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Empower Executive Team

Lee-Anne Kallam

Programme Manager

Denise Manton

Executive Director

Professor Markus Helfert

Programme Director

World-Leading Researchers

Dr. Aphra Kerr

Professor, Department of Sociology, MU

Professor Brian Fitzgerald

Director of Lero

Professor Colin Doherty

Head of School at TCD School of Medicine, Ellen Mayston Bates Chair in Epileptology, TCD

Associate Professor Dave Lewis

School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD

Professor Kathleen Bennett

Professor, RCSI

Associate Professor Liliana Pasquale

Associate Professor, UCD

Associate Professor Lorraine Morgan

Associate Professor in Business Information Systems, UG

Professor Markus Helfert

Programme Director

Dr. Martin Cunneen

Lecturer University of Limerick

Professor Martin Mullins

Co-Leader of the Emerging Risk Group at Kemmy Business School, UL

Assistant Professor Ray Walshe

Senior Researcher, ADAPT, DCU

Dr. Rob Brennan

Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, UCD

Assistant Professor Susan Leavy

Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication, UCD

Ita Richardson

Lero, People & Pathways

Ed Curry

INSIGHT, Optimisation & Decision Analytics

Barry O’Sullivan

INSIGHT, AI, Public policy & Data Analytics

Brian Donnellan

Lero, Governance & Business models

Professor Ian Kenny

University of Limerick

Pierangelo Rosati

University of Galway

Professor Conor Ryan

University of Limerick

Professor Joseph Walsh 

Munster Technological University

Funded Investigators

Dr Silvana Togneri MacMahon

Assistant Professor and is Deputy Head for Research and Innovation in the School of Computing, DCU

Assistant Professor Malika Bendechache


Harshvardhan Pandit

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, DCU


Andy Donald

INSIGHT, Automation of AI, Machine Learning

Rehan Iftikar

Lero, Digital Retail, Digital Transformation

Katie Crowley

Lero, Electronic records, Informatics

Marco Alfano

Lero, Responsible AI for Patient Empowerment