About The Speaker
With over 30 years of professional experience, Fiona is an educational visionary and an academic leader who uses a human-centred, problem-solving mindset (design thinking) to innovate and radically reimagine teaching, research and civic engagement. Fiona is the Head of the School of Education; a Senior Lecturer in PE and Sport Pedagogy at University College Cork; a Design Thinking Coach (licensed by the Hasso Plattner Institute); a Design Sprint Coach; a Programme Co-Director of the PGDip in Innovation through Design Thinking; and the current Secretary General of the Association Internationale des Écoles Superieures d'Éducation Physique. In 2020, she founded the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity – an innovation engine that uses design thinking to crowdsource ideas for incubation and impact. She was recently awarded the 2021 Ireland Canada University Fund (ICUF) D'Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship, to build design thinking capability at Brock University, Canada.