Bill O’Gorman (WIT) Chairperson

Professor Bill O’Gorman is Director for Research at the Centre Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. His research and teaching include entrepreneurial regions, regional development, entrepreneurship, organisation development (OD), and change management. Bill is a mentor and director of a number of SMEs. Prior to joining academia in 1999, Bill was Managing Director of his own electronics sub-contract business for nine years. Before that he amassed over twenty years industry experience working in various MNEs at senior management and executive levels. He is a director of a number of enterprise support agencies and served on government roundtable fora for the development of enterprise policy and entrepreneurship education. Bill has successfully coordinated and managed several INTERREG, FP6, FP7, H2020 and ERASMUS projects; edited several books on Regional Innovation Systems and co-authored chapters such as Ecosytems of Open Innovation: Their applicability to the growth and development of economies within small countries and regions and Contextualisation of Innovation: The absorptive capacity of society and the innovation process. Email -

Gillian Barry (LIT)

Tom Cooney (DIT)

Thomas Cooney is Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Academic Director of the DIT Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland) and Editor of the academic journal Small Enterprise Research. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the European Council for Small Business and a TedX Speaker. Thomas is also Policy Advisor to Governments, the European Commission, OECD, European Training Foundation and other international organisations and he has a strong publications record in the field of entrepreneurship and small business. He is a director of several enterprises and additionally works with commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Full details of his career can be found at Email -

Natasha Evers (NUIG)

Dr. Natasha Evers is Head of the Marketing Discipline, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics at National University of Ireland, Galway. She further holds the position of Visiting Professor of International Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the University of Halmstad, Sweden. Natasha’s research expertise lies in international entrepreneurship and marketing, new venture and SME internationalisation and technology entrepreneurship. She has published her work and guest edited in in internationally top ranked journals and is lead author of international book ‘Technology EntrepreneurshipBringing Innovation to the Marketing Place (2014-Palgrave-MacMillian). Email -

Aisling Flynn (NUIM)

Aisling Flynn is a former Enterprise Educator and Career and Skills Consultant with a career that spans over a decade in top tier Universities, with national accolades including Enactus UK Adviser of the Year, Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year finalist and winner (Key Contributor), Times Higher Outstanding Student Support award finalist (Key Contributor), AHECS Highly Commended Employability Award (Key Contributor). Aisling currently heads up the new Maynooth University Experiential Learning Unit, which presents MU Students with a number of diverse pathways to pursue learning by doing through reflection, ultimately enhancing their repertoire of enterprise and employability skills. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Growth, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Email -

Breda Kenny (CIT)

Dr. Breda Kenny is head of Management & Enterprise Department at Cork Institute of Technology with responsibility for the academic leadership of the management, entrepreneurship and economics discipline areas. Breda is also responsible for managing national and EU projects and research supervision to PhD level. She has published in international peer reviewed journals such as R & D Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Industry & Higher Education, The Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and Small Enterprise Research. At a European level, Breda is a member of the board of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). In Ireland, Breda is Chair of the Campus Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Network (CEEN). Breda has extensive industry experience and is also co-founder and director of Surecom NS Ltd, and director of the Rubicon Innovation Centre. Email -

Pauric McGowan (UU)

Bio-note: Pauric McGowan, BA Econ., MBA., Ph.D., FMII., FHEA. Professor McGowan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at the Ulster University Business School, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, BT37OQB. He has published over 60 research publications and research case studies. He is a member of the Ulster University Business School’s Research Institute and a Distinguished Business Fellow of the Ulster University in recognition of his work at the interface between the business practitioner community and the University. He is also a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, a Fellow of the Higher Education Association and a Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (ISBE). He is immediate past President of the Institute which is the UK’s leading and longest established learned society of Educators and Researchers in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Practice, with a widening European constituency. Email -

Martin Meagher (IT Carlow)

Kristel Miller (UU)

Kristel Miller is a senior lecturer in Strategy at Ulster University. Her research interests focus on the areas of university-industry knowledge transfer, SME innovation, business models, technology commercialization and female entrepreneurship. She has presented in various international conferences and published in internationally recognised journals such as R&D Management, Technovation, Production Planning and Control, Journal of Production Economics and Studies in Higher Education. Kristel is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Small Business, the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and the Irish Business Journal. Email -

Breda O’Dwyer (IT Tralee)

Breda O’Dwyer BBS, MBA, NCEE Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Harvard University Certificate in Problem Based Learning, completing a PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster on the entrepreneurial educator. She was External Services Manager for the IT Tralee and is a Senior Lecturer and leads and manages the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The centre provides innovative, design driven and transformative solutions to business development and growth requirements in both the private and public sector. Breda is a key member of the executive group pioneering entrepreneurship in the Kerry region and in receipt of Kerry being awarded EER status in 2011 – European Entrepreneurial Region. She has competed for and been successful in receiving national and European funding for research in the education, commercial and social initiatives. Email -