Dr. Marian O'Sullivan

Position: Director General
Email: mosullivan@ipa.ie
Telephone: 00 353 1 240 3600

Dr Marian O'Sullivan took up the post of Director General of the Institute of Public Administration on 1 October 2015. Her role, in working closely with her senior management team and the Board of the IPA, is to provide vision, strategic leadership and management to the IPA.

Previous Experience and Professional Expertise:

Marian has extensive knowledge of higher education, management and leadership in Ireland and abroad. Marian has over 30 years’ experience working in the Irish University, Institute of Technology and Public Sectors. She has worked in a wide range of senior management, research and administrative positions. These include Academic Registrar and Head of Development and Research at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Registrar at NCEA (now QQI), lecturer at TCD and UCD, and research scientist at UCC and Teagasc.


Marian holds a BSc (hons) and PhD in Microbiology. In 2008 Marian was awarded an MSc in Executive Leadership at the University of Ulster.

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