Dr Hubert (Hugh) Henry- Head of Innovation and R&D, Bord na Mona Plc.

  • Presentation Title:

    Collaboration – The key to successful research and innovation in Business?

    Presentation Synopsis:

    In order to maximize the impact of our research and innovation activities it is becoming increasingly necessary to extend the confines of our usual business reach by partnering with ‘others’ to achieve our goals. It is argued that this is a skill which needs to be developed and recognizes all the individual partner requirements in the collaboration team.

    This paper explores how an iconic Irish semi-state company, Bord na Móna, is doing this in order to improve results.

    Speaker Bio:

    Hugh joined the semi-state company, Bord na Mona, in 1990, to work on a range of development projects focusing on wastewater treatment. He was asked to take on the new position of Director of Innovation and R&D in 2008. His remit in this role is to consolidate Innovation management, with the primary objective of developing and embedding a co-ordinated R&D and business Innovation approach across the company. The organisation‘s strategic vision signifies an innovative transition from traditional businesses, heavily dependent on peat and fossil fuels, to a new, more sustainable businesses focused on better resource recovery, renewable energy, biomass and sustainable space heating. Market led Innovation management is a key enabler in Bord na Móna becoming this new responsible company for the betterment of all its stakeholders.


    Dr Henry holds a B.Sc. (Hons) primary degree, a Ph.D post graduate degree, a post graduate Diploma in Business Finance and is a chartered scientist. He is a professional member of many technical bodies. In addition, he is currently an active member of numerous national and international technical and commercial groups which are engaged in promoting the application of innovation management in enterprise. He is also a published author having recently published a text book, ‘Everyday Innovation’, on the subject.


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