Dr Marian O’Sullivan is the Director General of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in Dublin, Ireland.  Established in 1957, the IPA has developed an excellent reputation for providing education, training, research, publishing, consultancy and capacity-building services and support for public sector development and reform.

Marian has extensive knowledge and experience of higher education and public sector management, governance and leadership. She has worked in a number of senior management positions. These include Academic Registrar, and Head of Development and Research at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Registrar for Science and Computing at the National Council for Educational Awards (now Quality & Qualifications Ireland QQI), lecturer at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), at University College Cork (UCC).

Marian is a Board member of the IPA, the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies in Ireland and Sallynoggin College of Further Education. She Chairs the Strategic Advisory Forum to the National Patient Advocacy Service and is a member of the steering committee for the Governance Review of Microfinance Ireland


Marian holds a PhD in Microbiology, a Certificate in Personnel Practice, an MSc in Executive Leadership and an IOD Certificate in Company Direction