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Geraldine Ann Cusack

Siemens Industry

Geraldine A. Cusack is a chartered engineer and a chartered water and environmental manager: BSc Geology (engineering), MSc Energy (economics & enviro legislation). Geraldine’s technical background (geological engineering, mineral resources, and environmental hydrogeology) and project work previously focused in environmental engineering consulting in the peat energy sector in Irl and oil and gas upstream/downstream, pharmaceutical and mining industries throughout the US, in Irl & UK, Azerbaijan (Baku), Chile (Antofagasta).
Geraldine joined Siemens Ltd (Digital Industries) in Dublin, Irl in 2011 and worked on energy/resource management programmes. Since 2015 she set up and manages the Siemens Ltd Sustainability Programme internally while working with Siemens AG Headquarters to promote sustainable and circular economy thinking and solutions for industry clients through mechanisms of electrification, automation and digitalization for decarbonization. She participates in the Siemens AG Corporate Development Sustainability Expert Group and in the Circular Economy Working Group.  

Geraldine is an active member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Climate Change & Environmental Sciences Committee (2014-2018; Vice-Chair 2018-2022) and the Future Earth Ireland Committee (2015-present) and was nominated by the RIA to serve on the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on the Circular Economy Working Group 2015/16. Geraldine has contributed to the Engineers Ireland State of Ireland 2017 report & participated in the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) 2018 Symposium: Frontiers of Engineering for Development programme–Circular Economy. Geraldine participates in IBEC’s Environmental Policy Committee and Resource Efficiency Working Group, and Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) Circularity Steering Group, and previously has been member of Sustainable Nation Ireland’s 40for30 Sustainable Business Leaders Network.

Prior to joining Siemens she worked as an engineer in Meath County Council Infrastructure and Environmental departments and established and ran the Meath Energy Management Agency (MEMA). Her programme of work covered EPA licenses, water infrastructure, renewable energy pilot projects, and energy management.

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