Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) Symposium, 9th June, 2010
Speakers' Bios

Keynote Speaker


Professor Michael H. Best, Professor Emeritus, External Director, Center for Industrial Competitiveness, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


Michael Best specializes on industrial development strategies, business organization, technological change, cluster evolution, and regional innovation systems. His 'capability and innovation' perspective on industrial growth and change is developed and illustrated with enterprise, region, and national case studies in two books, The New Competitive Advantage: The Renewal of American Industry, Oxford University Press, 2001 and The New Competition: Institutions of Industrial Restructuring, Harvard University Press, 1990, and a series of articles (see publications). Professor Best recently completed a study of the rise and rapid growth of the medical devices industry in Massachusetts that deploys an historical dataset of high tech companies to characterize the forces that drive industrial transitions and the emergence of new clusters. Presently he is funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship to transfer the research methodology to the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, National University of Ireland, Galway.


Professor Best is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of Cambridge University, on the advisory board of The Competitiveness Institute <http://www.competitiveness.org/> in Barcelona, and an editorial board member of Massachusetts Benchmarks: The Quarterly Review of Economic News and Insight, jointly published by the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He was the National Science Foundation evaluator for the Biodegradable Polymer Center, an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center and before that he was on the board of the New Product Development Corporation (a royalty based financial institution in Massachusetts), and on the staff of the Greater London Enterprise Board, a public sector venture capital agency.


Launch of Lucerna Report: Special Guest Speaker

Mr. Frank Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Ireland


Mr. Ryan has been Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland since November 2003. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Director in IDA Ireland where he was responsible for IDA’s investment divisions. Mr. Ryan was appointed to the Board of Forfás in November 2003. He began his career in the private sector working in Irish and multinational computer companies before joining IDA Ireland in 1978. During his career he has gained considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors and international markets. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a M.Sc. in Strategic Management and of the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


CISC and NUI Galway are honoured that Mr. Frank Ryan will launch the Lucerna Report as part of the CISC Symposium at 2.30pm in Aras Moyola.


Professor Frank Barry, Chair of International Business and Economic Development, Trinity College Dublin

Frank Barry is Professor of International Business and Development at Trinity College Dublin. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen's University, Ontario, and has previously held positions at the Universities of California, Stockholm and New South Wales, and with the Harvard Institute for International Development. He is a specialist in the fields of foreign direct investment, international trade and economic development, and lectures on public sector economics with the African Economic Research Consortium.

Dr. Colin Brown, Director, Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy, NUI Galway


Dr. Brown’s research interests include offshore renewable energy, electrical and electromagnetic methods for coastal hydrogeology, and numerical modelling. He is the Project Manager on the Griffith Geoscience Project with the NUI Galway Biogeoscience Group, which is working on the development of swath acoustic and seismic interpretation methods for underwater sediments; acoustic classification of sediments and marine habitat mapping using national datasets.


The Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy has been established in 2010 from a merger of the Environmental Change Institute and Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science and NUI Galway. It promotes interdisciplinary excellence in environmental, marine and energy research with a commitment to international collaboration, the educational mission of NUI Galway and support for a regional, national and EU sustainable development agenda.



Dr. Satyasiba Das, Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, NUI Galway


Satyasiba Das received an MSc in Geography (Remote Sensing & GIS) from Utkal University, India, an M.Phil in Development Study (Social Change) from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway and dr.philos in Economic Geography from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He worked as a Development Planner for many international organizations in India (2001-2003) and as a Researcher for social studies in industries at SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway (2004-07). He is also formally collaborated with Institute for Studies in Innovation Research and Education (NIFUSTEP), Oslo, Norway. Since July 2007 he is working as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at CISC, NUI Galway in an EU founded Transfer of Knowledge project – LUCERNA. His research interests include development planning, spatial economic analysis, regional perspective of knowledge spillovers and innovation, and renewable energy. He has published in the fields of spatial econometrics, industrial dynamics and policy analysis and presented at various international conferences.



Dr. Majella Giblin, Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, NUI Galway


Dr. Majella Giblin was awarded a Government of Ireland IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008 and is working as a researcher at CISC. For her PhD study Majella examined two cases of regional high-technology industrial clusters in a small, open economy to investigate how such regional agglomerations can be sustained, given their global character. The research builds on existing territorialised innovation theories by providing an understanding of how the force of globalisation is converged with the paradox of localisation in industrial activity. Prior to her Ph.D. study Majella completed a Master of Economic Science degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree. In addition, Majella has built a strong research record having worked on a wide range of projects, including the OECD National Innovation Systems Programme and the OECD Sectoral Case Studies in Innovation project.

Research interests: industrial clusters, regional innovation systems, regional competitive advantage, inter-organisational relationships and networks, and the ICT, Software and Medical Technology sectors.



Mr. John O'Dea, CEO, Crospon Ltd. Galway


With 18 years experience in the medical device industry, he has overseen the successful launch of seven electronic medical device products in the past thirteen years. He co-founded Caradyne, an Irish respiratory medical device company in 1998, which was selling products in 30 countries prior to its acquisition by Respironics Inc. in 2004. Prior to founding Crospon, he served as General Manager of Respironics Ireland. In the past 20 years he has held R&D management positions in Nellcor Puritan Bennett and engineering positions in Digital Equipment Inc. and Dataproducts Inc. He is a named author on six U.S. patents. He is currently a Board Member of the Irish Medical Device Association. He has been twice a finalist in the Irish Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electronics Engineering all from University College Dublin.


Crospon is a medical device research and development company with significant expertise and experience in developing electro-medical devices. The company was established in 2006.
Crospon is developing leading edge minimally invasive medical devices for monitoring, diagnosis and therapy in the gastrointestinal tract. The EndoFLIP® Imaging System is the first in a range of products the company is bringing to market. EndoFLIP® has applications in gastro-diagnostics, bariatric surgery and in other hollow organs where the measurement of dimensions and function is important. Behind Crospon, lies an experienced team who have years of experience in the medical device industry.



Dr. Cathal O'Regan, Policy Analyst, National Economic and Social Council


Cathal O’ Regan joined the NESC as a Policy Analyst in April 2010, having previously worked with the NCPP over an eight-year period. During this time, he worked on a wide range of projects focussed on organisational change and innovation, particularly in the Health, Local Government and private sectors, in collaboration with Government, employer and trade union stakeholders. From 2005, he led the Secretariat to the Government’s High Level Implementation Group for the National Workplace Strategy. Prior to 2001, Cathal worked as a research psychologist, leading research projects on issues including the integration of refugees, support interventions for the long-term unemployed, and interventions for ‘at risk’ young people. Past employers include the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Education, Fasttrack to IT (FIT), Clondalkin Area Partnership (Local Employment Service) and North Lee Development.



Dr. Paul Ryan, Lecturer in Management, NUI Galway & Research Project Leader on Industrial Clusters at the Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC), NUI Galway.


Dr Paul Ryan is a Lecturer in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and International Business at NUI, Galway and a research project leader on industrial clusters at the Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC). Prior to joining NUI, Galway Dr Ryan was a Lecturer in Business Administration at University College Dublin. He also spent two years as an investment analyst at L&D Investment Consultants, Hong Kong and as a management consultant at Dew-Point International, Hong Kong. He completed his PhD at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge and his Master of Business Studies, Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of La Coruna, Spain and a reviewer for the Academy of International Business.



Mr. Oner Tulum, Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, NUI Galway


Oner Tulum is a research associate at the Centre for Industrial Competitiveness (CIC). He is also working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) of National University Ireland Galway (NUIG). Oner is a former graduate of Regional Economic and Social Development department (RESD) where he received his Master of Arts degree. During his studies at RESD he worked as a research assistant and economic researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Upon his graduation, Oner Tulum was selected as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow for scientific research funded through the European Commission 7th framework under the Marie Curie Action Fellowship Programme for Transfer of Knowledge (TOK) hosted by CISC at NUIG. The research project, Lucerna, aimed to identify developing high technology clusters as well as study the evolutionary process of those clusters in the Republic of Ireland.  Before that Oner worked as a market analyst in a leading security and investment firm in Turkey with the completion of his Bachelor of Science in economics at Anadolu University in Turkey. During his college years, Oner Tulum completed finance internships in the headquarters of the following firms: the leading investment firm, Iktisat Investment & Security; Kibar Holding one of the largest holding companies; and at the Turkish office of global home appliances giant, AB Electrolux. Oner Tulum is interested in studying industrial development and regional competitiveness of high technology sectors in particular, the Life Sciences and ICT sector groups. He aims to analyze the sectors by building primary or secondary datasets that may or may not be available publicly that would allow him to identify sub segments of those unique and complex sectors, and study their relationships within peer groups and regions.  His research also intends to explore the economic policies that have significant impact on regions’ industrial competitiveness as well as exploring the impacts of those policies on nations’ economic securities, development strategies and innovation systems.  In addition, he is interested in studying the economic effects of technological and innovative farming practices and policies geared toward productivity improvement in the agriculture industry.