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College of Business, DIT, Aungier St. Launch of ?Leaders in Entrepreneurship? series

Posted: 29 January, 2015

Dr. Eddie O?Connor, World leader in Sustainable Energy ? will speak on his entrepreneurial journey at this inaugural event. Thursday 29th January, 6.15 ? 8.00 pm., DIT, Aungier St.

Dr. O’Connor is the Founder and Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power and former Founder and Chief Executive of Airtricity.

Eddie O’Connor was the Founder and Chief Executive of Airtricity from 1997 until January 2008, when the company was sold to E.ON and Scottish & Southern Energy for €1.8 billion. Investors experienced a share price growth of 54% compound over the entire period.

In February 2008, Eddie founded Mainstream Renewable Power. Today it is developing, building and operating about 19,000 megawatts of wind and solar farms across four continents. The company employs over 180 highly experienced staff and has offices in Berlin, Beijing, Cape Town, Chicago, Dublin, London and Santiago.

Eddie is acknowledged as the driving force behind the European Offshore Supergrid.  This vision and activity will, when built, guarantee European energy self-sufficiency as well as producing carbon free electricity.

From 1987 to 1996 Eddie was Chief Executive of Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Board, where he was responsible for the successful turnaround of the company.  Eddie took the company from loss to profit making and it was here that he began to develop his vision for wind power. He built Ireland’s first commercial wind farm at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo with an installed capacity of 6.45 MW twenty-one years ago and it is still producing electricity today.

In 1970 he began working with the Electricity Supply Board, where he held several managerial positions, until he left in 1987 when he was Manager of Fuel Purchasing.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1970) and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering (1976) both from University College Dublin and has a doctorate in Business Administration from the International Management Centres, Europe. He has received honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland and most recently, the University of Hull.

Further information:  Dr. Phil Hanlon, College of Business, email