• Thursday , 22 February 2018

Who we are



ISB Dublin is a private business school which specialises in semester abroad programmes for international students. We are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI – formerly HETAC). We were established in 2009 and currently have approximately 135 students per semester. We have a part-time faculty of 17 lecturers. We work closely with our partner institutions in France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Denmark, Austria, Portugal and Latvia.  We are also the Dublin centre for CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad), an American study abroad organisation based in Phoenix, Arizona. Our American programmes are accredited by the University of New Haven, Connecticut. We are also a member of EAIE (European Association of Institutes of Education), Businet (a network of international business schools) and the Forum on Education (US based study abroad organisation).

I’m delighted to welcome you to the ISB website!

International education is now the norm as the world becomes more and more a global village. We at ISB are passionate about offering our international students a challenging, meaningful and relevant educational experience in Dublin. As ISB is a state recognised institution you can be assured of excellent academic standards.

Our programmes are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and competences which will enhance your professional career. We seek to provide the context and materials which will help you develop as an individual in a multi-cultural environment.

Students from the USA and Europe come together each semester at ISB to share this experience. Our city centre facilities will ensure you are in the heart of a bustling and cosmopolitan city. Our experienced and highly qualified team of staff and lecturers are anxious to ensure that your time in Ireland will be both rewarding and challenging.

The information contained in our website is designed to inform you regarding all aspects of studying at ISB but feel free to contact us at any time if you have further questions. I look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in the near future and sharing in your international education.”

Francis Kelly
International School of Business,

Francis Kelly

Francis Kelly,

Francis holds a BA in French and Irish (University College Cork), a Master’s in Irish Studies (Université de Lille, France) and an MBS in International Marketing (University College Dublin). He has been involved in international education for over 20 years, gaining extensive senior management and lecturing experience in Ireland and France. As well as being the director of the International School of Business, Francis is also the Campus Director for CEA Dublin, an American study abroad organisation. He is also a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the European Association for International Education.


Darragh O Briain,
Academic Director 

Darragh holds a BSc in Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology and an MA in Advertising from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to transitioning into international education, Darragh worked in sales, marketing and event management and has a vast array of professional knowledge in these areas. He has 13 years of experience in both lecturing and senior management in small and large academic institutions.

Colin Hogan

Colin Hogan,
Assistant Director 

Colin has BA in Communications from The University of Iowa and an MSc in Marketing from Dublin Business School. His involvement in international education began as a student, back in 2008, and he’s been working for various study abroad institutions for the past six years. Colin also lectures in the area of marketing and communications. Prior to this, Colin lived and worked the US, primarily in the sales and marketing sector.

Damien KellyDamien Kelly,
Head of Communications & Development

Damien has a BA in Arts from Maynooth University and an MSc in Business Management from Dublin City University. Previous to working for ISB, Damien spent 2 years in Asia and Australia. He has experience in sales working for Appco Australia and worked for several years as a Relationship Manager in commercial finance at Allied Irish Bank.

Laurence Prévost

Laurence Prévost,
Academic Administrator 

Laurence has an honours degree in French and Linguistics from University College Dublin, and has worked in administration for over 15 year. Originally from France, she started working with International Students on Semester Abroad programs in 2015, where she was able to combine her interest in Second Language Acquisition and her first hand experience in living abroad, assuring the best support for students.

philip-byers2Philip Byers,
Marketing Communications

Philip is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has extensive sales and marketing experience in the FMCG sector. Philip has worked for a range of top brand names in senior positions and now runs his own consultancy agency. He also lectures in a number of Dublin colleges in the areas of marketing, sales and event management.

stephen-chandlerStephen Chandler,
Economic Aspects of Ireland

Stephen holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Geography from NUI Maynooth and a MA in Economics from University College Dublin. He has industry experience in stockbroking with Money Markets International and in aircraft leasing with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA). Stephen has lectured for over 20 years with numerous colleges in the economics, finance and management areas. He has been a guest lecturer for University of Reading, University of Minnesota, Stevenson University (Maryland) and Lynn University (Florida) and is a member of the Academy of International Business. In addition to chasing after his young family, Stephen is a keen cyclist and skier.

Jessica Cottee,

Jessica holds a First Class degree in French and German from the University of Bristol, UK, part of which involved a DAAD scholarship to study at Bayreuth University, Germany. She has nine years experience teaching languages (French, German and English as a Foreign Language) at a range of educational institutions, including Tsinghua University in Beijing, Dublin City University, and as a volunteer teacher at the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. She enjoys the vibrant atmosphere of a foreign language classroom, as well as working with students of different nationalities. Yoga, music and singing are her main interests outside the classroom. .

Martin Cregg,
Photography in Dublin

Martin Cregg is an Irish photographer and educator born in Roscomomon. He has exhibited in Ireland and Internationally – recently at FORMAT 2013 (UK), Les Rencontres d’Arles (July 2012), the Natural History Museum in Leeuwarden (July 2012) and in Shanghai as part of the ‘Postcards from The Celtic Tiger’ Group show. Cregg is a member of the international Reflexions Masterclass – presenting work in Basel, Paris, Venice and Lugano in 2010-2011. In 2010 he was one of the Irish nominations for the Prix Pictet. In 2011 his ‘Photo Course’ project was shortlisted for the FOAM Talent Call. Further in 2012, he was nominated for the Irish Contemporary Award – SHOWCASE at The Gallery of Photography. He is currently working on the Publication ‘Midlands’ – a ten year project exploring the topographical changes in the Irish Midlands region.

Gerry_DelaneyGerry Delaney,
Business Accounting & Finance
Gerry is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Queen’s University Belfast in Economics and Accounting. Before setting up his own financial consultancy, he served as the Financial Director of Finance and Leasing for the Jefferson Smurfit Group PLC. Gerry has delivered training and mentoring on a number of programmes including Enterprise Start, M50 EPP, NOVA UCD, Create and Genesis EPP. In his most recent venture, he purchased and established a successful franchise operation.  Gerry is also an Associate Lecturer with University of Ulster.

Caroline Elbay

Caroline Elbay,
Contemporary Irish Literature
Caroline is a Dubliner, and lectures at Champlain College Dublin, and All Hallows College (Dublin City University), where she teaches courses in Irish literature, Creative writing, Academic writing and Irish music. Currently completing a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, Caroline is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra (Dublin City University), where she earned a B.A. (Hons) in English and Music; and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, where she read for both the Higher Diploma in Education, and an M.Phil in Anglo Irish Literature. She is an experienced educationalist, and has taught at primary, secondary and third level.

John Gibney,
History of Ireland
John Gibney holds a doctorate in history from Trinity College, Dublin. He has taught Irish history at Trinity College Dublin and UCD, and is currently editor of the official ‘Decade of Centenaries’ website developed by History Ireland magazine in partnership with the Irish Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. He is the author of Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), The shadow of a year: the 1641 rebellion in Irish history and memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), and Seán Heuston (O’Brien Press, 2013). He has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and NUI Galway, was a contributor to the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2009). In 2012 he produced an acclaimed RTE Radio 1 documentary The Animal Gangs on the folklore of inner city Dublin. He has worked in heritage tourism in Dublin since 2001.

Michael_GrantMichael Grant,

Michael holds an MSc in Management Theories and Philosophies from Glamorgan University and has lectured at University College Dublin. He has eleven years experience of managing an internationally trading company of 600+ staff. He is Director of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (IIPMM) and also Director of Waterford Youth Arts.

Rowena HenniganRowena Hennigan
Digital Media

Rowena has a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and a bachelor’s degree in social & management sciences from Napier University in Edinburgh. Rowena completed additional studies in Munich, Germany and New Zealand. She has also lived and worked in 11 different countries worldwide specialising in web analytics, business analysis, IT marketing and digital media activities for large telecommunications companies. In addition to being a keen traveler, she is an experienced scuba diver and snowboarder, and likes to volunteer as a literacy teacher for children at risk in her free time.

Dr Darren KellyDarren Kelly,
Popular Culture, Service Learning

Darren holds a BA in English and Geography and an interdisciplinary PhD in Social Geography. He has worked extensively with NGO’s and community groups across Dublin as teacher and trainer. He has also wide experience of lecturing in both public and private third level institutions in Ireland and the USA in  areas such as literature, cultural studies, society and history. He was a Fulbright scholar in residence at Beloit College, Wisconsin and has published extensively.

Cormac McLoughlinCormac McLoughlin,
Business English

Cormac has taught General English at all levels. He’s an ACELS/CELT approved teacher and as such he’s qualified to work in all Department of Education and Skills recognised English language schools in Ireland, and also internationally in the UK and Australia. Cormac is passionate about teaching English and he has worked in a variety of schools in the Dublin area.

Tim_McNultyTim McNulty,
Business Law 

Tim is a graduate of University College Dublin and the Honourable Society of Kings Inn (Barrister at Law). Tim has extensive commercial and legal experience and is also a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He currently lectures in a range of Dublin colleges in the area of business law.

Kelli Malone

Kelli Ann Malone
Tourism Marketing

Kelli holds a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She has lectured in Heritage Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, where she also spent her Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellowship. She is currently a lecturer in Irish History at Champlain College, Dublin. Kelli is an avid horse rider and has trained show jumpers. She is also an avid photographer and filmmaker.

Maeve_Nunan_Digital_MarketingMaeve Nunan,
Digital Marketing

 Maeve is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has 20 years experience in the advertising & communications industry. As director of Momentum Advertising, she managed the communication needs of blue chip accounts including Shell, Bic, Johnson & Johnson and Gilbey’s of Ireland. Maeve also served as Director of Advertising Client Services at Dimension Marketing, where she was responsible for Baileys Irish Cream as well as several other global marketing projects. Maeve spent five years as a marketing lecturer and tutor at The Institute of Public Administration. More recently, she has become a qualified trainer and holds a diploma in Digital Marketing.

Colm Dunne,
International Trade

 Colm has over thirty years industry experience in a variety of management roles with Aer Lingus Ltd, O2 Ireland, Munchies, ASI Ireland. He has over twenty years experience as a lecturer and trainer. He holds an M. Sc. In Education & eLearning from DCU, as well as a B.Sc. (Mgmt) and M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin. He also holds a Henley Diploma in Management and the Diploma in Management Services from DIT, Aungier Street. He has attained a Certificate (Special Award) in Training and Education from Griffith College, Dublin. A Certificate in Training and Continuous Education from NUI Maynooth and a Diploma in Education Management Skills from International House, London. He has lectured with a number of high profile bodies including the DDLETB, Oiliuna, IBAT College Dublin, Irish Management Institute, Public Relations Institute of Ireland, London College, Dublin and Communications and Management Institute. He is a member of the I.I.T.D. Colm lectures in a wide variety of Business and Management topics, Economics, International Trade

Daniel O’Sullivan,
International Marketing & Personal and Professional Development

Dan O’Sullivan possesses both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCD. Currently studying for a Doctorate in Education from Dublin City University, his research interests include how to democratize education by developing innovative, pedagogical models of learning to ensure equality of access. An experienced marketing professional and lecturer, Dan tutors in International Marketing and Personal Development Planning.

Ivan_RobertsonIvan Robertson,
Business English, Communications & Global Competence

Ivan holds a BFA from New York University. He has 15 years teaching experience in Ireland and the US, with a specialisation in English. Ivan is also a freelance writer/editor and has several published pieces of work, including a children’s book that reached the New York Time’s Best Seller list.

Peter_Sheekey_EnglishPeter Sheekey,
Business English

Peter is a PhD scholar and lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College, Dublin where he also received an M.Phil. in English Language Teaching. With twenty-five years’ experience of teaching English as a foreign language in Switzerland, Italy and to adult refugees in Dublin, he has created, developed and trained teachers in Computer Assisted Language Learning, blogging and e-twinning curriculum modules.

Lola Villaescusa,

Lola Villaescusa holds a Bachelor Degree in Linguistics and a Master in Learning and Technology from Trinity College. She has been teaching for over 15 years Spanish in different countries (China, Spain, Iceland) including Ireland. She has been teaching in a number of Irish institutions at primary, secondary and third level (UCD, DCU, Maynooth). She is currently a Spanish teacher in Instituto Cervantes Dublin. She enjoys teaching in international environments and students from different nationalities. Yoga, Pottery and cinema are her main interests.