Norah Casey

Broadcaster, Publishing Entrepreneur & Human Rights Campaigner

Norah Casey was formerly a Dragon in the popular television series Dragons’ Den and is a well-known radio and television personality. The 2nd Edition of her book Spark! was published by Penguin in 2017 and her TEDx talks include The Cure for Grief  and The Courage to leave (her own testimony of domestic violence). Her digital learning platform Planet Woman seeks to empower women and much of her work can be viewed at

As well as owning Harmonia Publishing Ltd, which is engaged in magazine publishing, Norah also has a range of diverse investments in Britain and Ireland A journalist and former nurse, she received a Woman of the Decade Award from the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi, May 2018. She is currently Ireland’s 2018 Philanthropist of the Year has been  Publisher of the Year no fewer than five times (and is the current Publisher of the Year). She has served on numerous boards including the Press Council of Ireland, the London-based Women’s Irish Network and The International Women’s Forum. She also serves on the European Board and is a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices established in 1997 by the then First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,

She is a former Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, Ambassador for Dublin Honours Magdalenes and hosted Voices of Impact: Women Leaders Shaping Global Change at the 2018 World Meeting of Families. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (conferred 2016) and the Honorary Graduate Award for 2018 from BFEI. Her work to highlight domestic violence was recognised with a Safe Ireland SÍLA Leadership Award in October 2018. She received a 2019 Lord Mayor Of Dublin Award  on April 12th 2019.

Norah’s husband, BBC Correspondent Richard Hannaford, passed away a few years ago and she has one son Dara. She now divides her time between business, documentary making, broadcasting, publishing and pursuing her passion for travel writing.