Mary Davis

CEO, Special Olympics

Mary Davis has been a life-long leader within the Special Olympics movement, beginning soon after college as a local programme volunteer and coach with Special Olympics Ireland. Davis has served in a series of leadership roles, helping create Special Olympics’ first-ever Regional games, the 1985 Special Olympics European Games, working to build a powerful national programme as CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, and helping globalise the movement as CEO of the first Special Olympics World Summer Games held outside the US. Davis leads an international team of 250 professionals throughout the world who are addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation.

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.