Rónán Ó Dálaigh

OLBIOS CORRESPONDENT IRELAND

Ronan is from Dublin, Ireland and is a social entrepreneur. As a teenager he represented Ireland on the Irish Karate Squad, was Captain of his Gaelic football team and President of his student council. In November 2013 he was presented with the Irish Presidential Youth Award, a Gold Gaisce Medal. Ronan worked for Unilever as a Financial Business Partner and oversaw Unilever Ireland’s sales to the convenience sector, worth approximately €30m per annum. In 2014 he graduated top of his class with a degree in Business and Irish and was awarded the Dublin City University Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievements, specifically; Co-founding and chairing the Raising And Giving Society (subsequently Ireland’s fastest growing youth charity), a student society the aim of which is to empower students through volunteering, fundraising and social enterprise development. In its first year the RAG society was the largest society in DCU, won the award for Ireland’s Best New College Society and fundraised over €100,000. Being elected the chairperson of the DCU Student Union Council and successfully leading the campaign for DCU Students’ Union to re-‐affiliate to the national Union of Student’s in Ireland after a ten year absence. Helping to establish Na Gaeil .ga, Ireland’s first Irish language GAA club outside of a Gaeltacht. Ronan represented Ireland as the winner of the global Enactus competition for social enterprise in 2012 and has also represented the young people of Ireland as a delegate to the European Union, UNESCO, One Young World and the United Nations. In 2015 he was elected a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is a member of ChangemakerXChange, the world’s largest social enterprise collaboration network for social entrepreneurs under thirty. Ronan is currently founding a new social enterprise, SEDCo, which is aiming to have a transformational impact on Irish society.

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