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Mike Feerick, the Founder and CEO of Alison, first conceived the idea that education and skills training could be made free online using an advertising / certification model in late 2005. He decided to change the business model of a paid online learning business focused on IT Desktop training called Advance Learning, into the free online learning platform Alison is today, launching the free learning platform in April 2007.

In his early career, Mike had the good fortune of having as a friend and mentor, Chuck Feeney, an Irish-American business philanthropist who Mike credits as being a seminal source of inspiration in founding Alison and also in developing his passion for social entrepreneurship in the field of education. Mike also quotes the vision of a world of free education within the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26 “Education shall be free" as a personal source of motivation. It is his passion and principle that education has the power to shake the world, and it should be made available to anyone, anywhere, without restrictions. This has laid the foundation for Alison to become the revolutionary online learning pioneer it is today.

Mike Feerick

Mike is an internationally recognised and award-winning social entrepreneur.

Among his Awards are:

  • AwardAshoka Fellowship 2010
  • AwardThe UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa ICT in Education innovation Diploma Award 2010
  • AwardArthur Guinness Social Fund Award Winner 2012
  • AwardWISE Award, 2013, (Qatar Foundation)
  • AwardRunner up in the World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016
Mike Feerick
Education underpins all social progress. If we can improve the general education level worldwide, global poverty can be dealt with profoundly and our general standard of living vastly improved.”

- Mike Feerick

CEO Alison

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