Project Seed

Meet the Team

By Aisling O’Reilly

Intro

The idea for Project Seed arose in a Management Team meeting last December, where several members thought it would be a good idea to explore further. In February, a dedicated team of seven was formed to assess its feasibility and start organising the trip. Four of the team travelled to Dar es Salaam on Monday 21st June, while the others continue to support the project remotely.

Below we introduce ourselves:

Ronan Burke

Involvement in ISCG:

Ronan is one of the Co-Founders of ISCG and, as president of the group, he is responsible for the growth of ISCG from an idea to a student group with 34 students across 3 universities.  He has overseen the completion of all five ISCG client projects. 

Background:

Ronan is entering his final year of Electronic Engineering in UCD.  He is passionate about technology and previously co-founded AirNFC, Ireland's first supplier of Near Field Communication products and solutions, and CAO Points Checker, a web app to collate the CAO entry requirements for all 1,325 third level courses in Ireland. Ronan has also completed a summer internship in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations team. After returning from Tanzania, Ronan will travel to China with Huawei to learn more about telecommunications.

Why I’m excited about Project Seed: 

“I’m looking forward to helping students create an organisation which has a real impact on local businesses as well as increasing my understanding of the African market.”

Aisling O’Reilly

Involvement in ISCG

Aisling joined the TCD branch as a Consultant in October 2015 where she worked on the TanOrganic project.  She is now head of Operations & Finances where she manages the logistics of the group, oversees sponsorship negotiations and controls the expenditure of the group.

Background

Aisling has just completed her penultimate year of Management Science and Information Systems Studies in Trinity College Dublin.  She interned with the IT Risk and Assurance team in EY after her first year of college.  Aisling is passionate about increasing the number of women in the technology sector and is involved with Coder Dojo Girls and Connecting Women in Technology.

Why I’m excited about Project Seed

“I’m excited about empowering students in Tanzania to make a sustainable impact to their local economy.”

Jeremy Boles

Involvement in ISCG:

Jeremy was one of the first Consultants who joined ISCG.  He has worked on multiple projects including Horizon, Ballymooney and NDRC where he was Project Leader.  Jeremy is now Head of Education where he oversees the development and training of our Consultants and Project Leaders.

Background

Jeremy is going into his final year of Commerce in UCD after completing a yearlong internship with Microsoft in the Customer Services & Solutions group. Jeremy will be the Auditor of UCD Investors & Entrepreneurs Society for the 2016/2017 academic year.


Why I’m excited about Project Seed:

“I can’t wait to collaborate with Tanzanian students and get an insight into their educational experiences.”

Tara O’Carroll

Involvement in ISCG

Tara will be establishing an ISCG branch in NUIG this coming September. She will also be leading our next Project Seed location in Peru.

 

 

Background

Tara is currently completing a Masters in Strategy Innovation and People Management and graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce with Spanish in NUIG. She spent the academic year working as an Innovation Workshop Facilitator for student start-ups and business development initiatives. She was a key player in heading up the TEDx and Innovating events in Galway. Moreover she has completed two marketing internships and various consultancy projects as part of her masters.

Why I’m excited about Project Seed

“I am excited primarily to be part of a project that will have such a meaningful impact. I am looking forward to learning first-hand how to champion the next plan of launching the ISCG branch in NUIG. In addition to this, a great deal of attention will be paid towards evaluating the Tanzanian initiative with respect to raising the bar for the project next summer in Peru.”

Conor Hall

Involvement in ISCG

Conor has worked on the Horizon project as a Consultant and on the Ballymooney project as Project Leader. He is now Head of Partnerships where he manages the relationships with sponsors and universities.


Background

Conor has completed a degree in Economics and Finance and will begin a Masters in Quantitative Finance, both in UCD.  He has a year of consulting experience with Accenture in both the government and analytics departments.


Why I’m excited about Project Seed

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with the University of Dar es Salaam to build a strong partnership.”

Michael Shannon

Involvement in ISCG:

Michael was one of the first ISCG Consultants where he worked on the Horizon and Ballymooney projects before being Project Leader for TerminalFour.

 

Background

Michael is going into his third year of Economics & Finance in UCD.  He is interning with Deloitte this summer and will complete a yearlong internship with the Central Bank of Ireland starting in September. Michael is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations, UCD Student Managed Fund and Slingshot Academy.


Why I’m excited about Project Seed:

“I’m excited to be a part of a project that could launch the career of a Tanzanian student.”

Anton Zhereshchin

Involvement in ISCG

Anton has been a Consultant on a number of projects including Horizon, Ballymooney and NDRC. He is now Head of Special Projects involves leading smaller tasks and projects for our students when a project is not running in a university that term.

Background

Anton has just completed his second  year in Economics and Finance in UCD.  This year he will be interning with HedgeServ as a Junior Fund Accountant.  Anton has also worked as an analyst for UCD’s Student Managed Fund.

Why I’m excited about Project Seed

“I can’t wait to be involved with Project Seed to further my knowledge on African culture and the market.”