Pádraic Ó hUiginn

Pádraic Ó hUiginn leads the development of a climate action and sustainability centre of excellence in the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), a government agency, to enable it become an exemplar – internally, in how it does business, and externally, in how it supports business in the green transition. With a background in economics, public policy, communications and environmental innovation, he holds a Diploma in Management and Leadership from UCD, and is completing an M.Sc. in sustainability at DCU.

Over the past decade in particular, he has been a central connector and facilitator for innovation and knowledge transfer, in early mover projects in developing a circular economy in Ireland – at the intersection of industry/enterprise, government, academic research, and citizens/end users. He is a co-author and co-contributor on a number of environmental and circular economy reports, including the Irish EPA-funded Environmental Policy Integration: Innovation and Change.

Pádraic is a former participant on a U.S. State Department-sponsored executive study programme delivered through Boston College’s Irish Institute in Boston, MA. and Washington D.C., with a North-South, island of Ireland dimension.

He is a former policy and strategic communications adviser, at four different government departments.

Pádraic was one of many Óglaigh na hÉireann/Irish Defence Forces’ reservists that worked as extras, under military command, on the Co.Wexford set of Saving Private Ryan.