Denis Doolan, Special Olympics Chief, Organizational Excellence

Denis Doolan

Chief, Organizational Excellence

Denis Doolan oversees strategic planning, project management, operational excellence and leadership development, including the Special Olympics Leadership Academy, the Athlete Leadership program and Unified Leadership, Special Olympics’ pioneering approach to achieving inclusive leadership practices.

Doolan has served in a variety of roles within Special Olympics, including:

  • Program Support for Special Olympics Ireland
  • Interim Regional President and Managing Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
  • Co-chair of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary celebrations in Chicago, including Special Olympics’ first-ever World Cup, Global Day of Inclusion at Soldier Field, installation of permanent monument the Eternal Flame of Hope, and the 50th Anniversary concert

He became affiliated with Special Olympics as the Director of Venues for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland, the first Special Olympics World Summer Games outside of the United States.

Doolan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Dublin City University and a Master’s in Public Relations from the University of Stirling. He also has an Advanced Diploma in Training and Development from the Institute of Commercial Management at Dublin Business School and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a Special Olympics family member and volunteer, and his other interests include reading, politics, travel, and sport.

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