2020 Alumni Awardees

2020 DCU Alumni Awards Ceremony

The annual DCU Alumni Awards took place on Wednesday, 8th July 2020. The virtual ceremony, hosted by Zainab Boladale (BA Journalism, 2017), celebrated the wonderful achievements of our alumni across the world. With eleven awardees added to the Alumni Wall and six awardees for outstanding achievement, we had a fantastic evening of celebration, entertainment and recognition of our DCU community.

Universities choose their Mission Statements very carefully. At DCU we are dedicated to 'Transforming Lives and Society'. Each year the Alumni Awards provide us with an opportunity to honour our extraordinary graduates who have done that through their profession and passion. In honouring them we renew the commitment to our great mission, and we celebrate our graduates as an inspiration to students, staff, and supporters.

- Professor Dáire Keogh, President

Please relive our virtual Alumni Awards ceremony by watching the broadcast below.










2020 Alumni Awards Booklet

2020 Alumni Awards Recipients

Alumni Wall

The Alumni Wall Awards are dedicated to role models for current students due to success in a field of importance for the university and are selected by their respective Faculty of study.

DCU Business School


Caoimhe de Barra 

CEO of Trócaire

BA International Marketing and Languages, DCU, 1992


Daire Browne 

COO Global Research for Bank of America  

MSc Investment and Treasury, DCU, 1994


DCU Institute of Education

Dr Michael Finneran 

Head of Department, Drama and Theatre Studies, Mary Immaculate College, (University of Limerick)

BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1996

Prof Dympna Devine 

Full Professor of Education and Director of the PhD in Children and Youth Studies, University College Dublin

BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1984


Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Eleanor Hayes Meritt 

Senior Vice President at Oracle

BSc Computer Applications, DCU, 1990

John Martin 

President, The Cavan Group

BEng Electronic Engineering, DCU, 1986


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

 Colonel Mark Hearns 

Director of Logistics and Court Martials Administrator, Irish Defence Forces

MA International Relations, DCU, 2002

 Áine Kerr 

Co-Founder and COO, Kinzen

BEd, St Patrick's College, 2002 and MA Journalism, DCU, 2005

Faculty of Science and Health

Angela Okemena Unufe-Kennedy 

Founder of Migrant and Minority Disability Network Europe (MMDNE)

BSc Nursing (Intellectual Disability), DCU, 2013

 Conor Burke 

Director of Innovation and Systems Engineering, Global Device Engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals 

BSc Physics with French, DCU,1999 and PhD Physics (Research), DCU, 2004


DCU Connected

 Anthony Bolton 

CIO and CTO Global Telecommunications, End User Services and Infrastructure in General Motors

BA Humanities, DCU, 2007 and MSc Internet Systems, DCU, 2010 (Oscail)


Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Achievement Awards recognise outstanding achievement at a national or international level in a thematic area and are selected by the President and the Alumni Office.

Arts, Culture and Creativity

Pat McCabe 


BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1974


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Daráine Mulvihill 

Reporter / Researcher, Radió Teilifís Éireann

BA Communication Studies, DCU, 2005


Innovation and Technology

Sinéad Strain 

Head of Global Markets Trading Platform and Marquee Engineering, Goldman Sachs 

BSc Computer Applications, DCU, 1992



David Lloyd 

Vice-Chancellor and President at University of South Australia

BSc Applied Chemistry, DCU, 1995 and PhD Chemistry (Research), DCU, 1999


Societal Impact

Mary Mulvihill, 1959-2015 (posthumously) 

Science writer and broadcaster,  Founder of Women in Technology and Science.

Graduate Diploma in Journalism, DCU, 1988



Tadhg Furlong 

Professional Rugby Player (British and Irish Lions, Ireland and Leinster)

Bachelor of Business Studies, DCU, 2014