Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Active Irish Social Entrepreneur and Long-term Campaigner For the Rights of People With Intellectual Disabilities
Born Aug 6, 1954

Mary Davis is an Irish social entrepreneur and long-term campaigner for the rights and inclusion of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She currently serves as the Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia (SOEE) with the responsibility of overseeing the growth and development of Special Olympics across 58 countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Davis also serves as Chairperson of Special Olympics Ireland.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on August 6, 1954.


1985 30 Years Old In 1985, Davis worked as Events Director when the 1985 Special Olympics European Games were hosted in Dublin, Ireland.
1989 34 Years Old By 1989, she was appointed National Director of Special Olympics Ireland. … Read More


2003 48 Years Old 1 More Event
She was one of the main driving forces behind Ireland's bid to host the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games and her track record on national and international bodies was a major factor in bringing the Games to Ireland.
2004 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2004 Davis was appointed by President Mary McAleese to serve on the Irish Council of State. In 2006 Davis was made chairperson of the newly created Taskforce on Active Citizenship. She also co-chairs the North South Consultative Conference for the Irish government. Davis was a candidate in the 2011 Irish presidential election having received the required nominations from thirteen county councils. … Read More


2006 51 Years Old In April 2006 Davis was appointed Chair of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship, due to her track record in "generating such a tremendous response from ordinary citizens to an extraordinary experience that was Special Olympics 2003. … Read More
2008 53 Years Old …  She was invited to represent the Irish government on a climb of Mont Blanc on 1 July 2008 to celebrate the start of the EU Presidency in France.
2010 55 Years Old She originally stated in August 2010 that she would consider standing for the presidency if approached by a political party.
Davis had announced on 26 May 2011 that she would be seeking nomination for the 2011 Irish presidential election.


2015 60 Years Old Davis was named acting CEO of Special Olympics International in October 2015 and then appointed full-time, permanent CEO in May 2016. … Read More
2016 61 Years Old In May 2016, she was named Chief Executive Officer. … Read More
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