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DEC 5th 2015
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Danielle Ryan - Sri Lanka / Ireland
The Visionary Award
  
Danielle Ryan
Artist - Entrepreneur - Producer - Philantropist
 
Danielle Ryan is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation Visionary Award 2015 for her creation of ROADS - a metaphor for the many choices and decisions we face each day, a brand built around the cornerstones of present-day culture; freethinking, storytelling, original design and intelligence, ROADS celebrates the individual in every sense.

Born in Ireland to a Sri Lankan-German mother and an Irish father, Danielle spent her formative years living in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Dublin and London. Danielle represents a true mix of business and the arts. Danielle was exposed to the arts from a young age and this became her greatest passion. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and, recognising that there was no equivalent training academy in her native country, she went on to establish The Lir – the National Academy of Dramatic Art in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and RADA.

It was also during this time that Danielle began working closely with UNICEF Ireland, creating an entity through which the Ryan family donated $14 million towards rebuilding the north of Sri Lanka following the devastation of the bitter war which ended in May 2009. In February 2011 at the UN General Assembly in New York, Danielle announced the Cathal Ryan Trust which was set up in memory of her late father.

Danielle is the founder and CEO of the ROADS Group, a contemporary, creative lifestyle brand based in Dublin, Ireland. The group consists of three categories – Fragrances, Publishing and Entertainment. The brand is built around the cornerstones of present-day culture, freethinking, storytelling, original design and intelligence. ROADS acts as a curator, researching and filtering interesting contemporary subject matters or themes. These themes then create the platform for each of the projects, be it book, film or fragrance. ROADS – as a name – is a metaphor for the many choices and decisions we are faced with each day. These decisions shape us and make the paths for how we live. Every choice we make – what we wear, what we read, where we travel, how we communicate – informs our character. Therefore ROADS celebrates the individual in every sense.

ROADS fragrances bring together beautiful artisan scents with innovative themes and engaging creative elements. Curated by Danielle Ryan who works alongside a team of highly renowned noses and some of the world's finest perfumers, ROADS fragrances explore new paths of research, leaving the door open to new forms of olfactory poetry.

The new Africa Collection is an exciting collaboration of culture: where inspirational African ingredients are combined with the evocative influences of literature, art and dance to create four fragrances that will provoke feelings of sensual sophistication, radiance and warmth.

ROADS Entertainment specialises in delivering high-calibre commercial art-house features and documentaries. Recently completed productions include the feature documentary After The Dance, directed by Daisy Asquith, BEING AP and Meet Miss Moriarty, directed by Claire Dix.

ROADS Publishing is a high-end publisher of books that are practical works of art. Launched in 2013 with designer classics, the ROADS list has rapidly developed, and now encompasses fine art, photography, illustration, culture, fashion and exclusive special editions.

Danielle Ryan says: "There are many reasons why I wanted to create ROADS but, above all else, I wanted to create an artistic brand that would not be limited by its own definition, or confined to only one idea."

The Cathal Ryan Trust set up in memory of her late father in 2011 made one of the biggest personal donations the UN Body has ever received.



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