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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

Deirdre Lillis

Position: Convene Project Lead
Email: deirdre.lillis@tudublin.ie
Location: TU Dublin
Dr. Deirdre Lillis is the Project Lead for Convene and a proven academic leader with over twenty years experience in higher education. She has a track record of sustained innovation in professionally-oriented and internationalised curriculum development, in pioneering flexible delivery methods, in leading European projects and in proactive stakeholder engagement. Prior to leading Convene, she was the Head of Computer Science at Technological University Dublin (City Campus). She has extensive experience of developing internationalised, innovation and industry-oriented programmes to address enterprise needs. With multi-disciplinary educational qualifications including a PhD in Higher Education Management and an MSc in Computer Science, she undertakes research in strategic management, global entrepreneurial talent management, higher education policy and university-industry interactions. 

As principal investigator, she has secured European funding in highly competitive schemes including four funded projects as lead co-ordinator since 2015. In addition to leading the €17.5m HCI-funded Convene programme, she leads the HubLinked Knowledge Alliance of Global IT hubs, an initiative of over 40 academic and industry partners across 14 global IT hubs that aims to share best methods for university-industry innovations and strengthen Europe's software innovation capacity. Deirdre is a member of the Board of the Higher Education Authority and chairs its Audit & Risk Committee. She is a member of Senate of the National University of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy Engineering and Computer Science Committee and Institute of Directors in Ireland and has previously served on the Board of the Irish Writers Centre.
Convene Project Lead

Deirdre Lillis

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

Norah Cussen

Position: Enterprise Partnership Lead
Email: Norah.cussen@tudublin.ie
Categories: Global Innovation Teams
Location: TU Dublin
Norah has designed innovative approaches to fostering entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets in Higher Education. Norah is an advocate of entrepreneurial and innovative practices across disciplines. She has designed programmes that foster transversal skills to future-proof high education and graduates.  Most recently, TU Dublin and UCD Joint Professional Diploma in Transversal Skills and Global Innovation Teams – an immersive internship.   Norah has worked on many research projects, published papers and presented her work at international conferences. Highlights of Norah’s research include her Marie Curie-Sklodowska Research and Innovation Fellowship with European Commission for Horizon 2020 researching Entrepreneurial Diaspora in India and Brazil. Her Doctoral Study developed a model for cultivating entrepreneurial behaviour in underdeveloped communities. Norah is committed to finding new ways to bring business and underserved communities closer together.
Enterprise Partnership Lead

Norah Cussen

Anne Greene

Position: Enterprise Partnership Lead
Email: anne.greene@tudublin.ie
Categories: Enterprise Lead
Location: TU Dublin
Prof. Anne Greene heads the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Team (PRST) in TU Dublin, where she is a senior lecturer and has spearheaded the development of several MSc and BSc Pharmaceutical Programmes since 1996. She has overseen the transition of 2 of them from face-2-face delivery to fully on-line, namely the MSc in Pharmaceutical Validation Technology and the BSc in the Manufacture of Medicinal products. She has supervised several industry based, remote students to PhD awards in areas of Quality Risk Management, Knowledge Management, Operational Excellence and PAT, and PQS. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Anne worked at a senior level for several years in the pharmaceutical sector in Validation and Technical Management roles. In 2006, Anne took a 1-year sabbatical from DIT to take up the role of Training Director, for the newly established IDA funded National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), based in the UCD campus. Anne has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from UCD.
Enterprise Partnership Lead

Anne Greene

Brian Murphy

Position: Enterprise Partnership Lead
Email: brian.a.murphy@tudublin.ie
Categories: Enterprise Lead
Location: TU Dublin
Dr Brian Murphy B.A., Ph.D. [NUI], PGDip (University Teaching and Learning) is a Convene Enterprise Partnership Lead. He earned his doctorate in Modern Irish History from the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin. Prior to taking up his current position in Convene, Brian lectured in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism in City Campus, Technological University Dublin, predominantly on the Access Foundation Programme and the International Foundation Programme, as well as serving as the School’s Erasmus Coordinator. Brian also previously worked as a Tutor in the Combined Departments of History in UCD.     Brian’s monograph Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency was published in 2016 by the Collins Press. He previously co-edited Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis, the 2014 best-selling book on the public career of the former Minister for Finance. Brian’s latest book, From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America, co-edited with Professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin, was published in 2021 by the Irish Academic Press.    Brian has extensive public policy and enterprise experience.  He worked previously as a speechwriter and policy advisor in the Houses of the Oireachtas and in the Department of the Taoiseach.  He also ran his own consultancy company, providing strategic and communications advice to a range of high profile companies.  Brian is currently a director of the Kennedy Summer School, New Ross, and a director of the John F. Kennedy Trust.  Brian is passionate about sport, especially football, and he was a mentor on the Dublin Institute of Technology Elite Athlete Support Programme. 
Enterprise Partnership Lead

Brian Murphy

Kevin O’Rourke

Position: Curate & Assess Coordinator
Email: kevin.orourke@tudublin.ie
Categories: Curate and Assess
Location: TU Dublin
Kevin currently works with the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre at TU Dublin (City Campus) as Strategic Projects Coordinator, having completed a three-year secondment as Digital Campus Architect (2017–20). Previously he was Head of eLearning Support & Development, and was seconded to the National Forum where he worked on the national digital roadmap for higher education and an associated sectoral infrastructure review. He holds a PhD in intellectual history from University College London (2000) and BA/MA from UCD. Before joining DIT in May 2002, his professional career spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York and London.
Curate & Assess Coordinator

Kevin O’Rourke

William O’Mahony

Position: Programme Administrator
Email: william.omahony@tudublin.ie
Categories: Support
Location: TU Dublin

Since joining TU Dublin in 2016 as an International and Research Project Officer for the School of Computer Science, William has managed the complete project life-cycle of a range of international mobility projects and programmes within. During this time, William has effectively maintained and established a range of highly effective working relationships with key global partner universities and other stakeholders. Prior to joining TU Dublin, William held a number of Higher Education positions in Melbourne, Australia and London, England.  

William has a BA Hons Degree in Business Management Studies & Sport Science from St Mary’s University, London, and recently completed a MSc in Project Management from TU Dublin. 

Programme Administrator

William O’Mahony

Kat English

Position: Enterprise Academy Manager
Email: kat.english@tudublin.ie
Location: TU Dublin
Originally from the UK, Kat spent more than 15 years working in strategic communications and digital marketing in California and New York before joining TU Dublin as the Convene Enterprise Academy Manager. Most recently, she led outreach and strategic partnerships for UCLA’s department of architecture and urban design, overseeing communications and marketing efforts to a diverse range of stakeholders. Prior to that, Kat served as Director of Digital at the Ad Council, the largest producer and distributor of public service advertising in the United States. Before joining the Ad Council, she worked at a strategic communications agency in San Francisco consulting with non-profits across a range of sectors including parks, urban planning, public health, transportation, and education. Kat studied Psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, with a year abroad at the University of California in San Diego.
Enterprise Academy Manager

Kat English

Peter Manifold

Position: Instructional Designer
Email: peter.manifold@tudublin.ie
Categories: Support
Location: TU Dublin
Since 2015 Peter has worked as an Instructional Designer supporting staff within the Technological University of Dublin to enhance their teaching and learning. He is committed to sound pedagogical design and the utilisation of systematic procedures as a means to bring about more engaging learner experiences. As part of the Convene team Peter collaborate with Convene Enterprise Fellows, academic staff and enterprise experts to apply learning design and the Curate & Assess approaches to online and blended modules.
Instructional Designer

Peter Manifold

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

Nikita Chiu

Position: Head of Research and Impact
Email: s.chiu@ucd.ie
Location: UCD
An expert in technology governance, in 2019, the Space Engineering Research Center named Nikita ‘Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow’ in Robotic and Outer Space Governance. And she was chosen as one of the ’20 under 35′ future leaders by Space and Satellite Professionals International, for her work on space sustainability. Nikita is part of Convene’s impact assessment team.
Head of Research and Impact

Nikita Chiu

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

Jake Prest

Position: Technology Integration
Email: jake.prest@ucd.ie
Categories: Support
Location: UCD
Jake began consulting with secondary-level educators on educational technology. Here he put the expertise he’d gained building web and mobile apps for the likes of NASA and the US Air Force to good use. In April 2021, he heard the call of kindred bellies at the Innovation Academy, rumbling with that same hunger for learning that had set him on his new path. Jake loves helping the UCD Innovation Academy to navigate our complex, digitally integrated world. He is key to our adoption of educational technology to facilitate remote learning. He’s also ensuring our graduates leave with a thorough grounding in digital transformation, so they can embrace the challenges they face in the future.
Technology Integration

Jake Prest

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

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