About Me

  • I study place-inspired ventures driven by a conviction that identity and meaning are at the heart of regenerative innovation.
  • I teach postgraduate modules Green Business (Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin) and Corporate Finance (Institute of Banking, Dublin).
  • I have an electrical engineering degree from University College Cork, 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 GE in the US, Korea and Ireland.
  • I was a professor of finance at Dublin City University (DCU) and first director of the MSc in Investment and Treasury degree there.
  • I also set up at DCU a path-breaking Irish-medium degree in finance, computing and enterprise and the Irish Centre, Fiontar.  I am the former chairman of Zamano, a hi tech 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 interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  • I was 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 have written two books with James Kennelly: The Irish Edge (2013) and Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference (2008). I co-edited a book of essays on Ireland’s economic crisis from the 2009 MacGill Summer School with Joe Mulholland and wrote the 2011 book Meon Gaelach, Aigne Nuálaíoch.