IUA Future of Ireland Hybrid Event: How Universities can Contribute to National Development. View Recording

Venue: Tangent, Business School, Trinity College, Pearse St, Dublin 2

On the 30th March 2023 Minister Paschal Donohoe shared his views on how universities, as generators of the high skills talent pipeline and centres of research and innovation, can contribute to the development of the economy and the country in the face of the challenges ahead.

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Guest Speaker:

Minister Paschal Donohoe

Paschal Donohoe TD is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. He was re-appointed to this role in June 2020, having served in this role since June 2017.

Minister Donohoe was elected President of the Eurogroup on 9 July 2020. His two-and-a-half-year term began on 13 July 2020.

From May 2016 – June 2020, he served as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from July 2014 – May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013 – July 2014.

Minister Donohoe was first elected as a TD in February 2011 for the Dublin Central constituency. Prior to this he was a member of Seanad Éireann, from 2007 – 2011. He also served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 – 2007.

Minister Donohoe is a graduate of the Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Politics and Economics and he attended St. Declan’s CBS.


Prof Linda Doyle

Name and Title: Prof Linda Doyle
Provost, Trinity College Dublin


Description: Linda Doyle was appointed by academic staff and student representatives as the 45th Provost of Trinity College Dublin, coming into office on August 1, 2021. The Provost is the Chief Officer of the university responsible to the Board and ultimately to the State for the performance of the university.

Dr Linda Doyle’s previous leadership roles have been as Dean of Research (2018-2020), and founder Director of CONNECT, a national research centre, co-funded by SFI and industry, focused on future networks and communications. Prior to CONNECT, she was also the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR). She is currently a Director of Xcelerit and Software Radio Systems Ltd (SRS), two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.

Dr Doyle has served on many boards including as Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2013-2021), and as a member of the Board of Pallas Project Studios, KTH Sweden Scientific Advisory Board, and Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum. Currently, she is Chair of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK, and a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and the Open Research Europe Scientific Advisory Board. She also serves on the Boards of Science Gallery International (SGI), as well as the Festival of Curiosity, a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival.

As well as her contributions to research and the arts, Dr Doyle is an active advocate for women in engineering and computer science. She has been involved in numerous initiatives such Girls in Tech, Teen Turn, HerStory. In 2017 she was recognised as one of the 10 women stars working in networking and communications in the world that you should know.

Dr Doyle holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (B.E.) from the National University of Ireland, and an M.Sc., Ph.D., and P.G.DIP. STATS from Trinity College, the University of Dublin. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Mark Redmond

Name and Title: Mark Redmond
Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland


Description: Mark Redmond is Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.
The Chamber is the leading international business organisation in Ireland and represents US companies located in Ireland and Irish companies with US operations.

Mark was previously Chief Executive of the Irish Tax Institute (ITI) and a Director with PwC.

Mark is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University (DCU) and served on the Governing Authority of University College Dublin. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board at the DCU Business School.
Mark was appointed by the Irish Government to serve on the Commission on Taxation (2008-09); the Better Balance Steering Group (gender balance); the Investor Compensation Company (2006-12) and the Trade & Investment Council.

Mark was awarded the “Folded Flag” by the US Embassy in Dublin in 2017 “…in recognition of your contribution to the successful and productive relationship between the US and Ireland” and the DCU Business Alumni Award in 2019.

Claire McGee

Name and Title: Claire McGee
Head of Education and Innovation Policy, Ibec.


Description: Claire McGee is Head of Education and Innovation Policy for Ibec. Claire's role is to promote business and industry priorities in supporting the education system to respond to the changing world of work and society, and boost Ireland’s capacity for innovation. She is a board member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and of the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment, in addition to supporting many agency and government initiatives on skills and education.

Prof Kerstin Mey

Name and Title: Prof Kerstin Mey
President, University of Limerick, Chair of IUA Council 2023


Description: Professor Kerstin Mey took up her appointment as President of the University of Limerick in September 2020.

Over the past 25 years, Professor Mey has built a track record of successfully initiating and implementing pioneering academic and research initiatives and cultural projects in higher education. As an experienced leader and senior manager, she led major infrastructure and culture change programmes and set up a range of strategic external partnerships.

After studying for an MA equivalent in Art and German language and literature at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Art Theory and Aesthetics there, Kerstin Mey held academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK. Before she joined the University of Westminster as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Media, Arts and Design, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in 2013, she was Director for Research and Enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. From 2009–2013, she led the research strand Art and its Locations in Interface: Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design at the University of Ulster and was Director of the Research Institute of Art and Design there.

MC - Shane Coleman

Name and Title: MC - Shane Coleman