Bloomberg Ireland Economic Summit
May 16th, 2012
The Gibson Hotel | Point Village | Dublin, Ireland
Founder and CEO, ALISON
Founder and Chairperson, Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)
Mike Feerick, is a US-born, West of Ireland based internet technology entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of ALISON.com, a world leading provider of free online interactive education with one million learners worldwide. Through 2012, ALISON will graduate over 100,000 people at Certificate and Diploma level in a wide range of basic workplace skills and education in subjects including digital literacy skills, health & safety, health literacy, English language among ten categories of learning. He is the Founder and Chairperson of Ireland Reaching Out(Ireland XO), an award-winning Irish Diaspora initiative assisting Irish parish-based volunteer community groups to retrace the descendants of their emigrants worldwide as a means of systematically reunifying the 70 million strong Irish Diaspora. Mike founded JFAX Ireland, (sold to ESAT Telecom, 99), YAC, a leading European unified messaging telecoms business in 1998 (sold to J2.com, 2007), Advance Learning (IT Desktop Training) and TVC Media (e-learning contract development for Microsoft) among a number of other international internet service businesses. Mike’s primary interest is in developing for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. In Jan 2011, Mike was awarded a UNESCO Diploma prize in recognition of his services to innovation in online workplace education and recognized in 2010 as an Ashoka Fellow for his dedication to social entrepreneurship in education. He is a member of the Global Irish Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative and is a frequent guest speaker. Mike holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BBS from the University of Limerick where he was founding Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Kemmy Business School, Ireland’s largest undergraduate business programme, and a Director of the University of Limerick Foundation. He is the former Chairperson of the Irish Support & Advice Service in London where he established one of the first outreach programmes for marginalized elderly Irish emigrants. An avid musician, local historian, and GAA Hurling supporter, Mike lives in Loughrea, Co Galway with his wife Eileen, his four children.