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Vice President, Movement Leadership and Integration


Denis Doolan, Vice President, Movement Leadership and Integration

Denis Doolan

In his role as Vice President, Movement Leadership and Integration, Denis provides guidance and support on the Movement Leadership strategic initiatives outlined in the Special Olympics' strategic plan, and coordinates the integration of Special Olympics' planning and cross-functional work.  Denis has been involved in the Movement Leadership concept from the outset and continues to work closely with the Regional teams to build a culture of strong leadership and constant improvement among Special Olympics' Programs around the world.  Integration efforts are focused on prioritizing work and driving collaboration between Special Olympics' various headquarters and Regional teams to support the effective implementation and tracking of the Special Olympics strategic plan globally. 

Prior to his current role Denis served as Director of Operations for Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia in Dublin, Ireland, he was subsequently appointed to Interim Regional President and Managing Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia region during 2011. 

Denis became affiliated with Special Olympics in his capacity as Director of Venues for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland.   He subsequently worked on implementation of a post-World Games legacy strategy with Special Olympics Ireland before assisting Special Olympics Europe Eurasia with development of a new strategy and annual plans across all sport and non-sport activities across the region.  His diverse background includes delivering planning, project management and training/lecturing services, mainly to sports and not-for-profit organizations.  His various clients have included Allianz, Compaq, Independent News & Media, Football Association of Ireland, Rehab Group, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Denis received a Degree in Communication Studies from Dublin City University and a Masters in Public Relations from the University of Stirling.  He also has an Advanced Diploma in Training & Development from the Institute of Commercial Management.  He is a Special Olympics family member and volunteer, and his other interests include reading, politics, travel and sport.

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