Olwen Dawe

   Olwen Dawe





With a professional background spanning public and private sector roles in strategic management, Olwen advises – mainly – the public sector, publicly-funded organisations and cultural institutions on the creation and implementation of gender equality and diversity policies and strategies – she is also adept at formulating strategic development and advocacy strategies.

A graduate of the Whitaker School of Government and Management (IPA), and NCI (formerly the National College of Industrial Relations), Olwen holds a BBS (Hons) in Industrial Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Science, Public Policy Analysis and an MEconScience in Public Policy Analysis. Olwen was awarded joint-first in class for her thesis which examined social justice advocacy in public policy through the prism of the #MarRef and #WakingTheFeminists movements; she regularly gives public talks and lectures on both her work and research.

A passionate advocate for gender equality and the role of arts in society, Olwen is a Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), Poetry Ireland and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, the inaugural Chair of Network Ireland’s Advisory Council (she was the organisation’s National President in 2015) and Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).

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