IFAA Executive Board

Executive Officers


Anne Cleary, President

Dr Anne Cleary - president@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Anne Cleary is a lecturer in the School of Sociology, University College Dublin and her teaching and research interests are in the area of gender and health. Before joining UCD she worked in the Health Research Board and was later appointed to the board of the HRB. She is a former editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology and has undertaken research projects funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, the National Disability Authority and The Department of Social and Family Affairs. She was based in the University of California, Berkeley, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2010.

Vice President 

Sinéad Murnane, Vice President

Ms Sinéad Murnane - vicepresident@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Sinéad is a Research Fellow at the Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University and a Registered Yoga Teacher.

She held the Fulbright-CRH Award in Business Studies 2010-11, while conducting research for her doctoral thesis on technology and knowledge sharing in multi-disciplinary teams. Her research was carried out at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Honorary Secretary

Oisín Lyons, Honorary Secretary

Mr Oisín Fergal Lyons - secretary@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Oisín is a Data Scientist with the Research & Development team in the Aon Centre for Innovation & Analytics in Dublin. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. In 2011, he was awarded the Fulbright-GlenDimplex scholarship in Renewables to investigate the use of superhydrophobic surfaces in electronics cooling. He completed this research under the tutelage of Prof S Garimella at the CTRC at Purdue University, Indiana.

Membership Secretary

Anne Graham Cagney, Membership Secretary

Dr Anne Graham Cagney - membership@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Anne lectures in the School of Lifelong Learning & Education at Waterford Institute of Education.


Frances Fahy, Treasurer

Dr Frances Fahy - treasurer@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Frances is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Frances is an environmental geographer and is the coordinator and lead of the Horizon 2020 project, ENERGISE 'European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy'.

Frances is the current lead of the Socio-Economic and Policy Pillar of the Ryan Institute.  She is Chair of the Environment Development and Sustainability Cluster (Whitaker Institute) and Chair of the Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster in Geography at NUIG.  Frances is the past President of the Geographical Society of Ireland (2012-2014) and a past Chair of the Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) of the Royal Geographical Society (2007-2012).

Frances was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship Award in 2013-2014 and travelled to the US to conduct research on: Communicating Sustainability Research - Challenges, Opportunities and Dissemination Strategies.

Communications Officer

Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh, Communications Officer

Ms Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh - communications@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Lisa graduated with a BA in Modern Irish and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters in Communications with a focus on Media and the Irish language from University College Dublin. She was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at the University of Connecticut for the 2012-13 academic year. Lisa worked for two years in the role of Awards Manager at the Fulbright Commission and is now a Senior Executive Assistant at the National University of Ireland.

Bhain Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh bunchéim amach ó Choláiste na Tríonóide sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus san Fhealsúnacht, agus máistreacht i Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge le béim ar na meáin chumarsáide ó Choláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Ba Chúntóir Múinteoireachta i dTeanga Iasachta (FLTA) Fulbright í in Ollscoil Connecticut i rith na bliana acadúla 2012-13. Chaith Lisa dhá bhliain ag obair mar Bhainisteoir Dámhachtaine leis an gCoimisiún Fulbright agus is Cúntóir Feidmiúcháin Sinsearach í anois le hOllscoil na hÉireann.

Newsletter Editor

Teresa Lynn, Newsletter Editor

Dr Teresa Lynn - communications@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Teresa is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Irish Language Technology at The ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University. She holds both a BSc and a PhD in Computational Linguistics from DCU. Her PhD was also awarded by Macquarie University Sydney under a cotutelle agreement.

As a 2014-2015 Fulbright Enterprise Ireland Awardee, Teresa was a visiting research student at Saint Louis University in Missouri, during which time she focused her research on the use of the Irish language on Twitter. She subsequently shared her work in a Fulbright TEDx talk in 2016.

Teresa's previous appointments include Vice-President of Cumann Gaeilge na hAstráile in Melbourne, Australia.

Events Coordinator

Gráinne Cuffe, Events Coordinator

Ms Gráinne Cuffe

Gráinne is a Printmaker [etchings]. A graduate of IADT, and Central St. Martin’s, London, she was awarded a Fulbright in 1984 to do a Master Printmakers course in Tamarind Institute, New Mexico. A member of Graphic Studio, Dublin she also works in her own studio in Wicklow. She shows her work regularly at Royal Academy, London, RHA, Dublin and Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.

Board Members

Síobhra Aiken, IFAA Executive Board

Ms Síobhra Aiken

Síobhra Aiken is an IRC postgraduate scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a Fulbright FLTA scholar at Elms College in Massachusetts in 2013-2014 during which time she gave classes in Irish language and culture. She recently curated the exhibition 'Máirtín Ó Direáin: Fathach File/Reluctant Modernist' in NUI Galway, and co-edited the book 'The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O'Malley's Interviews with the Northern Divisions.'

Dr Liam Carr

Réamonn MacRéamoinn, IFAA Executive Board

Mr Réamonn MacRéamoinn

Réamonn is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) specialist and senior engineer working in Arup, Dublin. In 2005, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, with a degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (BA BAI).  After gaining working within industry as a civil engineering consultant in the design of roads and bridges, Réamonn was awarded the CRH-Fulbright award in 2013 to undertake a two year research masters at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A. Seeking to gain better understanding on influence of wind on bridges, Réamonn developed his knowledge and expertise in the field of CFD. In his current role, Réamonn utilises CFD to solve complex flow problems and he is concerned with a variety of applications including:

  • Fluid-structure interaction between wind and bridges;

  • Wind microclimate studies for residential and commercial developments;

  • Heat and pollutant dispersion of industrial facilities;

  • Fire and smoke modelling

Emer Mulligan, IFAA Executive Board

Dr Emer Mulligan

Dr Emer Mulligan is a senior lecturer in taxation and finance in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway and was Head of the School from 2009-2015. She completed her PhD on Tax Planning in Practice at the University of Warwick, UK. Dr Mulligan is an International Fellow at the University of Exeter’s Tax Administration Research Centre, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Tax Administration and Advances in Taxation. Dr Mulligan is currently leading a work package as part of a Horizon 2020 funded project entitled 'Revisioning the “Fiscal EU”; Fair, Sustainable, and Coordinated Tax and Social Policies’. She has published in a number of international peer reviewed journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, British Tax Review, and Financial Accountability & Management. Her research areas include tax planning in practice, tax and strategy, performance measurement of the tax function, tax risk management, tax lobbying, tax and pensions, and tax administration. She is particularly interested in the institutional and social dimensions of taxation in practice. 

In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright-CRH Scholar Award to carry out tax research in Harvard University, specifically in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation within the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Anthony Quinn, IFAA Executive Board

Dr Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn holds joint appointments as associate professor in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, and as research scientist in the Department of Adaptive Systems at the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague). His research and teaching focus on the representation of knowledge and uncertainty through probability, and he applies his work in signal processing, telecommunications and machine learning. A current focus is on distributed networks of sensors, and on the design of decision making schemes in these distributed learning environments.

He pursued topics of this kind during his one-year Fulbright scholarship with the renowned machine learning group at the University of California, Berkeley, from September 2016 to September 2017.


President Emeritus

Jimmy O'Brien Moran, President Emeritus

Dr Jimmy O'Brien Moran

Jimmy joined the IFAA board in 2009 and served as President from 2015-2017.

He was awarded his primary degree at WIT, where he now lectures, and his PhD at the University of Limerick. His academic interests centre around Irish traditional music manuscripts of the 19th century. During 2008 he spent five months at Boston College as a Fulbright Visiting Professor with a Culture Ireland-Fulbright award. He is considered to be one of Ireland's foremost uilleann pipers. A member of the group Scullion in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he now concentrates on solo performance.

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