|Farmleigh Fellows 2012|
Participants' Profiles on the 2012 MBS in Asian Business
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Aidan Gallagher - Ireland House
Aidan has a Bachelor of Business and Management from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. After graduation, he worked with the Hyatt Hotel group Singapore in F&B operations. He was attracted to the Fellowship chiefly because of the work/study element of the programme combined with his interest in Asian Business. Aidan worked on a project for Ireland House and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Alan O’Sullivan – PCH International
Alan holds a BSc in Business Information Systems from UCC and an MBS International Business from the Michael Smurfit Business School. After graduation, he worked in the procurement department at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Dublin. Alan felt that the Fellowship provided a unique opportunity to gain direct business experience in Asia, combined with a platform to launch his career in the region. He was sponsored by PCH International and was based in Shenzhen, China for the duration of his work placement.
Alan is currently working in Beijing with H&K International.
Amy Coghlan – China International Duty Free
Amy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Studies. Her degree included one year at Tongji University China, studying Business and Mandarin. Before starting the Fellowship, Amy worked as a Research Manager at GLG Research. This role involved networking and collaborating with international clients, while researching the consumer goods and services industries. Amy viewed the Fellowship as a chance to pursue a defining career move to Asia, while building on her international experience. She was sponsored by China International Duty Free and was based in Shanghai for her work placement.
Amy is currently based in Singapore working for CIDF and is reponsible for Business Development and Account Management.
Barry Keane – Saongroup
Barry has a BA in Business and Politics and an MPhil in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Before taking his place on the Fellowship, Barry worked in social media and digital marketing, managing Airtricity’s online presence. He has also worked for social media marketing agency Simply Zesty and at the Dublin Web Summit. Barry was attracted to the programme as it offers an immersive career-development opportunity. He was sponsored by Saongroup and was based in their Beijing headquarters for the duration of his work placement.
Barry is currently based in Dublin working in Sales Development for Swrve.
Cian Holland – Diageo
Cian has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to the Farmleigh Fellowship, he worked with the accountancy firm PwC and with recruitment firm Morgan McKinley. Cian chose the Fellowship due to its practical work experience element and unique mentoring program. He was sponsored by Diageo and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Cian is currently based in Jakarta working for H&K International.
Darragh Keenan - Cut-e
Darragh has a BA in Business and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. Following graduation, he worked in London for an IT firm where he provided business technology solutions to clients. He saw the Farmleigh Fellowship as an excellent platform to pursue a career in Asia. Darragh was sponsored by Cut-e, and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Darragh is currently based in Singapore working as a Product Services Manager with Cut-e.
Donal O’Mearain– Morgan McKinley
Donal graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a BSc in Marketing. Most recently, he has worked as brand manager for Simply Natural, an Irish agent for quality natural personal care products. Donal viewed the Fellowship as the perfect opportunity to pursue an MBS while gaining experience in Asian markets. He was be based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Donal is currently based in Dublin as a Marketing Executive for Jobs.ie.
Edward Murray - Saongroup
Edward has a BSc in Multimedia from Dublin City University. He also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies and a Barrister at Law Degree from the Honorable Society of Kings’ Inn. He was called to the Bar in the Supreme Court of Ireland in 2011 by the then Chief Justice Murray. The Fellowship attracted Edward as it presented a unique opportunity to advance his skills in an international environment, while learning about Asian business and culture. Edward was sponsored by Saongroup and was based in Beijing, China for the duration of his work placement.
Edward is currently working in Dublin with McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors in the Banking and Financial Services Deparment.
Elaine Kelly - Digicel
Elaine is a graduate of Dublin City University, where she obtained a BA in Business Studies. This included a one year internship in Bank of Ireland Securities Service. After graduation, Elaine worked for Mars Ireland. She then spent a year in Beijing, working and studying Mandarin. Elaine saw the Fellowship as a way to strengthen her knowledge of different Asian environments, while developing her career through combined work and study. She was sponsored by Digicel and was based between Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Singapore for the duration of her placement.
Elaine currently splits her time between Singapore and Myanmar as a Regional Project Manager for Digicel.
Grace Hughes - Blueacre Technology
Grace has a degree from Trinity College Dublin in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering. In the three years since graduating, she has worked in the Biomedical Industry as a Supply Chain Engineer for Abbott Vascular. Grace was attracted to the Fellowship as she was keen to gain international experience in the world’s most dynamic business region. She was sponsored by Blueacre Technology and was based in Singapore for the duration of her work placement.
Grace is currently based in Singapore as a Demand and Supply Planner for Apple.
Laura Kidd - China International Duty Free
Laura graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin in 2009. She subsequently spent two years as a second level Economics and Business teacher in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Following this, she worked as an intern with Citco Bank. Laura joined the Fellowship as she wished to pursue a Masters degree in business and felt that the combined emphasis on practical work and intensive study in Asia matched her career aspirations. She was sponsored by CIDF and was based in Hong Kong for the duration of her work placement.
Laura is currently based in Hong Kong as a North Asia Key Account Manager for CIDF.
Mairéad O’Reilly – Ireland House
Mairéad has a BA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to the Farmleigh Fellowship, she worked in film production in Paris, notably on the development of a feature film with the director Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia) about the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus. Mairéad joined the Farmleigh Fellowship as she wished to further her professional experience in Asia. She worked on a project for Ireland House with Enterprise Ireland and was based in Singapore for the duration of her work placement.
Michael Noble – Singapore Polytechnic Incubator
Michael is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He holds a BSc in Business and Enterprise from IADT, an MSc in International Business from The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and has undertaken strategic negotiation classes at Columbia Business School in New York. Throughout his college years, Michael founded a number of small businesses and viewed the Farmleigh Fellowship as an ideal platform for building a strong business network. He was based at Technology Transfer & Enterprise Centre, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore for the duration of his placement.
Michael is currently the Manager at Noble Solutions, a Vietnamese Business Advisory group based in Hanoi.
Miguel Fitzgerald - Treasury Holdings China
Miguel has a BSc in Real Estate from the Dublin Institute of Technology. During his studies, he worked with some of the leading names in the industry and was part of the winning team in the 2010 RICS European Real Estate Challenge. Miguel 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 was sponsored by Treasury Holdings China and was based in Shanghai for the duration of his work placement.
Miguel is currently with Savills Dublin undertaking APC training to become a Chartered Surveyor.
Niall O Cuilleanain - Abbott
Niall graduated from University College Dublin with a BE (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering, after which he studied and worked in France, Austria (aerospace systems engineering) and Taiwan (Mandarin Chinese). Niall saw the Fellowship as an ideal route to complement his technical and linguistic background with professional business experience in Asia. He was sponsored by Abbott Nutrition and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Niall Lagrue - CRH
Niall holds a BE (Electrical) from University College Cork and an MSc in Engineering Management from Brunel University London. Prior to the Fellowship, he worked in Japan, Silicon Valley and the UK in application engineering and product marketing roles for both Japanese and Western technology companies. Niall saw the Fellowship as the optimum platform to accelerate his career in Asia. He was sponsored by CRH and was based in Beijing for the duration of his work placement.
Niall is currently working with Fexco in Kerry, Ireland as an analyst.
Niamh Gorry – Ireland House
Niamh holds a first class MA in Russian and French from The University of Glasgow. She has worked in the Don State Technical University where she taught and aided international student relations. During her time in Russia, she contributed articles to the BBC ‘Foreigners in Russia’ blog. She pursued the Fellowship in order to gain first-hand experience of international business in Asia. Niamh worked with Ireland House in Singapore for the duration of her work placement.
Qian (Joyce) Zhuang - China International Duty Free
Joyce holds a BA in International Business Management from the American College Dublin, as well as an MSC in Finance and Capital Markets from Dublin City University. Prior to the Fellowship, she worked as a Marketing Executive for a variety of different export trading companies in China and Ireland. She felt that the Fellowship provided a superb opportunity to improve her professional business skills. As the first Chinese student on the program, her aim was to become an effective link builder between Asia and Europe. Joyce was sponsored by CIDF and was based in Dubai for the duration of her work placement.
Sam Coyne – ESB International
Sam holds a BComm in Business and Chinese Studies from University College Dublin. He has studied at Beijing Language and Culture University and also spent a year on scholarship at Renmin University of China where he attended the International MBA program and studied Mandarin. Sam felt that the Fellowship was a perfect opportunity to further develop his expertise and career in Asia, particularly as it offers professional experience alongside the MBS. Sam was sponsored by ESB International and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Sam is currently based in Hong Kong as an Account Manager for Intuition Publishing Ltd.
Sean Lavin – Connect Ireland
Sean has a BA in History and Sociology from NUI Maynooth and a Post Grad in Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Prior to the Farmleigh Fellowship, he worked in IT sales for 3 years. Sean was attracted to the programme due to its practical work element and unique mentoring program. He was sponsored by Connect Ireland and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Sean is currently based in Dublin as a Business Development Manager for Quantcast.
Shane Fitzgerald - Diageo
Shane holds a Masters in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a BA in English and Sociology from University College Dublin. He has worked as a researcher for the CIPA public affairs consultancy and as a policy analyst and project manager for the Institute of International and European Affairs. In these roles, he ran grant-funded research and communications projects and was responsible for media relations, marketing and membership recruitment. Shane was looking for an opportunity to deepen his understanding of Asian economies, business environments, public administrations and cultures. He was sponsored by Diageo and was based in Singapore for the duration of his work placement.
Shane is now based in Singapore as a Consultant working on Public Policy and Community Investment Initiatives for Diageo's Asia Pacific Business.
Stephen Dwyer – DPS Engineering
Stephen has a BA in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in e-Business from the Smurfit Business School. He was one of the founders of mylunch.ie, where he managed client interaction and online marketing, moving on to advertising sales following the company’s acquisition by the Irish Times Group. Stephen saw the Farmleigh Fellowship as a major stepping stone to developing a career in Asia. He was sponsored by DPS Engineering and was based in Singapore for his work placement.
Stephen is currently based in Singapore working for DPS Education and Training.