Marie O'Riordan


In 2020, Marie O'Riordan earned a distinguished position as an Official Member of the Forbes Communications Council at This notable accomplishment showcases her extensive expertise and experience in the communications field. As a member of the Council, Marie gains access to a platform that enables her to share her unique insights and perspectives on industry trends and best practices with a worldwide audience. Through her contributions to the Council, Marie has solidified her status as a thought leader and influencer within the industry while also elevating her personal brand.'Riordan-Global-Director-Public-Relations-EML/80e7cd64-0b22-4520-a3a5-8ca5f3895996

Mother Teresa Interview

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Marie O'Riordan had the privilege of conducting the final interview with the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in 1997. The interview occurred at Mother Teresa's residence in Calcutta, India, during Marie's production of a radio documentary exploring the influence of Irish individuals on the lives of those residing in the city's severely overcrowded slums. This experience in the developing world left an indelible mark on Marie, motivating her to volunteer in similar communities across other developing nations consistently. Her encounter with Mother Teresa and the people she aided reinforced Marie's dedication to social justice and human rights causes.

Early Life

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From a young age, Marie O'Riordan's extraordinary talents were unmistakable. Her family noticed her exceptional problem-solving abilities when she was a mere ten months old. As a preschooler, she demonstrated a remarkable photographic memory, effortlessly memorising vast collections of adult and children's encyclopedia sets, telephone books, the golden pages, car number plates, general knowledge quizzes, and movie trivia. A renowned professor from a leading School of Medicine was particularly interested in Marie's capabilities and was amazed by her innate talents. The professor characterised Marie as possessing "massive Savant skills. I have never met anyone as talented as her before. The IQ is extremely high." He suggested that she should have enrolled in a university programme for gifted children at five instead of attending primary school.

As Marie grew older, she grew weary of constantly being subjected to extreme memory challenges, which she invariably won. Disliking the feeling of having her abilities showcased, Marie withdrew from participating in public memory contests. However, she still occasionally demonstrates her extraordinary memory skills privately to medical researchers at prestigious universities. Her exceptional abilities have significantly contributed to advancing research in Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Memory Disorders.

Media Career

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Marie O'Riordan is an exceptionally skilled media professional with over fifteen years of comprehensive experience as a Broadcast News Journalist, Presenter, and Senior Producer. Her journey in national and local radio began at the age of thirteen, during which she devoted six years to refining her expertise. By fourteen, Marie had broadened her repertoire to encompass national television, and at just fifteen, she received a national TV award for a short film sponsored by Sony.

Driven by her unwavering passion for media, Marie pursued her education in Media Techniques: Journalism and Radio and Public Administration at a private college and Business School. In 2019, she further advanced her knowledge by completing a Journalism course at the esteemed University of Cambridge.

With a rich, international media experience spanning over thirty-four years, Marie has established herself as a consummate journalism and media production expert. Her remarkable career trajectory and qualifications demonstrate her dedication to her profession and ability to adapt and thrive in the dynamic media landscape.

Further Background

Marie wholeheartedly supports marginalised communities, encompassing dual minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people on the autism spectrum, those with rare personality traits, and migraineurs. Her sincere devotion to volunteerism and philanthropy was ignited by the loss of two beloved family members aged two and four, propelling her to engage in humanitarian endeavours across the globe. Her outstanding contributions have garnered accolades, including a prestigious international humanitarian award in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for her benevolent initiatives in Africa.

International Speaker

Marie has a wealth of experience in delivering presentations on diverse topics such as Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Media, Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Success Psychology, and Diversity and Inclusion. She has shared her expertise on international stages across five continents and served as a guest lecturer at numerous prestigious universities and organisations worldwide.

Career Milestones

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Marie's comprehensive eight-year study on Olympic athletes' communication and language patterns gained recognition in Entrepreneur magazine during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The feature was presented by a multi-Olympian and TV personality on NBC's The Olympics show. Throughout her distinguished career, Marie has consistently strived for excellence. She has offered her expertise to Fortune 500 companies at the uppermost echelons, working with Chairpersons, Presidents, and CEOs from 2009 to 2017. In 2016, she also dedicated 20 days in London, delivering PR consultancy for FTSE 250-listed companies, addressing the implications of Brexit.


Marie O'Riordan is the Global Director of Public Relations at EML. Separately, Marie is also a Non-Executive Director at AsIAm, Ireland's national Autism charity, on a voluntary basis.

Story Samples

Read her life story on Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global


18 on the list of ''50 Exemplary PR Pros to Follow on Twitter''


Buzzfeed's (NBCUniversal-backed) ''14 Ideas from Prominent Marketers About How to Successfully Market Your Product''


The StartUp Growth's Expert Round-Up: ''How Do You Get Placements with Media''


Featured in Observe global magazine's "Rethinking Diversity"


Professor Lilia Stoyanov's Tranformify is backed by the University of Oxford and Richard Branson. Read her interview with Marie on Neurodiversity


Featured in "28 Entrepreneurs List Their Favorite Business Books" on Teach a CEO in the US


Image Magazine - "Marie's list of achievements in her life are intimidatingly impressive and she has continuously defied outdated assumptions about what it means to be autistic."


''10,334th Most Famous Person in the World'' (FameFlux Rankings)


Listed ''No.2 Irish Female Game Changer''


No.5 on "The Top 20 Press Releases of 2019" list compiled by Media HQ


International Business Awards Judge


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