Mark Little, CEO and co-founder, Kinzen

Kinzen is an Irish start-up that wants to give every individual control of their daily news routine. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast journalism as foreign correspondent and news anchor for the Irish public broadcaster, RTE. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, which pioneered new models of verification and collaboration, before selling the business to News Corp. in 2013. He was Twitter’s VP of media partnerships in Europe and the MD of its International Headquarters in Dublin. Mark is the author of three books about US and world affairs and lives in Dublin.

Nadine Thomson, Technology Director, News UK, Digital Leader for fast-paced international organisations

Nadine is a digital business leader with a track record and experience of leading the transformation of businesses through technology change.  She has worked internationally across a range of industries including media, retail, travel and financial services. She has a computer science background and combines business knowledge with deep technical understanding to help businesses evolve. Nadine is currently consulting for News UK (The Times, The Sun, Virgin radio, talkSPORT radio and Unrulyadtech) on their digital technology operating model. Nadine’s recent achievements include: 

  • Leading the technology team across Europe and Asia as Group CTO for Condé Nast International (Vogue, GQ) 
  • She was Technology Director for Vue Cinema overseeing the delivery of a new consumer-facing digital platform 
  • Developed an IT transformation programme establishing global technology solutions for STA Travel to support a 24/7 transactional digital business online and on the high street 
  • Managed a tender outsourcing key technology functions for VW 
  • Implemented a shared services model for an insurance company across 150 businesses 

She is a regular speaker on digital technology. She is also a spokesperson and mentor for organisations that encourage young people to explore careers in tech. Demand is growing for talent and diversity and she wants to inspire the next generation to get involved. 

Dr. Steve Flinter, Artificial Intelligence Practice Lead, Mastercard Labs

Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs’ initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has been with Mastercard for five years. Steve’s initial role was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s start-up engagement activity. In this role, he supported fintech start-up companies, connecting them to Mastercard and its global network of customers, accelerating their internal innovation activities. 

Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)the Irish Government agency investing in academic research. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately 120m in the software and computer science areas. Prior to that, he spent ten years in various senior software development roles in a variety of industry verticals. 

Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin. 

Andrus Kaarelson, Deputy DG, Director of State Information System, Information System Authority (RIA), The Republic of Estonia

Andrus is responsible for strategic planning and development of public e-services and e-government platform for Estonia. The state network, state portal, e-ID management and other essential tools of the e-government infrastructure are maintained and developed under his leadership.

Andrus has over 20 years’ experience in services development and ICT based services delivery. Before joining RIA, he worked as Chief Technology Officer and board member at the mobile operator Elisa Estonia, where he managed and coordinated the tasks as technology strategy, investment planning, services development and networks operations. In addition, he was leading the public/private partnership as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Estonian Broadband Development Foundation, which targeted the rollout of countrywide next-generation fibre-optic based broadband.

Having graduated from Tallinn University of Technology as a Telecommunications Engineer, Andrus holds an MBA from Estonian Business School.

Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services, Northern Ireland Government

Caron has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK public sector and is Director of Digital Shared Services for Northern Ireland Government and Head of the NI Civil Service IT profession. She is responsible for providing ICT shared services to 27,000 staff, for the NI citizen portal www.nidirect.gov.uk and contact centre services, delivering the NI Digital Transformation Programme and driving forward the NI Open Data agenda. Previously Caron held a number of senior technical, programme and change management roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Stephen Miller, CIO, Park Group plc, UK

Stephen joined Park Group, the UK’s leading multi-retailer redemption product provider, in 2018 as Group Chief Information Officer. Previously at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Head of BAML Chester and Global Head of FX Operations, before that he also spent 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), joining them in Singapore in 2008 as Global Head of Derivative and Securities Operations and Middle Office.  After 5 years in Asia, in 2012 he returned to the UK to assume the position of Chief Information Officer UK & Europe, leading Middle Office, Operations and Technology functions across all of Standard Chartered’s European businesses.  Before joining SCB, Stephen spent 13 years in various Middle Office, Operations, Technology and Change Management roles at Bear Stearns and JPMorgan. Stephen has also spent time outside of the financial sector including serving in the Royal Navy. With various positions on industry, regulatory and governmental bodies Stephen is also a Board member of the Business Disability Forum and a keen advocate of technology and skills enablement in the workplace. He has a degree in Ancient History from the University of Bristol and lives in the North West with his family and a small selection of leaky Land Rovers…

Edel Creely, Group Managing Director, Trilogy Technologies, Past President, IBEC and member of the high-level group on Technology Skills 2020

Since establishing Trilogy Technologies in 2009, Edel has successfully grown the company into one of the leading IT Managed Services providers in the Irish market and in the UK. She has recently announced the acquisition of Zinopy Security, doubling the business in size and deepening the portfolio of services. Edel was appointed to the board of IBEC in 2015 and completed her 1-year term as President of IBEC in September 2018. With a keen interest in European and International affairs, she Chair’s IBEC’s EU Affairs and Trade Policy Committee. Edel has long been a prominent advocate for the indigenous tech sector in Ireland. She was Chair of the Irish Software Association, a forerunner to IBEC’s Technology Ireland, for 2 years. She has served on Enterprise Ireland’s Advisory Group on strategy for the software sector 2015-2020 and more recently the High Potential Start-up Advisory Panel. She currently serves on the Government’s ICT Skills Action Plan for Jobs Steering Group and Science Foundation Ireland’s Expert Strategy Panel 2020-2025. 

Awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Computer Society in 2015, Edel was Awarded Tech Excellence IT Person of the Year in 2017. She has a degree in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, is a classically trained violinist and plays regularly with the Hibernian Orchestra. She has also served as a non-executive director of cancer awareness charity The Marie Keating Foundation.

David Wall, Chief Information Officer, Tallaght University Hospital

David was appointed as to his current role in July 2015, which is focussed on transforming ICT into a more valued business partner by improving the capability of the ICT organisation, aligning ICT activities with Hospital priorities and leveraging digital more effectively to deliver eHealth solutions to improve and support patient care.  Prior to joining Tallaght Hospital, David held senior ICT positions in the Children’s Hospital Ireland, Temple St. Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital.  He is Chair of the Health Informatics Society Ireland (HISI) ICT Leaders Forum, member of the HISI Executive, guest lecture on change management and digital health for the RCSI and Michael Smurfit Business School.

David Whelan, CEO, Immersive VR Education

Alongside his wife, Sandra Whelan, David co–founded the company in 2014 with the aim of bringing Immersive technology to distance learning and transform how students learn globally. In March 2018, David and the team successfully listed VR Education Holdings on the London and Irish Stock Exchange. In his former career, David was Editor-in-Chief of the Virtual Reality Reviewer and has 14 years software development experience, with 7 of those years running his own web development studio. David has won many international awards for his work in virtual reality, including a Timer Warner – Future of Storytelling Award, Vision Award and Viveport Award for his work on Apollo 11 VR and the ENGAGE education platform. Recently, David and Sandra were also the recipients of The Irish Times Business People of the Month Award for March 2018 and finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 in the Emerging Category.

Adrian Condon,Chief Technology Officer, B-Secur

B-Secur is a next generation biometric company using heartbeat (ECG) data to not only quickly and securely verify identity, but uncover meaningful insights on fitness, stress and fatigue. B-Secur is one of the UK’s top 37 fastest-growing tech businesses and has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor Human-Machine Interface two years running. It received the biggest single investment of 2017 in Northern Ireland and been featured in TechCrunch, Fortune and The Financial Times. Most recently, the company was named as one of the first cohort of the UK government’s new centre dedicated to cyber innovation, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA).

With over 20 years’ experience, Adrian has an impressive track record of technology development and delivery across multiple industries including automotive, telecoms and industrial. Adrian has been named in Business and Finance Top CIO/CTO 100 two years in a row.

Dr Austin Tanney, Head of AI, Kainos

Austin has spent the last 20 years working in the commercial sector for start-ups to multinational corporations with a focus on life science, healthcare and technology. He is currently Head of AI at Kainos where he focuses on developing AI solutions for a range of sectors but with a particular focus on the public sector. Austin is also facilitator of the Northern Ireland Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Network and is the co-founder and organiser of the Artificial Intelligence NI community.

Yvonne Goff, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Interim Director of Integrated Information Services, Health Service Executive

A radiographer by background, she has over 20 years of experience in the Health Sector with five of these directly involved in Informatics. Having completed an MSc in Health Informatics (TCD) in 2010 she joined the national implementation team of the NIMIS project as both a project manager and subject matter expert. Having been a key driver of one of the largest eHealth projects in Ireland to date, Yvonne has developed an expertise in project delivery in difficult environments. She has proven ability in driving process change and meeting targets, while at the same time possessing an understanding of the clinical and patient needs for such developments. She has presented at major international conferences on such aspects and in 2016, Yvonne won the IT Person of the Year at the Tech Excellence Awards.

Niamh Muldoon, Global Information Security Business Enablement Director, DocuSign

Niamh has over 18 years’ experience as an information security professional. Prior to DocuSign, she was the EMEA Technical Compliance program manager at Workday there she established and grew their EMEA Privacy and Compliance team. Through her Information Security program manager role for the Irish online eGaming company Paddy Power Betfair s transformed the team from being an IT Security function to a mature Information Security function. Niamh spent over 12 years at the Irish Financial Institution, AIB; where she commenced her Information Security career and had many successes in relation to technology risk assessments frameworks and establishing Enterprise Information Security & eDiscovery functions. In Niamh’s spare time she likes to give back to the Information Security Industry working with (ISC)2 sitting on the global scholarship review panels and she is a part-time evening lecturer in cybersecurity at National College of Ireland.

Deirdre Lee, CEO and Founder, Derilinx

Deirdre is passionate about releasing the potential of data that is currently locked away in organisations. Deirdre is a Linked and Open Data expert and has been leading Linked and Open Data developments, both in Ireland and internationally, since 2010. By making it easier for people to discover, understand and trust data, Derilinx is paving the way for evidence-based decision making, rich business intelligence, and advanced innovation. Derilinx is responsible for the management of the Irish Open Data Portal data.gov.ie, which currently provides access to over 9,000 datasets from over 100 publishers, a number which is growing daily. With the support of Derilinx, the Irish Open Data Initiative has been ranked as the top country for Open Data Maturity across 32 European countries in a European Commission study for two years in a row. Derilinx also works with a number of other Government Agencies and Smart Cities on data initiatives, including Smart Dublin, the Central Statistics Office, the Health Service Executive, and the Office of the Government CIO. Internationally, Derilinx is working with a growing number of global organisations on data-sharing and transparency projects, including the World Bank, the European Commission, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Natural Resource Governance Institute’s (NRGI). Deirdre is a member of the eHealth Ireland Committee, the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) Governance Board, and the Smart Dublin Advisory Network.

Mark Kelly, CO- Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Alldus International and Founder, AI Ireland

Aldus is the world’s premier AI Workforce Solutions Company. An award-winning Executive Search Consultant and VP of AI Search at Alldus International with over a decade of experience within the technology industry. In past roles, Mark was a Director for a leading, international Technology and Life Sciences Staffing Company. Mark has won several international awards, including winning from 27,000 entrants the No 1 Recruiter Award at the 2012 Recruiter Awards. Mark is also the founder of AI Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting AI research, development, application and investment in Ireland.

Clare Fitzpatrick

ConsenSys is Ireland’s largest blockchain studio. A serial entrepreneur, Clare has founded and invested in a number of companies and has held senior positions with many of the world’s leading multinationals. As head of operations, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and scaling of the technical delivery centre for EMEA out of ConsenSys’ Dublin hub.

Barry Doyle, IS Project Leader, Galway County Council

Since graduating with an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in 1994 Barry has worked as a GIS / IT professional and business consultant in various roles in both the public and private sector in Ireland. With over 13 years’ experience working as a Project Leader in the Irish Local Government Sector Barry has been responsible for leading and delivering various innovative projects at both a Local Authority and Sectoral level with a particular focus on Digital Transformation, Geographical Information Systems, Information Management and Open Data. Prior to joining Galway County Council in November 2018 Barry championed, defined and led the Digital Transformation Programme in Roscommon Country Council with the overall aim of embracing opportunities presented by ongoing advances in the digital technologies, broadband availability and capacity, and Cloud based enterprise solutions to transform how the Council provides services to, and interacts with, the citizens it serves. In line with this Barry completed a Special Certificate in Designing Innovative Services with Cork Institute of Technology in 2018.

Dr Finn de Brí, Chief Information Officer for the Houses of the Oireachtas

Finn has responsibility for the Oireachtas Digital Transformation, which is a multi-annual transformation, incorporating 7 programmes of development and over 100 projects. Prior to this he was head of Taxes and Customs software application development in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin where he researched and developed an eight-stage maturity model which describes and predicts how information systems in large government organisations develop over time.

Venkatesh Kannan, Novel Technologies Lead, Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

Venkatesh leads the Novel Technologies activities at Irish Centre for High-End Computing. His work involves investigating the use of conventional and emerging high-performance computing platforms and techniques for application to industrial, research and academic use-cases and projects. He has experience spanning programming multi-core and many-core HPC systems, energy-efficiency for exascale computing, programming quantum computing platforms, development of machine learning techniques and solutions for earth observation, transport and other such sectors. Venkatesh also coordinates the Quantum Programming Initiative at ICHEC, which is co-funded by the Irish state and industry partners, and targets building programming expertise and use-cases on currently available quantum computing platforms. Prior to HPC, Venkatesh has experience in modelling systems for simulation and analysis using Petri Nets, and formal transformation of functional programs for automatic parallelisation.

Aisling Curtis, Commercial Director, Microsoft Ireland

Aisling sits on the Senior leadership team and has 20+ years experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors leading global diverse teams both in-country and remotely. She strives for impact through digital transformation, disruption and culture improvements. She is an advisory Board member and holds non-executive roles with a focus on scaling and innovation. Aisling is an active member of CWIT (Connect Women in Technology Steering member), an IMI Mentor and IMI advisory council member, a Business Mentor (for start-up/scale up) with Enterprise Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors and active advocate for STEM and developing young female talent. She was Image Businesswoman of the Year and WMB Women in Technology award finalist 2017. She did her Masters in UCC and has studied in the London School of Economics and Harvard. She has a husband Stephen and is mum to Emily and has a great passion for horse riding and has a horse called Soprano.