Laura Mahoney is the CEO of the Royal Irish Academy. As CEO she is a DRI Board member ex-officio.
She completed her Masters degree at UCD in 1996, worked as a Tutor and held posts in the RCSI and the Fulbright Commission. She joined the Academy in 1999. Since then she has been involved in all aspects of the Academy’s business, from grant management through to events programming and from international partnerships and EU through to developing major PRTLI research projects. In October 2009 she became Head of the Academy’s administration which is charged with the effective governance of the organisation and development of programming. In November 2010 she became Acting CEO and began the process of writing the Academy's next strategic plan. She got the job for real in 2013.
RIA has c.80 staff across 4 sites and an all-island membership of c.500. The Academy acts as a bridge between academia, government and business. We support great research and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society.
Laura is also a member of the Institute of Directors and the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies (ACESA). She has two sons, two bikes, and has been a Dub for twenty years.