Our leadership team includes academics, advisors, administrators and policy-makers from International business, research and professional communities.

Executive Team

Discovery is led by Professor Patricia Maguire, Director, Fellow in the Conway Institute & Professor in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, who is responsible for developing and leading the Institute in an overall strategic direction.

Patricia Maguire

Institute Director

Tara Byrne

Institute Manager

Elva O'Sullivan

Engagement Manager

Scott Rickard

Adjunct Professor

Aleksandar Gubic

Creative IT

Patrice Harrington

Communications Coordinator

Phil Smyth

Outreach & Impact Scientist

The Advisory Board provides visionary leadership to the Institute. Our board includes accomplished academics and business leaders.

Vince Poor
Michael Henry Strater University Professor, Princeton University

H. Vincent Poor (F'87) received the Ph.D. degree in EECS from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, in 1977. From 1977 until 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1990 he has been on the faculty at Princeton, where he is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 2006 until 2016, he served as a Dean of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also held visiting appointments at several other institutions, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. His research interests are in the areas of information theory and signal processing, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields.

Tess Mateo
Advisor to AQAL Capital, the United Nations on Gender and Climate and Managing Director CXCatalysts

Tess Mateo is Advisor to AQAL Capital, the United Nations on Gender and Climate and Managing Director CXCatalysts, which develops public private partnerships in clean energy, water, sustainable food, infrastructure, and health. With over two decades of corporate restructuring, turnaround and start-up experience in over four dozen countries, she partners for profitable green growth opportunities.

An investor and entrepreneur, sample ventures include Trumid a fintech unicorn; Gralni Group, a real estate firm; IncentOne, a behavior modification tech platform; and Colorworx, an innovative consumer product company.

Publications include The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change (River Publishers 2016); Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles and Practices, 1st Edition (Macmillan Reference USA 2014); and Vision 2050, Business New Agenda (World Business Council for Sustainable Development February 2010).

Jim Prior
Global CEO Superunion, WPP

A leading advocate for creativity in business thinking, Jim is inspired by the pursuit of original and thought-provoking solutions to big problems. He was previously Group CEO of The Partnership (which included The Partners, Lambie-Nairn, Addison Group and VBAT). He has led the global relationship with Deloitte for 10 years, and has advised many other world-renowned clients including Ford and the BBC on brand strategy, design and business issues.

The Institute for Discovery is located in the heart of UCD’s stunning urban campus in the O'Brien Centre for Science.


Science Hub
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
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