Dr Foley is a research consultant working with several independent Aboriginal companies. Until recently he was a Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Canberra School of Business at the University of Canberra. His main research focus is within the emerging discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. Dennis’ career within the tertiary education sector began researching an Indigenous Career and Employment strategy at Griffith University followed by the establishment of the first Australian Indigenous Degree program in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Several teaching appointments followed taking him to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, and Hawaii. He has also undertaken extensive study in Dublin, Regina Canada and across the north island of Aotearoa.
Prior to joining the tertiary education sector, Dennis held middle to senior management positions within the banking and finance sector. Professor Foley is a Fulbright Scholar and dual Endeavour Fellow. His publications focus on social inclusion and cross disciples such as Indigenous Literature, Indigenous History, Indigenous Studies, Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Indigenous Epistemology and Pedagogy.
Professor Foley identifies as Koori. His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region.