Kieran O'Connell joined DIT Hothouse as the Food and Life Science Licensing Executive for the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium, serving DIT, IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, IADT and NCI. Kieran has extensive commercial experience, having worked in senior positions at Unilever in the UK, Roche Pharmaceutical Company and the British sugar company, Tate and Lyle. He has also worked extensively in fast-moving consumer goods for Kepak Convenience Foods, Dawn Farms Foods and VION Food Group and as a consultant for award-winning Centra stores and Supervalu. Kieran has held a number of leadership positions in industry, as Head of the Commercial Function, Head of Food Quality and Head of New Product Development in the food ingredient, retail and food service channels.
A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, a chartered biologist (Institute of Biology London), Kieran recently graduated with an MBA from University of Stirling in Scotland.