Judging Panel

Garrett O’Donohoe

Garrett O’Donohoe

CEO | Social Finance Foundation (SFF)

Garrett O’Donohoe is the CEO of Social Finance Foundation (SFF), a not-for-profit established in 2007. With the support of the Irish Government and the Banking sector SFF was founded to address the needs of Community & Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprises for loan funding which was difficult to obtain from mainstream financial institutions. Acting as a “wholesaler”, it provides funding to its lending partners (Social Lending Organisations) who, in turn, provide loans to Community & Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprises.

Garrett has extensive leadership in the financial services/ banking sector. Prior to his appointment as CEO of SFF, he spent 22 years in KBC Bank Ireland where he led a number of key departments as Head of Credit, Head of Direct Retail Sales & Customer Services and Head of Business Banking.

In addition to his career in banking Garrett has been involved in the not-for-profit sector both volunteering on the ground and as a Board member. Garrett holds an international degree in Economics and French from University College Dublin, a Law Society qualification in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance and is a qualified Personal, Leadership and Executive Coach.