Barbara O’Connell, CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Barbara O’Connell, CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has been named the Newstalk Women Mean Business Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.  The award honours Barbara for her work in founding Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and being a leading advocate for those with a brain injury and their families.

Barbara graduated from UCD Smurfit School of Business in 2000 with an MBA (Health Services Management).

In presenting Barbara with the award Rosemary Delaney, Publisher WMB – the Irish Magazine for Businesswomen – and Judge of Newstalk WMB Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardsaid, “Change makers are few and far between.  Barbara possesses that rare passion, drive and tenacity necessary to make a difference to how the world approaches a challenge, especially a life-threatening one. Most importantly, through Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, she provides a workable solution. Barbara has set the bar high but when it comes to people, nothing less should be acceptable.”

Barbara co-founded ABI Ireland in 2000 following personal experience of the lack of services for those with an acquired brain injury.