IVI Summit 2022

Digital Transformation - Shaping the Hybrid Future

June 30th 2022

Maynooth University

About this event:

Advancing Digital Transformation the theme of this years Summit is Shaping the Hybrid Future endeavouring to maximise the best of both worlds; the virtual and the physical.

In line with the theme this will be a Hybrid event, in person and virtual attendees on campus at Maynooth University.

Ensuring how this happens will bring both challenges and opportunities to Industry leaders and academic researchers across various sectors.

At the IVI Summit we will hear from experienced industry leaders, policy makers and academic speakers, with keynote addresses and parallel breakout discussions, this summit will discuss some of the key questions challenging them.

Date and time:

Thu, 30 June 2022
08:00 – 17:30 IST

Format:

In person at Maynooth University and remote via streaming

Location:

Ground Floor, Iontas Theatre, Iontas Building
North Campus
Maynooth University
Maynooth
Ireland

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Supporting Researchers in Crisis in the Ukraine

All registration fees will be donated

Our thoughts are with the people and colleagues in the Ukraine and everyone who has been impacted by the current humanitarian crisis in the region. Being part of the European and global research community, the Innovation Value Institute would like to express our strong support for colleges and people affected by this crises.

We have links and relationships to Universities and colleagues in the Ukraine, and as sign of support we will donate the entire registration fees of this year’s IVI summit to help colleagues at the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas to deal with the crisis at a local level and helping them to hosting people displaced within the Ukraine. Furthermore we explore other areas how we can help (i.e. by online resources, strengthen academic collaboration).  If you have any suggestion or ways to offer support, please contact us at info@ivi.ie

 

Draft Agenda and subject to change

 

 IVI Summit Draft Agenda

Thursday 30th June

08:00 Registration & Networking 
09:00 Welcome (Chair) Laura Clifford, Senior Commercialisation Specialist, ICT, in the Research and Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland 
09:05  IVI Centre for Digital Transformation, Markus Helfert, Director of IVI
09:15  Welcome Address, Professor Eeva Leinonen, President, Maynooth University
09:30  Opening Keynote Address, Robert Troy, TD , Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Launch of the Digital Innovation Space 
09:50  Carol Murphy, Partner in EY’s Consulting practice
10:20 Jan vom Brocke, Director of the Institute for Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein
Title: Managing Digital Transformation with the Business Process Management Billboard
10:35 Matthew Mullarkey, Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program for the USF Muma College of Business
10:50 Networking Break
11:10 Russell P. Branzell, CEO & President at CHIME

11:25 Plenary Panel-Digital Transformation for the good​ and Societal Impact
Russell P. Branzell, CEO/President at CHIME, Louise Edmonds, Age Friendly Ireland, John Shaw, Country Head, Legato Ireland, Derick Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of IPPOSI, Dr. Martin Curley, Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive

This panel will go beyond the discussion on how digital can transform enterprises and will explore the positive impact digital transformation may have to improve people’s lives. Digital Technologies joined with innovation and the right skills offers an unprecedented chance to address fundamental societal challenges in health, environment, aging society, inclusivity and public safety. In this panel we will discuss some examples how Digital Transformation, developed ethically and used responsibly, can provide innovative ways to solve complex challenges that scale with positive societal impact.

12:10 Helen Burke, Vice President, IDA
12:20 Priti Mulchandani, Product Manager at SAP
Title: Future of Finance – SAP Innovation Center Perspective
12:35 John O’Shea, Chief Digital Transformation Officer , Dell
12:50 Sean Tobin, Digital Transformation Specialist at Enterprise Ireland
13:00 Launch of the Digital Business Network: Ambassador Thomas Nader, Andreas Auinger, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Markus Helfert, Director IVI 
13:10 Networking Lunch – Opportunity to meet the Cluster Leads and Research insights

14:00-15:20 Internal Presentations, IVI Boardroom, Eolas Building (Streamed for remote attendees)

 

14:00-14:10: Marco Alfano – Responsible AI in Digital Health for Person Empowerment

14:10-14:20: Mansoor Ahmed – Semantic Blockchain: Providing Provenance for GDPR Compliance & Future directions 

14:20-14:40: Priyanka Singh – Digital transformation of the public services based on citizen’s feedback: Challenges from practitioners’ perspective

14:40-14:50: Rehan Iftikhar – Introduction of a new Channel in Omnichannel Retail – A Virtual Store

14:50-15:00: Gültekin Cakir – Customer Confusion in Omnichannel Retailing

15:00-15:10: Roshmita Kanungoe – Trustworthy AI Project​ : Transforming AI teaching to emphasize ethical and values-based components at European universities.

15:10-15:20: Markus Helfert – Empower – The SFI Programme for Data Governance

 

14:00-15:20 Parallel Workshops (90 mins each) The workshops will not be streamed but there will be Internal Presentations streamed during this time separately for remote attendees (see above14:00-15:20). 

 
 

1. The Twin Digital and Green Transition – Key for sustainable regions

There is no question that green initiatives need to consider Digital Transformation, if we want to achieve the ambitious goals set by the European Union to become climate neutral by 2050. This workshop will discuss examples and challenges of twin transitions in the context of environmental, social and governance (ESG). 

Facilitator: Dr. Beatrice Heneghan, NUI Galway
Panel: Ralph Montague, Arcdox, Neil Rowan, TUS, Andreas Auinger, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Maynooth University

Room: Iontas Seminar room 0.32, Gound Floor, Iontas Building

2. Data Governance & Empower

Aim of this panel is to explore challenges of Data Governance from a business, technical, ethical and standards perspective. The discussion will be around topics related to SFI Funded Research programme on Data Governance – EMPOWER. (For details see https://www.empower-datagovernance.ie/)

Facilitator: Denise Manton, CEO and Co-founder of Cadova Health, LERO
Panel: Daragh O’Brien, Castlebridge, Markus Helfert, Director of IVI, Cinzia Cappiello, Politecnico di Milano, Terry Landers, NSAI- SC40

Room: Iontas Theatre, Ground Floor, Iontas Building

3. Europeans Digital skills

Digital Transformation signifies a fundamental change in how people, processes, and technology combine to radically enhance business and society. However, until the COVID-19 pandemic, digital’s impact on education and training was quite limited. The pandemic has shown that having life and work skills fit for the digital age is essential. In keeping with the conference theme, this panel debates the question: How might we address the challenge of digital skills provision to meet current and future challenges and opportunities?

Facilitator: Dr Zsuzsanna Zarka, Maynooth University Project Lead , IUA MicroCreds Project
Panel: Brian McLafferty, Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence Director, Abbott​,
Aisling Soden, Manager – Talent Transformation & Innovation, IDA Ireland, Crystel Robbins Rynne, HRLocker, Michael Hanley, IVI

Room: Arts & Humanities Seminar Room 1.33, 1st floor, Iontas Building

Remote Option: Presentations (Streamed for remote attendees)
Perform, Trustworthy AI 

Room: IVI Boardroom, Eolas Building 

15:30 Networking Break (followed by parallel presentations)

 

STREAM A: 

Room: Iontas Seminar room 0.32, Gound Floor, Iontas Building

Facilitator: Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Assistant Professor for the School of Business in Maynooth University

STREAM B:
Room
: Iontas Theatre, Ground Floor, Iontas Building

Facilitator: Martin Stabauer, Deputy Head of the Institute of Digital Business, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

15:50 Dr. Mohamad Kassem, Professor of Digital Construction Management at Newcastle University
Title: Macro and micro insights for successful Digital transformation in the construction sector 
15:50 Louise Edmonds, Regional Programme Manager with Age Friendly Ireland
Title: Older People and the Hybrid Future.
16:05 Nicola Farronato, Entrepreneur in Residence Turin Cities of the future Techstars programme
Title: What can cities learn from start-ups? The case study of Turin City Lab
16:05 Professor Dimitris Karagiannis, Head of Research Group Knowledge Engineering, University of Vienna & Christoph Moser, Product Manager of ADOIT, BOC
Title: User-centric EA Services to Drive Digital Innovation
16:20 John Shaw, Country Head, Legato Ireland 16:20 Professor Dimitris Karagiannis, Head of Research Group Knowledge Engineering, University of Vienna & Christoph Moser, Product Manager of ADOIT , BOC
Title: User-centric EA Services to Drive Digital Innovation
16:35 Gather back to main Iontas theatre
16:40 Declan Brady, Expleogroup 
16:50 Fintech Corridor collaboration announcement: Simon Bailie, The Fintech Corridor Chair & Hilary Moran Program Manager at The Fintech Corridor, Brian Donnellan, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Maynooth University
17:00  Collaborations in times of Crises: Our partners in the Ukraine Maksym Karpash, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
17:10 Feedback from Parallel workshops
17:30 Closing Remarks & Awards Ceremony
Networking Wine & Canape Reception 

Speakers and Contributors include:

Professor Jan vom Brocke

Director, Institute for Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein

Professor Jan vom Brocke the Hilti Endowed Chair for Business Process Management, Director of the Institute for Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein and Co-Founder of DIGITIZE.EU – an innovative platform to inspire and implement ambitious digitalization initiatives across Europe. Jan`s research has been published in many of the Financial Times Top 50 journals, such as Management Science, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems and MIT Sloan Management Review, and a recent Stanford study ranks Jan vom Brocke among the Top 0.5% of the world’s most cited scientists across all disciplines. He is the author and editor of 44 books, many of them considered best sellers in management and digitalization, such as the book Business Process Management Cases – Digital Innovation and Business Transformation in Practice, which has been downloaded more than 5 million times on the Springer Nature database. Jan has acquired over €40 million in research funding and the projects of his team have been featured in popular newspapers around the word, including the Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, and Telegraph. Jan has received over 20 international awards and has been named a Fellow of the World Association for Information Systems. Jan is an invited speaker and trusted advisor to many companies – big and small – as well as governmental institutions across Europe.

Laura Clifford

Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Research and Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland

Laura is a Senior Commercialisation Specialist, ICT, in the Research and Innovation Division at Enterprise Ireland. Her role involves supporting and developing new third level spin out opportunities from Irish research.

Prior to joining EI, Laura was the Senior Executive Manager of FinTech Fusion at the ADAPT SFI Research Centre, which is a global centre of excellence for digital content technology. Laura directed the commercialisation, operation and business development activities within FinTech Fusion, a large scale, collaborative research programme partnering with a consortium of Financial Service, Insurance and FinTech companies, exploring technologies such as blockchain and AI to revolutionise the industry.

Laura is a founding member of BlockW, a group of female leaders in the Blockchain space that came together to demystify the technology and make it accessible to all. The group aims to facilitate conversation around the opportunities that blockchain presents to women and other groups in Ireland.

Previously, Laura spent 15 years in management roles within a range of technology companies, supporting clients in the research, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. She also led the commercial partnership programme of a large-scale Internet of Things test bed in Dublin with DCU, Arizona State University, Intel, Microsoft and Croke Park. Laura holds an MSc in Technology & Innovation Management from Technological University Dublin and a BA (Mod.) in Science from Trinity College Dublin. She is a certified project management professional (PMP) accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Professor Markus Helfert

Director Innovation Value Institute

Markus Helfert is the Director of IVI and Director of Empower – the SFI funded Programme on Data Governance. He is also Professor of Digital Service Innovation and Director of the Business Informatics Group at Maynooth University. He is a Principle Investigator at Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre and at the Adapt Research Centre. His research is centred on Digital Service Innovation, Smart Cities and IoT based Smart Environments and includes research areas such as Service Innovation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Services, Building Information Management, FinTech, Data Value, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Adoption, Analytics, Business Process Managem ent. Prof. Helfert is an expert in Data Governance Standards and is involved in European Standardisation initiatives. Markus Helfert has authored more than 200+ academic articles, journal and book contributions and has presented his work at international conferences. Helfert has received national and international grants from agencies such as European Union (FP7; H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, was project coordinator on EU projects, and is the Project coordinator of the H2020 Projects: PERFORM on Digital Retail.

Carol Murphy

Partner, EY Consulting

Carol is a Partner in EY’s Consulting practice. Carol leads EY’s Technology Risk practice in Ireland which provides advice and support to EY clients in relation to cybersecurity and data protection, IT strategy and governance, Software Asset Management and Programme Risk Management and has a team of over 100 people. Carol is the Chief Risk Officer for EY Ireland and is a member of the EY Leadership Team. In addition, Carol sits on the Consulting Leadership team and leads on Innovation, working closely with our global alliances including SAP, Microsoft and ServiceNow. Carol has worked across a range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, financial services and public sector.

Russell P. Branzell

CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA). In addition to his position at CHIME, he serves on the faculty at CHIME University and Columbia University, where he teaches executive classes in health information technology. He also is a member of the Baldrige Foundation Board and a former member of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a position that was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

Mr. Branzell joined CHIME as President and CEO in April 2013 after being an active member for 15 years. He served on the CHIME Board of Trustees from 2004-2008, as chair of the CHIME Education Committee from 2004-2008 and as chair of the CHIME Education Foundation.

Prior to taking his position at CHIME, he was the CEO at the Colorado Health Medical Group; Vice President of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System; President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for-profit IS entity); and Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he held numerous healthcare administration positions, including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office.

John Shaw

Country Head, Legato Ireland

John Patrick Shaw is the Country Head for Legato Ireland since September 2021. John leads Legato’s Global R&D Hub and aims to build AI solutions for better Health. John is an award-winning expert in Digital Transformation, Agile and Lean Sigma. He is a co-founder of Quantum Computing Ireland.

John is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He is a registered European Professional Engineer ( Eur Ing ) with 15+ years’ experience in Digital Transformation in a range of sectors including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Energy, Pharma and Logistics. John holds an MBA in Technology Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from University College Dublin.

A senior member of IEEE, John joined Legato from the Data Value Hub where he built the organisation to help Enterprises with their AI journey, having previously held Executive Leadership roles in Primeline , Planet Payments , Mainstream and Pfizer.

Peter Mooney

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Maynooth University

Peter Mooney is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Maynooth University, Ireland. Having received his PhD in Computer Science from Maynooth University Peter moved away from academia and worked for over 10 years as a Research Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland specialising in open data access for scientific, environmental and geospatial data at national and European levels. He returned to academia and took up his current post in 2016. Peter’s main areas of research lie at the intersection of Computer Science and Geocomputation with particular emphasis on applying computational models and approaches to working with volunteered, user generated, and citizen collected geospatial data and information. In recent years his work and that of his research group has broadened and expanded to include smart farming, the integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in problems within the geocomputation domain, and computational/AI processes within circular economy transformations. Peter is a passionate advocate and educator for the widespread use of open data, open science and open-source software and has been consistently actively involved with the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics), OpenStreetMap and open geodata communities globally for many years.

Daragh O’Brien

Founder and Managing Director of Castlebridge

Daragh O Brien is founder and managing director of Castlebridge, one of Ireland’s leading consultancies working in data strategy, data governance, and data protection. Since founding Castlebridge in 2009, Daragh and his team have worked with organisations of all sizes across a variety of sectors, including start-ups, SMEs, Non-Profits, Government bodies, EU institutions and other International Organisations.

Daragh is a co-author of Ethical Data and Information Management: Concepts, Tools, and Methods, published by Kogan Page, lectures in UCD School of Law and the Law Society of Ireland on Data Governance and Data Protection, and in the Smurfit Graduate School of Business on Data Ethics. He is also a member of the Innovation Value Institute in NUI Maynooth. He is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a Fellow of Information Privacy from the IAPP.

Nicola Farronato

Head of Innovation Team City of Turin (2019-2021), Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars' Turin Cities of the Future accelerator programme

Nicola is a T-shape manager and entrepreneur who likes to build new innovative
projects and ventures. He has extensive experience as an international business
developer who has worked in several European cities such as Venice, London,
Dublin, Paris and Turin. He practises and experiences entrepreneurship. He
develops creative projects in the digital world and has a natural sense of
transforming a mere idea into a fruitful business.

Nicola founded B-sm@rk in Ireland, a high potential tech start-up; Back2Africa in
Italy, a social entrepreneurship venture raising funds for Togo & Benin kids; and
VCNY (Venice Chinese New Year) in Italy, a destination marketing project focusing
on Chinese millennial travelers. In the last 12 months Nicola founded 2 new
start-ups: W4 Games in Ireland, a commercial open source software company for
the gaming industry; Plasy, an Italian start-up developing services for smart cities.

Nicola is 2022 Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars’ Turin Cities of the future
acceleration programme and he served as head of the innovation team for the City
of Turin, acting as innovation manager for Torino City Lab. Nicola enrolled in 2020
as Ph.D. student at the University of Turin with a focus on innovation for the
circular economy.

 

Louise Edmonds

Regional Programme Manager with Age Friendly Ireland

Louise Edmonds is a Regional Programme Manager with Age Friendly Ireland, a shared service of local government that manages the national Age Friendly Programme, affiliated to the World Health Organization’s global programme.  Through this regional role, Louise supports counties in the east of the country to deliver healthy local Age Friendly Programmes that support society to prepare for population ageing. Part of her role is to deliver training on aspects of Age Friendly Programme to diverse audiences.

Louise takes a thematic lead in digital technology to support ageing in place and provides an interface between telehealth and telecare providers and other digital companies and older people’s groups who are interested in learning more about technology.

Louise has 30 years experience in the areas of urban and rural community development projects across the Fingal and east coast region. She has led on significant digital projects including Digitise the Nation and the Acorn Tablet Pilot Project.  She has worked with a wide range of community groups, but has had a particular focus on engaging with older people’s groups on collaborative projects to support participation and enhanced services.

Prof Dimitris Karagiannis

Head of Research Group Knowledge Engineering, University of Vienna

Dimitris holds a full professor position for Business Informatics at the University of Vienna since 1993, leading the Research Group Knowledge Engineering. He received his PhD degree from the Technical University Berlin in 1987. The same year he joined the Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing in Ulm as division head for “Enterprise Information Systems”. Prof. Karagiannis holds an honorary professorship from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research interests include meta-modelling, knowledge engineering, business process management, enterprise architecture, and artificial intelligence.
The industrial application of his meta-modelling research was demonstrated within the BOC Group, a software- and consulting company that develops and markets the EA tool ADOIT, which is top-rated by analyst firms.
In parallel scientific applications of his research are applied in the Open Models Laboratory—OMiLAB, an open collaborative environment for modelling method engineering, which he has established and is currently leading, located in Berlin.

Dr. Mohamad Kassem

Professor of Digital Construction Management at Newcastle University

Dr. Mohamad Kassem is Professor of Digital Construction Management at Newcastle University and  the International Committee Chair at the International Centre of Connected Construction (IC3). Previous roles included the Lead for the Digital Built Environment research group, the Head of Subject for the Project and Construction Project Management group, and the Director of Enterprise at Northumbria University.

He is a renowned researcher and expert in the area of Digital Construction investigating key challenges spanning across the project, organisation, and market levels. He is an internationally recognised researcher in the development and application of digitalisation technologies (BIM, Digital Twin, blockchain, and AI) and processes to address key challenges in construction and engineering projects. He is also a renowned researcher and consultant in digital transformation at industry level. He has advised several public sector bodies including the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and various governments, about strategic digital transformation. He received the Scherer Award for outstanding service to the computing community in the context of European Council for Computing in Construction in 2021. He has published more than 110 outputs in international journals and conferences. His successful funding awards include multi-million-pound research and enterprise grants, co-funded by various British and international research and innovation councils.

Priti Mulchandani

Product Manager for SAP’s Innovation Center Network (ICN)

Priti is a Product Manager for SAP’s Innovation Center Network (ICN) which explores emerging technologies and business trends to define value for companies and society by solving industry wide problems.  With strong ties to the economic ecosystem, top-tier academia, and our technology radar ICN team scouts emerging technologies. Based on this the team evaluates idea projects to drive fundamental changes for industries by putting this innovations into SAP products. Some of the current areas that the team is exploring and experimenting include: Blockchain, Data and Algorithms, Security, Seamless Finance flows, Composable Enterprise. In a nutshell; this incubation hub within SAP future proofs the companies with digitization.

Prior to being Innovation Product Manager, Priti has vast experience and expertise in Analytics and was driving some of the key ML inclusions into SAP’s SaaS products. Priti is been with SAP for 16 years but has played different roles and different teams with wide exposure of business and technology domains.

After completing the computer engineering degree, Priti started working in IT firms and has been based in Ireland since last 12 years. Her love for Ireland’s green beauty, its people and tech savvy conversations is always growing.

Christoph Moser

Product Manager of ADOIT

After studying business administration, Christoph completed his doctorate at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna. He is currently product manager of ADOIT (www.boc-group.com/en/adoit), a tool suite for enterprise architecture, which is rated as a “leader” by analyst firms. He is head of enterprise architecture and transformation in the BOC Group. In his many years of consulting work, he has supported numerous companies in the implementation of enterprise architecture and process management as part of business transformation initiatives. Furthermore, he is a lecturer at the University of Vienna in the areas of enterprise modelling and enterprise architecture management.

Helen Burke

Vice President, IDA

Helen Burke is Vice President of IDA Ireland, with responsibility for driving Transformation and Innovation across the IDA client portfolio. Her role involves working on a consultancy level to identify strategic solutions resulting in increased productivity, resilience & innovation. Helen is currently based in Ireland but prior to this worked in New York, Frankfurt and Paris with responsibility for securing employment intensive investment for Ireland. She speaks fluent French and German and graduated with a Business Studies / German degree from University of Limerick followed by a Computer Science Master’s Degree. Helen has recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching and has a great interest in people’s ability to reach their full potential through effective coaching.

Dr Zsuzsanna Zarka

Maynooth University Project Lead, IUA MicroCreds Project

Dr Zsuzsanna Zarka is Project Lead for Maynooth University’s partnership in the IUA MicroCreds Project and the coordinator of the development of Maynooth University’s suite of micro-credentials.

A Hungarian native, Zsuzsanna moved to Ireland in 2006 to pursue a PhD in History at Maynooth University. During her academic career, she was a recipient of a John and Pat Hume Scholarship, an Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Postgraduate Scholarship, and an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship at Maynooth University. Following a postdoctoral research policy internship at the Irish Research Council and the Higher Education Authority, Zsuzsanna returned to Maynooth in 2015 as project manager for the implementation of the University’s acclaimed reformed model of the undergraduate curriculum. Prior to her current role, as Quality Officer Zsuzsanna was the project manager for a suite of quality enhancement activities at Maynooth.

Professor Eeva Leinonen

President, Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Maynooth University as President in October 2021, after five years of service as Vice Chancellor and President at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

Professor Leinonen was born and raised in Finland, where she completed her schooling. She and her two brothers were the first in their family to attend university. Her own experience has cemented her belief in the role of education as a social equaliser, with the power to transform for the better the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.

As part of her education in Finland Professor Leinonen spent a year as an exchange student in Michigan, USA, prior to entering university in England, where she studied linguistics and psychology. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Linguistics and Psychology (First Class) from Aston University, UK; MPhil in Text Linguistics from Exeter University, UK: PhD in Clinical Linguistics from De Montfort University, UK; Docent (Higher Doctorate) from her hometown university, University of Oulu, Finland; and DSc (Honoris Causa) from Aston University, UK.

Professor Leinonen’s academic research focuses on pragmatic language processing deficits in children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders. She collaborates with colleagues in Finland and Italy, including recent work on cross-cultural comparison of pragmatic development in typically developing children in these two cultural contexts. She also speaks and writes about higher education topics, including institutional leadership, curriculum and technology enhanced learning.

Professor Leinonen has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Maynooth University, she spent over eight years in Australia, where she first held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong and then Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University.

Dr Viviana Bastidas

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction

Viviana Bastidas is a research associate in the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. Her career interests are in the intersection of business and information technologies in the context of urban planning and smart cities. She is a research collaborator of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) and the Enterprise Architecture and Formal Modelling (EAFM) research group, at Maynooth University. Viviana’s research has been published in conferences and journals in the domains of the Business and Information Systems Engineering, Knowledge Economy, Digital Transformation, Internet of Things, and System Science.

John O’Shea

Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Dr. John O’Shea has more than 24 years; career experience in a variety of global roles including executive leadership within global fortune 500 companies. He currently works at Dell Technologies as Chief Digital Transformation Officer.
Previous to working at Dell Technologies; Dr O’Shea was Global Leader of Smart Solutions within AI, blockchain and IOT for Lenovo. He is a member of the Global Digital Twin Consortium and the Global Blockchain Forum and is a renowned Keynote Speaker within Digital Twin, IOT & AI, Blockchain and Edge computing. A global speaker on innovation and representing Dell Technologies as a Key Note Speaker at the United Nations GMIS Summit 2019, 2020 & 2021.

Was a AI Judge for AI For Good which is a year round digital platform of the United Nations, where AI innovators and problem owners learn, discuss and connect to identify practical AI solutions to advance the UN SDGs
Was a Mentor; Advisor in correlation to the Global Prosperity Awards 2020 to 2021 The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity (the Global Prosperity Initiative) unites the world’s leading start-ups and entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs,

Cinzia Cappiello

Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy)

Cinzia Cappiello is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), from which she holds a PhD in Information Technology (2005). Her research interests regard data and information quality, data management and data  ecosystems. She is an associate editor of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ) and she has co-chaired conference tracks (e.g., ECIS, MCIS) and several international workshops related to data quality (e.g., International Workshop on the Quality of Web Engineering, International Workshop on the Quality of Databases).

Maksym Karpash

Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas

In 2004 graduated from IFNTUOG with MSc in Physics. In 2006 was awarded a PhD degree from Lviv Polytechnic in Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation. Worked at different positions at IFNTUOG related with research and international activities. From 2017 holds a position of Vice-Rector. In 2013 was awarded a degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences. Since 2014 holds a part-time position at the Department of Energy Management.

M.Karpash since the very beginning of his professional career was a team member and/or lead of more than 50 projects, funded by national and international sources. Cofounder of interactive Science City “New Energy”.

Author of more than 120 scientific articles, 110 conference abstracts, 20 patents, nearly 10 textbooks and monographs, more than 20 national standards etc. Academic tutor of 6 PhD students. Certified trainer of National Agency of Higher Education Quality Assurance, Ukraine.

Brian McLafferty

Director of Digitalisation and Operational excellence in Abbott

Brian is a Director of Digitalisation and Operational excellence in Abbott Vascular in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. His current focus is to drive the digitalisation of the manufacturing operations across the five manufacturing sites in the division. He previously worked in Hewlett-Packard in Co. Kildare. While starting in their Inkjet manufacturing organisation, he spent the last 10 years in HP’s Financial Services group, driving their digitalization strategy. During this time he worked to develop and implement a number of digitalisation programs to transform the day-to-day experience of the employees in changing the systems and processes they used. He was also instrumental in developing a number of external facing tools and systems for their customers and selling partners that supported a double-digit revenue growth during this time.

He holds an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management and MBA from the Smurfit Business school in Blackrock, Dublin. He is also currently working to complete his PhD in Management Information Systems (MIS) through the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where his research is focused on digital platforms.

Dr. Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

Digital Construction Cluster Lead

Zohreh Pourzolfaghar is Assistant Professor for the School of Business in Maynooth University. She is a members of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Zohreh formerly has been Research Fellow at Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University’s digital transformation research centre. She is a senior research member of the Business Informatics Group. She is the theme lead in a project investigating the application of Enterprise Architecture in Smart Cities, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). She has been Principle Investigator for an Industry Fellowship Programme, funded by SFI. Zohreh presented her work at international conferences and has published research in Journals and Conference Proceedings. Zohreh is also leading research within the Cost Action CA16222 (WISE-ACT), a European-wide network.  She has been thematic lead in a successful European Marie Curie PERFORM project. She is a member of the supervisory board of the EU project PERFORM, that focuses on Digital Retail. She has been awarded the SFI industry fellowship (2018) working with industry on topics related to Smart Cities and Building Information Management. She is the Co-PI for submitted H202 Techland proposal. Zohreh received her Ph.D. in Project Management in design process of building projects. Zohreh has years of experience working with project-oriented construction companies to improve organisatioanal productivity and their work processes.

Ralph Montague

Director, ArcDox

Ralph Montague is a director of ArcDox, a specialist BIM (Building Information Modelling) consultancy practice based in Dublin, Ireland, providing professionally managed advice, production, support and training services to the construction and property industry. A registered architect with almost 30 years’ experience in managing large projects, Ralph endorses BIM as a more cost effective and highly efficient way of producing and managing design and construction documentation. and improving the building process.
Ralph is a member of the National BIM Council of Ireland and coordinator of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM Group. In these roles, he has been instrumental in leading the development and adoption of BIM in Ireland since 2009. As past chairman of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) practice sub-committee for BIM, Ralph has represented Ireland on the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) BIM Working. He is also the current chair of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Technical Mirror Committee on BIM, monitoring the work on European Committee for Standardization (CEN TC442) and International Organization for Standardization (ISOTC59) technical committees on BIM standards. Ralph is also a part-time lecturer at Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Matthew Mullarkey

Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program for the USF Muma College of Business

Matthew T. Mullarkey is the Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program for the USF Muma College of Business and an Instructor in the School of Information Systems and Management (SISM). Mullarkey received a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from the University of South Florida, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy (West Point).

Mullarkey’s areas of research interest include design science research and action research in the evaluation and creation of information systems, smart cities, IoT, healthcare, social networking, and data science. Mullarkey teaches using case based discussions that engage Doctoral, MBA and MIS undergraduates in complex business decisions that typically involve a technology component. His case study based capstone courses emphasize critical thinking, business analysis, and the impact of information technology and systems on real‐world, business decision‐making. Mullarkey is the Editor‐in‐Chief of the USF Muma Case Review and an editor and reviewer for a number of academic journals.

Mullarkey is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Award, 2018 recipient of the USF Faculty Externship Award, 2017 recipient of the USF Muma College of Business Outstanding Faculty Community Engagement Award, and 2015-2016 ISDS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award. Mullarkey was named a 2019-2021 Extraordinary Research Scientist at North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Dr Beatrice Heneghan

Director of ICT at NUI Galway

Dr Beatrice Heneghan is Director of ICT at NUI Galway with responsibility for delivering transformative ICT for the enablement of impactful research, innovation and teaching in an enhanced student learning environment. In her prior role Beatrice served as Head of Information Systems and Innovation at Mayo County Council. Previously, she held posts in ICT and Digital Transformation in Laois and Limerick local authorities.

Beatrice served as Chair of the local government sectoral Architecture and Standards Group (ASG) and on the national ePlanning and Central Data Unit boards. She is a member of Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Software Research Centre, the Maynooth University Business Informatics Research Group and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI). She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Professional Doctorate in Engineering programme at the University of Limerick and contributes as a guest lecturer to the programme. In 2021 Beatrice received the IVI Leadership in Digital Transformation in the Public Sector award.

While having wide experience in the Information Systems (IS) field her particular expertise is in the area of data governance and enterprise architecture with a focus on business/IT alignment in the design and delivery of strategy. Beatrice holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Limerick and master’s in software engineering from NUI Galway. Beatrice has presented at national and international academic and practitioner conferences and continues to collaborate on research in IS.

Dr Aisling Soden

Lead of the Talent Pillar within the Talent, Transformation and Innovation (TTI) Department in IDA Ireland.

Aisling leads the Talent Pillar within the Talent, Transformation and Innovation (TTI) Department in IDA Ireland. TTI supports IDA clients to transform their business through innovation, digital transformation and talent development, sustaining their existing business in Ireland and positioning them for future growth. Prior to joining IDA Aisling worked as a Programme Manager in Science Foundation Ireland. Aisling obtained a PhD in Earth Science from the University of Glasgow and has held postdoctoral positions in the University of Strathclyde and UCD.

Andreas Auinger

Professor of Digital Business at the DBx - Digital Business Institute of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Andreas Auinger is a Professor of Digital Business at the DBx – Digital Business Institute of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria since 2006 and founding head of the master’s program in Digital Business Management, which is run jointly with JKU. His main research work focuses on Human-Computer-Interaction and User Experience especially in the areas of digital commerce, digital marketing, digital innovation, business modelling and digital retail. Andreas is (co-)author of 80+ publications and gained €4.0+mio research funds in his main research areas.

Seán Tobin

Digital Transformation Specialist at Enterprise Ireland

Seán works in the Operational Excellence & Digital Department in Enterprise Ireland. To date, he has had the opportunity to work with Founders of Start-Ups, C-Suite Executives in SMEs & Large companies, and Researchers in Third Level Institutions all with the aim of ensuring that the continued innovation from Irish businesses is front and centre both nationally and internationally.

His role as Digital Transformation Specialist comprises of helping Irish companies think ‘digital first’ through the creation of funding supports and training supports and connecting key stakeholders in the digital eco-system. A key driver for Seán is to identify ways to demystify Digital Transformation and promote the benefits it can have for businesses across Ireland.

Martin Stabauer

Deputy Head of the Institute of Digital Business, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Martin Stabauer is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Digital Business at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education at OntarioTech University, Canada.

His main research focuses on digital business models, technological enablers and human-computer interaction, and is published in conference proceedings and journals. He was and currently is Principal Investigator of several industry-funded research projects, and JKUs Scientist-in-Charge of the European Marie Curie project PERFORM. He mainly teaches in the Master program Digital Business Management which is run together with the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. For the inquiry-based learning project Crossteaching he was awarded the 2018 Austrian State price for excellent teaching.

Terry Landers

Chairman of NSAI’s National ICT Standards Consultative Committee, Consultant , and non-exec board member

Terry Landers is Chairman of NSAI’s National ICT Standards Consultative Committee, Consultant , and non-exec board member.

He recently retired from  Microsoft where he served as Chief Standards Officer for Europe Middle-East and Africa, working mainly on Cybersecurity  and AI  themes across a superset  of topics including privacy, Data protection, Ethics and Governance. He recently  published  a new Data Governance standard –  Guidelines for data classification  [TS 38505-3]

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, he worked in Ericsson Ireland where he served as Chief Technical Officer. During the early part of his career he also worked in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as Senior Engineer. In the mid-1990’s, he worked with Forfás, the Irish Government Agency that was the national policy advisory board for   science, technology and innovation  where he was secretary to Ireland’s Information Society and Technology Foresight initiatives, the latter  leading to the formation of Science Foundation Ireland.

He holds  BSc and MBA degrees,  is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

Derick Mitchell

Derick Mitchell, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of IPPOSI

Derick Mitchell, PhD (@DerickOMisteal) is the Chief Executive Officer of IPPOSI. Derick has a background in research, strategy and advocacy from over 12 years’ experience spanning a number of leadership roles in research and multi-stakeholder engagement in Ireland and at the EU-level. Derick has a strong track record in collaborating to influence healthcare policy with the goals of enhancing research infrastructure, increasing patient involvement and improving access to treatments. Derick believes in the power of a united voice when it comes to patient advocacy and the central role of patients and their representative organisations in healthcare and research.

At an international level, Derick is an elected board member of the European Patients Academy (EUPATI) Foundation, a global initiative which is training patients to become involved in the medicines R&D process, and has spread the IPPOSI public-private partnership model to over 20 countries. Derick is  chairperson of the European patient representative round-table of ISPOR – the Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research; a Patient Advisor to the OECD Patient-Reported Indicator Survey (PaRiS) initiative as well as a founding member of the European Patients’ Forum-led DataSavesLives.eu initiative.

Michael Hanley

Leads IVI's academic education and professional training & certification programmes

Michael is involved in IVI’s academic education and professional training & certification programmes. Since 2011, IVI has trained more than 8000 professionals globally, helping organisations digitally transform using IVI’s Capability Maturity Framework. More recently he co-created the MSc in Digital Healthcare Transformation hosted in UL, and ReThink|ReDesign – Maynooth University’s SME digital transformation initiative, supported by Enterprise Ireland’s innovation voucher scheme. In early 2022 he successfully completed a pilot Future Workforce Skills Development Programme for a large public sector organisation. He created the course using an innovative approach he calls Design Thinking for Teaching & Development (DT4TD).

Michael has an MSc in Education & Technology, and he is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

He will complete his Doctorate in Education Leadership in 2023. His doctoral thesis concerns the impact of digital transformation and disruptive innovation on Irish higher education institutions’ future strategy, business models, and value propositions.

Professor Neil J Rowan

Professor Neil J Rowan

Director of the Bioscience Research Institute at Technological University of the Shannon Midlands Midwest

Professor Neil J Rowan is Director of the Bioscience Research Institute at Technological University of the Shannon Midlands Midwest. He is Funded Investigator at SFI-funded CURAM Research Centre for Medical Devices and holds Adjunct Professorships in the School of Medicine (NUI Galway), School of Biotechnology (University of Malaya, Malaysia), and School of Traditional Medicinal (University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa).  He was Senior Lecturer and co-founder of Roberston Laboratories for Electronic Sterilization at University of Strathclyde University where he received a 5* in UK Research Assessment Exercise.  He has over 3 decades of supporting and enabling development of sustaining, green and disruptive technologies across food, medtech and environmental applications. He has supervised 28 PhDs to completion and published approximately 250 journal papers in these areas. He has co-created Empower Eco (Ecosystem)  Quadruple Helix platform for supporting industry with key actors regionally for developing green innovations that features in Midlands Regional Development Plant 2024. He has applied digital technologies to complex societal challenges. He is nationally and internationally funded including Interreg, Horizon Europe and Erasmus plus.  As member of Expert Working Group,  he has contributed  to national policies including “Research, Innovation Strategy, Impact 2030”. He evaluates regularly for the European Commission including EIC Pathfinder Open Programme.

 

Crystel Robbins Rynne

COO and Employee Experience Advocate - HRLocker

Crystel’s role as Chief Operating Officer is centred around growth and overseeing the day-to-day operations of HRLocker. She brings over 14 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer success and business development. As part of the executive management team, she is in charge of maintaining and driving operational results, all processes & procedures, and reports directly to the CEO.

 

Denise Manton

Executive Officer of Empower

Denise Manton has 20+ years of multi-disciplinary experience with a focus on innovation driven technology and digital transformation initiatives both in industry and in academic research environments, operating at various levels from software engineering to senior management. In her role as Executive Officer of Empower, she will drive the long-term strategic planning of the research programme and lead engagement and collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups, building a community of practice to overcome the global challenges in the area of data governance. Denise is also responsible for ensuring the key objectives are met and growth of the programme achieved.

Dr Martin Curley

Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive

Martin Curley is Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Director of the Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at the Health Service Executive (HSE), helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. Most recently Martin was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE Martin was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this Curley was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Curley is the author of eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and, the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.

Stuart Greene

Senior Manager, People Advisory Services Team

Stuart is a Senior Manager in the People Advisory Services team in Ireland. He is based in the Dublin office.
Stuart has 15 years’ experience in leading Workforce, Change and Transformation projects across Public, Private and Financial Services sectors.
He holds a Masters in Project Management with First Class Honours from UCD Smurfit School.
He holds an BA BAI (Hons) from Trinity College Dublin in Civil Structural & Environmental Engineering.
Stuart is a qualified coach and is passionate about using these skills to support individuals and organisations to achieve their true potential and purpose.

Last years Speakers Included

CEO, Enterprise Ireland

Leo Clancy

Vice President of Research and Innovation, Maynooth University

Professor Brian Donnellan

President, Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen

Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management

Stephanie L. Woerner

Director, Lero–the Irish Software Research Centre

Brian Fitzgerald

CEO, Beauty Buddy

Wendy Slattery

Data Policy & Governance Lead, World Economic Forum

Anne Josephine Flanagan

Vice President, IDA

Helen Burke

Director, ArcDox

Ralph Montague

Group Strategy and Ecommerce Director, Kilkenny Group

Emer McCarthy

Regional Skills Manager, Mid-East Regional Skills Forum

Siobhan Keogh

Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Research and Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland

Laura Clifford

CEO, Health Research Charities Ireland

Dr Avril Kennan

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University

Dr. Silvana Togneri Mac Mahon

Director, Research Center for Advanced Technology in Health and Well-Being, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan

Dr. Alberto Sanna

Global Vice President Clinical Application Development, Elekta SAS

Dr. Joseph Stancanello

Digitalisation Lead, Siemens Ireland

Joan Mulvilhill

Germany Head of Retail, KPMG

Stephan Fetsch

Chair, City ISAC I4C+

Dr Oliver Schwabe

Chief Executive, County Kildare Chamber

Allan Shine

Head of Research Group Knowledge Engineering, University of Vienna

Prof Dimitris Karagiannis

Head of Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University

Dr Joe Timoney

BIM Manager, daa

Michael Earley

Director, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

Aonghus O’Keeffe

Director, Institute for Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein

Professor Jan vom Brocke

Head of Innovation & Manager Director, TOMRA Sorting Ltd.

John McGloughlin

Country Head, Legato Ireland

John Shaw

Senior Digital Transformation Specialist, Enterprise Ireland

John Durcan

Machine Learning Cluster Lead

Dr Edgar Galvan

Partner, EY Consulting

Carol Murphy

Director Innovation Value Institute

Professor Markus Helfert

Senior Digital Strategy Advisor, National Administrations, International

Dr Declan Deasy

Head of Healthcare Innovation, Roche Ireland

Maeve McGrath

President, ONUMA Inc.

Kimon Onuma

Centre Director, Confirm – Smart Manufacturing

Professsor Conor McCarthy

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction

Dr Viviana Bastidas

Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive

Dr Martin Curley

Director of Science for the Economy, Science Foundation of Ireland

Dr Siobhan Roche

Director of European Observatory for ICT Standards

Asst Professor Ray Walshe

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Prof Wolfgang Weitzl

General Manager, Magico.com

Orla Cooney

CEO & Founder, Adison.ai

John Murat

IT Director, AMD

Fergal Ryan

Declan Hadley, Healthcare Development Lead UK&I Cisco

Director of ICT at NUI Galway

Dr Beatrice Heneghan

Digital Construction Cluster Lead

Dr. Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

CEO, Enterprise Ireland

Leo Clancy

Leo Clancy is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland, the state agency that helps Irish companies to start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.

Before being appointed as CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo led the Technology, Consumer and Business Services sector as well as IT, Marketing Communications and Corporate Services at IDA Ireland and was a member of the Executive Management team. In that role, Leo worked extensively with global technology and services companies invested in Ireland.

Prior to his public sector career, Leo spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry, including in a number of management, technical and engineering roles. He was part of the senior leadership team at e|net, a high-growth Irish wholesale broadband provider and spent his early career at Ericsson, primarily working on global services for deployment of mobile and fixed networks.

Leo is a frequent contributor to press interviews, conference speaking and blogs. On behalf of Enterprise Ireland, he is a member of a number of cross-departmental and cross-agency groups.

Leo graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a First-Class Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1996. He grew up on a farm in County Tipperary and retains a strong fundamental understanding of the agricultural and food sector, in addition to his broader business experience of technology, services and manufacturing industries.

Vice President of Research and Innovation, Maynooth University

Professor Brian Donnellan

Professor Brian Donnellan is Vice President of Research and Innovation, and Professor of Management Information Systems at Maynooth University.

Previous senior management positions in Maynooth University include  Vice President of Engagement and Innovation, Vice President and Dean of International Affairs and Academic Director of the Innovation Value Institute. He is active researcher in four Science Foundation Ireland research centres.

A native of County Clare, he graduated from University of Limerick with a B. Engineering in Electronic Engineering, an MBA and PhD (Computer Science and Information Systems). Prior to becoming an academic, Brian spent 19 years working in the IT industry, where he was responsible for Computer-Aided-Engineering for New Product Development.

President, Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen

Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Maynooth University as President in October 2021, after five years of service as Vice Chancellor and President at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

Professor Leinonen was born and raised in Finland, where she completed her schooling. She and her two brothers were the first in their family to attend university. Her own experience has cemented her belief in the role of education as a social equaliser, with the power to transform for the better the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.

As part of her education in Finland Professor Leinonen spent a year as an exchange student in Michigan, USA, prior to entering university in England, where she studied linguistics and psychology. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Linguistics and Psychology (First Class) from Aston University, UK; MPhil in Text Linguistics from Exeter University, UK: PhD in Clinical Linguistics from De Montfort University, UK; Docent (Higher Doctorate) from her hometown university, University of Oulu, Finland; and DSc (Honoris Causa) from Aston University, UK.

Professor Leinonen’s academic research focuses on pragmatic language processing deficits in children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders. She collaborates with colleagues in Finland and Italy, including recent work on cross-cultural comparison of pragmatic development in typically developing children in these two cultural contexts. She also speaks and writes about higher education topics, including institutional leadership, curriculum and technology enhanced learning.

Professor Leinonen has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Maynooth University, she spent over eight years in Australia, where she first held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong and then Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University.

Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management

Stephanie L. Woerner

Stephanie L. Woerner, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephanie studies how companies use technology and data to create more effective business models and how they manage the associated organizational change. Her co-authored articles include “Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem,” (named one of the top articles of the decade by SMR), “It Pays to Have a Digitally Savvy Board,” and “Does Your C-Suite Have Enough Digital Smarts?” in Sloan Management Review. In 2018 Stephanie and Peter Weill published What’s Your Digital Business Model? Six questions to help you build the next generation enterprise, (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018). Stephanie, Peter Weill and Ina Sebastian are writing a book on digital business transformation, Future Ready: The four pathways to capturing digital value, forthcoming in Fall 2022. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Director, Lero–the Irish Software Research Centre

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero–the Irish Software Research Centre where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist. He holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick, where he also served as Vice President Research. In 2019, he was elected President of the Association for Information Systems, the global body for information systems worldwide.

He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing open source and inner source, crowdsourcing software development, agile and lean software development, and global software development. His publications include 17 books, and almost 200 peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals and conferences in both the Information Systems and Software Engineering fields, including MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodology (TOSEM). Prior to taking up an academic position, he worked in the software industry for about 12 years, including positions with Citibank in Frankfurt and Brussels.

CEO, Beauty Buddy

Wendy Slattery

Wendy Slattery is an award-winning businesswoman and the co-founder and CEO of Beauty Buddy. Her background in business development, corporate sales, retail and project management has enabled her to lead a committed team, who together with strategic partners are working to deliver the vision of Beauty Buddy.

Beauty Buddy is a data analytics company for the beauty and cosmetic industry. Data is gathered through an app with thousands of engaged beauty consumers. A sort of TripAdvisor for beauty and cosmetic products. We then partner with brands and retailers to give them targeted product sampling, unique data insights and product reviews.

As an Enterprise Ireland HPSU client, they have raised a pre-seed round and are currently raising their seed round. Wendy also took part in New Frontiers, NDRC Portershed, DCU Female High Fliers and Google’s Adopt a Start-up. Wendy won an AIB Women in Enterprise Award in 2019, was a finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2020, and won silver in the Digital Business Awards, backed by PTSB.

Data Policy & Governance Lead, World Economic Forum

Anne Josephine Flanagan

Anne is an expert in data and technology policy with more than a decade of experience at the frontier of international policy making. Based at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, she works with stakeholders worldwide including businesses, governments, academics and civil society organizations to co-design policy frameworks that address the most intractable data policy issues of our time. Prior to joining the Forum, she was the Deputy Head of Division for Telecommunications Policy & Regulation at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Ireland where she was deeply involved in EU Digital Single Market policy. Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Dublin City University, an Executive MBA from Trinity College Dublin and an Advanced Diploma in Data Protection Law from the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.

Vice President, IDA

Helen Burke

Helen Burke is Vice President of IDA Ireland, with responsibility for driving Transformation and Innovation across the IDA client portfolio. Her role involves working on a consultancy level to identify strategic solutions resulting in increased productivity, resilience & innovation. Helen is currently based in Ireland but prior to this worked in New York, Frankfurt and Paris with responsibility for securing employment intensive investment for Ireland. She speaks fluent French and German and graduated with a Business Studies / German degree from University of Limerick followed by a Computer Science Master’s Degree. Helen has recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching and has a great interest in people’s ability to reach their full potential through effective coaching.

Director, ArcDox

Ralph Montague

Ralph Montague is a director of ArcDox, a specialist BIM (Building Information Modelling) consultancy practice based in Dublin, Ireland, providing professionally managed advice, production, support and training services to the construction and property industry. A registered architect with almost 30 years’ experience in managing large projects, Ralph endorses BIM as a more cost effective and highly efficient way of producing and managing design and construction documentation. and improving the building process.
Ralph is a member of the National BIM Council of Ireland and coordinator of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM Group. In these roles, he has been instrumental in leading the development and adoption of BIM in Ireland since 2009. As past chairman of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) practice sub-committee for BIM, Ralph has represented Ireland on the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) BIM Working. He is also the current chair of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Technical Mirror Committee on BIM, monitoring the work on European Committee for Standardization (CEN TC442) and International Organization for Standardization (ISOTC59) technical committees on BIM standards. Ralph is also a part-time lecturer at Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Group Strategy and Ecommerce Director, Kilkenny Group

Emer McCarthy

Emer is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and is the Group Strategy and Ecommerce Director at Kilkenny Group. She is an experienced director with experience growing businesses operationally and functionally to deliver sustainable growth as part of overall company strategy. Prior to joining Kilkenny Group, Emer worked across a wide variety of sectors (retail, consumer electronics, aviation, corporate finance and banking institutions) and held senior positions across audit, corporate finance, investor relations and financial control.

Regional Skills Manager, Mid-East Regional Skills Forum

Siobhan Keogh

Siobhan Keogh is the Regional Skills Forum Manager for the Mid-East of Ireland, a role that requires her to build and maintain positive working relationships with education and training providers as well as government agencies and employers in order to identify skills needs for the Mid-East Region and create relevant responses.

The Mid-East Regional Skills Forum, an initiative of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science, supports and facilitates communication and engagement between education and enterprise in the identification, development and delivery of current and future skills required for the region.

Siobhan is experienced in developing and implementing regional skills development responses as well as learning and development strategies and solutions in the roles of Regional Skills Forum Manager, Training and Development Manager, Information Systems Training Manager, Project Manager and independent trainer across a range of industries and sectors including Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ireland and Ulster) and Dublin City University.

Throughout her career Siobhan has designed and delivered an array of programmes in order to support business growth, innovation and resilience in times of change including leadership and management development, team development, sales development, career development, performance management, information systems training, business skills and soft skills training.

Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Research and Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland

Laura Clifford

Laura is a Senior Commercialisation Specialist, ICT, in the Research and Innovation Division at Enterprise Ireland. Her role involves supporting and developing new third level spin out opportunities from Irish research.

Prior to joining EI, Laura was the Senior Executive Manager of FinTech Fusion at the ADAPT SFI Research Centre, which is a global centre of excellence for digital content technology. Laura directed the commercialisation, operation and business development activities within FinTech Fusion, a large scale, collaborative research programme partnering with a consortium of Financial Service, Insurance and FinTech companies, exploring technologies such as blockchain and AI to revolutionise the industry.

Laura is a founding member of BlockW, a group of female leaders in the Blockchain space that came together to demystify the technology and make it accessible to all. The group aims to facilitate conversation around the opportunities that blockchain presents to women and other groups in Ireland.

Previously, Laura spent 15 years in management roles within a range of technology companies, supporting clients in the research, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. She also led the commercial partnership programme of a large-scale Internet of Things test bed in Dublin with DCU, Arizona State University, Intel, Microsoft and Croke Park. Laura holds an MSc in Technology & Innovation Management from Technological University Dublin and a BA (Mod.) in Science from Trinity College Dublin. She is a certified project management professional (PMP) accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

CEO, Health Research Charities Ireland

Dr Avril Kennan

Dr Avril Kennan is CEO of Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI), an organisation that supports a community of 40 charities to engage in all aspects of health research. Under her leadership, HRCI runs the Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF), manages a funding scheme for patient-focused research projects in partnership with the Health Research Board and hosts a patient and public involvement (PPI) ‘Shared Learning Group’ for over 30 charities. HRCI is also a national partner on the National PPI Ignite Network.

Avril’s PhD and subsequent lab experience are in the field of molecular genetics. In previous roles in DEBRA Ireland and DEBRA International, she drove a range of international initiatives, including the management of a network of over 200 clinicians and patients to develop evidence-based clinical guidelines and the establishment of an international patient registry. She’s passionate about improving lives through research.

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University

Dr. Silvana Togneri Mac Mahon

Dr Silvana Togneri Mac Mahon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing in DCU, a member of Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre. Silvana’s research to date has involved the development of a framework to allow Healthcare Delivery Organisations(HDO) to self-assess against the requirements of IEC 80001-1, a standard aimed at the risk management of medical IT networks. This work was published as a technical report, ISO TR 80001-2-7, on which Silvana acted as international project leader, author and editor.
Silvana is a member of the ISO TC215 IEC SC62A JWG7 Leadership Team and also acts as the Vice Chair of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Health Informatics Standards Committee and is a member of the Top Team for AI standards. She was the recipient of the NSAI 1997 award for contribution to standard development and the DkIT President’s Award for Early Career Researcher both in 2018.

Director, Research Center for Advanced Technology in Health and Well-Being, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan

Dr. Alberto Sanna

Graduated in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Alberto Sanna, Director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Health & Well-being, coordinates international projects in three main research programs: SMARTer and SAFer HOSPITAL, SMARTer and HEALTHIer LIFE and SMARTer and HEALTHIer CITY. He has been deeply involved in European Research Framework Programs FP5, FP6, FP7 and is currently active in 16 Horizon 2020. He has presented his research activities in 150+ top level international congresses and has been constantly active in academic teaching as contract professor in Information Technology, Design and Medicine courses. He is author of edutainment videogames & formats, and avant-garde photographer investigating the role of visual arts in socio-technological ecosystems.

Global Vice President Clinical Application Development, Elekta SAS

Dr. Joseph Stancanello

Dr. Stancanello graduated with Ph.D. and Executive MBA degrees from Politecnico di Milano-School of Management, Italy, in the field of imaging and therapy. He worked in the Medical Physics Department at Vicenza Hospital, and at Bracco Imaging. Along his career, he has served in several roles at Siemens Headquarters in Germany as Principal Expert and Director of product portfolio in oncology, at GE Healthcare in France as Director of MRI research and applications and workflow, and serving as CEO of Oncoradiomics, Belgium, a start-up developing and commercializing software for AI and radiomics for lung cancer, and as executive director of AI program jointly developed by IBM and Guerbet. He is currently global VP of Clinical Applications at Elekta, one of the top players in radiation oncology. He is co-author of more than 100 abstracts, full papers and book chapters as well as many patents.

Digitalisation Lead, Siemens Ireland

Joan Mulvilhill

As the Digitalisation Lead for Siemens in Ireland, Joan Mulvihill continues to be at the forefront of driving technology adoption in Ireland. Having held the position of CEO of the Irish Internet Association for 7 years, followed by 2 years as the Centre Director for the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce, her role at Siemens builds on Siemens’ and her deep commitment to and understanding of the needs of Irish business for their digital transformation. Digitalisation means working differently. Siemens will always work with their clients to meet their operational technology needs with world class products and services and now through Digitalisation, Siemens leverages its domain expertise with clients to transform and create the businesses of their future.

Germany Head of Retail, KPMG

Stephan Fetsch

Stephan joined KPMG’s Corporate Finance department in 1995 and became Partner in 2006. Before university, he completed an apprenticeship with Deutsche Bank AG and worked as controller with PreussenElektraAG (today: EON AG) and a Liechtenstein based trading/retail company.
Stephan has accumulated ample experience in transaction related services such as commercial/strategic analysis, transactions andbusiness cases / valuations. He participated in a number of major national and international assignments in Germany, Canada, USA as well as Russia and has been serving a number of large accounts headquartered in Germany as well as North America.
Also, Stephan heads the Retail and Consumer Goods sectors within the KPMG EMA region. In the past decade,he has been involved in multiple projects for most of Germany’s leading retailers. The nature of projects ranks from strategy, expansion, and acquisition to internal (functional) restructuring, tax optimization, and operational improvement including basket analytics, process e2e automation, geo analytics for locations et alt. Also, as Global Lead Partner, he serves two major privately owned retail conglomerates, all of them active in Europe and on an international level.

Chair, City ISAC I4C+

Dr Oliver Schwabe

Orchestrates the Information and Analysis Center (ISAC) for Cities (I4C+) whose members are CIOs/CISOs of cities exchanging personal sensitive knowledge to improve their individual and collective cyber resilience. The “+” highlights that this is a “high touch, low tech” group that trusts each other. Members in June 2021 include over 12 cities in Europe.
Open European Network for Enterprise Innovation (Germany). Principal Web Weaver: Orchestrates an inclusive interdisciplinary bottom-up open European knowledge alliance allowing experienced and young generations of innovators and researchers to share and enable an increasing number of breakthrough scientific developments in various industries.
Rolls-Royce plc (United Kingdom). Civil Aerospace – IT Security, Risk & Compliance Partner: The IT Security, Risk & Compliance Partner coordinates security, risk and compliance management across the Civil Aerospace IT function

Chief Executive, County Kildare Chamber

Allan Shine

County Kildare Chamber is the business organisation in Kildare, proactively working to identify and progress developments that are facilitative of economic and sustainable growth. Representing an employer base of 400 businesses and over 38,000 employees across the county, County Kildare Chamber is the largest business organisation in the mid-east region of Ireland.
Given the significant breadth and depth of our membership, and our representation on various bodies at local and national level, County Kildare Chamber constitutes the representative voice for business in Kildare, a particularly important role given the current economic circumstances in the county and the state

Head of Research Group Knowledge Engineering, University of Vienna

Prof Dimitris Karagiannis

Dimitris holds a full professor position for Business Informatics at the University of Vienna since 1993, leading the Research Group Knowledge Engineering. He received his PhD degree from the Technical University Berlin in 1987. The same year he joined the Research Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing in Ulm as division head for “Enterprise Information Systems”. Prof. Karagiannis holds an honorary professorship from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research interests include meta-modelling, knowledge engineering, business process management, enterprise architecture, and artificial intelligence.
The industrial application of his meta-modelling research was demonstrated within the BOC Group, a software- and consulting company that develops and markets the EA tool ADOIT, which is top-rated by analyst firms.
In parallel scientific applications of his research are applied in the Open Models Laboratory—OMiLAB, an open collaborative environment for modelling method engineering, which he has established and is currently leading, located in Berlin.

Head of Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University

Dr Joe Timoney

Dr Joe Timoney joined the Dept. of Computer Science at Maynooth University in 1999. He teaches on undergraduate programs in Computer Science and in Music Technology. His research interests are based in the areas of Software Engineering and Audio signal processing, with a focus on musical applications. He has supervised a number of PhD students. In 2003 he spent a 3- month research visit at ATR laboratory in Kyoto, Japan, and in 2010 to the College of Computing at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He also is a keen DIY electronics enthusiast and has built a number of electronic instruments.

BIM Manager, daa

Michael Earley

Michael is the BIM Manager with daa since 2019 and is a member of the digital transformation team responsible for the for the delivery of the Airport Capital Investment Programme CIP2020-24. Michael is responsible for the implementation of the BIM strategy and the integration of systems to ensure seamless transfer of information during the full life cycle of physical and digital assets. Part of the strategy is to deliver projects in accordance with ISO 19650 standards and utilise digital tools such as BIM 360, Autodesk Forge, ESRI GIS and Maximo to improve the quality of information that is used to design, construct, operate and maintain assets.

Prior to joining daa, Michael was an Associate Director at Scott Tallon Walker. Over the past 20 years, Michael has worked on numerous projects in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East including East Point Business Park, Aviva Stadium, King Saud University Sports Centre, University College London Proton Beam Therapy Centre, Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences, Trinity Business School and Ulster University.

As chair of the RIAI BIM Committee, Michael is responsible for the development of the RIAI BIM Pack which contains comprehensive advice notes and templates for procuring in BIM. Michael also a member of the NSAI Technical Committee which published the National Annex to ISO 19650.

Michael holds an honours degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Director, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

Aonghus O’Keeffe

Aonghus is a Director at Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. As a leading member of ROD’s bridges group, Aonghus oversees the delivery of major infrastructure projects from feasibility through to construction supervision. He has over 15 years’ experience serving public and private sector clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Aonghus leads ROD’s BIM and asset information management services. He has published and presented internationally on the topic of BIM for infrastructure and represents the National Standards Authority of Ireland at European level in BIM standardisation. Aonghus played a central role in the CEDR INTERLINK research project, which developed a practical, scalable, futureproof approach to asset information management for national road authorities. The INTERLINK Approach is the foundation of the European standard for BIM semantic modelling and linking, which is due for publication in 2022. Aonghus supports public asset owners in benefitting from the approach.

Director, Institute for Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein

Professor Jan vom Brocke

Professor Jan vom Brocke the Hilti Endowed Chair for Business Process Management, Director of the Institute for Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein and Co-Founder of DIGITIZE.EU – an innovative platform to inspire and implement ambitious digitalization initiatives across Europe. Jan`s research has been published in many of the Financial Times Top 50 journals, such as Management Science, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems and MIT Sloan Management Review, and a recent Stanford study ranks Jan vom Brocke among the Top 0.5% of the world’s most cited scientists across all disciplines. He is the author and editor of 44 books, many of them considered best sellers in management and digitalization, such as the book Business Process Management Cases – Digital Innovation and Business Transformation in Practice, which has been downloaded more than 5 million times on the Springer Nature database. Jan has acquired over €40 million in research funding and the projects of his team have been featured in popular newspapers around the word, including the Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, and Telegraph. Jan has received over 20 international awards and has been named a Fellow of the World Association for Information Systems. Jan is an invited speaker and trusted advisor to many companies – big and small – as well as governmental institutions across Europe.

Head of Innovation & Manager Director, TOMRA Sorting Ltd.

John McGloughlin

John McGloughlin is Head of Innovation and Managing director for TOMRA Sorting Ltd. He has a background in Applied Physics and a MSc in Innovation & Design from MU. John has been developing optical sorting systems since 1989, founded Focused Technologies in California 1992-2005 then returning to Ireland as R&D Manager for Odenberg Ltd. He moved to the role of Head of Innovation in TOMRA Sorting in 2013 and Managing Director / Country Manager since 2019.

Country Head, Legato Ireland

John Shaw

John Patrick Shaw is the Country Head for Legato Ireland since September 2021. John leads Legato’s Global R&D Hub and aims to build AI solutions for better Health. John is an award-winning expert in Digital Transformation, Agile and Lean Sigma. He is a co-founder of Quantum Computing Ireland.

John is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He is a registered European Professional Engineer ( Eur Ing ) with 15+ years’ experience in Digital Transformation in a range of sectors including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Energy, Pharma and Logistics. John holds an MBA in Technology Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from University College Dublin.

A senior member of IEEE, John joined Legato from the Data Value Hub where he built the organisation to help Enterprises with their AI journey, having previously held Executive Leadership roles in Primeline , Planet Payments , Mainstream and Pfizer.

Senior Digital Transformation Specialist, Enterprise Ireland

John Durcan

John Durcan is the senior digital transformation specialist at Enterprise Ireland. He is currently working as part of a new team within Enterprise Ireland which is focused on supporting Irish businesses on their digital transformation journey.  His background is in the areas of Data analytics, ML/AI, and cyber security. Recent work has seen him involved in the National AI strategy, the National AI skills review, a member of the NSAI standards group working on Artificial intelligence. Outside of Enterprise Ireland is he currently the chairperson of Comhlámh, an Irish NGO focused on international volunteering and a member of the Irish Aid Rapid Response Corp.

Machine Learning Cluster Lead

Dr Edgar Galvan

Dr. Edgar Galvan leads the IVI Machine Learning Cluster and is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University. Prior to this, he held multiple research positions in Essex University, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and INRIA Paris-Saclay.  He is an expert in the properties of encodings, such as neutrality and locality, in Genetic Programming as well as a pioneer in the study of Semantic- based Genetic Programming. His research interests also include applications to combinatorial optimisation, games, software engineering and deep neural networks. Dr. Edgar Galvan has independently ranked as one of the all-time top 1% researchers in Genetic Programming, according to University College London.  He has published in excess of nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications. Edgar has over 1,900 citations and a H-index of 25.

Partner, EY Consulting

Carol Murphy

Carol is a Partner in EY’s Consulting practice. Carol leads EY’s Technology Risk practice in Ireland which provides advice and support to EY clients in relation to cybersecurity and data protection, IT strategy and governance, Software Asset Management and Programme Risk Management and has a team of over 100 people. Carol is the Chief Risk Officer for EY Ireland and is a member of the EY Leadership Team. In addition, Carol sits on the Consulting Leadership team and leads on Innovation, working closely with our global alliances including SAP, Microsoft and ServiceNow. Carol has worked across a range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, financial services and public sector.

Director Innovation Value Institute

Professor Markus Helfert

Markus Helfert is the Director of IVI and Director of Empower – the SFI funded Programme on Data Governance. He is also Professor of Digital Service Innovation and Director of the Business Informatics Group at Maynooth University. He is a Principle Investigator at Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre and at the Adapt Research Centre. His research is centred on Digital Service Innovation, Smart Cities and IoT based Smart Environments and includes research areas such as Service Innovation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Services, Building Information Management, FinTech, Data Value, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Adoption, Analytics, Business Process Managem ent. Prof. Helfert is an expert in Data Governance Standards and is involved in European Standardisation initiatives. Markus Helfert has authored more than 200+ academic articles, journal and book contributions and has presented his work at international conferences. Helfert has received national and international grants from agencies such as European Union (FP7; H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, was project coordinator on EU projects, and is the Project coordinator of the H2020 Projects: PERFORM on Digital Retail.

Senior Digital Strategy Advisor, National Administrations, International

Dr Declan Deasy

Declan Deasy is a Senior Digital Strategy Advisor working with national administrations, international organisations, the European Commission and the World Bank on regional and national digital strategies, public sector digital transformation, data-driven administrations and national data ecosystems.

He joined the European Commission in 1978 and retired in 2012 as Director for ‘Information Systems and Interoperability Solutions’ at the Directorate General for Informatics. He was responsible for the Commission’s overall strategy on information systems and for delivering corporate information systems, common frameworks and interoperable, reusable components supporting the Commission’s administrative services and enabling the successful implementation of European Union policies.

He has a degree in Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin where he was a lecturer in Computer Science before joining the European Commission.

Head of Healthcare Innovation, Roche Ireland

Maeve McGrath

Roche is a global healthcare solutions provider with a combined strength in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics and a leader in personalised healthcare. Healthcare Innovation in Ireland is focused on harnessing this expertise and partnering to shape the future of Irish healthcare and improve outcomes for patients.

Previous to Roche, Maeve was Head of Operations for Two-Ten Health, where she was responsible for Connected Health strategy and the delivery of Electronic Health Records across five continents. Maeve has in-depth knowledge and experience of Digital Health, from development through to implementation, with a particular focus on change management during digital transformation.

Maeve has also developed partnerships to ensure interoperability and centralisation of data within the clinical environment.

She holds an MBA and an MA, both from UCD, and a degree in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast.

President, ONUMA Inc.

Kimon Onuma

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. Having used BIM for over two decades in his architectural practice, Kimon guides architects and owners into information driven design. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, he demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects. Kimon leads a unique team of architects and computer scientists at the 1988 company he founded, Onuma, Inc. His ONUMA System, a web based tool that allows both tech and non-tech savvy users to cloud collaborate in real-time, creates data output that generates BIM.

Centre Director, Confirm – Smart Manufacturing

Professsor Conor McCarthy

Prof. Conor McCarthy is the Centre Director for Confirm – Smart Manufacturing, a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre looking at future digital manufacturing technologies and cyber-physical manufacturing systems. Confirm is funded at €75M over 6 years and has over 40 industry partners. The centre is headquartered at the University of Limerick, with a dedicated digital manufacturing facility, boasting a digital manufacturing test-bed area, 5G network, 10Gb internet, cloud services and full immersive VR cave, and has 8 academic partners. Prof. McCarthy is Chair of Lightweight Structures at the University of Limerick, with research interests in digital twin technology for high performance design, development, manufacturing, assembly and testing of structural components and joints. He has published over 150 articles in leading Journals and at International conferences, and citations to his works exceed 4,600.  Prof. McCarthy is a Science Foundation Ireland Principle Investigator and leads major research programmes in Engineering Science.

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction

Dr Viviana Bastidas

Viviana Bastidas is a research associate in the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. Her career interests are in the intersection of business and information technologies in the context of urban planning and smart cities. She is a research collaborator of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) and the Enterprise Architecture and Formal Modelling (EAFM) research group, at Maynooth University. Viviana’s research has been published in conferences and journals in the domains of the Business and Information Systems Engineering, Knowledge Economy, Digital Transformation, Internet of Things, and System Science.

Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive

Dr Martin Curley

Martin Curley is Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Director of the Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at the Health Service Executive (HSE), helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. Most recently Martin was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE Martin was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this Curley was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Curley is the author of eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and, the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.

Director of Science for the Economy, Science Foundation of Ireland

Dr Siobhan Roche

As Director of Science for the Economy, Siobhan leads the Foundation’s strategic objectives focused on supporting enterprise competitiveness and development through driving collaborative research initiatives between academia and enterprise. This includes establishment of a network of internationally leading SFI Research Centres and bespoke enterprise partnerships. Siobhan holds a B.A. Mod in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley (USA). Prior to moving to Science Foundation Ireland, she worked as a research scientist in both the private sector and in third level research, focussing on the application of genetics and genomics technology to deciphering the biological causes of illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health disorders.  Siobhan has authored publications in leading, peer-reviewed journals and holds several international patents.

Director of European Observatory for ICT Standards

Asst Professor Ray Walshe

Ray is Senior Researcher in the ADAPT Research Centre in Dublin City University (DCU), IRELAND. He began his career in industry as a software engineer, software consultant and project manager with LM Ericsson, Software and Systems Engineering Limited and Siemens. Joining the School of Computing DCU in 1995 he delivers AI, IoT and Data Governance modules on Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD Programmes and is current (2021) Chair of the Graduate Diploma in Web Technologies. Ray is Chair of Big Data Value Association Standards Task Force, Chair of Network Development @ Gender Responsive Standards at the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe, Chair of the External Advisory Board of StandICT.eu, Chair of the Foresight Committee for EUOS, Research Partner in StandICT2023.eu and Co-Lead on ELITE-S Fellowship Programme for Emerging Technologies Standardization (Elite-Fellowships.eu). Ray has been a Digital Leader with World Economic Forum since 2016 and was appointed to the IEEE European Public Policy Committee on ICT in 2019 as the AI WG Lead for IEEE EPPC. Ray was also appointed in 2020 to the OECD Network of Experts (ONE AI).

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Prof Wolfgang Weitzl

Dr. Wolfgang Jonas Weitzl is a (full) professor of digital marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and research associate within the Corporate Communication Research Group (CCom) at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. His main research interests include the following topics: (1) consumer online engagement (with a special emphasis on online consumer-to-consumer interactions (eWOM) including online customer reviews, online complaints on social media, brand advocates/activists, and brand communities); (2) retail and service marketing with a special emphasis on complaint handling and consumer complaining behaviors (e.g., revenge taking); and (3) online persuasion (including the role of trust and deception).

Wolfgang has published various articles on above mentioned topics as well as on issues related to marketing, retailing, consumer behaviour and psychology. His research is primarily driven by quantitative research methods. He also serves as a reviewer for several journals (e.g., Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing) and international conferences (e.g., AMA, AMS WMC, ANZMAC, EMAC). He is member of different academic organizations including the European Marketing Academy (EMAC), the American Marketing Association (AMA), Association for Consumer Research (ACR), the Society of Consumer Psychology (SCP), and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

He teaches a number of subjects – including digital marketing, branding, social media marketing, marketing communications, methods of marketing, social and communication research – at different academic institutions. His teaching is typically characterized by project-based courses in cooperation with companies and other organizations. The courses should assist students to understand the role and application of interdisciplinary research – including latest insights from the communications, retailing, marketing, and social psychology discipline – for solving managerial as well as societal problems.

Wolfgang received his venia docendi (habilitation) in business administration (2020) and his Ph.D. in Management/Consumer Behaviour (2014) from the University of Vienna, where he was a research and teaching associate at the Department of Marketing. His doctoral thesis focuses on the influence of marketers’ and consumers’ communication in the era of social media by developing a new quantitative measurement scale for trust in electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM) and introducing a novel segmentation approach for online communication recipients. He received the Vienna Award for Retailing Research (2014) for his dissertation and various research funds. He also holds a M.Sc. (2009) and a B.Sc. (2008) in Business Administration from the University of Vienna. Before joining academia, Wolfgang also gathered practical experience by working for numerous Austrian companies mainly in the communications and advertising sector.

General Manager, Magico.com

Orla Cooney

Orla Cooney has over 15 years’ experience in developing over 70 e-commerce sites for ambitious retailers. A seasoned project director, Orla has led teams in the development of nationally recognised award-winning websites. Orla’s core strength is her ability to focus on the practical application of e-commerce strategies. She works with clients to identify the best strategy for them and on how to deliver it. Having worked closely with many of Ireland’s leading Online Retailers including Inish Pharmacy, McGuirks Golf and Caulfield Industrial to name but a few, Orla has a vast, in-depth understanding of the Irish e-commerce landscape and what it takes to build long term successful growth online.

CEO & Founder, Adison.ai

John Murat

International CEO and co-Founder of multiple companies over the past 20 years, focusing on Artificial Intelligence for the Talent Acquisition and Talent Management industry. From Investment Banking to Technology and Sales & Marketing, I have assisted start-ups, Unicorns and World leading Multinationals from Google, FB, Salesforce.com, Apple or McAfee to Tesla, Deloitte or Rolex, in acquiring International Talent for key positions across Europe and the USA. CEO and Founder of Adison.ai, a New Generation AI-driven Social Recruiting SaaS company.  Adison.ai leverages Artificial Intelligence with Social Media to understand and find hidden Talent, using programmatic advertising. Our Intelligent Software enables Employers anywhere in the World identify potential Talent based on their skills, behaviours and other demographics and reach them using attractive programmatic Ads. Awarded Best AI-powered Social Media Recruitment Solution 2020.

IT Director, AMD

Fergal Ryan

Fergal is an IT Director at AMD following the acquisition of Xilinx in Feb 2022.   Based Dublin, Ireland, Fergal is responsible for several global corporate IT functions for AMD including RPA, EDI, Enterprise Application Integration and Managed File Transfer.   Fergal was a member of the core IT architecture team overseeing the integration planning for the AMD/Xilinx M&A and had led the establishment of the Xilinx’s IT Enterprise Architecture capability.

Declan Hadley, Healthcare Development Lead UK&I Cisco

Prior to joining Cisco in April 2021, Declan worked in the NHS for over thirty years.  He started his career as a Psychiatric Nurse, moving quickly into Information Management in the 1990s.  In 2001, Declan was appointed as Health Informatics Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he led on the development of innovative mobile solutions and new clinical applications to support an agile workforce.  More recently, Declan has acted as Programme Director for the North West Coast Connected Health Cities Programme and Digital Associate for the Innovation Agency North West Coast.  From 2014, Declan led on the development and delivery of a digital health strategy for Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care System.  Declan has a keen interest in consumer-centric technology and the Internet of Things, exploring how they can be used to empower people and enable them to manage aspects of their care whilst living in their own homes.

Director of ICT at NUI Galway

Dr Beatrice Heneghan

Dr Beatrice Heneghan is Director of ICT at NUI Galway with responsibility for delivering transformative ICT for the enablement of impactful research, innovation and teaching in an enhanced student learning environment. In her prior role Beatrice served as Head of Information Systems and Innovation at Mayo County Council. Previously, she held posts in ICT and Digital Transformation in Laois and Limerick local authorities.

Beatrice served as Chair of the local government sectoral Architecture and Standards Group (ASG) and on the national ePlanning and Central Data Unit boards. She is a member of Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Software Research Centre, the Maynooth University Business Informatics Research Group and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI). She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Professional Doctorate in Engineering programme at the University of Limerick and contributes as a guest lecturer to the programme. In 2021 Beatrice received the IVI Leadership in Digital Transformation in the Public Sector award.

While having wide experience in the Information Systems (IS) field her particular expertise is in the area of data governance and enterprise architecture with a focus on business/IT alignment in the design and delivery of strategy. Beatrice holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Limerick and master’s in software engineering from NUI Galway. Beatrice has presented at national and international academic and practitioner conferences and continues to collaborate on research in IS.

Digital Construction Cluster Lead

Dr. Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

Zohreh Pourzolfaghar is Assistant Professor for the School of Business in Maynooth University. She is a members of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Zohreh formerly has been Research Fellow at Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University’s digital transformation research centre. She is a senior research member of the Business Informatics Group. She is the theme lead in a project investigating the application of Enterprise Architecture in Smart Cities, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). She has been Principle Investigator for an Industry Fellowship Programme, funded by SFI. Zohreh presented her work at international conferences and has published research in Journals and Conference Proceedings. Zohreh is also leading research within the Cost Action CA16222 (WISE-ACT), a European-wide network.  She has been thematic lead in a successful European Marie Curie PERFORM project. She is a member of the supervisory board of the EU project PERFORM, that focuses on Digital Retail. She has been awarded the SFI industry fellowship (2018) working with industry on topics related to Smart Cities and Building Information Management. She is the Co-PI for submitted H202 Techland proposal. Zohreh received her Ph.D. in Project Management in design process of building projects. Zohreh has years of experience working with project-oriented construction companies to improve organisatioanal productivity and their work processes.

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