Dr. Deirdre Lillis is a proven academic leader with over twenty years experience in higher education. She has a track record of sustained innovation in professionally-oriented and internationalised curriculum development in computer science, in pioneering flexible delivery methods, in leading European projects and in proactive stakeholder engagement. She is currently Head of Computer Science in Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. With multi-disciplinary educational qualifications including a PhD in Higher Education Management and an MSc in Computer Science, she undertakes research in strategic management, global entrepreneurial talent management and university-industry interactions. She has extensive experience of developing internationalised, innovation and industry-oriented Computer Science programmes to address the skills shortages in the ICT sector in Ireland. As principal investigator, she has secured European funding in highly competitive schemes including four funded projects as lead co-ordinator since 2015. She is a member of the Board of the Higher Education Authority and Irish Writers Centre.