Back row (left to right): Keith Styles, Jodi Killackey, Nina Aftanas, Angela Mckenna
Front row (left to right): Kora Bertram, Ashley Ryan, Ben Finnegan

In the past six months, the IO has experienced a changeover in staff and is proud to announce the arrival of a number of additional new and returning faces. The IO looks forward to managing, sustaining and developing the recent growth in international-student numbers to ensure the University continues to meet and exceed its strategic goals.

We are sure that you will join us in welcoming the below new staff members to campus, all of whom have provided a brief bio of their background and why they chose to come to Maynooth.

Nina Aftanas- Executive Assistant
Nina is originally from Poland and moved to Ireland two and a half years ago. Nina has been working in the higher education field for approximately 6 years and is delighted to have joined the Non-EU Admissions team.

Ben Finnegan- International Officer
Ben, a native of Maynooth and an alumnus of MU, was delighted to join the IO team in September 2018 as an International Officer for Short-Term Programmes. Ben spent the previous 2 years working in Mary Immaculate College where he held a similar position. Ben is no stranger to MU as after graduating he spent 2 years as Maynooth Students’ Union President.

Jodi Killackey- International Officer
Jodi re-joined the IO in September 2018, having worked here from 2011-2015. She then decided to do some travelling before returning to Dublin to work for an American University and also start a Master’s in Business Management part-time at Maynooth University. Jodi is delighted to return to Maynooth as an International Officer for North America.

Angela Mckenna- Executive Assistant
Angela joined the IO in July 2018 as part of the Non-EU Admissions team. Previously she worked in the Human Resource Department at EirGrid as a Recruitment Specialist. Angela joined Maynooth University as she wanted to experience working in a university environment and is really enjoying being a part of the team here in the IO.

Ashley Ryan- Senior Executive Assistant
Ashley came to work in MU from the private Study Abroad sector. Within the IO, Ashley first worked on Trans National Education (TNE), coordinating the establishment of the International Engineering College (IEC) in Fuzhou University, and is currently working on incoming and outgoing mobility.
Keith Styles- Administrative Officer
In November 2018, Keith joined us from the Admissions Office of Griffith College Dublin. He coordinates all elements of the EduCo International Foundation programmes, from admissions and student support through to programme development. Keith is delighted to be in Maynooth and especially enjoys working on the South Campus.
Kora Bertram- Erasmus Internship- Front Office
In October 2018, Kora joined the Front Office team in the IO as an intern for six months. The internship is part of her Master’s degree in “Applied Linguistics” at the University of Erfurt, Germany. Kora has a passion for languages and has always wanted to live in an English-speaking environment.