Paul Saunders, PhD, Board Director

Senior Investment Director – Innovation, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Paul is Head of Innovation and Special Investments for the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. Paul heads the fund’s investment agenda targeting large, transformative ‘Big Idea’ opportunities.

Prior to joining the Fund, Paul worked as Head of Innovation for the state-owned provider of postal services in the Republic of Ireland, An Post, working on initiatives in diverse areas including digital, payments, logistics, telecoms and retail. Paul has also worked as Group Development Director for Greencore, Bioenergy Development Director for NTR, and as Senior Consultant with McKinsey and Co., in Dublin and London. Paul started his career with Shell International in the Netherlands in various roles in geophysics, operations management, project economics and asset development.

Paul has a BSc in Physics from Bristol University, a PhD in Earthquake Physics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Insead.