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Natalie Walsh

Blackstone LaunchPad in NUI Galway
Executive Director
Natalie Walsh is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector. Skilled in entrepreneurial education and training, business development, analytical skills, public speaking, people management and grant management. Natalie has worked with the Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway for over 3 years, first as programme manager and since October 2017 as Executive Director. 

Prior to her role with LaunchPad, Natalie  worked as the Head of International Funding at NUI Galway and in the private sector for over 11 years. 

Natalie is currently reading for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Role Identity Theory and the Academic Entrepreneur in Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters in Strategy, Innovation and People Management from NUI Galway. In 2019 Natalie completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneur Education with the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin.