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Will Galvin / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 39 Place of Birth Listowel, Co Kerry Where you live Washington DC First Job Junior Sub Editor, Irish Independent, Dublin What it taught me It's not what you know, but how you present it. Status Married Family Michelle Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. I get up early. 2. I last went to the gym about 15 years ago. 3. I'd like to retire in Sierra Leone Best advice you could give someone starting out Get to work early, shut up and listen, and if you must speak, make it short and deliver it with confidence.

Will Galvin was born and raised in Listowel, Co Kerry. Educated at Trinity College and the King's Inns, he first worked as a journalist, mainly with the Independent Group in Dublin. He then spent two years working in emergency coordination in Africa with the Irish aid agency, GOAL. Returning to Dublin, he practiced as a barrister, specializing in criminal law and judicial review from 2000 to 2009, while also retaining a number of advisory and board roles for charities working in the developing world. Last year, he took up a new position with Self Help Africa, as it established in the United States. The agency has empowered rural communities in Africa to become food secure for the last 25 years, concentrating on farming and micro-credit schemes. In January 2010, he became the first chairman of the newly-established Irish Network DC.

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