Dr. Declan Raftery BSc, MBA, PhD
Dr. Declan Raftery completed a B.Sc. in Analytical Science at Dublin City University in 1992. He was then awarded an Irish-American Partnership Postgraduate Scholarship in conjunction with Loctite (Ireland) Ltd in 1992 that enabled him to complete a PhD on The 'Cure Chemistry of Industrial Sealants' in 1996. On completion of the PhD Declan took up a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute at the University of Wollongong just outside Sydney, Australia. In 1997 he returned to DCU as Business Development Manager for the Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology Research Centre which was a partnership between Queens University Belfast, the University of Ulster, University of Limerick and Dublin City University. In 1999, the National Centre for Sensor Research was established at DCU under the Directorship of Prof. Brian MacCraith (who was appointed the President of DCU in 2010) and Declan was appointed Centre Manager. In 2002, he completed a Masters in Business Administration. In 2003 he was appointed Director of Research Services for DCU a post he held for nearly nine years.
In August 2012 he was appointed the University's first Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for the operations, including Estates, IT Services, Health and Safety, Risk and Compliance, Legal Matters and The Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland (CTYI) of the 80 acre university campus and the facilities that supports its 13,500 students and staff. He is a members of the university's Senior Management Team and the University's Governing Authority. He is active on a number of external boards including the Greenway Ltd – Dublin Cleantech Cluster, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd which is the largest physical and social regeneration project in Europe, Chairman of NorDubCo Ltd a think-tank for the north Dublin region and is DCU's representative on the Board of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).