Martin Hynes BE, MBA, C.Eng., F.I.E.I., was appointed as Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation in 2011. Prior to this, he was Executive Director at The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET), which operates The Embark Initiative, a major national research funding initiative. Martin has a long standing association with the ESF, having previously occupied the position of Chair of Finance and Audit Committee.
With a strong international profile and reputation, Hynes was formerly Senior Science Advisor with the Science Foundation Ireland and a Senior Policy Analyst with Forfás, the national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. His experience lies in policy formulation and he has an excellent record of innovatively executing policy decisions. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major national funding initiatives supporting research in the ICT and biotechnology sectors. He also contributed to the formulation of first National Framework of Research Needs and won funding for the development of the National Metrology Laboratory.
An Engineering and MBA Graduate, he has considerable commercial experience having mentored private sector start-ups during a three year period. He also worked for several years in product line management with Westinghouse Electric.