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Mike Feerick      

Founder & CEO of ALISON Founder; and Chairperson of Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)

Mike Feerick is Founder & CEO of ALISON, a pioneer in free online certified learning for the workplace. Launched April 2007, ALISON is widely credited as the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider. With 11 million registered learners with 1.5m million graduates of its 850 free courses worldwide. ALISON leads a movement that is revolutionizing global access for millions of people to new education and employment opportunity.

Inspired by Article 26, UN Human Rights Declaration which states that “education shall be free”, Mr. Feerick is an internationally recognised social entrepreneur receiving a Diploma Award from UNESCO for innovation in education (2010), an Ashoka Fellowship (2011), and a Guinness Social Fund Award (2012). In 2013, ALISON was a WISE Award winner. He was a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2016.

Mr. Feerick is a popular speaker worldwide on the future of workplace learning and has been featured across international media including The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian and The Economist. Based in Ireland, he founded and chairs the Irish international Diaspora Programme unifying 80 people of Irish descent worldwide. He holds degrees from the University of Limerick, Ireland, (BBS 89) and Harvard University (MBA 94).


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He sets you thinking with the question: “Education has always been the preserve of the rich, or those with social support to be able to study, right? But we say if you want to learn, it doesn’t matter how much money you have or who you are; if you have the time and can get online, you can learn.”
Meet the edtech entrepreneurs - An interview with Mike Feerick
Long before the Stanford AI Class, before the acronym “MOOC” was even coined, ALISON, a free e-learning company was set up in Ireland. The Good MOOC interviews +Mike Feerick, ALISON's founder and CEO, fresh from winning an innovation award at the Wise summit in Qatar.
Lessons From The CEO Of The First Ever MOOC - Forbes
Irish-American entrepreneur, Mike Feerick founded that company in 2007, and whereas many other companies in this industry are still trying to determine the ...

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