Fulbright Commission Staff
Dr Dara FitzGerald
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 Paula Melvin
Senior Awards Manager
Paula is the Senior Awards Programme Manager. In September 2018 Paula presented the Commission’s Irish Language activities in the U.S. to a Joint Committee of Teachtaí Dála and Senators in Dáil Éireann. She is a graduate of Dublin City University and has a Masters in Journalism and Communications from University College Dublin, where she subsequently taught Irish. Paula was elected President of Conradh na Gaeilge in February 2022. She is also an alumna of the U.S. Embassy Dublin's National Youth Council. Cuireann sí fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras trí Ghaeilge i gcónaí.
Ms Aoife Drinan
Aoife is the Communications Officer with the Fulbright Commission. She has an international BA in History & History of Art and a Masters in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin. Aoife has worked in the arts, higher education and education inclusion sectors in Dublin, London and New York and before joining the Fulbright Commission in 2022.
Mr Anthony O'Malley
Awards Programme Officer
Anthony is the Awards Programme Officer for scholars with the Fulbright Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD and a Masters in Business Journalism from Baruch College- CUNY (City University of New York). Anthony spent twenty years in New York City where he lectured in economics, business, journalism and communications. He has travelled widely throughout the US and is the author of several books, from economics to poetry and short stories. He has worked on the Access Foundation Programme at TU Dublin and lectured in several private higher education institutions in Dublin. He is passionate about cycling and has climbed the Alps in France and Italy, and raced on the road, track and cross.
Ms Cecilia Rolfo
Cecilia is the Administrative Officer. She has a Bachelor in Audiovisual Communications and a Professor in Audiovisual Communications from National University of La Plata, Argentina. In 2011 Cecilia completed a postgraduate course with University Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Cecilia has worked in university administration for ten years and lived in Australia and New Zealand. She moved to Ireland in 2017 and completed a Management Diploma in IBAT College. In 2021 she completed a post-graduate course in Griffith College and a Masters in Digital Media and Marketing with ATU Ireland.