Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, where he previously held the position of Chiel Scientist. He also holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick (UL), and served as Vice President Research at UL from 2008-2011.

He has also held visiting positions in Italy, Austria, Sweden, US and UK.

He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing open source and inner source, crowdsourcing software development, agile and lean software development, and global software development.

His publications include 15 books, and over 150 peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals and conferences in both the Information Systems and Software Engineering fields, including MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodology (TOSEM).

Prior to taking up an academic position, he worked in the software industry for about 12 years, in a variety of sectors (including finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, bespoke software development) in a number of countries (Ireland, Belgium, Germany).

He has been very successful in winning competitive research grants from a variety of funding agencies, including the EU, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Overall, these projects have received total funding of almost €100 million, with over €13 million received directly as Principal Investigator (PI).