Mafalda Halligan | Bio

"The goal is to provide leaders with tools and insights they need that can turn talent into performance."

Building on nearly two decades of human capital expertise, Mafalda Halligan currently guides the ship for River Run HR, a boutique HR consulting firm. She founded River Run HR in 2014 with a clear mission: to deliver "strategic guidance in supporting a small company's goals beyond traditional and tactical human resource solutions".  It started, as all ideas do, when she found that the day-to-day HR humdrum was mostly reactive to addressing compliance, employee relations or even foreseen stages of the employee lifecycle. 

In other words, work with organizations to create an HR strategy roadmap that can cultivate the culture, engagement, and bench it needs  to dramatically increase efficiency and productivity while allowing for maximum growth.


Born in Portugal, Mafalda started her life in a small village in central Portugal before her parents emigrated to the United States at a young age. After attending Montclair State University, she began her HR career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, served as managing HR Director for private organizations, and leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies including Vice President of Human Resources for Guy Carpenter, an operating company of Marsh & McLennan. As an HR strategist and consultant, she has successfully collaborated with companies across various sectors including healthcare, technology, finance and banking, manufacturing, professional services, construction and engineering firms, Digital Media/PR firms, FinTech start-ups, non-profits, and more.