Speakers

An eclectic mix of speakers from around the world will come together on Friday 1 July at this one day symposium titled ‘Innovation Ecosystems; a critical component of Irish Higher Education in the 21st century’.  This section outlines the backgrounds of our speakers and the various initiatives that they are involved in.

 Professor Veronica Campbell Professor Veronica Campbell, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin and Associate Professor of Physiology.Professor Campbell is a member of the TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance Steering Group and currently overseas the development of the TCD side of the Innovation Academy. In her role as Dean of Graduate Studies, Veronica overseas the integration of Innovation Academy programmes into PhD education. Veronica is also a principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering.
 Damini Kumar Damini Kumaris European Union’s Ambassador for Creativity & Innovation and Director of Design and Creativity at NUI Maynooth on fostering principles of innovation and creativity at all levels of society.Damini is an international expert in design, creative thinking and innovation and continues to stimulate an interest in these areas as she believes it is critical to the future of the economy and is regularly asked to advise organisations & governments.Damini’s lifelong ambition was to be an inventor and since the age of five she has been actively designing solutions to problems that she has encountered. In 1998 Damini invented the world’s first non-drip spout, a simple award winning innovation which disproved years of scientific research into the ubiquitous problem of the dripping teapot. The worldwide patented invention is simple and can be applied to any pouring spout from teapots to petrol pumps and can be manufactured in any material
  Innovation Academy was officially opened in November 2010 and is the educational centrepiece of the TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance. The Academy’s mission is to transform the PhD experience by imbuing graduate research and education with creative thinking and innovation. Together across-institutions they deliver a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to PhD students from multidisciplinary background. The new Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the first programme to be offered by the Innovation Academy and is available both as an integral part of the doctoral degree and as a stand-alone programme.Visit www.innovationacademy.iefor more information

Professor Paul Coughlan (TCD) Innovation Academy Co-Director Paul joined Trinity College Dublin in 1993 and is currently Associate Professor of Operations Management in Trinity’s School of Business. Following an early career in engineering management in shipbuilding and off-shore construction Paul returned to academia as a lecturer in the Department of Management in University College Cork before completing a PhD in the area of product development at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. On graduation he joined the operations management faculty of the London Business School before moving to TCD. Paul’s career has been largely research active and he has both developed and taught modules that focus on the improvement of product development and manufacturing processes, areas that are central to innovation practice and performance. Paul’s recognition of how doctoral education can provide researchers with the opportunities to influence and lead in the commercialisation of research findings grew out of his roles as President of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) and as a director of a TCD campus company, Magnetic Solutions Ltd, and its evolution into a competitor in the international market for semiconductor process equipment. Paul’s experience, orientation and enthusiasm for teaching and research form the foundation of his role as Course Co-Director for the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy.Professor

Suzi Jarvis (UCD) Innovation Academy Co-Director

Suzi graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physics and began her research career by organising her own industrial sponsorship with Kodak Ltd for a DPhil in the Department of Materials, Oxford. This was followed by eight years international work experience at the Joint Research Centre for Atom Technology; a Government Research Lab in Tsukuba, Japan, working in the area of nanotechnology. Towards the end of her time in Japan she was actively involved in the policy changes and restructuring which occurred across the science and technology sector primarily through her connections with the Science and Technology office of the British Embassy. On moving to Trinity College Dublin in 2002 she gained experience in establishing major new ventures as one of the founding Principal Investigators of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructure and Nanodevices (CRANN); a joint venture with multi-national partner INTEL. During this time she also established a multi-disciplinary team pursuing a number of research areas at the interface between electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and botany.

  Dr. Chris Horn is co-founder of Iona Technologies and has been an inspirational figure in Irelands’ software industry. The legacy of IONA Technologies as leaders in high-performance integration solutions catapulted Ireland’s reputation in the software sector globally. It was no surprise IONA was once one of the largest top ten software companies by revenue in the world and the 5th largest IPO in the history of Nasdaq in 1997. Dr. Horn has a distinguished career and his contribution to the Irish high-tech industry has been instrumental.  He has been a non-executive director of a number of privately held software companies and business associations and advisor to a number of venture capital firms.He is a former Director of Science Foundation Ireland, a former chair of the “Expert Group on Future Skills”, Ireland’s Educational Technology Investment Fund, and former chair of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce eCity working group; and a former chairman of the Irish Management Institute. Chris worked in Brussels for the European Commission, and was an integral part of the ten-year “Esprit” program designed to improve Europe’s technology industry. Currently, Dr Horn is President of Engineers Ireland and a current member of the Innovation Taskforce.
Christine Driscoll is Associate Director of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. Before taking on this position, Christine was the Business Development Manager of the socially conscious apparel brand, EDUN LIVE, founded by Ali Hewson and Bono (and now partly owned by LVMH after recent investment). In her role at EDUN LIVE, she managed all aspects of the brand, ranging from sourcing and supply chain management in Africa, to marketing and sales initiatives, as well as profit & loss responsibility. Christine, an American national, was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French.  She also studied law at Boston College Law School and King’s College in London, receiving her Juris Doctor in 2002.  After that she went on to practice corporate law at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston, specialising in the venture capital and private equity sectors. In July 2006, Christine received her MBA from INSEAD.  In her current role at INSEAD, Christine focuses on supporting current MBA participants, alumni and faculty with matters relating to Social Entrepreneurship, as well as building relationships and programs with external partners.
Sofia Ritzén is the director of the Swedish national research and change program PIEp (Product Innovation Engineering program). PIEp aims for increased innovation capability in people and organizations. Ritzén is also associated professor in Integrated Product Development at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.Ritzén is also associated professor in Integrated Product Development at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm,  Sweden. She conducts research on how to organize and manage technical development work in order to increase efficiency and innovativeness. Ritzéns teaching efforts concern mainly experience based product development courses.
Professor Peter Russo is Founder, Director and Chairman of the Strascheg Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the European Business School, Frankfurt, Germany. Professor Russo’s academic experience focuses on business administration, marketing, finance and economic law, and his current research interests include innovation management, corporate entrepreneurship and growth management.Professor Russo’s academic positions include a senior lectureship in Innovation Management at the European Business School and Visiting Professor at Stanford University.  Professor Russo has been heavily involved in a number of start-up companies and has held senior positions within the banking industry and the high-tech industry. In 2008 he co-published the book “Von der Idee zum Markt” (From Idea to Market), one of the best-selling books in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation in Germany.
DCU Ryan Academy Geraldine Lavin is the Training Programme Manager for the Business Innovation Programme at the DCU Ryan Academy.  The DCU Ryan Academy is a partnership between Dublin City University and the family of the late Tony Ryan (Ryanair). The Academy exists to promote and develop entrepreneurship and innovation.  The Business Innovation Programme assists experienced graduates and professionals to enhance their careers by upskilling them in Innovation.   Participants get comprehensive education, training and mentoring in innovation combined with working in an Innovation Project Team with one of the Programme’s 40 partner companies. Working with senior management, participants design, develop and/or implement innovative initiatives. Geraldine has extensive experience as a trainer and lecturer across a range of business topics and trainee groups, including managers, employees, start-up entrepreneurs, owner-managers, academic researchers, students and the unemployed.  As a trainer she specialises in Business Start Up and Development, including Business Planning, Market Research and Business Networking.  She has also lectured and completed research projects in a number of third level institutions, including UCD, DCU, DIT, NUI, Maynooth, APMI (Hong Kong and Singapore) and CESUGA (Spain), primarily in the areas of enterprise, business and management development.  Geraldine is a member of the Ballymun Economic Development Working Group, the Small Firms Association National Executive Council, the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors Board. 
Prof Terri Scott, President of IT SligoProfessor Scott took up appointment as President of IT Sligo in October 2008.  She has had a distinguished academic career that has spanned over 23 years in higher education.  Prior to her current post she held senior appointments at DCU, University of Ulster and held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT in the USA. She also has extensive experience of developing partnerships and collaboration with institutions across Europe and Asia. Terri Scott also has a track record in the public and private sector. In 2000 she was the first female to be named ‘IT Professional of the Year’ by the British Computer Society. She was the founder and Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship. In 2002 she joined Invest Northern Ireland as Managing Director responsible for entrepreneurship and regional development. She has worked extensively with multinationals and SMEs in promoting economic development and innovation. She has held a number of public appointments and is currently a Board member of Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Ireland.
Kealan Doyle (AKA the Seahorse man) is a Marine biologist from Galway university who decided to try breeding seahorses. Having travelled the world to study seahorse in captivity, Kealan has a wealth of knowledge on the creature and there is not much he can’t tell you about them. Kealan is founder of http://www.seahorseaquariums.com.
  

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