|Farmleigh Fellows 2013|
Participants' Profiles on the 2013 MBS in Asian Business
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Aisling Hayes - SaonGroup
Aisling holds a BComm in Business and Chinese Studies from University College Dublin. She spent a year studying at Renmin University in Beijing where she studied Mandarin and Chinese culture. Aisling feels that the Farmleigh Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to deepen her knowledge of business in Asia, the combination of practical experience while studying is a tremendous opportunity to launch her career in the region. Aisling is sponsored by Saongroup and will be based in Beijing for the duration of her placement.
Brian O’Rorke – ESBI
Brian has a BE in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an MSc conducted through research in marine renewable energy. Following this Brian worked in Ireland’s National Ocean Test Facility in a technology development and project coordination role which involved both engineering and consortium management activities. More recently Brian has worked for the Irish government as an energy policy analyst where his role involved identifying future scenarios for the sustainable development of Ireland’s natural energy resources. Brian hopes the Farmleigh programme will allow him to develop his business skills to complement his technical background in the energy industry. Brian is sponsored by ESB International in a business development role for the Asia/Pacific market based out of Singapore.
Conor Keenan – PCH International
Conor graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology from UCD and a Masters in Business Management from The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Prior to the Farmleigh Fellowship he interned with the consultancy firm Accenture in New York and also worked in the financial services sector with J.P. Morgan in Dublin. He is pursuing the Fellowship in order to gain a detailed knowledge of the different Asian environments and to further develop his career through the combined work and study elements of the Fellowship. Conor is sponsored by PCH International and will be based in China for the duration of his work placement.
David Ahern – H&K International
Dave has a degree in international business and Japanese from Dublin City University. After graduation, he spent 12 years working and living in Asia. Prior to joining the Farmleigh Fellowship, Dave worked for investment bank Morgan Stanley in Singapore and Japan. Dave joined the Farmleigh Fellowship to build up his academic knowledge and strengthen business and cultural engagements between Ireland and Asia. Dave is sponsored by H&K International and will be based in Osaka, Japan for the duration of his work placement.
David Hegarty – Digicel
David holds a BA in History and Sociology from UCC, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD and a Masters in Advanced Accounting from the University of Ulster. David is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Member of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers. After graduation, David worked for a number of Irish companies in Senior Finance roles including the Jurys Doyle Group, Ballymore Properties and Howard Holdings up to European Finance Director Level. David has also worked in Senior Management roles including with the Citizens Information Phone Services. He has also lectured in Accounting with University College Cork and BPP Professional Education. David feels the Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to gain direct business experience in Asia, combined with a platform to develop his career in the region. He is sponsored by Digicel and will be based in the Asia-Pacific region for the duration of his work placement.
David Kavanagh - China International Duty Free
David Kavanagh graduated in 2012 from Dublin City University with a B.A. in International Business and Japanese. As part of his degree he spent a year living in Japan where he studied at Kobe University. He applied to the Farmleigh Fellowship because he saw it as an ideal platform to expand his knowledge and experience of international business in Asia. He is sponsored by China International Duty Free and will be based in Japan for the duration of placement.
Edmund Burke– EU Delegation
Edmund graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies. He then moved to London where he qualified as a solicitor. He trained with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms. After working in Moscow and London, Edmund returned to Dublin where he took up a position with UPC, the Irish affiliate of Liberty Global, Inc. Edmund has a keen interest in international business and feels that the Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to gain direct business experience in some of the most exciting markets in East Asia. Edmund will be based in Singapore with the EU Delegation (Trade and Economics Section) for the duration of his placement.
Fiachra Mullen - China International Duty Free
Fiachra graduated from University College Dublin with first class honours in BComm with Chinese Studies. He has spent two years under scholarship in China, initially taking MBA classes in Renmin University and then completing a Diploma in Mandarin and Chinese Culture at Zheijiang University. He has spent time working for both KPMG and Enterprise Ireland's Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre, as well as over five years engaged independently in the areas of marketing and brand development. Fiachra believes that the Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to build upon his existing professional experience and knowledge of Asia, while providing an excellent platform for development of career opportunities in the region. Fiachra is sponsored by CIDF and will be based in Shanghai for the duration of his work placement.
Fintan Ryan - Enterprise Ireland
Fintan graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in History, Politics and Social Studies. He subsequently worked in South Korea for over two years teaching. He has most recently completed a Higher Diploma in Contemporary Chinese Business and Culture from University College Cork which brought him to Guangzhou in China to study Mandarin. Fintan also completed an education marketing internship with the University of Limerick’s Beijing office. He has joined the Fellowship as it offers a unique opportunity to combine practical work and study in Asia. He will be based in Ireland House with Enterprise Ireland in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
James Coyle - MKO Partners
James holds a MSc in International Business from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BA in Economics from University College Dublin. Upon graduation, James gained experience working in the collective investment scheme industry with BNYMellon in London, Citigroup and the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin. Having travelled extensively and gaining international work experience in sales and marketing in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, James believes that the Farmleigh Fellowship is a perfect platform to kickstart a career in Asian international business. James is sponsored by MKO Partners and will be based in Singapore for the duration of his placement.
Louise Sugrue - Cut-e
Louise has a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from TCD and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Queens University Belfast. Having worked in business development and key account management for the past number of years, she applied to the Fellowship to enhance her credentials with a business qualification and to gain invaluable experience in Asia. Louise will work with Cut-e in their Singapore office.
Mark Galvin – Ireland House
Mark holds a BSc in Business and Enterprise from IADT and also holds an MA in Public Relations from DIT. During his college years, Mark was involved in not only enterprise but also social enterprise ventures. Mark considers life not just a challenge but also an adventure, he has travelled the world mountaineering, running and rowing and hopes that the Farmleigh Fellowship can enable him to open doors for not just inward foreign direct investment but also Irish exports into the most tumultuous, dynamic and lucrative region on earth. Mark will be based at Ireland House working for the Embassy of Ireland for the duration of his placement.
Mary O’Connell – CRH
Mary graduated with a degree in Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Since graduating in 2008, she spent over four years in the construction industry in London as an engineer for Laing O'Rourke, gaining invaluable experience on high profile projects including Farringdon Station Redevelopment and City of Westminster Magistrates Court. Mary was attracted to the Fellowship because of the unique career development opportunity in an exciting business region while building on her international experience. She is sponsored by CRH and will be based in Beijing for the duration of her work placement.
Olwyn O’Dwyer Duggan - Glanbia
Olwyn graduated in 2012 from University College Dublin with a BComm in Business and Chinese Studies, during which she spent a year studying Mandarin and Chinese culture in Renmin University of China. Olwyn was attracted to the Farmleigh Fellowship for its combined study and practical work experience. She sees the programme as an excellent opportunity to develop her career in Asia. Olwyn is sponsored by Glanbia Nutritionals and will be based in Shanghai for the duration of her work experience.
Paul Dillon - Digicel
Paul is a graduate of NUIG where he obtained a Bachelor of Corporate Law (2004) and an LLB (2005). He also completed a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland in 2008. Paul qualified into the Corporate and Commercial Department of Matheson in 2010 with a primary focus on corporate finance, cross border and domestic mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. The overwhelming attraction of the Fellowship for Paul was the unique learning and working opportunity it provides and the opportunity to transition into a more international commercial role. He is sponsored by Digicel and will be based in Myanmar for the duration of his work placement.
Philip Dunne - Connect Ireland
Philip graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and initially worked in the financial sector in Dublin. He subsequently completed a Masters in International Relations in DCU and spent the following number of years studying and working in business development roles in China, helping businesses take advantage of the rapidly growing market. Philip was attracted to the Farmleigh Fellowship due to its excellent reputation and work-study balance. He will be based in Shanghai with Connect Ireland.
Shaun Gavigan - IDA Ireland
Shaun has a BA in History and Politics from NUI Galway and a MA in Politics from Queens University Belfast. Prior to the Farmleigh Fellowship, he worked with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dublin for over 3 years. He was attracted to the programme as it represented an excellent opportunity to help build new economic and cultural ties between Ireland and Asia. Shaun is sponsored by IDA Ireland and will be based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Sophie McGirr – China International Duty Free
Sophie has a BA in French and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She spent a year working as a Language Assistant in a secondary school in France before moving to the Middle East where she spent three yearsworking as an airhostess for two international airlines in the region. Sophie sees the Farmleigh Fellowship as the perfect opportunity to gain professional experience within the Asian business environment. Her sponsor company is China International Duty Free.
Tim Mulligan - Diageo
Tim holds a Diploma in Business Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from University College Dublin. He also obtained a credit analyst certification from New York University’s Stern School of Business. After graduation Tim spent three years in London working for Standard and Poor’s structured finance division. Tim was attracted to the Fellowship because of the unique opportunity to work and study in one of the world’s most dynamic business regions. He is sponsored by Diageo and will be based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Xiaoyu He - Abbott
Xiaoyu holds a Bsc in Food Science from University College Cork, Ireland and Northeast Agriculture University, China, having taken part in a cooperative education programme between Ireland and China. Following this, Xiaoyu completed her Research Masters in Food Safety at University College Dublin. She has also worked as a technologist at the Irish dairy research centre, Teagasc Moorepark and at Glanbia. She sees the Fellowship as an important step to achieve her career goals by combining her technical skills with business experience. Xiaoyu is sponsored by Abbott and will be based in Singapore for the duration of her work placement.