Monday 23 October 2017

The key players

Dieter Fensel

PROFessor Fensel is a world renowned academic and, according to NUI Galway officials, his appointment as scientific director was crucial to Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) securing funding to get off the ground in 2003.

The German computer scientist was offered an extremely lucrative deal to come to Galway following stints at universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.

Although he was technically on a part-time professorship, Prof Fensel's starting salary at DERI was €101,500. He was also entitled to a €55,000 annual bonus for reaching funding targets, a payment to the value of 11.8pc of his salary in lieu of a pension, and expenses.

In his final year with DERI, Prof Fensel's salary, pension, bonus and expenses payments package came to €197,860.

Prof Fensel remained a professor at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck in Austria during his time in Galway.

After leaving DERI by "mutual consent" in 2006, he became the founding president of the Semantic Technology Institute in Vienna.

Christoph Bussler

GERMAN-BORN Christoph Bussler worked as DERI's executive director between 2003 and 2005.Prof Bussler acted as a frontman for the institute in its early days.

In his first full year at DERI, his salary was €161,518. He also claimed €85,762 in expenses.

Before coming to Galway, Prof Bussler had worked as a researcher at two German universities, as an engineer and technical director for a number of software firms, and had a computing job with aviation firm Boeing. He left DERI to work with Cisco Systems and is now based in San Francisco with software firm Saba.

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