Meet The Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Dr. Declan Dagger,
CEO & Co-Founder
Declan was one of the first researchers in the world focused on scalable Personalized Learning. In 2002, Declan received a Ph.D. scholarship from Intel Ireland and Trinity College Dublin to research novel methods and technologies for the rapid development of Personalized Learning. During this period, Declan had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest world leaders in the Personalized Learning space and produced over 20 peer reviewed publications. In 2005, being one of the youngest people in Trinity College Dublin to have completed his Ph.D. studies, Declan set about on the journey to EmpowerTheUser.
Prof. Vincent Wade,
Co-Founder and Board Member
Vincent Wade is Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. Vincent co-founded Empower The User, a highly innovative company specialising in simulation based learning and assessment. Professor Wade is the Director of the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology. He was awarded Fellowship of Trinity College for his contribution to research and has published over one hundred and fifty scientific papers in international journals and conferences of repute. Vincent also holds the position as Visiting Scientist at IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Ireland (2006 to date)
Prof. Michael Gill,
Co-Founder and Board Member
Professor Michael Gill (MD, MRCPsych FTCD) is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Discipline at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at St James’ Hospital. He leads the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group. In 2012 he was appointed as Director and Principle Investigator of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research that includes the network of four CRFs at TCD, UCD and RCSI and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at St. James’ Hospital which opened in 2013 and after two years in operation has over 80 studies on its books. He is Co-Director of the recently funded HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland, He is a Board member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and of Molecular Medicine Ireland and Co-Founder of EmpowerTheUser.
Board of Advisors
VP of Sales
A results-driven executive, Austin brings a wealth of business development experience to EmpowerTheUser.
Prior to heading up sales at EmpowerTheUser since 2011, Austin worked on commercial projects he founded in close-loop payment systems and recreational arts in Ireland. Having delivered corporate training sessions himself, Austin knows first hand just how difficult it is to keep learners engaged, measure performance improvement and return on investment. Convinced that the rate of innovation in simulation technology lags well behind that of other industries, Austin is passionate about solving business challenges with measurable benchmarked data, making it easier to bring innovation and best assessment and training simulation practices to the world. An energetic and enthusiastic simulation evangelist, Austin can be found at conferences around the world sharing the knowledge gained from working in this exciting area.
VP of Product
Gordon is responsible for driving and delivering innovation in all of ETU’s solutions. To deliver truly valued solutions, Gordon firmly believes ETU’s clients are key partners in ETU’s product roadmap. ETU’s award winning solutions to date are the result of Gordon’s ongoing collaboration with clients to understand and exceed their continuing business needs. Gordon holds a Masters in Computer Science, a Degree in Computer Engineering and a Degree in Maths from Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
Dr. Conor Gaffney,
VP of Simulation Design
Dr. Conor Gaffney is the Lead Simulation Designer in Empower the User working with Business Stakeholders and Instructional Designers to deliver award winning Assessment and Training Simulations. Online simulations are a very effective and efficient method of instruction and assessment but have in the past been difficult and costly to develop. Conor believes that with the right tools and processes that realistic and immersive Simulations can be quickly and easily developed by non-technical subject matter experts. Conor holds an award-winning Ph.D. in Soft Skill Simulations from Trinity College Dublin and has over 10 years experience in Assessment and Training Simulations and eLearning.
VP of Customer Success
Customer-centric, strategic, trusted advisor and operational leader. Edel brings a wealth of multinational experience of driving operational excellence and strategically partnering with customers to ensure their business goals and objectives are exceeded.
Customer Success is the core of everything Edel does and by partnering with the internal cross-functional teams within EmpowerTheUser she ensures our customers receive a world-class experience.
Edel is passionate about employee engagement and prior to EmpowerTheUser led a global company-wide project by connecting internal groups through collaboration and corporate responsibility events which resulted in an increase in employee NPS.
Her mantra is – Our customer’s success is our success!
Maria McMahon King,
Senior Account Director
Dr. Bethany Kok,
VP of Data & Talent Analytics
Bethany Kok transforms tracked simulation performance data into actionable insights for ETU’s clients, and works to integrate the power of data science and psychology into all facets of the ETU platform. Bethany is passionate about the power of data to illuminate, illustrate, and inspire. Bethany was previously a statistical consultant and postdoctoral researcher for the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences as well as a world leader in scientific research. Her many peer-reviewed publications appear in leading scientific journals including Psychological Science, Science Advances, and JAMA Psychiatry. Her award-winning thesis work has been covered by The Economist and Scientific American. An award-winning teacher and mentor, Bethany served as curriculum consultant for the inaugural edition of the Thinkful learning accelerator data science bootcamp, where she wrote lessons on data science concepts ranging from data munging to NLP. Bethany holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Degree in Psychology, Statistics, and Computer Science from St. Olaf College.
Senior Client Advisor
Administration & Marketing Executive
Senior UX/UI Designer
Ivan Fernandez Rojo,
Analyst and Java Developer
Dr. Thomas Lewis,
Senior Instructional Designer
Instructional / Simulation Designer
HR & Recruitment Manager
The EmpowerTheUser journey started in 2002 at Trinity College Dublin as a joint research partnership with Intel. Co-founders Dr. Declan Dagger and Professor Vincent Wade began researching and developing the first Adaptive eLearning systems in the world; shifting from one-size fits all didactic teaching to adapt the pace, content and style of teaching to the preferences of the individual learner. Early studies demonstrated significant increases in learner engagement and satisfaction, however we wanted to demonstrate performance improvement. For that we need something more immersive, more active; we needed simulation.
We’ve spent millions researching and developing the best global assessment and training technologies so you don't have to.
Leveraging ETU gets you to market with a stronger product faster.
Verified Performance Increase
drives employee productivity and effectiveness.
on cost and time to build behavioral Simulations with ETU™ compared to industry benchmarks
in Learner Satisfaction when using the ETU™ Platform and Simulations
in seat-time saving our customers $1m’s in lost productivity for every Simulation delivered
Partnering with co-founders Prof Michael Gill and Dr Brian Fitzmaurice we pivoted into adaptive Simulations and our longitudinal impact studies showcased we had created immersive environments that supported "learning by doing" and provided a unique capability of accurately measuring and predicting performance. From there, EmpowerTheUser was born and today we continue our mission to transform how organizations select, manage and develop their Talent.
Working With The Best
Empowering the World's most Renowned Organizations
- Big 4 professional services
- Global investment institutions
- Energy organizations
- Pharma and healthcare leaders