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Deirdre Mortell

Deirdre Mortell

Social Innovation Fund, CEO

Deirdre Mortell is CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

She has built Social Innovation Fund Ireland from the ground up and is also CONNECT’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence. She 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, where she managed €80 million in social change grants over 10 years to 2013. Prior to this, she held senior roles in fundraising & communications in Oxfam and Barnardos. She has held multiple Board directorships in Ireland and at European level.

Uniting all this is Deirdre’s passion for social change, both globally and locally in Ireland, and the power both of philanthropy, technology, 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, including Jigsaw and Women for Election.