The American Friends

....of Ulster University Inc.

Board Members

Paul Hanna

President - Paul Hanna

Following completion of a MBA at University of Ulster in 1992, Paul participated in the USA Export Market Development Programme, based in Boston Massachusetts, subsequently returning to University of Ulster as a Research Assistant in the Dept. of Marketing & Business Organization. From there he joined F.G. Wilson Engineering and in October 1994 took up a Technical Sales Engineer role in their North American office in Miami, Florida. Paul then moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked for eight years with Invest NI in the Midwest US office.

In 2005, he joined Corporate Express as a Business Development Executive focused on the US Federal Government. In 2008 Corporate Express was acquired by Staples Inc, and in 2012 he was promoted to the role of Government Strategic Account Manager with national-level responsibility for Staples’ business with a group of Federal agencies.

paul jennings

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings is Head of Product Advisory Services at Silicon Valley Bank. He leads the Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Management team with particular focus on sales and advisory strategy. Silicon Valley Bank is the premier global bank for technology, life science, venture capital and private equity.

Paul is also part of the SVB Ireland Team, which expects a lending commitment of $200M to the fast-moving Irish technology and life science sectors. Paul is the winner of the Silicon Valley Bank President’s Club in 2011 and 2012, and received the prestigious Irish America Wall Street 50 award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Prior to SVB, Paul worked with Anglo Irish Bank in Boston where he established and led the Private Equity Treasury Group and developed strategy for Foreign Exchange sales in North America. Paul was also a manager in the Anglo Irish Bank US Deposit business.

He was born in Warrenpoint, Co. Down, moved to Boston in 1992, and became an American citizen in 1997. Paul is a graduate of Ulster University and President of UU New England Alumni Association. He is also a Board Member of the Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA).

Paul lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife, Aine, and their three children, Catherine, Maura, and Neil.

Eddie Friel

Eddie Friel

Eddie became Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Ulster at the start of December 2013. He was formerly Head of Business Development in the University’s Office of Innovation and previously worked for a small IT Company, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Invest Northern Ireland.

He has served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Foyle Heath and Social Services Trust and was a member of the Western Health and Social Services Council. He also served as a Governor of Omagh College of Further Education.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC), based at Altnagelvin Hospital.

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Mark Mathers

Mark Mathers

Mark Mathers is Managing Director at Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm working with endowments, foundations, other institutions, and high-net-worth individuals and families.

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily in financial planning, relationship management, and business development. He most recently served as Managing Director of Boston Private Wealth, was a Senior Client Advisor with Silver Bridge and a Senior Financial Planning Consultant for the Bostonian Group.

His educational background includes an honours degree in Business Studies from Ulster University, a Certificate in Export Marketing from the McLaren College of Business at the University of San Francisco, and a Diploma in Philosophy from St. Patrick’s Seminary, Maynooth.

lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his wife Kathleen and their three children.

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