Graduate Business School News


Exclusive MBA Alumni Event- Baldonnel Aerodrome


We are delighted to extend an invitation to members of our DIT MBA Alumni to an afternoon of discovery at Baldonnel Aerodrome. The event will begin with an exclusive guide of the base from DIT MBA graduate Comdt Jay O'Reilly followed by a ‘knowledge exchange’ from DIT MBA faculty and Air Corps personnel. The evening is followed by tea, coffee and refreshments, giving you the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow attendees and catch up with the DIT MBA community. 


1400 - DIT MBA Alumni arrival

1400 - Tour of Casement Aerodrome

1600 – Presentations at Officer’s Mess

1730 – Tea, coffee and Refreshments

1800 – Finish

This is an exclusive event for DIT MBA Alumni and registration via eventbrite is essential


DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murrray

In the News- DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murray- Managing Director for NVP Energy who were announced as finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017.

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 announced their finalists with DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murray representing NVP Energy, as they made the top three in the Energy and Environment category. NVP Energy’s technology turns the wastewater from industrial and other processes into an asset by cleaning it and creating gas for use in combined heat and power systems and other applications. 

The future for the company is sustainable international growth, according to Murray. “We want to internationalise as fast as we can. Will use an indirect model to sell into international markets. We have already set that in train in the US and we are having detailed discussions with potential partners there. We now have a team of 11 people, up from four in March 2016 but it is very much steady as she goes and we won’t bite off more than we can chew. The global market opportunity in this area is worth €35 billion to €40 billion per annum and we believe we have a product that can claim more than a niche share of that.”

DIT College of Business wish Michael and the team at NVP Energy the best of luck in the finals!


Graduate Business School Welcomes New Head of School - Professor Amr Arisha

15 August 2017

Professor Arisha will ensure that “the focus of the Graduate Business School will continue to be the advancement of professional management practice with an emphasis on leadership and critical thinking skill development.’’



My DIT MBA Journey- Paul Surgenor

28 July 2017

Paul Surgenor is National Director, Information, Support and Education with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is based in Washington DC.

''This time two years ago I started to think about the MBA. Two years later, I now have the skills, language and the confidence to take my career to the next level, and I’m writing this on my way to work in Washington DC. I can honestly say that I would not have got this job without the DIT MBA. The MBA won’t be for everyone, but if you want to take your career to the next level, and are willing to get stuck in to a challenging but rewarding learning experience, then this is for you.'' You can read Paul's full account of his journey on the DIT College of Business Blog


DIT MBA team wins National Case Competition at the MBA Association of Ireland's Strategy Challenge 2017

29 May 2017

A team of four students on the MBA programme at DIT College of Business have won the prestigious national MBA case study competition, this annual competition is hosted by The MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI)

‌This year's competition, held at Guinness Enterprise Centre on Saturday 27th May involved a case study that explored future possibilities around funding and route to market for German energy company Rosch.  Participating teams took four hours to study the case and then made a 20 minute presentation before a distinguished panel of judges.

The DIT MBA team were, in the end, declared overall champions.  The DIT team members included Weldon Mather, Director at WM Consultancy Ltd, who also received a Best Speaker award, Ian O’Shea, Project Manager at W Display, Dara Elliott, Service Manager at Omnisys Ltd and Anthony Duffy, Head of Project Services at Transport Infrastructure Ireland.The team’s mentors were Dr. Pat Kenny and Dr. Eoghan O'Grady.

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 DIT MBA winning team; Ian O' Shea, Dara Elliott, Weldon Mather and Anthony Duffy. 

Commenting on the win Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Dean & Director, DIT College of Business said: "Congratulations to the DIT MBA students and staff on their achievement – we are very proud of all involved. Winning the MBA Association of Ireland's MBA Case Study Challenge is testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by both the team members and their mentors.  It is also a testament to the excellent teaching and learning environment available to our MBA students.

Learn more about the DIT MBA here or contact Helen Vahey, Programme Manager to arrange a personal meeting by telephone on 01 402 7074 or email


MBA Alumnus Appointed President of FIFTH Council Europe

MBA alumnus Ronan Kelly has been appointed president of FIFTH Council Europe.

The FTTH Council Europe is an industry organisation whose mission is to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

Created in 2004 by five founding members: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Corning, Emtelle and OFS, the FTTH Council Europe now has more than 150 members and a contracted team working to promote the benefits of fibre access across the continent.

Read more about Ronan's appointment here.


DIT MBA Graduates Join the Board of the MBA Association of Ireland

Congratulations to two DIT MBA graduates who recently joined the Board of the MBA Association Ireland. Kelle Link (DIT MBA Graduate 2015) has taken on the role of Operations Director and Darragh McGonigle (DIT MBA Graduate 2014) is the new Finance Director.  They join Michael Keaveny (DIT MBA Graduate 2013) who is also on the MBAAI Board.  The MBA Association Ireland is the representative association for all MBAs in Ireland and aims to extend the value of the MBA qualification over a lifetime.


MSc. Strategic Management Welcome Guest Lecturer Donie Wiley

The MSc Strategic Management class recently welcomed Donie Wiley who presented to them as part of their Strategy and Leadership module.  He spoke on the interesting, and often forgotten topic of the role and contribution of leadership and culture in the financial crisis that followed the so called Celtic Tiger.  Drawing on his extensive experience of the banking and finance sectors he provided deep insights into challenges facing managers and leaders in what is now a very complex global industry. 


Donie has recently completed a varied career working in line, HR and corporate roles in financial services in Ireland.     He has recently set up a new advisory and development company called In Pursuit of Potential (IPoP) which is working with individuals, teams and organisations across all sectors in executing transformative and sustainable change based on authentic leadership values.

He is a graduate of Trinity College and the National College of Ireland.  


Senior Change Manager with Permanent TSB, Ms. Jean Santry, gives a Guest Lecture to students of MSc. Strategic Management

Jean Santry is an experienced Senior Programme Manager with over 13 years proven success in executing programme and change management within the financial services industry. Earlier this year Jean was appointed as a Senior Change Manager within Group Change Management in Permanent TSB. Specific responsibilities within this role include delivering change programmes focused on strategy implementation, regulatory, technology, risk management, business growth and other change initiatives. Jean holds a First Class Honours Masters in Strategic Management (2013) from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BSc Business Information Systems from University College Cork.


Jean recently provided a presentation to the MSc Strategic Management students on the topic of Change Management. Change Management involves applying a set of tools, processes, skills and principles for managing change to achieve the objectives of a project or initiative. In today’s fast paced environment, organisational change is primarily triggered by key forces such as technology, innovation, regulation, risk mitigation, strategy, customer and competition. Some key ‘Tips for Effective Change Management’ from the presentation included the following points, to secure an accountable Executive Change Sponsor to support the initiative from a top down perspective, to plan, organise and control on an iterative basis, to incorporate valuable bottom up feedback and to always prepare for the unexpected. In addition, Jean strongly believes in the mantra that ‘Change is a process and not an event’. As part of rolling out a change programme then time must be dedicated to embed the initiative into the organisation or team culture. Incorporating some mutual and win-win benefits for impacted audiences will help support this objective.

Traditionally and in the past, change was implemented through a phased waterfall and staged approach. However, in today’s industry we are experiencing change implementations on a more iterative and ongoing basis. Constant change is the new norm and it must be embraced in order to survive in today’s dynamic environment.