Deirdre Mortell

Co-Founder and CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland

About Deirdre Mortell

Deirdre is CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at CONNECT, Trinity College Dublin.

Deirdre has twenty years’ experience of changing the world one step at a time. Sometimes by leading and sometimes by contributing in a team setting to delivering high growth or a step change in impact in Ireland’s leading non-profit organisations. Deirdre has been CEO of ONE Foundation, which pioneered venture philanthropy in Ireland and Europe. While a Board member of EVPA, she co-authored “Establishing a Venture Philanthropy Fund in Europe – A Practical Guide”, one of EVPA’s most popular publications. She has held senior roles in fundraising & communications in Oxfam and Barnardos, and held multiple Board directorships. Uniting all this is Deirdre’s passion for social change, both globally and locally in Ireland, and the power both of philanthropy and the ordinary citizen to change things – often faster than we think. She especially loves doing start-ups, having done 7 in the last ten years.

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