Maura is aProfessor of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship at Dublin CityUniversity. She is also one of the academics affiliated with the DCU Centre ofFamily Business (http://www.dcu.ie/centre-for-family-business/index.shtml) and is a member of the Irish SuccessfulTransgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices (STEP) team. She is a nationallyand internationally recognized scholar within the area of entrepreneurshiphaving a particular expertise in gender, technology entrepreneurship and familybusiness. Accordingly, her research has been published in top rated NorthAmerican and UK journals across a range of theoretical disciplines such asEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management,Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and InternationalSmall Business Journal. In 2014, herpaper with Professor Susan Marlow “Advancingdebate and challenging myths; exploring the mystery of the under-performingfemale entrepreneur” won an Emerald Literati Award.In addition, Maura has authored the book ‘Female Entrepreneurship’ withRoutledge publishing. Maura has presented her work at internationalconferences and to date have received six best paper awards. Furthermore, in2015, she participated in anInnovative and path breaking Think Tank “Women and Leadership” at George Washington University, as one of only 25globally recognised leading scholars invited. Maura has held Visiting Professor Positions at Massey University, New Zealand andBabson College, Boston and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universityof Nottingham, UK and Princess Nourah BintAbdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia. Maura ison the editorial boards of leading UK and US journals such as the International Small Business Journal andEntrepreneurship, Theory and Practice. Maura is also a regular commentator on female entrepreneurship, accelerators and women in familybusiness, on radio and in print and is involved in initiatives suchas The Diana Project, Ulster Bank Business Women Can, The Princes Trust, ISBEGender Enterprise Network, ESpark Accelerator and the Ryan Academy FemalePropeller programme.