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Enda Connolly


Enda Connolly was appointed as Chief Executive of the Health Research Board in June 2008.  Since then, his main focus has been to strategically position the organisation to deliver a step change in health research.  His aim is to increase research capacity in the health services and create an environment that can absorb new innovations, deliver better service and improve patient care.  In doing so, he believes we can create the perfect platform to attract healthcare industry to Ireland and, in turn, help develop the economy.
Prior to this, Enda spent more than 30 years in IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), where he played a pivotal role in leading change, developing strategy, building stakeholder confidence and securing significant foreign direct investment.  He was instrumental in developing the agency’s R & D Strategy following his return in 2001 from a very successful five-year assignment as Head of IDA’s marketing operations in North America.
Enda continues to play an active role in various Government development bodies, including Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial Research & Commercialisation Committee and the inter-agency Health Research Group chaired by the Department of Health and Children. He was elected by Member States to the Executive Board of the EU Joint Programming initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease Research.



Last Updated: Wednesday 18 April 2012