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Fulbright Commission Staff

DaraWebsitePic Dr Dara FitzGerald
Executive Director
Email:
info@fulbright.ie
Phone:

01.660.7670
Dara is the Executive Director. He has a BSc and PhD in Biology & IT from Maynooth University and University College Cork, and has worked in IT and biomedical applications for 20 years. Dara has founded and headed up a number of companies and he acted as the US Federal Liaison for Enterprise Ireland in Washington DC and Dublin.
staff2 Ms Sonya McGuinness
Awards Manager & EducationUSA Advisor
Email:
sonya.mcguinness@fulbright.ie
Phone:

01.230.9803
Sonya is the Awards Manager & EducationUSA Advisor and has been with the Commission since 2002. Sonya has a B.A. from University College Dublin and an H.Dip. in Business and Information Technology from Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin.
Ms Emma Loughney
Communication & Administration Manager
Email:
emma.loughney@fulbright.ie
Phone:

01.230.9802
Emma is the Communication and Administration Manager. She has a BA in Italian & Archaeology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin. Emma spent time working in New York before joining the Fulbright Commission in June 2014. She was Co-organiser of TEDxFulbrightDublin 2016.
Ms Paula Melvin
Awards Administrator
Email:
paula.melvin@fulbright.ie
Phone:

01.230.9803
Paula is the Student Awards Administrator. She is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and has a Masters in Journalism and Communications through Irish from University College Dublin. Paula is an elected member of Conradh na Gaeilge’s Executive Committee. Cuireann sí fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras trí Ghaeilge i gcónaí.
Ms Katayoun (Kat) Shelley
Executive Assistant
Email:
kat.shelley@fulbright.ie
Phone:

01.230.9801
Kat is the Executive Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington. She is a Fulbright Alumna to Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic and a veteran of the US Air Force.