International Leader on Civic and Social Innovation to Address Galway Students

Wednesday 3rd October 11am to 12.30pm in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building on NUIG campus.

The Community Knowledge Initiative at the National University of Ireland, Galway is delighted to host US entrepreneur and innovator, Sonal Shah for a keynote address open to the university and wider community on

Sonal has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Until recently Shah was the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation focused on investing in and scaling innovative models, leveraging technology, opening information in the social sector to solve some of the nation’s toughest challenges.

Before joining the White House, Shah led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropy,, focusing on leveraging technology and information to help the world’s poor. Prior to Google, Shah was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Inc. where she worked with the Chairman and CEO in developing and managing the firm’s environmental strategy.

As part of this address, Sonal will talk about her pathway into a career in social innovation, what social innovation means to her and how to imbue within young people a sense of themselves as civic and social innovators.

For further information, or to reserve a place please contact:

Lorraine McIlrath