Andrew LynchChief Innovation Officer at Irish Manufacturing Research
Dr Andrew Lynch is the Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research, an independent Industry-led RTO in the Irish State. Andrew is a founding Director of the EUREKA SMART Manufacturing Instrument, Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, a member of the IMR I4 Steering Committee and a national delegate to the European ManuFuture High Level Group (HLG). A member of the ECSEL LIASE Committee, Andrew is also a national industrial coordinator and a recognized manufacturing expert within Irish Commercialization funding programs and across a number of EU platforms. For 20 years prior to his current role, Andrew worked in manufacturing companies, across nearly all sectors; as a senior executive, owner manager and business consultant. In his current role Andrew has specialized in the development of large nationally funded industrial research projects, engaging multinational corporations and indigenous companies in the areas of advanced manufacturing (e.g. I4.0) and industrial energy efficiency (programs which now include 33 multinationals and over 120 SME partners). He holds a Degree in Biochemistry, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering. Happily married with two adored daughters, in his spare time Andrew is a contributor to several business forums and enjoys golf, Pilates, running and hill climbing.
Megan CassidyGeneral Manager at Lovin Media Group
Megan Cassidy is General Manager at Lovin Media Group, Ireland’s leading lifestyle resource. Megan is responsible for overall business and editorial strategy at the company, across their expanding digital and experiential offering including online content, social, audio and events.
Megan is delighted to be judging a category that sums up Lovin Media Group’s ethos – providing lifestyle solutions to our audience through multi-channel integrated media campaigns that deliver tangible business results for our clients. Megan previously worked at RTE and Maximum Media.
Linda NolanMarketing Director at Samsung Electronics Ireland
Linda Nolan is Marketing Director at Samsung Electronics Ireland. With over 18 years’ experience in the mobile and technology industry, Linda is responsible for leading the marketing and communications strategy across all aspects of Samsung’s Irish business including mobile, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, and business to business. Linda joined Samsung in 2006 and prior to joining Samsung Ireland, Linda worked for Hewlett-Packard.
Mark JordanChief Technologist at Skillnet Ireland
Mark is the Chief Technologist at Skillnet Ireland, and has previously held a number of senior leadership positions in the Financial Services and FinTech industry in the UK, North America and Europe. He is an experienced and innovative leader and possesses expertise in technology deployment, operational management, business transformation and regulatory compliance readiness. At Skillnet Ireland, Mark is responsible for leading the technology skills need strategy and agenda, with close engagement across the EU, multisectoral focused industry, higher education and government groups within Ireland.
Áine McManusHead of Faculty, Graduate Business School at Griffith College
Áine completed her Masters in Distributed Data Mining in UCD in 2001. Whilst there, she excelled, gaining a full scholarship and national publication of her work on algorithms. Her academic success secured her employment in Microsoft Ireland.
Whilst working at Microsoft, Áine went on to fulfil her passion for education by completing a part-time Masters in Third Level Learning and Teaching in DIT. Following this she became an expert lecturer in major institutions.
Áine joined Griffith College’s Graduate Business School in 2008 when she became programme director of the MBA/MSc in International Business. Since then she has successfully led the strategic academic development of several of the Griffith College Graduate Business School’s Master’s programmes.
Áine is currently Head of Faculty for the Griffith College Graduate Business School.
Vivienne MaguireDigital Transformation Consultant at IBEC
Viv brings a wealth of expertise from a career working in digital communications as a digital transformation consultant for many of the world’s leading brands and ventured backed start-ups across Asia, Middle East & Europe. She has extensive experience launching successful global campaigns for top tier clients in Asia and MENA and launching new business divisions for local and international agencies. She has a in-depth understanding of the use of data and technology and how this can be applied to the benefit of brands and consumers.
Aine MulloyInnovation Design at Accenture
Áine Mulloy is the co-founder and CMO of GirlCrew, a global social network for women. As an advocate for diversity, entrepreneurship, Áine has delivered a TEDx talks on social issues, and was recently named in Forbes as a Top European Founder to follow. Áine has also been awarded with 30 Under 30 award for Community Activism, as well as a JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young People award. With a background in the humanities, before making the move to technology, she has a keen interest in communities that are making positive changes.
John HurleyGlobal Brand CX Director at Digital Marketing Institute
Claire HalliganHead of eCommerce Europe at Elavon
Claire Halligan is a Fintech leader with vast experience in the eCommerce space. She joined Elavon in 2018 as Head of eCommerce Europe, where she is responsible for defining and executing the eCommerce strategy across the region. Prior to joining Elavon, Claire spent over four years at First Data, responsible for eCommerce development across a large number of subsidiary businesses and Joint Ventures on a global scale. She also held a number of positions at Realex Payments, spanning business development, account management and integration support. Claire also has experience in eCommerce consultancy, having worked with a number of retail brands and businesses to provide optimal online and website strategy. Claire holds an Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Donal RiceSenior Design Advisor, ICT at Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
“Dónal Rice is the senior design advisor on ICT for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority. In March 2018 he returned to the Centre from a secondment at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Dónal has worked on national and international standards, policy and education projects with the NDA, the European Commission, and UN agencies such as UNESCO and the ITU. Dónal has been an evaluator of FP6, FP7 and more recently Horizon 2020 projects.
Dónal holds and MSc. In Computing Science and id currently completing an LLM by research in human rights and equality law. Dónal is a part-time lecturer on disability law and policy with NUI Galway and on human rights and equality with the Institute of Public Administration.”
Robert FarrellLecturer and Trainer
Robert is at the intersection of digital technology and education. He has delivered training for HubSpot, Dublin Business School, National College of Ireland, IBAT and others. He puts the audience firmly at the centre of his training and uses active learning to really engage everyone. He has also spoken at conferences in the UK and Ireland including Jaguar HQ in BirminghamDublin, Tech Summit and FutureScope. Robert holds an MSc in Strategic Management, a postgraduate diploma in Training & Education, a degree in marketing, certificate in Cyberpsychology and several digital marketing qualifications.
Noreen D’ArcyManaging Director at D’Arcy Marketing & PR
Noreen D’Arcy founded D’Arcy Marketing & PR in 1998. As owner of the company, Noreen has grown her business into an award – winning bi-lingual communications company offering a full range of Marketing & Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Social Media services. Supported by an experienced, enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative team, D’Arcy Marketing & PR is rapidly becoming a leader in the West of Ireland with an increasing number of high profile regional and national clients.
D’Arcy Marketing & PR provides results driven PR and Communications for a broad range of consumer and lifestyle clients, and handled the communications campaign for the successful Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bid. Clients include TG4’s long running soap opera Ros na Rún alongside Irish language based organisations including RTE Nuacht, An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Udarás na Gaeltachta amongst others. In addition D’ARcy Marketing & PR specialises in PR for the tourism, hospitaality and consumer Sectors. The Team have experience in developing and managing PR and Event led campaigns for leading 4 and 5 Star hotels including Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal, The g hotel, Hotel Meyrick along with festival and events including the Galway Food Festival and Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival.
President of the Intenatinal Skal Club of Galway, Noreen D’Arcy is a board member of the HSE West Arts Trust, former board member of Macnas and participates in many of Galway’s leading business forums. Noreen is also a former member of the Ireland EGovernment Awards Judging Panel.
Passionate about the Irish language, the arts, sport, heritage and culture, Noreen D’Arcy and her team at D’Arcy Marketing & PR thrive on creating innovate PR an d communications campaigns in both traditional and digital media which deliver successful results for their loyal client base. www.darcymarketingandpr.ie.
Phil CottierCEO at The CX Colleciton
Phil is CEO Ipsum Marketing. He has over 25 years of global advertising experience and he has worked for some of the world’s biggest advertising agencies. As European MD of Omnicom/Publicis, he developed global brands as well as negotiating numerous mergers and acquisitions. His client list includes Amex, Coca Cola, Gallagher’s SAB Miller, 3M and the UK Government. He joined Acorn Dublin in 2010 as the CEO and helped grow the company to be one of the largest integrated agencies in Ireland, with clients such as Dell and Google. Acorn was acquired by Epsilon one of the worlds largest digital networks and Phil acted as CEO for EMEA integrating the Epsilon story of “big data and creative” to global clients. Currently Phil runs the brand consultancy Ipsum.
Peter BrabazonGeneral Manager at Specialisterne Ireland
Peter is an electrical engineer (University College Dublin) with a diploma in Business Strategy. After 5 years in telecoms he took up a role in Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial Energy Department which when he left in 2004 had become the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Then he became the first Director of Discover Science and Engineering at Forfas leading a team delivering a national programme promoting the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to young people so as to increase the numbers studying the physical sciences in college. Since the start of 2013 Peter has been the General Manager of a new social enterprise company, Specialisterne Ireland, which is working to place people with autism in employment. It currently has employees in over 15 companies and organisations both large and small and is seeking partnerships with other companies seeking talent. As a judge and looking at the suggested industries those I have experience of include Digital for Good, Sustainability and Recruitment.
Brendan CannonEMEA Community Engagement Manager at Amazon Web Services
Brendan Cannon is the Managing Director at Adaptive. After graduating with a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Brendan worked for nearly a decade with multinational companies in Japan, UK and USA. He returned to Ireland to study for an MBA with Trinity College Dublin and joined Intel Ireland. Brendan worked in multiple roles for Intel, working in the Finance Department, undertaking strategic planning for an internal startup, and holding a key management role in the build out of the Intel Innovation Centres (now called Intel Labs Europe). Brendan worked as the Corporate Affairs Director at Intel Ireland with responsibility for driving Intel Ireland’s policy, communications, education and community agendas before moving to Adaptive in late 2015. Brendan is currently enrolled on the Trinity College PhD register researching the contribution that advanced manufacturing can make to a knowledge based economy.
Alan DevlinCEO at eDot Invest
Alan Devlin is a pioneer in the digital media space, having set up and successfully exited a number of top digital business’ over the past 20 years. As commercial director of Webfactory he built the largest digital agency in Ireland which he exited in 2015 to found eDot Invest www.edotinvest.com a new digital industry VC / Incubator which has access to funds of over 20 million euro. Alan has been the recipient of a multitude of awards in the digital industry and has a number of other digital industry investments in both local and international markets.
Naoise Ó ConchubhairDigital Director at Detail.
Naoise Ó Conchubhair
Naoise is an award-winning designer and developer. His work spans web, print and typographic design. He is the Digital Design Director at Detail Design Studio having previously held roles at CI Studio and Arekibo. He has delivered major digital projects for clients such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Design Partners, Twitter, Bloomberg and Screen Ireland. His work has been selected for a number of awards and publications. His contribution, as part of the team at Detail. Design Studio, to the Irish pavilion, Free Market at the 2018 Venice Biennale won silver that the 2019 ICAD awards.
Naoise is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, having also studied at Lahti University, Finland. He is regularly involved in design advocacy and education and has presented at several design conferences and academic events. He is a member of the 100Archive and a coordinator for the Threex3 Internship Program. He is an assessor of the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme (ISTD) and has previously served on the ICAD jury. He has had the honour of being a judge of the Spiders for the last 7 years.