Damien Owens BA BAI MAI MBA CEng FIEI
Damien Owens is the Director General of Engineers Ireland.
An electronic engineer, Damien joined Engineers Ireland in 2010, serving as its Registrar and Chief Risk Officer. Key aspects of the position included the setting and maintaining of academic and professional standards for the engineering profession, including implementing an active accreditation process for engineering programmes delivered in Ireland to ensure adherence to the best international standards.
Damien has represented Engineers Ireland in both national and international matters and was elected president of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) for the 2019-2022 terms and chair of the International Engineering Alliance for 2019-2022 – both organisations set standards for engineering education and mobility across the globe. He is a former member of the Accreditation Board of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, a board member of the European Society for Engineering Education, QQI Policies and Standards Committee and a member of the Medical Devices Committee of Ireland’s National Office for Research Ethics Committees.
Prior to joining Engineers Ireland in 2010, Damien worked in the telecommunications sector focusing on product development and strategic alliances. He worked with Amdahl Computers and Eircom in a wide variety of roles. He was active on a number of national and international standards bodies including ITU and ETCI and currently participates in a number of national consultative groups.
A native of Dublin, Damien graduated as an Electronic Engineer from Trinity College Dublin in 1983 and later secured a Higher Diploma in Computer Modelling and Simulation, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.