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Our Team

The Convene team represents a diverse range of backgrounds, nationally and internationally, from across education and enterprise.

TU Dublin

Hugh McAtamney

Position: Enterprise Partnership Lead
Email: hugh.mcatamney@tudublin.ie
Categories: Accredited Talent Development
Location: TU Dublin
As an Enterprise Partnership Lead, Hugh leads Convene’s efforts to develop new, accredited pathways into industry, with a specific focus on the creative and cultural sector. Before joining the Convene team, Hugh spent eight years as Head of the School of Media at TU Dublin where he cultivated deep links with the screen industry and developed post-graduate programmes in Advanced Production, Creative Leaders, Game Design and an Apprenticeship in CG Technical Art. Prior to that, he also served as Head of Digital Media and was a lecturer in computer science and game design. With more than twenty years of experience in higher education, Hugh began his career as a Virtual Reality researcher Digital Media Centre in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He led the development of Irelands first game design pathway from level 8 to 10 and an apprenticeship in animation, and has managed more than a dozen Springboard-funded programmes, among other industry-ready programmes in the creative computing and media industries.  
Enterprise Partnership Lead

Hugh McAtamney

Convene is a collaboration between Technological University Dublin, UCD Innovation Academy, and enterprise partners working across seven major economic sectors: Tourism, Food & Drink, Creative / Cultural, Social Enterprise, ICT / Fintech, Medtech and Pharma.

UCD Innovation Academy

Suzi Jarvis

Position: Convene Lead
Email: suzi.jarvis@ucd.ie
Categories: Project Lead
Location: UCD
Professor Suzi Jarvis graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physics and began her research career by organising her own industry sponsored DPhil (Kodak Ltd) in the Department of Materials, Oxford. This was followed by eight years of 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. 
In 2007 she took up the Chair of Biophysics in the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research at University College Dublin. Recently her serendipitous discovery of patentable protein structures in a broad range of natural adhesives has opened up the potential for the biomimetic production of new biomedical adhesives (patent US 7,851,434). In 2009 she was involved in the Enterprise Ireland Business Partners Programme along with co-inventor Dr Anika Mostaert. Her group also has particular strengths in the development of novel atomic force microscopy techniques for bionanotechnology, and work closely with industrial collaborator, Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company. Suzi was appointed as Founding Director of the Innovation Academy, UCD in 2010 and has been instrumental in driving the Academy’s development to date.
Convene Lead

Suzi Jarvis

Eleanor Kelly

Position: Strategic Partnerships Lead
Email: Eleanor.Kelly@ucd.ie
Location: UCD
Eleanor headed regional communications at George Soros’ philanthropy, the Open Society Foundations for nearly ten years in London, working across four continents. Before that she worked on strategic communications campaigns with a London PR firm. Eleanor is overall Convene programme manager and enterprise engagement lead at UCD Innovation Academy.
Strategic Partnerships Lead

Eleanor Kelly

Mairéad Pratschke

Position: Education Innovation Lead
Email: mairead.pratschke@ucd.ie
Categories: Curate and Assess
Location: UCD
Mairead brings over 20 years of experience across education and enterprise, from teaching and publishing in the humanities, to collaborating on the creation of an online sports education start-up, to designing a new blended Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School, to developing Exec Ed programmes for London Business School clients. Mairead is Curate and Assess Work Package Lead from UCD Innovation Academy.
Education Innovation Lead

Mairéad Pratschke

Colman Farrell

Position: Programme Development
Email: colman.farrell@ucd.ie
Location: UCD
Colman is Head of Programme Development at the Innovation Academy. He has worked with the Academy since 2014, working to grow and scale the Academy’s work, overseeing teaching and learning, and part of the Academy’s leadership team. Colman supports the overall management of Convene from UCD Innovation Academy with a particular focus on teaching and learning
Programme Development

Colman Farrell

Alan Morgan

Position: Entrepreneurial Specialist
Email: alan.morgan@ucd.ie
Categories: Enterprise Faculty
Location: UCD
Alan is an entrepreneurial specialist at UCD Innovation Academy. Before that, he had a 30 year career in sales and purchasing including in Roches Stores. Before joining the Academy he was an Operations Management and Marketing lecturer in Dublin Business School. Alan is part of the Enterprise Faculty Work Package.
Entrepreneurial Specialist

Alan Morgan

Maurice Knightly

Position: Entrepreneurial Specialist
Email: maurice.knightly@ucd.ie
Categories: Accredited Talent Development
Location: UCD
Maurice has been an entrepreneurial specialist with the Innovation Academy since 2013. Before that, he spent 17 years as operations and trainings director at O Briens Irish Sandwich Bars, playing a key role in supporting this iconic Irish brand to grow almost 300 outlets. Maurice is the Accredited Talent Development Work Package Lead at UCD Innovation Academy.
Entrepreneurial Specialist

Maurice Knightly

William Davis

Position: Creative Makers Facilitator
Email: william.davis@ucd.ie
Categories: Support
Location: UCD
William co-founded FabLab, one of the first commercial MakerSpaces in the US and was among those chosen to found the Obama administration’s ‘Nation of Makers’. William worked in marketing at World Vision and later spent over a decade at Costco Wholesale, managing product lines worth more than $1 billion. William is the MakerSpace Facilitator, leading Convene’s MakerSpace and forging enterprise partnerships, based at UCD Innovation Academy.
Creative Makers Facilitator

William Davis

Eileen Diskin

Position: Educational Innovation Lead
Email: eileen.diskin@ucd.ie
Categories: Global Innovation Teams
Location: UCD
A longtime member of the Innovation Academy team, Eileen has moved into this new role, bringing years of experience in creating and delivering programmes and initiatives, most recently a graduate diploma in design thinking for sustainability. Eileen is Global Innovation Team Work Package Lead for UCD Innovation Academy.
Educational Innovation Lead

Eileen Diskin

Thomas Macagno

Position: Education Innovation Lead
Email: thomas.macagno@ucd.ie
Categories: Enterprise Faculty
Location: UCD
Thomas brings over 30 years of experience across a diverse range of areas from software and product development in Silicon Valley, to leading sustainability practices in a UK engineering and construction company, to business consultancy on sustainability and most recently as Programme Director for the Sustainability Programmes at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, USA. Thomas is part of Global Innovation Teams and the Enterprise Faculty Work Packages. He will be channelling his sustainability expertise across all of Convene.
Education Innovation Lead

Thomas Macagno

Dorcas Reamonn

Position: Facilitation Specialist
Email: dorcas.reamonn@ucd.ie
Categories: Curate and Assess
Location: UCD
Dorcas worked as a Process Engineer for Intel after graduating with an engineering degree and a masters in e-commerce. She has founded various businesses, including an award-winning digital marketing company. Dorcas is part of the Curate and Assess Work Package.
Facilitation Specialist

Dorcas Reamonn

David Johnson

Position: Operational Innovation
Email: david.johnson@ucd.ie
Location: UCD
David was co-founder of the Data Science Campus, the data science and artificial intelligence research and development centre for the UK government. He’s a startup founder with over a decade’s experience in telecommunications including Google, BT and Comcast. David is responsible for finance, staffing and other operational support for Convene from UCD Innovation Academy.
Operational Innovation

David Johnson

Convene Fellowships offer educators from TU Dublin and UCD the space, time, and resources to explore innovation and creativity in their work, and collaborate with enterprise to anticipate, understand, and deliver priority and emerging skills.  

TU Dublin Enterprise Fellows

Lorraine Carmody

Position: Convene Fellow
Email: lorraine.carmody@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Lorraine Carmody is 2021 Convene Fellow and Lecturer/Educational Developer at the TU Dublin Department of Computing.
Convene Fellow

Lorraine Carmody

Deirdre Ryan

Position: Convene Fellow
Email: deirdre.ryan@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Dr Deirdre Ryan is a 2021 Convene Fellow and lecturer in the field of intercultural studies & Cultural Intelligence (CQ) at TU Dublin. Her research areas lie in the field of internationalisation of the Curriculum, CQ, Transversal Skills and Continuous Professional Development in Higher Education.
Convene Fellow

Deirdre Ryan

Mariia Perelygina

Position: Convene Fellow
Email: mariia.perelygina@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Dr Mariia Perelygina is a 2021 Convene Fellow and lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at TU Dublin. Her research areas lie in the field of travel ecosystems, business models, digitalization and cross-cultural management.
Convene Fellow

Mariia Perelygina

Graham O’Neill

Position: Convene Fellow
Email: graham.oneill@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Dr. Graham O'Neill is a 2021 Convene Fellow and Assistant Lecturer at the School of Food Sciences and Environmental Health at TU Dublin.
Convene Fellow

Graham O’Neill

Andrea Curley

Position: Convene Fellow
Email: andrea.f.curley@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Andrea Curley is a 2021 Convene Fellow and a lecturer at the School of Computer Science (City Campus). Her research lies in the area of developing ethics within the computer science curriculum.
Convene Fellow

Andrea Curley

Elaine Foley

Position: Research Fellow
Email: elaine.foley@tudublin.ie
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Dr Elaine Foley is a Convene Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Convene team Elaine worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment at Aston University, Birmingham, for almost ten years, where she was involved in the development and management of the clinical neurophysiology and neuroimaging service. She is interested in translational research which has real-world impact. A large part of her research focus to date has been on the application of advanced neuroimaging methods to the investigation of neurological disorders such as epilepsy. She has considerable teaching and research supervision experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is committed to impact-driven research and teaching. She has taught on modules including Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics. Working together with members of the Convene team, alongside other academic and enterprise partners, Elaine will assess and evaluate the impact of the Convene project on the regional innovation and skills ecosystem. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Aston University, Birmingham, an MSc in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin and a BA/BAI in Engineering & Maths from Trinity College Dublin.
Research Fellow

Elaine Foley

Sylvia Healy

Position: Convene Enterprise Fellow
Email: sylvia.healy@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Sylvia has lectured in microbiology in TU Dublin’s Tallaght campus for 17 years and is the lead investigator for a postgraduate research project on probiotics. Prior to her academic career, Sylvia worked in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector for almost a decade. In addition to her current role as a Convene Enterprise Fellow, she is also undertaking a Doctorate in Education in which she is researching the role of public health education in infectious disease mitigation. For her fellowship, Sylvia’s is developing a cross-disciplinary programme for people with intellectual disabilities.
Convene Enterprise Fellow

Sylvia Healy

Ciara Walsh

Position: Convene Enterprise Fellow
Email: ciara.walsh@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Ciara has lectured in the School of Food Science & Environmental Health for over seven years in food regulatory affairs, food safety, and microbiology. She is currently the work placement coordinator on the BSc in Culinary Sc. and Food Innovation for both the food, and brewing and distilling streams. Prior to this, Ciara worked in regulation and policy in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) for seven years, and frequently participated in working groups in the European Commission and OECD. Her primary degree is in Food Sc. (hons) from UCC and she completed her PhD in Food Microbiology from UU, Jordanstown. Ciara is also a previous UCD Newman Scholar and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist in molecular biology for three years; including a secondment to the USDA in California. For her fellowship, Ciara is developing stackable postgraduate programmes in brewing and distilling.
Convene Enterprise Fellow

Ciara Walsh

Seán McHugh

Position: Convene Enterprise Fellow
Email: sean.mchugh@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Seán has been a lecturer in the Department of Computing at TU Dublin’s Tallaght Campus for more than 20 years. He has taught across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, particularly in the areas of database technologies and machine learning. Seán has a special interest in industry engagement and has pioneered the development of internship programmes for both the undergraduate and postgraduate Computing programmes. Seán's fellowship ideas is an on-campus internship; an innovative flexible and inclusive pathway to traditional work placements. For his fellowship, Seán is developing an On-Campus Internship as an innovative, flexible, and inclusive pathway to traditional work placements.
Convene Enterprise Fellow

Seán McHugh

Deirdre Kennedy

Position: Convene Enterprise Fellow
Email: deirdre.kennedy@tudublin.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_TU Dublin
Deirdre is a lecturer/practitioner, with a background in multimedia practice, environmental activism and community arts. Informed by 21 years’ lecturing and practice in Tallaght and by prior experience working in Wet Paint Arts, coordinating projects such as the Tribal Project, the Big Bang and Inside Out, Deirdre is currently undertaking research investigating socially engaged creative practice in a higher education and community settings. A co-founder of Future Makers Collective, her collaborations with local, national and international partners have always enriched her teaching and practice. For her fellowship, Deirdre is working to increase student engagement through socially engaged practice in the creative, cultural, and social enterprise sectors.
Convene Enterprise Fellow

Deirdre Kennedy

UCD Innovation Fellows

Wolfgang Marx

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: wolfgang.marx@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr Wolfgang Marx is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr Marx is also an Associate Professor in Historical Musicology and a member of the UCD Humanities Institute where he leads the Research Strand “Death, Burial and the Afterlife”. His main research interests are the representation of death in music, György Ligeti, post-truth and music, and the theory of musical genres.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Wolfgang Marx

Sophia Meeres

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: sophia.meeres@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Sophia Meeres is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. She is also  a lecturer at UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Sophia Meeres

Kate Frazer

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: kathleen.frazer@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr Kate Frazer is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. She is the Director of Graduate Research and Head of Subject Public Health and Community Nursing at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Kate Frazer

Bernd Justin Jutte

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: justin.jutte@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr Bernd Justin Jutte is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr Jutte is also an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the UCD Sutherland School of Law.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Bernd Justin Jutte

Jean-Christophe Jacquier

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: jean.jacquier@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD

Dr. Jean-Christophe Jacquier is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr. Jacquier is also an Assistant Professor at UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science.

UCD Innovation Fellow

Jean-Christophe Jacquier

Jacob Eisenberg

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: jacob.eisenberg@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD

Dr. Jacob Eisenberg is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr. Eisenberg is also an Associate Professor at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

UCD Innovation Fellow

Jacob Eisenberg

Carla Perrotta

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: carla.perrotta@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr Carla Perrotta is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr Perrotta  is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science at University College Dublin
UCD Innovation Fellow

Carla Perrotta

Deirdre McGillicuddy

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: deirdre.mcgillicuddy@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD

Dr. Deirdre McGillicuddy is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy and Assistant Professor in UCD School of Education.

UCD Innovation Fellow

Deirdre McGillicuddy

Joe Houghton

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: joe.houghton@ucd.ie
Categories: Convene Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Joe Houghton is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Project Management, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.  
UCD Innovation Fellow

Joe Houghton

Sandra Aungier

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: sandra.aungier@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr Sandra Aungier is a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr Aungier is a special lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD. Sandra graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree followed by a Masters and PhD in Bovine Medicine. She spent twenty five years running her Dublin based small animal veterinary hospital. She served as a director on the inaugural board of the Dublin Animal Emergency Centre and helped organise its move to its present premises in UCD. Currently, Sandra teaches on both the veterinary nursing and veterinary medicine programmes.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Sandra Aungier

Michaela Davis

Position: UCD Innovation Fellow
Email: michaela.davis@ucd.ie
Categories: UCD Innovation Fellow
Location: Fellow_UCD
Dr. Michaela Davis is a a 2021 UCD Innovation Fellow based at the UCD Innovation Academy. Dr. Davis is also a lecturer, Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging at the UCD School of Medicine.
UCD Innovation Fellow

Michaela Davis