Caroline Casey

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Caroline Casey

Founder of The Aisling Foundation and O2 Ability Awards

Caroline Casey is the founding CEO of Kanchi (formerly The Aisling Foundation) and the O2 Ability Awards and is also an international speaker and adventurer. A social entrepreneur, Caroline sits on the board for several government, business and not-for-profit organisations.

Since setting up The Aisling Foundation in 2000, with the aim of enhancing the relationship between disability and society, Caroline has received several high profile awards in recognition of her… 

Caroline Casey is the founding CEO of Kanchi (formerly The Aisling Foundation) and the O2 Ability Awards and is also an international speaker and adventurer. A social entrepreneur, Caroline sits on the board for several government, business and not-for-profit organisations.

Since setting up The Aisling Foundation in 2000, with the aim of enhancing the relationship between disability and society, Caroline has received several high profile awards in recognition of her work worldwide. She was the first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from NUI Ireland in the same year. In 2006 she also became the first Ashoka fellow from Ireland and the UK and received the Eisenhower Fellowship. In 2007, Caroline was invited back to the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she presented on a variety of issues relating to the area of disability.

In 2004, Casey started the O2 Ability Awards to recognize Irish businesses for their inclusion of people with disabilities, both as employees and customers. The initiative has received international praise and, in 2010, a parallel program was launched in Spain.

A former management consultant with Accenture, Caroline is visually impaired to the degree that she is registered as legally blind.

Caroline is a hugely popular, energetic and compelling speaker. She speaks at corporate events worldwide on areas such as leadership, management, motivational, social entrepreneurship. Her style and delivery appeal to a wide audience and she is often invited back time and time again to talk to staff, management, customers etc. Some of the audiences Caroline has spoken to include KPMG, DHL, Hewlett Packard, Shell, Royles Royce, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sony, Microsoft, Camelot - UK, IBM, Small Firms Association, Arthur Cox, O2, Cuisine De France, Sony, Allied Irish Banks, Marsh Finance, Accenture, Vodafone, Bank of Ireland, Jordan Formula 1 and Smurfit.

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