Holding an Honors Bachelor of the Laws Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from the National University of Ireland Galway, Maria McDonagh has over ten years’ professional experience across the academic, financial and legal service sectors in Ireland. Maria’s core areas of competence include business development, project management, 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 has recently been appointed as the Business Development Manager for Medicinal Nutrition in GMIT’s MET Gateway where she acts as the main interface between GMIT and Industry, promoting and coordinating industry training and research projects. Maria also manages a number of GMIT’s international funded research projects aimed at boosting food innovation.
Maria is the Project Manager for the Advancing Women in Agri-Food Rural Environments(AWARE) project. Maria has 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 support throughout the duration of the project to ensure the core goals are achieved