief People Office

Fiona is CPO at Previously she worked as VP HR at Facebook and as HR Director at Microsoft.

Studied: BA History & Politics (1990) > MSc Political Economy
Quote: “Do something that you love, because you’ll bring that into everything you do.”

Jonny Davis: Marketing Specialist

Jonny is co-founder of live marketing agency Honey + Buzz. He previously worked at a range of leading PR agencies in Dublin and New York.

Studied: BA History & Economics (2003), MSc Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Quote: “I developed creatively, gained fresh perspectives and made lifelong friends whilst studying at UCD.”

Ruth Ni Loinsigh: Business Owner

Ruth is founder of vintage and contemporary fashion retailer Om Diva, which promotes more than 30 emerging Irish fashion labels and designers.

Studied: BA German & Italian
Quote: “My degree in International Languages gave me the confidence to travel and work abroad.”

Government and Public Sector

Amy Gargan: Programmes Assistant

Amy works with Science Foundation Ireland. Her interest in Public Policy was sparked at UCD.

Studied: BA English & History (2017), Master of Public Policy
Quote: “History taught me to understand why things happen, English showed me that everything has a deeper meaning.”

Daniel Kearns: Administrative Officer

Danny works in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit of the Department of Education, having previously worked as a Fund Accountant at Irish Life.

Studied: BA in History & Greek & Roman Civilisation (2013) , MA in Classics (2014)
Quote: "Flexibility, creativity and imagination are key skills that UCD enabled me to develop.”

Hazel Chu: Lord Mayor of Dublin

Hazel worked as Marketing Consultant at Bórd Bia and as Head of Communications at Diageo. She is now a Green Party Councillor and Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Studied: BA History & Politics 2002, Legal Diploma, MBA
Quote: “My degree has given me the ability to think outside the box.”

Jim Maher: Social Media Producer

Jim works in Brussels at the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Communications.

Studied: BA Irish & German (2011), MA Irish
Quote: “UCD truly is Ireland’s global university. Wherever in the world your degree takes you, your memories will never leave.”

John McGuinness: Teacher

John teaches History and Politics for Leaving Certificate, at a new school in Greystones.

Studied: BA History & Politics (2014), Professional Masters in Education
Quote: “Above all participate in UCD life. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Marion R. Casey: Associate Professor

Marion is Director of Undergraduate Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. She studied in UCD before completing further studies in NYU.

Studied: BA English & History (1983), MA & PhD in History
Quote: “Never fear! Your interests may change and lead you in a totally new direction, and that’s OK.”

Law and Advocacy

Alex Ryan: Solicitor

After graduating, Alex continued his studies at King’s Inns, Dublin, where he qualified as a Solicitor.

Studied: BA History & Greek & Roman Civilisation (2011), MA Classics (2019)
Quote: “Studying Greek & Roman Civilisation was a major highlight for me at UCD.”

Amy Woods: Comms. Manager

Amy manages communications and advocacy for Volunteer Ireland, supporting and promoting volunteering across the country.

Studied: BA Intl. English & Spanish (2008)
Quote: “My time at UCD helped me develop independent and critical thinking skills which have shaped how I work today.”

Emily O’Reilly: European Ombudsman

After an award-winning career in journalism, Emily became Ireland’s first female Ombudsman in 2003 and was elected European Ombudsman in 2013.

Studied: BA French & Spanish (1979)
Quote: “You simply never know where a humanities degree can lead you.”

John McMenamin: Supreme Court Judge

John was called to the bar in 1975 after studying at King’s Inns. He was appointed a High Court judge in 2004, and to the Supreme Court in 2012.

Studied: BA (Hons.) History (1973)
Quote: “Studying History taught me the value of context. In History, as in Law, context is everything.”

Lewis Quigley: NGO Information Officer

Lewis has worked with the UN, Oxfam, Plan International and now Concern Worldwide in a variety of advocacy and information roles.

Studied: BA History & Politics 2014, MSc. Development Practice
Quote: “The opportunity to debate and question prevailing narratives is invaluable.”

Michelle Connolly: Research Officer

Michelle works for the Dublin Simon Community, researching and advocating for the most vulnerable people in our society.

Studied: BA History & Spanish (2015), MA International Relations (2016)
Quote: “No matter what you study, the skills you develop during your degree will be applicable to any career path.”

Marketing and Communications

Aifric Connolly: PR Manager

Aifric has a background in Digital Marketing and worked at a variety of Social Media agencies before joining Lidl.

Studied: BA English & French 2015
Quote: “When I’m writing press releases or statements I use the exact skills I developed when I was studying.”

Conor Friel : Brand Ambassador

Conor works as a Brand Ambassador for Jameson in Argentina.

Studied: BA French & Spanish (2016), MSc Advertising
Quote: “Having a second and third language is always an amazing asset and has helped me secure my dream job!"

Jack Lahart: Head of Social Media

Before joining The Economist, Jack worked as a Parliamentary Researcher in Seanad Éireann.

Studied: BA History & Politics (2013) > MSc International Relations
Quote: “At UCD I gained an ability to deconstruct global trends and understand the world around me.”

Kieran O’Driscoll: Copywriter

Kieran is an award-winning copywriter in Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive. His brand portfolio includes AIB, Heineken, and FREE NOW.

Studied: BA English & History (2010), MA American Literature (2011)
Quote: “UCD taught me the value of sharing my thoughts with others - it’s often where great creative ideas get their start.”

Laura Costello: Senior Strategist

Laura worked in a variety of PR and marketing roles before Joining Thinkhouse, the youth marketing agency.

Studied: BA English & Philosophy (2013), MPhil in Popular Literature
Quote: "Studying human existence through Philosophy and literature at UCD is one of the most rewarding things I ever did.”

Michael O’Keeffe: CEO

Michael is CEO of Teneo Ireland, a global specialist in corporate communications, brand strategy, marketing and sponsorship.

Studied: BA History & Politics (1998), MA European Studies
Quote: “My education in UCD encouraged me to be deeply inquisitive and to seek new ways to solve problems.”

Media and Journalism

Amy O’Brien: Assistant Producer

Amy worked in RTÉ and is now TV producer for The Tonight Show at Virgin Media. She started her broadcast career at, UCD’s radio station, Belfield FM.

Studied: BA History & Politics (2015), MA Broadcast Production
Quote: “My degree has been an essential foundation to my understanding of everything in the political world.”

Christina Finn: Political Reporter

Christina worked as a political reporter for the for three years before being appointed Political Correspondent in 2019.

Studied: BA English & Art History (2006), MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy
Quote: “Returning to UCD for my Masters helped teach me about the business side of the art world.”

Dee Reddy: Podcaster & Broadcaster

Dee is resident podcaster at Intercom and a contributor for The Last Word on Today FM. Previously she worked at Newstalk.

Studied: BA History (2004)
Quote: “The world opened up for me at UCD; academically, socially and professionally. Relish your time there.”

Fintan O’Toole: Columnist / Writer

Fintan is one of Ireland’s most renowned journalists and influential public intellectuals, who writes across a broad range of topics including politics, history, culture and the arts.

Studied: BA English & Philosophy (1978)
Quote: “The teachers that I encountered here are still models for my thinking.”

Jack Power: News Reporter

After editing the UCD College Tribune, Jack became a staff reporter for The Irish Times. In 2019 he won national Young Journalist of the Year.

Studied: BA History & Politics (2016)
Quote: “Studying History and Politics was crucial in learning how to really think critically, pick apart issues, and ask the right questions.”

Ryan Tubridy: Broadcaster

Ryan is one of Ireland’s leading media figures and presents his daily radio show The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on RTÉ Radio 1 as well as The Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

Studied: BA History & Classics (1994)
Quote: “Studying History develops your curiosity, and gives you a great grounding for life.”


Banking and Finance

Aengus Kelly

CEO, AerCap

Gerard Dwyer

Vice-President Business Finance, Rivian

Mary Ishabiyi

Corporate Audit Analyst, Bank of America

Olivia Maguire

Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Sarah Yates

Principal, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan


Aimee Connolly

CEO & Founder, Sculpted by Aimee

Charlie Gleeson

CEO and Founder, Zipp Mobility

Dylan McMahon

Co-Founder & Growth Director, Kendamil

Jack Pierse

Co-Founder & CFO, Wayflyer

Jack Teeling

Founder & Managing Director, Teeling Whiskey Company

Will McMahon

Co-Founder & Commercial Director, Kendamil


Lorna Conn

CEO, Cpl

Mary Quaney

CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power

Shaun T.Kelly

former Global COO, KPMG International

Management Consultancy

Alexandra Bolster

Consulting Development Analyst at Accenture

Andrew McDowell


Kaiwei Lei

Senior Associate, PwC


Andy Lynch

Global Product Marketing Lead, Youtube

Breege O’Donoghue

Brand Ambassador, Primark

Galvea Kelly

CMO, Spotter

Molly O’Dwyer

Marketing Science Partner, Meta

Stephen Rust

MD, Empathy Connects


Declan Walsh

Journalist, The New York Times

Gavan O’Reilly

Political Correspondent, Virgin Media Television

Joe Lynam

Broadcaster, Newstalk

Niamh Tallon

Founder, HerSport

Shaunagh Connaire

Director of Communications and Media, The Clooney Foundation for Justice

Public Service

Jane-Ann McKenna

CEO, Dóchas


Eimear Lambe

Olympic Medalist & Business Consultant, EY

Georgie Kelly

Professional Football Player

Patrick Flanagan

Paralympian &Financial Consultant, Mazars

Technology and Communication

Feargal Hynes

Executive Director, Druid Theatre Company

Jules Colman

Founder & CTO, Resi

Paul Byrne

CEO & President, Zai

Toluse Akinlabi

Senior Account Manager, Google


Business & Innovation

Clare Cosgrove

VP at JP Morgan

Dave O’Reilly

Former Chairman & Chief Executive

David Burke

Engineering Manager

Dervilla Mitchell


Don Godson

Former Chief Executive

Donal Hutchinson

Managing Director

Eddie O’Connor

Founder & Chief Executive

Eimear O’Flynn

Corporate Communications CRH

Erin Betts

Chief Engineer at NASA

Fiona O’Sullivan

Senior Projects Manager (Capital Projects) Iarnrod Eireann

Frederick Barry

Managing Director

Gabriel D’Arcy

Managing Director

Niamh Shaw


Oliver Tattan

Chief Executive

Orna Ni Chionna

Royal Mail

Padraig McManus

Chief Executive

Rosari McCarthy

BMS Facilities Management Lead

Sarah Kent

CEO Kentech Group

Shay Garvey



Pat Kenny


Tom Dunne


Health Sciences

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Law and Advocacy

Ailsing Quinn

Founder & CEO of MoShoppa

Aisling, a Kildare native, founded AI e-commerce platform, MoShoppa, shortly after her graduation. Foregoing a training contract with a leading law firm, she switched careers at an early stage to drive her tech start-up, and credits UCD for giving her the skills and self-belief to take this road less travelled.

Dr Andrew Butler

Barrister at Thorndon Chambers

Dr Andrew Butler is a litigator with significant experience before New Zealand’s higher courts in commercial, trusts and public law litigation. Much of his work, in particular in human rights, is high profile including issues like prisoner voting rights, assisted dying, extradition, tax avoidance and media mergers.

Fiona McEntee

Immigration Lawyer and Managing Partner of McEntee Law Group

Fiona is Founding and Managing Partner of McEntee Law Group in Chicago. You may recognize her from, BBC and RTE, where she provides her expertise on immigration law. Fiona is the Chair of the Media & Advocacy Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and has recently published her first book 'Our American Dream'.

Kara Kelly

Assistant Producer & Reporter - RTÉ Sport

Kara began her career as a legal secretary. In 2012, she got a job as a runner in RTÉ and in 2017, she went on to work as an EVS operator and assistant producer for a number of companies such as Setanta Sports & Virgin Media. She also continued working for RTÉ as a researcher & producer and in 2020 secured a job as a sports reporter for RTÉ.

Karen Banks

Deputy Director-General, European Commission Legal Service

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1979, Karen practised law for two years before going to the LSE to do a Masters’ Degree in 1982. She started working for the Legal Service of the EU Commission in 1983, and worked in various teams of that Service before becoming first Director and now Deputy Director General.

Science, Computer Science & Actuarial Science

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Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Mr. Dermot Weld

Horse Racing

Mr. John Oxx

Horse Racing

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