Maria McDonagh holds an Honours Bachelor of the Laws Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from the National University of Ireland Galway and has over ten years’ professional experience across the academic, retail and financial services sectors in Ireland.
Maria’s core areas of competence include business development, communications and marketing. Having worked as a consultant for over three years within the academic sector, Maria has been involved in the development and growth of a number of private training and start-up companies. She also holds specialist expertise in regulation and compliance and has comprehensive experience in designing bespoke quality assurance systems, conducting system audits and implementing and supporting revised systems. Maria joined GMIT in GMIT as Programme Manager within the School of Science and Computing. She currently acts as the main interface between GMIT and Industry, enabling successful collaborations in research and training. She is also involved in the development of a number of research proposals within the Department of Natural Sciences
Role in relation to CEF project: Maria is the Project Manager of Creating Entrepreneurs in Food. With extensive experience within the discipline of excellence in project implementation and delivery, Maria will be responsible for the overall management of the project, ensuring strategic execution of the project’s aims and objectives. Her prime focus will be implementing the project schedule and coordinating activities detailed in the methodology. Maria will also provide significant due diligence and administrative support throughout the duration of the project to ensure the core goals are achieved.