Breda O’Dwyer(BBS, MBA, NCEE Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Harvard University Certificate in Problem Based Learning, studying for a PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster). She leads and manages the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at the IT Tralee. Breda has designed and implemented multiple entrepreneurship programmes for different cohorts including post graduates and post doctoral students. She has worked in both the private and public sector with business start-ups. Breda is a key member of the executive group pioneering entrepreneurship in the Kerry region. She was a member of a national expert panel tasked with designing the national third level guidelines for entrepreneurial universities and Institutes and also contributed to the development to the European Entrepreneurship Educational guidelines.
Breda has research interests in the areas of creative problem solving, innovation, the entrepreneurial mindset and data management and analytics. She has written and published case studies in entrepreneurship with colleagues, which included an award winning case study. Her research to date has led to co-authored publications in the area of entrepreneurship education and mentorship. Breda is currently supervising 5 master research students in the area of entrepreneurship along with studying her own PhD. She is a director of a family business with operations in the retail, property development, construction and civil engineering sectors. Breda is a member of the board of directors of both profit and non-profit making organisations.