Paul Coughlan is Professor of Operations Management and Director of Research at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. Following an early career in engineering management he became a university lecturer and then a full-time doctoral student at the Business School of the University of Western Ontario (now the Ivey School). On graduation, he joined the faculty of the London Business School. From LBS he moved to join Trinity’s School of Business and has developed his research and teaching in operations management and new product development. At Trinity, in addition to his research and teaching he has held senior School and College administrative positions, including MBA Director, Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning and Founding Course Co-Director at the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy. Outside of Trinity College, he was President of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) from 2003-09. His research in product development and continuous improvement has encompassed an innovative action research dimension involving companies engaged in action learning.
Ruth Kearney is Programme Manager of the Executive Breakout programme. Her experience in programme design and delivery and is driven by a strong interest in action learning and design thinking. Prior to joining the education sector she managed online marketing campaigns for clients including An Post, Department of Finance, Food Safety Board, Irish eGovernment Awards and Myspider, a recruitment portal in Sydney Australia. Her venture into education began as Marketing Officer for Dublin Institute of Technology, where she promoted the DIT Hothouse Technology Transfer and Incubation Centre to different audiences through marketing strategies. In her role as Programme Manager, Ruth is responsible for developing practice-based projects with host companies along with the general running of the Executive Breakout programme.
Louise Andrews is a Programme Manager for the Executive Breakout programme in Trinity College Dublin, and a Specialised Modules Manager for the Innovation Academy PhD programme in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Louise has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, SMEs and Enterprise Development Boards, supporting indigenous enterprise development and domestic job creation. She has held management positions in both private and public sectors; as a product marketing manager for a European life science company, Nutrica [Ireland] and as Assistant CEO in the County Enterprise Boards. Louise’s expertise includes venture planning, business start-ups, business strategy, new programme design & development, micro-enterprise development and marketing management.
Dr. Dan Rogers, a graduate of University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin, has worked extensively in developing educational content for internet, broadcast and print media. In his career to date, he has been involved in creative module development, course design and accreditation at third level. Having completing his PhD in Experimental Psychology at TCD, Dan continues to pursue a career in academia incorporating both teaching and research in his role as Programme Facilitator for the Academy. Dan is the coordinator of the Innovation Café Speaker Series, generously funded by TCD Alumni Fund. Dan is also a part-time music producer and videographer whose work has featured on a number of commercial and charity releases.
Lizbeth is Professor of Inclusive Design for Education, and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at University College Dublin, where she directs SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland. In 2008, she was awarded the top industry prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology by Blackberry Rim. Professor Lizbeth Goodman will deliver an introduction to Creative Technology Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship based on the SMARTlab model, including an 'ice breaking' session using simple theatre games to inspire participants to get to know one another not only superficially but also with a view to engaging at the level of personal story, which is one of the baselines of making the kinds of professional connections that will matter in future.
Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the School of Business in Trinity College, Dublin, and Director of the Executive M.Sc. (Mgmt.) Business Administration Programme. She has extensive international experience as a consultant to top companies across the world, as well as with the public sector in Ireland, the World Bank in Africa and India, with UNESCO, and the European Community. She has a particular interest in leadership in changing and ambiguous situations, in building high-performing teams, and in the challenges and rewards of doing both in a multi-cultural environment.