Team Members
Jean Byrne
Founding Partner

An entrepreneur with an Economics Degree from Trinity College, Dublin,
Jean ran her own fashion business for ten years designing, manufacturing and exporting clothing all over the world.

After the sale of the business she became involved in the strategic planning and development of An Cosan (formerly the Shanty Educational Project) whose mission statement was and is ‘use education to eradicate poverty’.
An Cosan is now regarded as one of the best models of Community Education in Ireland.

During this period Jean mentored on the MSc in Marketing Practice in The Michael Smurfit School of Business and Enterprise Ireland. Jean also served on the Government Small Business Task Force Forum and was also appointed by the Government to the Board of The Crafts Council of Ireland where she is currently a non-executive director.

The combination of her entrepreneurial and her involvement with these models of learning radically changed Jean’s view of education and how people learn to learn. Her passion is to facilitate the delivery of a new model of learning for entrepreneurs – ‘Learning to Learn’. This model would provide the tools required to learn Design Thinking, communication skills, team work and conflict resolution. Jean believes all these skills can be learnt through project based learning using the needs of the city of Dublin to provide the learning laboratory.

In 2008 Jean established Design Twentyfirst Century with Jim Dunne – a fellow Craft Council Director.