Fionnuala (as the name suggests) is Irish, born in Ghana now living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and son. She brings a wealth of life experience and passion to building teams and organisations that release inherent creativity and that enable people to thrive. Appointed as Director innovation for a European SME she built within 3 years a Centre valued at €30 million by external investors; Asked to develop a business plan for a shared Knowledge Centre for a manufacturing sector she gained agreement (and a million € budget) from 27 companies within 6 weeks; She was a co-founder of the Global Leader Academy and today she is Chief Executive of the ecl foundation.
She has lived and worked in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands and has worked with organisations from Brazil to Japan, from Finland to South Africa. She brings with her a rather unusual background that includes scientific research (doctorate Trinity College, Dublin) educational practice (senior researcher within the Faculty of Education University of Applied Science Arnhem and Nijmegen) and business. With more than twenty years of experience in roles such as director of research and innovation, she has led or been deeply involved with innovation and transformation processes.
In her quest to better understand and support such processes she has become a trained facilitator of organizational transformation (Barrett Values Centre), a certified energy reader and healer (Avorach Centre) and systemic catalyst (Nowhere foundation). She has contributed to the anthology, ‘Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Excellence and Collective Intelligence in the Workplace Community’; authored a report for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs ‘Energy transition: A road to sustainable excellence’ and co-authored research articles such as, ‘Researching together: Learning about and with communities of knowledge and practice in primary education’ and ‘Making the invisible visible in the Education System using systemic research’ (2013). She is an active member of the Earth Charter, a woman of the Village of Felsőrákos in Rumania (where she taught English to children aged 4 to 16 and where she was married) and an active youth worker in her local community (co-organizing the Christmas musical for the last 10 years for children from 4 to 16).
To her new role within the foundation she brings her organizational talent, but more she brings her passion for releasing the creativity inherent in our children and young people.
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