UCD Alumni Award Winners 2019
The UCD Alumni Awards proudly celebrates the outstanding achievements of our global alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to society. With nearly 300 thousand alumni living in over 165 countries around the world, the UCD network is influential, successful, active and truly international.
Previous awardees have been Olympians, Oscar winners, scientists, humanitarians, entertainers, innovators, poets, business leaders, politicians and educators. Representing the diversity of UCD, awards are presented in the following nine categories: Arts and Humanities; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Health and Agricultural Sciences; Law; Science; Social Sciences; Sport and Research, Innovation and Impact.
The 2019 UCD Alumni Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on Friday 22 November 2019. Be Inspired by the 2019 UCD Alumni Award winners below.
Dr Barbara Dawson
An astute observer of the international contemporary art scene and an outstanding curator, the first female director of Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, Dr Barbara Dawson has been one of the most significant figures in the Irish art world in recent decades.
The Belfast native was the global Chief Operating Officer for KPMG International, having retired in September 2019. During his time with KPMG, he ran the US tax practice and under his leadership KPMG served a long list of blue-chip American corporations.
A senior figure at Microsoft, Noelle Walsh leads the Cloud Operations and Innovations operation, a role that includes supply planning and strategic acquisition as well as global construction and data centre operations. Previously, she spent 25 years with the Dow Chemical Company, where she worked across multiple businesses.
Colin Ryan, one of Goldman Sachs’ top investment bankers in its technology, media and telecom group in San Francisco, joined the investment bank giant after his graduation from UCD. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions: Americas.
Dr John Bell
John Bell is the ‘Healthy Planet’ Director of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission in Brussels. As Director of European Commission DG Research and Innovation, since his appointment in 2014 John has been the leader in the development of the potential of the Bioeconomy.
Caroline Keeling is CEO of Keeling's, Ireland’s largest fruit and vegetable distributor, dating back to the 1920s. Since becoming CEO of the 100pc Irish-owned Keeling’s in 2013, Caroline has increased the company's turnover by 50pc and extended the brand to include five divisions, with operations in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Dr Sinéad Walsh
Sinéad Walsh is the EU Ambassador to South Sudan. She has worked for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2009. Prior to this, Sinéad served as the Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia and the Head of Irish Aid in the two countries, based in Freetown from 2011 to 2016.
Captaining the first ever Ireland team in any sport to reach a World Cup Final Katie, who is from Co Derry, helped UCD Hockey Club win several trophies.
Prof. Mary Horgan
A world-renowned expert in infectious disease, Professor Mary Horgan is the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland — the first female in this role since its establishment in 1654. She is a consultant in infectious diseases at Cork University Hospital.