Dissertation: Linguistic Change and Cultural Paradigms: The Development of Russian Scholarly Prose (18th-20th Centuries)
Conor returned to Ireland from Berkeley in 1990 and entered the telecommunications business. He has been active in this sector for the last 25 years – the last 15 years of which as a private consultant. He has maintained his active interest in Central and Eastern Europe – including the languages of the region – over this whole period. Roles have included: managing a satellite network in the Samara oblast of the Russian Federation in the early 1990s; setting up and managing operations for a corporate voice, data and internet telecoms provider in Warsaw, Bratislava and Budapest between 1999 and 2000; due diligence on cable television and broadband networks in Estonia during 2012 on behalf of venture capital firms and banks. He has spent extensive periods in the South Pacific (Fiji in 2009 and Tahiti in 2010) leading the wholesale, roaming and international business development functions for an international mobile telecommunications group. He currently specialises in regulatory and competition issues: how best to structure a market so as to promote both competition and investment; how to eliminate the digital divide between rural and urban users of telecommunications services. He has also been active as a classical music impresario: he presented a series of events in Dublin during 2010 for the centenary of the birth of Samuel Barber – artists included US baritone Thomas Hampson. He has developed his strong interest in the Irish language (Gaeilge) and is a regular panelist and contributor in Irish on Russian and Ukrainian current affairs for Ireland’s national Irish-language TV and radio stations.