Sinéad Burke


Sinéad Burke is an academic, teacher, writer and advocate. Sinéad works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. She consults within the fashion, architecture, technology and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all. Sinéad is responsible for the introduction of the term for little person, ‘duine beag’, into the Irish language.

Sinéad is a TED speaker, her talk ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ has amassed over one million views and speaking on the topics of design, education and inclusion, she most recently addressed the Business of Fashion’s VOICES conference and was the only Irish female delegate at World Economic Forum’s 2018 annual meeting in Davos and returned as a Cultural Leader of Davos’ programme in 2019. Sinéad was presented with The Leadership Award at Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards by Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri. Sinéad is a Contributing Editor for British Vogue, she writes for the Financial Times, Teen Vogue and the New York Times. Sinéad has been a guest on The Moth and DeRay’s Pod Save the People. She is the coverstar of the Business of Fashion’s Age of Influence print issue, a member of the BoF500 and according to British Vogue, Sinéad is one of the 25 most influential women working in Britain in 2018 and is a member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State.