David McCourt

Founder, RISE Global Foundation

RISE Global Foundation was formed by David McCourt, Chairman and CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital and the Chairman of National Broadband Ireland. As one of the most respected and successful entrepreneurs across Technology, Media and Telecommunications over the past 30 years, David has a proven track record of connecting people to innovation with a particular focus on underserved communities. In his role heading up National Broadband Ireland, he is responsible for delivering the Irish Government’s National Broadband Plan, recognised globally as one the biggest and most ambitious Public Private Partnerships in telecoms, which will provide world leading broadband speeds to over 1.1 million people in rural Ireland to end the country’s urban/rural digital divide.

Throughout his career, David has successfully founded and scaled operations in North America, South America, the UK and across Europe. The Economist describes him as processing “impeccable credentials as a telecoms revolutionary”.