Could you tell us about your career?
I have an electrical engineering degree from University College Cork (Ireland), an MBA from Syracuse University, New York, and a PhD in international finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU).
I began my career working with GE as an engineer in Ireland, US and South Korea. Later, I was a professor of finance at Dublin City University where I also was the founding director of, and taught courses on, an Irish [Gaelic]-medium degree. I have been a visiting professor at, among others, the University of Michigan, Fordham University, Toulouse Business School, Vienna University of Economics & Business and Copenhagen Business School. I have authored or co-authored several books on culture, innovation and place.
What subject do you teach in Mikkeli?
The course is called Green ventures. The objective is to help students understand how real value, which includes both monetary and non-monetary value, is created and shared through purpose-driven regenerative ventures. The course delves into the role that entrepreneurs play in developing meaningful solutions to reduce waste, foster ethical consumerism, limit biodiversity loss, and so forth. The course also looks at place-based enterprises, nurtured by a sense of belonging or rootedness, in sectors such as food, drink, tourism, craft, and so on.