UCC-Teagasc Strategic Alliance
Michael Dowling receives UCC Honorary Doctorate
Michael Dowling, Chairman of Kerry Group and Chairman of the UCC-Teagasc Strategic Alliance, has received an honorary doctorate from UCC in acknowledgement of his extensive contribution to Irish food and agriculture.
Throughout his long and distingushed career, Michael has been a champion of the Irish food and agriculture sector, particularly within a European context. He spent 28 years with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, where he served as Secretary General and represented Ireland in Trade negotiations at the highest level.
Michael’s strong relationship with UCC first began when he became a visiting Professor of Agriculture and Food Policy in the Department of Food Business, providing lectures and advice to young students. The opportunity for students to learn first-hand from a seasoned trade negotiator was warmly received and the feedback from students hugely positive during Michael’s 17-year stint with the University.
In his most recent identifiable role, Michael returned to his schoolboy roots and was elected Chairman of the Board of Kerry Group in 2015. The Kerry Group, which last year made a trading profit of €750m, is synonymous with quality Irish food ingredients, and still maintains its corporate HQ in Tralee.
“Across the areas that Michael has contributed to, he is held in the highest esteem by his many colleagues and friends, and was previously described as ‘outstanding’ by Minister Joe Walsh,” says Prof Paul Ross. Professor Charlie Daly, Emeritus Professor of Food Science in UCC, described Michael as a “true poker player, who helped achieve many late decisions which helped the Irish cause in Europe.”
Michael celebrated his conferring with his wife, Mary and his three daughters.