Fionnuala Sweeney

Journalist & Broadcaster

I hope to promote brain health awareness, reduce the fear surrounding dementia both for people living with the disease and for those who are afraid of a diagnosis so that as many as possible can live healthier, better lives.

Current Work

Fionnuala oversees the creation of content which amplifies the Atlantic Institute’s (University of Oxford) collaborative work for impact with Atlantic Fellows around the world. Her podcast series, “Dementia is Global,” aims to raise global awareness about brain health to change attitudes and policies.

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By raising awareness about the importance of brain health and talking to leading figures in the dementia space, Fionnuala hopes to reduce the stigma about disease around the world and promote brain health.


Fionnuala is the host of the podcast series, “Dementia is Global,” in which she speaks to leading figures in GBHI, Alzheimer’s USA, and Alzheimer’s Association Kenya about what is being done to reduce the prevalence of dementia while increasing awareness about brain health.


By raising global awareness about the importance of brain health and its equivalence with physical health through “Dementia is Global,” Fionnuala is connected with GBHI’s mission of reducing the threat of dementia to the world’s aging population.


As a broadcast journalist with more than two decades’ international experience, Fionnuala has observed firsthand the power and reach of communication, and how information—or lack thereof—can alter people’s lives.

Education & Experience

Fionnuala was an anchor/correspondent with CNN International; part of the team which received an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, a Peabody in 2012 for the Egyptian Uprising, and a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of the Egyptian Revolution.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
BA (Hons)
Said Business School, University of Oxford
Executive Leadership
Programme Certificate

Awards & Honors

Television Academy
Outstanding Live Coverage of the Egyptian Revolution
Emmy Award
National Association of Broadcasters
Egyptian Uprising
Peabody Award
Coverage of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War
Edward R. Murrow Award


Dementia is Global

Dementia is Global

Atlantic Fellows Conversations

Atlantic Fellows Conversations

Let's Talk Dementia

Let's Talk Dementia