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Trinity Graduate Named One of TIME Magazine's 'Next Generation Leaders'

Posted on 17 November 2014

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Recent Trinity College Dublin graduate Iseult Ward has been named to TIME Magazine's list of Next Generation Leaders. Ward is the CEO and cofounder of FoodCloud, a non-profit organisation that addresses food poverty in Ireland. TIME's list includes young leaders from around the world, including scientists, entrepreneurs and journalists from countries like Thailand, South Africa and Brazil. Ward is the the only member of this elite group from Ireland. She graduated from Trinity's BESS program in 2013 with a degree in Business and Economics.

According to TIME, the seven people chosen as Next Generation Leaders "have not just succeeded in their fields but have also persuaded others to share their vision." The Next Generation Leaders program was launched in September 2014 and this recent list presents the second group of young, global leaders.

Ward co-founded FoodCloud with another Trinity graduate, Aoibheann O'Brien. They participated in Trinity's Launchbox accelerator program, designed to help student companies get off the ground. FoodCloud is a non-profit food-sharing service that uses an app to bring businesses with excess food together with charitable organisations. Since launching in October 2013, FoodCloud has grown to facilitate distribution of more than a tonne of surplus food everyday. Ward credits her business training from Trinity with preparing her to move a great idea into a working business with a sustainable revenue model.

FoodCloud recently announced a partnership with Tesco, Ireland's largest grocery store chain. Ward and O'Brien are also recipients of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland's Impact Award, which will help them fund the next phase of development for their organisation. For more information on FoodCloud, please see foodcloud.ie. To watch Ward's Q&A with TIME, please visit time.com/3583520/shareable-feast.