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Mary Cronin


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Mary is an innovation specialist, systems thinker and circular economy facilitator. As the founder of UpThink Innovation Agency, Mary works with SMEs and large organisations as a circular economy/climate change/ESG consultant.  Mary implements systems innovations to business models to create longer-term sustainable businesses. As Chartered Engineer and technologist, Mary combines her expertise with innovation and design to create scaling opportunities, enabling companies to transition to a low carbon future.

Mary has an extensive and diverse network of both public and private sector clients across Europe, the US and Asia. She has gained a wide range of insights across sectors in complex environments.  Using these unique perspectives, Mary helps organisations and leaders to generate growth and prepare for change.

Providing independent oversight to boards Mary offers perspectives and guidance in the areas of ESG/circularity/sustainability, digitalisation and business growth. Mary is a board member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

Lecturing in UCD School of Engineering, Mary delivers modules on Innovation and Entrepreneurship focusing on energy, the circular economy and decarbonisation.

Prior to establishing UpThink Innovation Agency Mary had a track record in building and managing large, technology systems and teams, as well as operating in strategic roles for AIB bank and life assurance joint ventures including Ark Life Assurance, Hibernian and Aviva.

Clients include: Kingspan, ESB, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin City Council, Resmed, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Social Innovation Fund, Royal College Surgeons Ireland, Mater hospital, AIB, TCD, UCC, DCU Ryan Academy, UCD Engineering School, UCD Smurfits and Nova UCD.

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