Fulbright Commission Staff

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.

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.