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DCU Ryan Academy - Faculty

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Members of the L3 Faculty

The DCU Ryan Academy uses a range of academic, business people and ‘pracademics’ to ensure that modules are delivered with up-to-date management thinking by inspiring lecturing and seminar staff from Ireland and internationally.

Mr. Gordon McConnell

Gordon McConnell is a graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology (Diploma in Business Studies), the National University of Ireland Galway (B.Comm, MBS) and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was Marketing Graduate of the Year in NUI Galway in 1993, and the Westinghouse Scholarship award winner. Gordon has worked in various marketing and international marketing roles in industry before joining the UK and Ireland Strategy Practice of Andersen Consulting in 1998 (now Accenture). Gordon left with other Accenture colleagues to start the venture capital and strategic consulting firm HotOrigin in 2000.

Gordon has worked on strategic projects for a range of organisations including An Post, Microsoft, Thomas Cook, ACC Bank, the Marine Institute, Trinity College Dublin, the Adare Group and various start-ups. In 2003 he joined Dublin City University, becoming the Head of Strategic Planning in 2004. Gordon is currently the Head of Strategy and Administration, heading up the President’s Office in DCU as well as Director of Programmes for the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship. He has served on the board of various organisations including the Finglas Cabra Partnership and the National Gallery of Photography. His teaching and research interests include entrepreneurship, social enterprise, cluster development and higher education policy.

Professor Colm O’Gorman

Colm O’Gorman is Professor of Entrepreneurship at DCU Business School. He studies entrepreneurship and industrial policy in Ireland. He is co-author of the annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report for Ireland. The results of this research are used by the National Competitiveness Council to measure Ireland’s competitive position. In his research he has also explored the emergence of high-tech firms in the context of cluster dynamics, including a study of the factors that lead to the rapid emergence of the software industry in Ireland during the 1990s (National Economic and Social Council). He has completed several European Union funded research projects. His research has been published in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals. He has also co-authored a textbook and a number of award winning teaching cases studies on entrepreneurship.

Professor Ronnie Munck (Dublin City University)

Professor Ronaldo Munck came to DCU in 2004 as Theme Leader for Internationalisation, Interculturalism and Social Development from the University of Liverpool where he had been Professor of Political Sociology and Director of the Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit since 1996. Before that he had been at the University of Durban in South Africa as first post-apartheid Chair in Sociology after number of years at the University of Ulster.

Professor Munck has authored or edited more than 20 books on various topics related to globalisation, international development and social movements as well as over 100 academic journal articles. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Korean and Turkish. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals including Globalizations, Global Social Policy, Global Labour, Labour History and Latin American Perspectives. He represents DCU on the board of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, on NorDubCo and on the Financial Development and General Strategic Policy Committee of Dublin City Council.

Paul O’Leary

Paul O’Leary MBA, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years industry experience. He is the Irish associate with PI Europe, an adjunct member of faculty at Trinity College Dublin, and a member of faculty at the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, DCU. Through his work with PI Europe, Paul assists CEO’s and Managers with the implementation and execution of their business strategies, creating a high performance culture through People, Processes and Science-based Systems & Methodologies. Areas of focus include assessment and review of executive management teams, management development, team assessment and development, sales force assessment and development, and corporate entrepreneurial and innovation assessment and development. At TCD and DCU, Paul lectures in Entrepreneurial Psychology on the MBA and other Executive Programmes. He has studied and researched entrepreneurial psychology to doctorate level, and continues to conduct extensive research in the area. Paul has experienced the “entrepreneurial trenches” having been involved in several entrepreneurial start-ups since the 1980’s.

Professor Dan Shunk (Arizona State University, USA)

Dr. Dan L. Shunk is the Avnet Professor of Supply Network Integration in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing research into collaborative commerce, global new product development, model-based enterprises and global supply network integration.

He won a Fulbright Award in 2002-2003, the 1996 SME International Award for Education, the 1991 and 1999 I&MSE Faculty of the Year award, the 1989 SME Region VII Educator of the Year award, chaired AutoFact in 1985, and won the 1982 SME Outstanding Young Engineer award. Dr. Shunk studied at Purdue where he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 1976.

Doctor Stephen Daniels

Dr Stephen Daniels holds B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from DCU and a PhD from DCU earned while studying abroad at IMEC, Belgium and Philips Research, The Netherlands. He spent 8 years with Applied Materials, where he held a number of senior positions including Metallisation Technologist for Northern Europe and Global Cluster Team Manager. Following this he spent 3 years with Scientific Systems as Head of Research and Development, developing and marketing their flagship plasma process control product. Following this he spent a year at University College Dublin as manager of the Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Technology. In April 2004, he joined the Dept. of Electronic Engineering, DCU and in July 2005 was appointed Executive Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology. Dr. Daniels has founded several highly successful technology companies and in 2006 Dr. Daniels was the winner of the Mallin Invent Award for Innovation. Dr. Daniels has extensive management experience. He has led and managed large groups of highly qualified staff and on many occasions successfully led and completed large complex international projects.

Dr. Deiric Ó Broin

Dr. Deiric Ó Broin is Director of NorDubCo, North Dublin's regional think and do tank, in DCU and Programme Chair of the MSc Local and Community Development in DIT. Prior to coming to DCU he was employed as an economic policy analyst in the private sector, where he worked primarily on project for transnational corporations. From 1995-1997 he worked in the Office of Labour Affairs in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and in the Office of the Tánaiste as a public policy adviser. He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology, National College of Industrial Relations, UCC and UCD.

Deiric has worked on a variety of projects with national public agencies and government departments, local government and local development agencies, businesses and business representative associations and higher education institutions. His teaching and research interests include urban development and regeneration, EU policy and civil society.

Ms. Geraldine Lavin

Geraldine is a founding director of 3rd i IT and Business Services Ltd, which helps its clients to develop and grow their businesses through providing them with strategic insight and implementation tools. As well as providing consultancy and training services, 3rd i also develop web based software solutions in-house, including Actravia, an Events and Training Management System, and AIMS, an Awards, Certification and Accreditation Management System.

The main focus of Geraldine’s work to date has been with business support and policy organisations including County Enterprise Boards, FÁS, a number of Skillnets and Forfás, and SMEs at the growth stage of their development. She has also lectured in a number of third level institutions, including UCD, DCU, DIT, NUI, Maynooth, the Dublin Business School, CIRD (Haikou, China), APMI (Hong Kong and Singapore) and CESUGA (Spain).

Geraldine was co-opted as a member of the Small Firms Association’s National Executive Council in March 2009. She is also a member of the Ballymun Economic Development Working Group and a former President of the Institute of Business Analysis and Consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Studies from UCD, as well as a postgraduate Certificate in Training and Continuing Education from NUI, Maynooth.

Ms. Sheila Moorcroft

Sheila Moorcroft is Director Research for Tomorrow, Today, has over 20 years experience in futures research. Sheila specialises in identifying and assessing the potential (and constraints) of ‘soft’ changes – social change and changing values and attitudes – likely to affect the development of new markets and the application of new technologies. Her approach to futures relies heavily on workshops to create new insights by integrating wide-ranging knowledge together with research findings.

Sheila works extensively across the private and public sector and projects include the future of local governance, future cities, changing consumer needs for mobility, connectivity and advertising, future financial needs and services. Sheila speaks on futures at conferences and training programmes – such as the International Foresight Programme at PREST, and writes a regular column in the Shaping Tomorrow e-Newsletter.

Mr Ron Immink,

With a BA in Small Business, Ron has lectured, trained and consulted extensively in the area of starting and growing a business. He has worked with businesses, enterprise support agencies and governments in Western Europe, the USA, and former CIS countries. His expertise in business development has led to frequent assignments on behalf of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the OECD. He was previously the manager of Invent, the commercialization gateway of Dublin City University, where he managed a portfolio of over 40 innovative technology ventures. A former business development director at Oak Tree Press, Ireland's leading business book publisher, Ron has also written best-selling business titles and workbooks published in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

Mr Yanky Fachler

After gaining a BA and MA in social science in the UK, Yanky was a management and marketing communication consultant in Israel before moving to Ireland. His company, High Octane Communication, designs and delivers corporate training in communication skills, people skills and marketing skills. Yanky is a conference facilitator, speaking coach, entrepreneurship expert, and a much-in-demand motivational speaker who has addressed audiences in Ireland, the USA, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. Yanky’s business books include Fire In The Belly – an exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit, and Chutzpah – unlocking the maverick mindset for success, both published by Oak Tree Press. He features regularly in the print and electronic media, and has a monthly business book column in BusinessPlus. In his quest to understand why so many CEO’s claim that their biggest challenge is getting executives to open their minds, Yanky developed the Bookbuzz corporate learning model, a methodology for enhancing a company’s collective intelligence.

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