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Congratulations to our Gold Medal Winners

At the 2014 ISA Awards on Friday 21st November, the ISA Software Skillnet hosted a reception for the graduates of both the PostGraduate Diploma and MSc in Product Management programmes.

We were delighted to present Gold Medals to two students for outstanding academic achievement.



Pictured L-R: Paul O'Sullivan: DIT, Aoife McGivern: Guidewire, Mike Roche: IBM and ISA Software Skillnet Steering Group Rep, Colin Aherne: Realex Payments, Edel Creely: Chair of the ISA


Aoife McGivern from Guidewire won the medal for her achievements on the MSc in Product Management

Aoife joined Guidewire’s European Development Center in 2013 as the company’s first European Product Manager. She has over 9 years’ experience in the financial and enterprise software industry focusing primarily on product integration and extensibility, along with extensive experience in the areas of consultancy and project management.  At present, Aoife leads Guidewire’s Accelerator Programme, dedicated to the development and delivery of strategically targeted market and region specific add-on functionality for insurance carriers globally.  In addition to her recently awarded MSc in Product Management, Aoife holds a BSc in Computing in Software development, and a PG Dip in Product Management.


Colin Aherne from Realex Payments won the medal for his achievements on the PostGraduate Diploma in Product Management.

With an 8 year history in the company, Colin is Product Manager for the Realex Local & Alternative Payments product, Colin’s role requires an intimate knowledge of the payments landscape and understanding and contributing to the business strategy in this area. He acts as the touch point between the wider business and the development team, setting priorities for developing and managing the product roadmap.