Camara Ireland Manager
Steven joined Camara Ireland in 2010. He established and is responsible for running Camara Ireland, the Irish Education Hub of Camara Education.
Steven has a degree in History and Politics from UCD and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Before coming to Camara Ireland Steven briefly tried to become a journalist, and a finance manager – but not at the same time.
Education and Training Specialist
Nicole joined Camara Ireland in March 2012 as the Education and Training Specialist. She holds a BSc in Education and a MSc Education and Training Management & eLearning, and most recently a postgraduate diploma in Entrepreneurial Education, and is a certified Microsoft Office Master trainer. She has worked in the corporate IT training field for many years before moving into the not for profit education area. She has many years experience in developing and delivering educational courses for all levels.
Business Development & Marketing
Ben started full time in Camara Ireland in September 2014 as Business Development and Marketing Officer. He has volunteered with Camara since 2008 and travelled to Ethiopia in 2009 as a volunteer teacher trainer.
Ben previously worked in retail management and sales in the areas of IT and consumer electronics.
TechSpace Creative Mentor & Co-ordinator
Matthew joined Camara Ireland in April 2014 as the TechSpace Creative Mentor & Coordinator.
He is on a mission to develop a national network of digital media ‘TechSpaces’ within youth services and projects, where young people are supported to change from being passive users of digital media into active creators of original digital content.
Matthew has a B.A. in Creative Digital Media from the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Before coming to Camara Ireland Matthew briefly worked for Foróige’s Computer Clubhouse as well as a freelance graphic designer.
LearnStorm Ireland Program Manager
Adam joined Camara Ireland in September 2015 as the LearnStorm Ireland Program Manager having previously worked for the organisation in a business development role. Adam has experience coordinating international education initiatives. He received a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from University College Dublin.
Programme Director - Education & Training
Janice joined Camara Ireland in 2014. For ten years Janice has led creative technology and STEM programs. She co-founded the TechSpace Program and established the Adobe Youth Voices CSR partnership in Ireland. Janice previously managed the Intel Computer Clubhouse, Dublin. Her work has seen her travel extensively across the US collaborating with global partners and educators. Janice started out in the insurance industry and art world. She holds a M.Sc. in Multimedia and a B.A. in Fine Art.
Jen Hesnan joined the Camara Ireland team in 2015 as an experienced youth arts worker and creative facilitator..
Her work experience is based on engaging young people from disadvantaged socio economic situations and marginalised cultural backgrounds through creative education and youth development. Jen advocates and facilitates the self-empowerment of young people by creating opportunities for them to actively and consciously engage in their own development and the development of society as a whole. She does this through youth-led creative projects and recreational processes.
Jen holds a First Class BA HONS in Community Arts and ten years professional experience of frontline youth and community work across Scotland and Ireland. Within this field she has delivered various training in specialised programmes and facilitation techniques, including Techspace as Gaeilge through her native tongue, the Irish language. She is passionate about the power that music and digital media holds for social engagement empathy education and is currently working to establish a strong support network for young creators and educators across the Ireland and the globe
As the Irish education hub for Camara, we envision an Ireland where all young people have the skills to realise their potential and confidently create their future.
Train and support all educators, working with low income communities, to use technology to inspire young people to master 21st century learning skills.
John Fitzsimons is the CEO of Camara Education. He has an engineering and IT background having worked with Analog Devices before spending two years in Tanzania setting up the IT function in Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. Since his time in Africa, John has worked in IT and Business Management most recently with Dell. John has a Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from Smurfit School of Business.
Maureen O’DonnellAs Camara’s European and Caribbean Service Centre Manager, Maureen is responsible for computer refurbishing operations in Ireland and the UK, and educational solution delivery for Ireland and the Caribbean (Haiti). Despite spending the bulk of her career in IT, Maureen also has experience in media, environmental sustainability, and global development. She holds undergraduate degrees in Finance and English Literature, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Established marketing professional with over twenty years experience working with senior leadership in Interactive, advertising and PR agencies developing organisational capability and competencies in digital. Suzanne started her career in Museum Design and spent twelve years in Australia as a pioneer of digital business through New Toys Multimedia and Spike Networks building and developing digital teams to service a number of major international brands
Suzanne joined Ogilvy in 2007 to drive the digital agenda through deconstruction of traditional silos and improve and maximize the company’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of digital business. Suzanne is responsible for digital strategy, driving innovation through technology and content partnerships and works across all teams: planning, account service, creative and technology and across multiple clients.
She is on the Board of Directors for the IDMA and Advisory Council for Digital Marketing Institute
Claire is Programme Manager for Education Outreach in Ireland at Google. She is a qualified second-level teacher, with 10 years experience of working in the education sector. Prior to joining Google, Claire worked at Trinity College Dublin for 7 years where she co-founded and developed Bridge21 (www.bridge21.ie) into one of the college’s flagship education outreach initiatives, engaging with over 6,000 students and teachers from schools across Ireland.
Claire holds a B.Mus.Ed. and a M.Sc. in Technology in Learning from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Technology and Education.