Dr. Larry O’Connell is the Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and Chief Officer of the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO). As senior economist in NESC, since 2007, he worked on a range of policy areas including Ireland’s transition to low-carbon and digital future; housing and land; climate change and sustainable development; higher education funding; and Ireland’s five part crisis. He previously worked in the National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Teagasc, UCD, Waterford Institute of Technology and Louis Dreyfus Trading (London). He has a degree in Agricultural Economics, Masters in Business Studies and, in 2001, completed his PhD at UCD on the Internationalisation of Irish Business. He was also Greencore Newman Scholar in Competitiveness at UCD Business School.
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