Shay Garvey
Founding Partner of Frontline Ventures; Chair, Genio

Shay Garvey, Chair
Shay Garvey is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most experienced early-stage technology investors in Europe. He has had a wide and varied career - covering corporates, startups and venture capital. Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised $600 million in nine funds through 3 different economic cycles. Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin and University of New Brunswick Canada. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. He is Chair of Genio and Board member of the Irish Times DAC.


Madeleine Clarke
Executive Director

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Madeleine Clarke is the founder and leader of Genio which is a European organisation based in Ireland working with philanthropy and the public sector at national and EU levels. In Ireland Genio works collaboratively to reform social service systems to re-configure resources towards cost-effective supports for people to live self-determined lives as valued and participating members of society. Genio combines fund-management, capacity-building, action research and impact-measurement to effect change in a citizen-centred, cost-effective direction. To date Genio has worked in mental health, disability, homelessness, dementia, drug addiction and persons seeking international protection. Madeleine leads the European Social Catalyst Fund established and co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Genio, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the King Baudouin Foundation. The European Social Catalyst Fund is providing financial and capacity-building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations within and across European Union Member States.  

Prior to establishing Genio Madeleine has held a number of leadership roles as a professional psychologist, manager and consultant to philanthropic, government and social service providing organisations. She has been chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (where she is currently a Board Director) which consists of 320 organisations interested in, or practising, venture philanthropy and social investment across 29 countries. She has been a Board Director of Social Venture Partners International and was the inaugural chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland.  Madeleine is an experienced and strategic leader, expert in complex systems change and has been dedicated throughout her 40 year career to bringing about sustainable improvements in the lives of people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. She holds an M.A. psychology, University College Dublin and M.Sc. [Econ.] University of Wales.

 


Barney Whelan
Former Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, An Post

Barney Whelan retired from An Post as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs in 2016. He is currently working on a number of exciting projects. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB from 1992 to 2002. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at safefood, The Food Safety Promotion Board. He is currently a Governor of the National Gallery and also sits on the Foundation Board of the National College of Ireland and the Board of Drinkaware. He has chaired a number of non-profit organisations over the years.


Donal de Buitléir
Director General (Acting) at Institute of International and European Affairs

Donal de Buitléir is Director General (Acting) at the Institute of International and European Affairs. He is also Chair of the Low Pay Commission and a Board Member of the RCSI Hospital Group. Donal was a member of the board of the Health Services Executive 2005-09. Previously he worked in AIB Group and in the Irish public service. He was Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-85. He was a member of a number of Government reviews in the areas of local government reform, integration of tax and welfare, business regulation, health funding and higher education. He is an Eisenhower Fellow.


Nick Ashmore
Chief Executive, The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Nick Ashmore is Chief Executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), Ireland’s promotional financial institution focused on the SME market, which provides finance through front line bank and non-bank lending institutions. Prior to taking up this role in December 2014 he served as Project Director during the setup of the SBCI. He joined the NTMA as part of the team managing the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) in 2006, where he served as Head of Private Equity and Infrastructure before becoming Deputy Director in 2011. Before joining the NTMA Nick was an Investment Manager with Greenaap Consultants Limited, a private family office. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Accountancy and UCC with an MSc in Management Practice and is also a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Jane Feighery
CEO & Executive Director, Forestry Partners

Jane Feighery is the CEO of Forestry Partners, a social enterprise which partners with businesses to plant forests in Ireland that provide permanent, verifiable carbon offsets while protecting and restoring our native woodlands and fostering biodiversity. Jane began working in a consultancy capacity as Fund Development Manager with Genio in 2019, joining the Genio Board of Directors in March 2020 as a Non-Executive Director. Prior to this Jane served as Head of Strategy for Books at One, a network of socially driven, financially sustainable bookshops in Ireland born out of The One Foundation. Jane provides consultancy and coaching services to entrepreneurs in the development of business strategies. She brings a blend of purpose and profit–driven expertise to her work, drawing on her experience with a diverse array of companies, sectors and markets during her time working with LinkedIn, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Bord Bia. She holds a BA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from The University of Manchester; a Post-grad Diploma in International Business Development from DIT; and a Post-graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD Smurfit’s Executive Business School. Over the last 8 years Jane become a dedicated practitioner and teacher of yoga, primarily of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Vinyasa Yoga. She is also a Certified Life Coach, Story Coach and Sales Coach.


Ciaran Murray
Chairman, ICON plc

Ciaran Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin in 1982 and subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following qualification, Ciaran gained extensive global experience working as an executive in the fast-moving consumer goods and technology sectors in Ireland, Italy, the UK and the US. Ciaran has been the Chairman of ICON plc since March 2017, served as Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 until March 2017 and was Chief Financial Officer from joining ICON plc in 2005 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. During his time with ICON plc, Ciaran was recognised for his leadership of ICON and the Contract Research Organisation (CRO) industry. Ciaran served as Chairman of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) which represents the CRO industry globally. In addition, Ciaran was named as a leader in CRO Innovation by PharmaVOICE100, a listing of the most influential people in the bio pharma industry. University College Dublin awarded Ciaran an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 2013 for his support of third level research and innovation in Ireland. In 2018, the Royal Dublin Society awarded Ciaran the RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise for making an exceptional impact on Irish industry and commerce.


Conor Hanley
President and CEO, Fire1

An experienced CEO, Board member and senior leader for large (NYSE publicly listed) and private (SMEs and venture backed) companies, Conor Hanley is currently CEO of FIRE1, a connected medical device solutions company dedicated to improving outcomes for people suffering from chronic diseases. He previously worked with ResMed where he held a number of senior management positions including leading up Chronic Disease management solutions globally, running the global Cardiology business unit and leading the Ventures and Initiatives global business unit. Prior to ResMed, Conor was CEO and co-founder of BiancaMed, a venture capital backed connected medical device company. BiancaMed was acquired by ResMed in 2011. Conor was awarded a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from INSEAD, and a B.E. from University College Dublin (UCD). He has been appointed an adjunct associate professor at UCD. Conor has completed the Leadership4Growth program at Stanford University and is a qualified Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors, UK. Conor’s board experience includes APC Ltd, HealthBeacon and chair of the Irish MedTech association.

Genio
19-21 Westland Square
Pearse St., Dublin 2, D02 YH27, Ireland
Phone +353 1 707 1700
Email [email protected]

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