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Shaun T Kelly honoured, the high-flyer who's not forgot his roots

By Rebecca Black

A west Belfast man who has risen to the top of a major global company has spoken of his pride at being honoured by Queen's University in his home city.

Shaun T Kelly is chief operating officer for accounting firm KPMG International's Americas region.

But he has never forgotten his roots and has worked with Invest NI and Queen's for the betterment of his native city.

Mr Kelly was involved in a working group to develop economic support in Northern Ireland. He brought Enactus to Ireland, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives and create a more sustainable world. He is also an active supporter of Queen's City Scholarship programme. Queen's recognised his efforts at its summer graduations yesterday, making him a Doctor of Science (Economics) for services to business and commerce.

"It's an incredible honour to be recognised by such an important institution, and to have that happen in the city where I grew up," he said.

"I have enjoyed building connections with Queen's in recent years, and watching its world-class programmes and extraordinary students make vital and lasting contributions, not only to the Northern Ireland economy but to the world at large.

"I am proud and delighted to be returning to the university today for this very special occasion."

Queen's also recognised the current president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Dame Ann Dowling.

She is best known as an international authority on aircraft acoustics, combustion and vibration, and leads research into how to cut down on noise levels at airports, especially for people living in the immediate vicinity.

Speaking of her honorary Doctorate of Science and Engineering, Dame Ann said: "To receive this recognition from such a prestigious university, and a university with such a fine heritage, that's known for its engineering pedigree going back 160 years, is a considerable honour. I very much look forward to sharing this special occasion with students who will be graduating on the same day."

Ulster University recognised Danske Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon, and two women who have devoted themselves to sexual assault victims.

PSNI Inspector Anne Marks and Dr Olive Buckley from the Rowan Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Antrim were honoured for distinguished services to the vulnerable in society at a ceremony at The Diamond in Coleraine yesterday. The Rowan Centre is the regional Sexual Assault and Referral Centre for Northern Ireland.

It brings together in one place, health, social care and criminal justice agencies to support people who have experienced sexual assault and abuse.

Since it opened in May 2013, the Rowan Centre has provided support and advice to over 1,100 men, women and children from across Northern Ireland.

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