The Keynes Centre Team
Professor Connell Fanning
Professor Connell Fanning is a business economist with a special interest in the development and application of ideas and the role and use of theories in business reasoning. He was Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Economics for 30 years at University College Cork (UCC). Connell has wide teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in professional, executive and continuing education programmes.
He also has strong links with the business and external community. He has undertaken consultancy projects for businesses and public agencies, including the European Commission, has contributed to local and national Print, T.V. and Radio media on economic affairs, and has made presentations to a large range of public forums, conferences and seminars. He has published extensively on various themes, including John Maynard Keynes’ macroeconomic and business theory, local entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial renewal, worker management and labour-directed firms, Porter’s clusters theory, nurturing indigenous entrepreneurship and Penrose’s theory of organic growth of the firm.
Connell holds Primary and Masters degrees in Economics from University College Cork, and Masters and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Cornell University.
Marija Laugalyte is a PhD student in University College Cork (UCC).
Her PhD project on female-centered television series and technology is funded by the UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship and her research interests include gender, representation, television and new media.
She holds a BA in English and French, and an MA in Film Studies from University College Cork.
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Practitioner Research Associates
Dr. Assumpta O’KaneOccupational Psychologist
Bríd BourkeOrganisational Development
Paddy CroweTransformational Consultant
Dr. Dave KirwanBusiness Management
Dr Pearse O’DonovanBanking & Finance
Barbara RapaportExecutive Coach
Dr. Assumpta O’Kane
Assumpta is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (COccPsychol.).
She coaches, facilitates and advises on leadership and organisational development. She works with individuals and teams to guide the acceleration of their capabilities to meet the opportunities and challenges of modern organisational life. She set up her own practice in 2009 to work with both large corporations and SME’s on their leadership and organisational development.
Her earlier career was as Head of HR & Organisational Development in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals from 1998-2009; Price Waterhouse Coopers, London and Dublin as a HR Consultant from 1993-1998, and with BDO Binder Hamlyn, London in Graduate Recruitment and HR management 1989-1993. She holds a primary degree from NUI Galway in Pure and Applied Psychology; a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast and a DBA Business Economics from University College Cork.
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An Organisational Development professional, Bríd has over twenty five years’ experience working with blue chip clients to diagnose HRD issues, to develop organisational leaders, and to provide design and implementation services. Bríd is a Master Trainer for The Forté Institute’s suite of tools.
Most recently she was contracted as OD Director for over three years to work closely with the client’s emerging executive team during a time of unprecedented transformation. During this time, and in parallel, Bríd was contracted by the Board of a sister company to design and implement a transformative leadership development programme.
Bríd was the first executive coach in Ireland to be invited for assessment to join the global premier coaching organisation for corporate executive coaching: CoachSource. She has been selected onto the Global Executive Coach Panels for Dell, Intel and Google.
She holds primary degrees in both Agricultural Science from UCD and Psychology from OU, a Post Graduate Diploma from UL in Adult L&D, and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Sheffield, along with Executive Education Certificates from MIT, Wharton and University of Manchester.
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Paddy is Transformational Consultant and Lecturer at UCC’s DBA Programme.
Paddy began in the early 1970’s in the field of engineering and then over the course of the next 20 years he was employed in social work and teaching until establishing his own private practice working with individuals and groups in the area of personal transformation.
Having studied and qualified in both eastern and western approaches, methodologies and therapies he brings his own unique and holistic insight to the often narrow view of transformation.
As well as his practice, Paddy has been involved with the MBA programme University College Cork (UCC) for a number of years and is currently a facilitator/lecturer on the DBA Practitioner Doctorate programme at UCC. He is a graduate of UCC.
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Dr. Dave Kirwan
Dave is Managing Director, Bord Gais Energy Ltd.
Dave returned to the role of MD in Summer 2020. Prior to this, he completed a successful term in the UK as Managing Director of the UK Customer Operations and latterly MD of the UK Home business.
He is responsible for leading the Bord Gais Energy business through the successful sale to Centrica. Prior to the sale, Dave worked in Bord Gais Eireann for 15 years and was responsible for the launch of its Northern Ireland business, firmus energy, the development of the Whitegate power station and the acquisition and subsequent merger of the SWS wind business. Prior to joining BGE Dave worked in power generation sector for ESB/ESBI in Ireland, US and Vietnam.
Dave holds a BE electronics from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, he also holds an MBA and a DBA from University College Cork.
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Dr Pearse O’Donovan
Pearse is Head of Banking, Strategy and Business Organisation at Moore Stephens Nathans.
He has 25 years of experience in Commercial Banking up to Regional Banking Manager level. He has a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Financial Services and is the last stage of the DBA Business Economics programme, at University College Cork.
He is particularly interested in the development of entrepreneurial business skills, in enhancing the sustainability of business ventures through development of entrepreneur’s risk, financial and organisational skills to support market product/services innovation.
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Barbara has worked in the U.S. and global consulting service for more than 75 varied clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, educational and health care institutions, professional services organizations, government and nonprofit agencies. She had a 20-year tenure at Steelcase, Inc., where she led senior leadership teams through culture transition initiatives resulting from unprecedented economic decline, including a global culture analysis involving 14,000 employees.
She is currently President of Real-Time Perspectives, a consulting practice focused on organisational effectiveness in the areas of executive coaching, leadership team development, strategic planning, organisational culture assessment and transition management, performance management systems, and nonprofit board capacity development.
Barbara is also one of a select group of individuals certified to teach the Immunity to Change™ coaching process, alongside its authors, Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey of Minds at Work (Cambridge, Massachusetts). This research-based approach, grounded in Kegan’s theory of stages of adult development, helps individuals and teams overcome previously unrecognized obstacles that hinder their ability to achieve professional or personal goals.
Additional certifications include several 360° leadership assessments offered through The Leadership Circle, the most prevalent of which is The Leadership Circle Profile™. For clients interested in Emotional Intelligence, she is certified by the Hay Group to administer the Emotional Competency Inventory™.
Barbara earned a B.A. in American Studies from Douglass College (part of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey) and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts). She has served as a guest lecturer on: Adult Development Theory and Overcoming Immunity to Change at University College Cork, Graduate Program in Business Economics (Cork, Ireland) and Organizational Culture at Western Michigan University, Graduate School of Education (Grand Rapids, Michigan).
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Former Colleagues and Interns
Kate KellyResearch 2016-17
David O’DonovanResearch 2016-17
Pedro CunhaWeb Design 2016
Tatiane FreitasWeb Design 2016
Carlo de NuzzoResearch 2015
Dr. Laura AguiarPostdoctoral Researcher
Kate Kelly is a first year student at University College Cork where she is undertaking a BA in Economics and Politics through Arts. She transferred from UFMG University in Brazil to UCC and is interested in Economics, Business and Marketing.
In September 2016 she joined The Keynes Centre Team to support our research projects and digital marketing strategy.
David O’Donovan is a first year student at UCC where he has begun his degree in BA Economics (Through Transformational Learning). David’s interests include Economics, Business, Politics and Marketing.
In August 2016 he joined The Keynes Centre Team to support our research projects and digital marketing strategy.
Pedro Cunha is a Search Engine Optimization Specialist (SEO) and Web Developer from Brazil. He has a degree in Information Technology from Metodista University and Marketing Management from Business School São Paulo.
Pedro has vast experience working as SEO and Webdesign Manager for multinational companies such as Rocket Internet, Bank of Brazil and Mapfre.
In 2016 he joined The Keynes Centre Team to design and develop our e-book “John Maynard Keynes: The Lives of a Mind” and to update and redesign our Centre’s website.
Tatiane worked as a sales and marketing freelancer for Brazilian retail companies, such as Chilli Beans and Oticas Diniz. She also worked for three years as an administrative assistant at the Universidade Catolica de Campinas (PUC).
She has a degree in Advertising from PUC Campinas (Brazil) and Business Management & Administration from Cork School of Business.
During the Spring 2016 she joined The Keynes Centre Team to support the development of our e-book John Maynard Keynes: The Lives of a Mind.
Carlo de Nuzzo
Carlo De Nuzzo holds a Masters in History from Universita Degli Studi di Milano. He spent seven months at Universite Paris-Sorbonne writing his thesis entitled ‘From Dispatch to the subscription: French Journalism during the American Civil War’.
During the Summer of 2015 he joined The Keynes Centre Team to support our Executive Education programme and undertake research on John Maynard Keynes’s Scheme for the Rehabilitation of European Credit and for Financing Relief and Reconstruction.
While in Cork he also worked as a research assistant in another project at UCC’s Digital Humanities department.
Carlo’s research interest includes History of Journalism, Economic and Social History, French History, Anglo-American History, Cultural History.
Dr. Laura Aguiar
Dr. Laura Aguiar worked as a freelance journalist in Brazil and Sweden. Her fields of expertise are collaborative work culture, visual storytelling, online media management and web & graphic design.
As part of her practice-based PhD research at Queen’s University Belfast, she edited and co-directed the documentary film ‘We Were There’ (2014) about the women’s experience of the Maze and Long Kesh prison during the conflict in Northern Ireland. She also managed the Prisons Memory Archive website and social media and helped develop the concept and design for the project’s online interactive documentary on the Maze and Long Kesh Prison.
She has taught in Queen’s University BA programmes and guest lectured across Brazil, Ireland, Canada and Sweden. She has published on various themes, including collaborative practices, gender representation, media and war, and interactive storytelling.
Her research interests include Watching Films for Change, Collaborative Work Cultures, Reading for Change, Digital Media and Interactive Storytelling.
She holds a BA in Journalism from Fumec University, an MA in Media and Communication from Stockholm University and a PhD in Film Studies from Queen’s University Belfast.
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