Dr James Kennedy- R&D Manager – Taxation, Mazars

  • Presentation Title:

    An overview of the Agri-food Sector and the benefits of R&D tax credits for Irish based companies

    Speaker Bio:

    James has been a R&D Manager of Mazars since January 2016 with and works in the Taxation Advisory Services Department.

    James previously worked at Allergan Pharmaceutical and Boston Scientific in operational and technical roles. Prior to joining Mazars, he was a staff member of Athlone Institute of Technology, where he lectured for over 13 years in Polymer Engineering and Mathematics in the school of Engineering and was Director and Senior Research Fellow of a R&D Centre specialising in MedTech, Pharma, Engineering, Food packaging and Additive Manufacturing. He has overseen the successful completion of over 1300 industry projects, whilst securing over €5 million in funding from various sources i.e. SFI, EI, H2020 and private enterprise. He has also completed over 150 innovation vouchers and a number of innovation partnerships as well as European funding. James was also an IOTI policy advisor for UASnet and an IOTI representative for Research Prioritisation. He was also the European COST Irish representative for the improved protection of medical devices against infection. James is a member of the Board of the European Medical Polymers Division of the Society of Plastic Engineers as well as a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. James is also a Science Foundation Ireland Principle Investigator and has published over 100 peer review journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

    Within Mazars, James manages the R & D department to ensure its effectiveness in completing projects in line with key performance parameters including time, cost, quality and completeness. He also prepares projects briefs, ensuring that projects are clearly defined to meet client requirements and company performance criteria. He utilises his skills as a project manager to facilitate core projects and client portfolios across a range of technical sectors by providing technical consulting and funding support. He interfaces effectively with clients and collaborative partners including consultants, subcontractors, universities, research centres, etc. to provide scientific intelligence and market development research to optimise performance. He provides direction, decision and support to the project team.