Alex Cooney

CEO

Alex is an experienced programme manager from the not-for-profit sector. She has managed large teams of staff both in Ireland and internationally. She has spent most of her career working in the international development sector with agencies such as UNDP (from 2004 to 2006) and CAFOD (from 2006 – 2009), where she was responsible for the South East Asia programme. This work involved writing strategic plans, developing funding applications and engaging advocacy programmes to effect policy change.

Alex has been based in Romania as Project Manager for Health Action Overseas, in East Timor as Project Manager for the Civil Society Organisations Support Project and in Jamaica as the Project Manager of the Migration Project, which was largely focused on the criminal justice system in Jamaica. Since her return to Ireland in 2012, she has worked for Move4Parkinsion’s Foundation Limited as a Programme Manager and she has been instrumental in the foundation of CyberSafeIreland CLG

Cliona Curley

Programme Director

Cliona specialises in cybercrime analysis and investigation. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as a senior officer for the UK National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). During this time, she represented the UK on many occasions on G8 and Interpol working groups as well as working on investigations into organised crime in conjunction with major European and US law enforcement agencies.

After returning to Ireland, Cliona joined the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime investigation in UCD, building forensic tools for law enforcement, as well as developing and delivering training in cybercrime investigation and related areas for An Garda Siochana and law enforcement agencies across Europe. Since 2014, she has delivered online safety sessions in Irish primary schools. She is passionate about protecting children online and believes that education is crucial. This was a strong motivating factor for the establishment of CyberSafeIreland CLG in 2015.

Maggie Brennan

Scientific Advisor

Maggie is based at the Schools of Applied Psychology and Criminology, University College Cork. Her primary research interest relates to online child sexual offending; specifically to the role of Child Abuse Media (“child pornography”) and online technologies in the offending process, and the impact of this exploitation on victims.

Maggie was a founder member of the UK National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command where she commissioned and led a series of research projects, including an evaluation of the “ThinkUKnow” national online safety programme. She has also served as a policy lead on child exploitation across a range of forums, including the EC, the G8 Justice and Home Affairs Working Group, UNICEF, the UK’s Home Office (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the EURIM parliament-industry Digital Alliance. She is the Director of the recently-established Research Cluster on Online Sexual Violence and Prevention at UCC.