Chief Development Officer

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Michael Walsh is responsible for Smart Wires’ corporate development, strategy, marketing and government affairs.

Prior to joining Smart Wires, Michael was Director of Future Grids at Ireland’s Transmission System Operator, EirGrid. In this role he was responsible for planning the transmission system on the island of Ireland and bringing new technologies into its grid development strategy. It was in this role that he first became familiar with Smart Wires’ innovative solutions. Seeing the potential, he decided to join the Smart Wires team.

During his tenure at EirGrid, Michael was a member of ENTSO-E’s System Development Committee, which oversees the planning of the European-wide transmission system.

Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) and a Board member of the European Wind Energy Association (Wind Europe). Other previous roles include Manager of market readiness at ESB National Grid, and Lecturer in Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Michael is Chairperson of the Port of Cork, a designated ‘core’ port under Europe’s TEN-T Guidelines and a ‘Tier 1 Port of National Significance’ under the Irish Government’s National Ports Policy. Michael is also a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, MBA and Ph.D. from UCD, has authored many peer-reviewed papers, and advised a wide variety of international bodies.

Michael Walsh has been Chief Development Officer since July 2022. He joined Smart Wires in 2016 and previous roles include Managing Director, Europe and Chief Commercial Officer.

Michael Walsh owns 196,535 shares and holds options exercisable into 255,028 shares of Smart Wires Technology Ltd stock.