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Dear Alumni,

We hope you, your family and friends remain well, in good health and good spirits at this extraordinary time.

Following a short hiatus, we are delighted to resume circulation of our Business eConnections e-zine, which will be delivered to you every other month and include alumni interviews, updates and news from the College of Business. Each year our global alumni community, which now extends to c. 98,000 alumni in 148 countries, goes from strength to strength and we are delighted that so many of you stay connected with each other and with UCD during these challenging times.

With the health and safety of our alumni community in mind we have paused all in-person alumni engagement events through to the end of the year. We look forward to remaining connected with you through a number of virtual events as well as via our our email communications and social media channels. We would also like to encourage you to follow our new Business Alumni LinkedIn Page and Instagram account. Do check out our newly launched business impact podcast as well featuring faculty and alumni. 

Now, more than ever, it is vital that we keep the lines of communication with our alumni open. We kindly ask you to update your contact details.

Our Alumni Community is an integral part of the College of Business. Our team are here to help and we’d be delighted to talk to you about getting engaged with College life, mentoring our current students, recruiting our graduates and supporting our international chapters. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay well and safe!
Best wishes, 
UCD Business Alumni Relations Team
Professor Brian Fynes: 1959 - 2020
World-leading Academic in Supply Chain Management
It is with deep sadness that the UCD community mourns the very recent passing of Professor Brian Fynes, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the UCD College of Business.

Brian single-mindedly contributed to the development of operations management/supply chain (OM/SCM) as a research area in Europe and was appointed as Ireland’s first Full Professor of Supply Chain Management in 2007. He was one of the leading OM/SCM management scholars globally and his extensive publication record encompassed contributions to leading academic journals including Management Science, Production and Operations Management, the International Journal of Operations & Production Management and the European Journal of Operational Research. According to Babbar et al., (2018) Brian is ranked in the top 50 operations and supply chain management scholars globally.

Far beyond his academic achievements, Brian was a husband, dad and friend. His proudest accomplishment was his wonderful family. Brian will be dearly missed by a very wide and cherished circle of friends in Rush, UCD and far beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Noreen, his sons Eóghan and Conall, his extended family and all those friends and colleagues who knew him. 

A KudoBoard has been created where individuals can post messages, photos and share stories about Brian. Alumni are most welcome to add their messages. Please click here to access KudoBoard.
Featured Alumni From Our Global Community
Sharon Cunningham – MBA ’15
Having co-founded Shorla Pharma – a company focused on developing innovative drugs for women’s and paediatric cancers in early 2018, chartered accountant Sharon Cunningham was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2019 and was included on a list of 50 people to watch out for in 2020 by The Irish Times. Shorla Pharma is on course to launch its first products in the US next year. Read more
Vijay Rathee – MSc Project Management '12
After the failure of his first start-up in India, Vijay Rathee moved to Dublin to study and work before subsequently setting up a second – and this time successful – company. He returned to India in 2017 to start Bizztor, a product development and digital consultancy agency aimed at start-ups and SMEs, but spends a few months each year in Ireland where he continues to work with Irish and UK-based customers. Read more
More InProfile Interviews
Alumni News & Events
Congratulations to Hazel Chu, MSc Marketing Practice '11 recently appointed Lord Mayor of Dublin
Green Party Councillor Hazel Chu was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Mansion House this summer. “I am overwhelmed and humbled,” Chu said in a speech following her election to the role, in which she pledged to fight housing and homelessness. Read the article here.
Zipp Mobility Announce the approval of e-scooter model
Zipp Mobility is an Irish micromobility start-up, founded last year by Charlie Gleeson, a recent UCD BComm graduate. The company, headquartered at NovaUCD, announced last month that the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approved the company’s e-scooter model which will be used for trials across the UK. Read the article here.
Shorla Pharma named Local Enterprise of the Year at ‘Irish Times’ awards
Shorla Pharma has been named Local Enterprise of the Year at The Irish Times Business Awards 2020 in association with KPMG at a virtual ceremony on Thursday 3rd September. The Irish healthcare start-up, founded by Sharon Cunningham, MBA '15 and Orlaith Ryan in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, in 2018, is focused on developing oncology drugs with a focus on rare, orphan and paediatric cancers. Learn more here.
UCD In Conversation: A Series of Discussions on Zoom
Launched when Ireland went into lockdown in March this is a virtual series featuring conversations with renowned academic and alumni leaders. Hosted on Zoom, these engaging discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times. UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Catch up on previous events and tune in to upcoming interviews by clicking here.
Your chance to get a printed copy of UCD Connections 2020!
For those alumni based in Ireland, our annual UCD alumni magazine will be available with The Irish Times on Friday, 11th September and with the Sunday Business Post on Sunday, 13th September 2020. As there will be a reduced amount of printed copies this year, please do pick up a copy. For alumni abroad, our updated UCD Connections website will be live on the morning of Friday 11th September, when you can read the articles online. 
Call for Mentors – Listen, Challenge, Advise & Guide
The College of Business will run two mentoring programmes this year – one for undergraduates (Quinn) and one for postgraduates (Smurfit). We would like to invite you to participate in one of these vital programmes, which greatly help our students and add to their college experience. We ask mentors to connect virtually or in-person with their mentee(s) on just three occasions during the academic year. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email Gillian Durnin at
UCD Foundation Annual Report & Financial Statements 2019
"In celebrating UCD's many wonderful achievements over the past year, I warmly acknowledge the vital contribution of our alumni, supporters and donors to our continuing success as a progressive, global university. Thank you for your ongoing generosity, commitment and vision as together we shape the future of education to meet evolving needs of our society and our world". - UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks.
We invite you to read the UCD Foundation's Annual Report & Financial Statements 2019.
Please head to our social media channels for more alumni news.
School News and Events
UCD Smurfit School partners with Fordham University for dual degree programme 
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School announced the launch of its 1+1 partnership with Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in New York City. This innovative collaboration will see the delivery of joint post-graduate degrees and allow students to study one year in New York City and one year in Dublin over the two-year programme. Find out more here.
Research project - Dr. Orla Byrne
"Coping with COVID-19: Exploring Resilience Strategies of Irish Entrepreneurs as they emerge from the Coronavirus Lockdown". We invite you to participate in this study, which aims to explore how the pandemic is affecting entrepreneurs and how they are coping with and responding personally and professionally to the challenges presented by this crisis. Please access the survey here.
Conference - Leadership during a Pandemic: Charting a Course for Healthcare, Society and the Economy
You are invited to the Leadership during a Pandemic: Charting a Course for Healthcare, Society and the Economy conference, a first-of-its-kind event featuring Ireland’s healthcare, business and government leaders to discuss the defining event of our generation. This virtual conference will take place on Saturday, September 19. To view the full programme please click here and to register click here.
UCD Careers Network 
Our targeted Virtual Recruitment Fairs are an excellent opportunity for Employers to attract and recruit top talent in an efficient and effective way.
Find, meet and hire our top UCD graduates faster than ever before by booking a virtual booth at one or more of our Fairs for the 2020/2021 academic year. Book here

The UCD Business Impact Podcast Series
Hosted by Emmet Oliver, the ‘UCD Business Impact’ Podcast Series features thought leaders from the world of academia and industry discussing the most compelling issues affecting our lives from a business perspective. These conversations offer insight, spark curiosity and challenge you to rethink how you do business in a changing world. Listen to the series here.
Help our graduates - are you hiring?
UCD Business Alumni, in these tough times our students need your help more than ever.  Do you have the capacity to hire a recent UCD graduate, either for a permanent role, internship or paid project? Download the most recent MBA CV Book here, or post opportunities for BSc and MSc students here.
Latest Research
The Pandemic Stress Test: US Government Securities Clearance & Repo
 “While enduring significant pressure during the worst of the Covid 19 market volatility, U.S. tri-party repo and U.S. government securities clearance settlement operated without major disruption. That said, the episode did expose some surprising realities” said Brian Ruane, CEO, BNY Mellon Government Securities Services and Clearance & Collateral Management and former North American Advisory Board Member. Read more
UCD research finds investors are ‘kept in the dark’ on coronavirus impact
More than half of public companies’ Covid-19 profit warnings have failed to provide investors with enough information for them to assess how businesses will be affected by the pandemic, according to new research by Professor Niamh Brennan, Founder/Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. Learn more
Study warns that companies providing safe workplaces are 20% more likely to go under than those that don’t
The study was released by a global team of researchers including, Mark Pagell, Mary Parkinson, Michalis Louis and Brian Fynes of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. It was published in the journal Management Science and examined the short- and long-term survival of more than 100,000 Oregon-based businesses over a 25-year period. Learn more
Consider a Masters at UCD Smurfit
UCD alumni can avail of a 5% tuition reduction at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School for Masters and MBA programmes commencing in the academic year 2020/2021 onwards. The 5% tuition discount is available to all UCD alumni who have completed a full-time degree. Find out more here.
Executive Development Upcoming Courses
Part-Time Diplomas
UCD Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech & Pharma) – 26th November 2020
UCD Diploma in High Performance Sales & Business Development – 7th January 2021
UCD Diploma in Strategy, Development & Innovation – 28th January 2021

Short Courses
Winning Negotiation Strategies – 7th – 9th October 2020
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