During the academic year 2014/2015, I teach postgraduate modules Green Business at the Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD and Corporate Finance at the Institute of Banking, Dublin. I study place-inspired ventures driven by my conviction that culture, purpose and meaning are the heart of the innovative process. I am currently Cathaoirleach an Bhoird Rialachais [Chairman, Governing Authority] of the Irish-medium college, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr.
I have an electrical engineering degree from University College Cork (UCC), an MBA from Syracuse University, New York and a PhD in international finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU).
I worked as an engineer with the General Electric company in the US, Korea and Ireland. I held academic positions at several Irish and overseas universities. I was Professor of Finance at Dublin City University (DCU) and first Director of the MSc in Investment and Treasury degree, a key qualification in the Irish financial services industry. I also developed an innovative Irish-medium degree in finance, computing and enterprise at DCU and was first Director of Fiontar, a centre I set up to foster a strong entrepreneurial spirit among students. I am the former chairman of zamano, a telecommunications company founded by former Fiontar students whose IPO is listed on the London and Dublin Stock Exchanges.
I was a Professor in the Economics Department at Maynooth University where I set up and ran an interdisciplinary degree that linked finance and venture management with the sciences and engineering. I also set up a postgraduate degree targeted at executives in the public, private and community sectors. I was the key faculty member responsible for the setting up of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) jointly with Intel in 2006. During 2006/2007, I was a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD. I have also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Fordham University and NYU in the US and the Helsinki School of Economics [now Aalto University], Finland.
I was Chairman of the 2003 Adjudication Panel appointed by the Council of Directors of the Institutes of Technology to determine grant support under the NDP-funded Enterprise Platform Programme. I was Co-Chair of the US Financial Management Association (FMA) European Conference held in Dublin in 2003. I am a former director of a hedge fund listed on the Irish stock market. I was a member of the judging panel for the 2010 All-Ireland Marketing Awards and 2012 Start-Up Awards.
I have published in, among others, the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of International Finance & Accounting, The Irish Banking Review, Banking Ireland, Studies, Administration, Comhar, Feasta, Léachtaí Cholm Cille, Sustainable Development, Irish Educational Studies, The Irish Review, Decision Magazine, Youth Drama Ireland, Heritage Outlook and London Review of Education. Both my 2013 book, The Irish Edge: How Enterprises Compete on Authenticity and Place and a 2008 book, Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference: Innovation, Learning and Sense of Place in a Globalising Ireland, were co-authored with James Kennelly. I also co-edited a book of essays on Ireland’s economic crisis from the 2009 MacGill Summer School with Joe Mulholland and wrote the 2011 monograph Meon Gaelach, Aigne Nuálaíoch.