Dr. Pat Kelly has been Executive Director of the SFI CONNECT Centre for Future Networks since June 2020. A physicist, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. (Mod.) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1992. He was a research scientist for ten years at NMRC (now Tyndall National Institute), University College Cork, where he became Group Director – Photonics in 1999. He was Founding Director and Chief Technology Officer of Optical Metrology Innovations Ltd from 2002 to 2007. He worked as a Commercialisation Executive at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ignite Technology Transfer Office from 2007 to 2011, before joining Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd, Australia, as Deputy Director from 2011 to 2013 to run their commercial research and technology transfer office. From 2014 to 2020, he was the Research, Development and Innovation Director at ROBUS Lighting (LED Group) in Dublin, Ireland. He is a named inventor on several patents and patent applications, author of some 60 academic and conference papers, and is also a self-published travel author.