Eoin O’Driscoll

Eoin O’Driscoll is Chairmam of the Tyndall National Institute. After over 25 years working in the ICT Industry in Ireland and the US where he held senior positions at Nortel, Wang Laboratories, Stratus and Lucent Technologies, Eoin’s focus over the past decade has been on Irish firms and on Ireland’s enterprise and science policy.
He has served on a number of national bodies including as Chairman of Forfas, Ireland’s national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation; as a board member of Science Foundation Ireland; as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland; as a Board member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience; as Chairman of the Governance Committee of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.

In 2004 Eoin chaired the Enterprise Strategy Review Group at the request of the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment. In July 2004 the group published a strategic plan for enterprise in Ireland entitled – ‘Ahead of the Curve –Ireland’s place in the global economy’.

In addition to being on the board of a number of early stage start ups, Eoin has served as Chairman of the SWS Group, Chairman of e|net and Chairman of Shenick Network Systems.

Eoin is currently a Governor of the Irish Times Trust, a Director of the Irish Times Ltd, a Director ofBarclay’s Bank Ireland PLC and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Development Capital Ltd.

Eoin is a graduate of UCC and holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Engineering. He is a fellow of Engineers Ireland and a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers.

Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is Managing Director of HelmAG Ltd and formerly chief executive of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) for eight years. He is a member of the Advisory Council on Science & Technology, the Council of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, and the Governing Body of NUI Maynooth.
He served on the Higher Education Authority between 2000 and 2005 and was a founding member of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) on which he served for seven years.

Dr Seán Baker

Dr. Seán Baker is an entrepreneur based in Dublin. A co-founder of IONA Technologies, he has held many executive positions in the company including CTO, Chief Scientist and VP of Applied Research. He is a regular speaker on middleware and related business issues.
He is the executive Chairman of 3Strata Technologies, a member of the boards of National Digital Research Centre, Gridstore, Calom Technologies and Delta Index, and a member of the Advisory Science Council, CIO Ireland, ICHEC Advisory Board, Lero Governance Committee and the Irish Software Association executive.
He was a member of the board of Havok and the Object Management Group, and was chair of ISA from 2009 to 2011.
Sean is an Adjunct Professor at the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, and held a tenured post in the Department of Computer Science at TCD, where he helped form the Distributed Systems Group in 1980.

Dr Jim Mountjoy

Dr. Jim Mountjoy brings over 30 years of business and commercial experience in the Telecom software industry. In 1990, he co-founded Euristix, a software development company which specialised in telecommunications software solutions. Euristix was sold to Fore Systems for US$80million in February 1999, a value that increased to US$175 million in two months when Fore Systems was acquired by Marconi.
Dr. Mountjoy currently acts as Non-executive Director in a number of companies in the technology sector; he is a Director of the Science Foundation of Ireland and an Advisory Board member of a number of Irish based Venture Capital companies.

Peter McManamon

A Business Studies Graduate from TCD, Peter McManamon is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
After a career with KPMG, he founded Parthus Technologies which floated on NASDAQ and London in 2000.
– Board Member at the National Development Finance Agency. Member of the Audit Committee at the National Treasury Management Agency.
– Partner at Atlantic Bridge Ventures.
– Member of the Institute of Directors.
– Member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Software Association.
– Member of the Executive Committee of ICT Ireland.
– Irish Software Association ‘Technology Person of the Year 2008’

Louise Nicholls

Louise Nicholls is Head of Technology and Innovation at Brown Bag Films. Louise is an IT professional with over 18 years’ experience in providing professional, technology and leadership skills to a wide variety of global organisations.Louise has a passion for technology and has worked as a systems engineer for many years, inventing new ways to do things and crawling around server rooms at 4am installing the latest server. Her real passion is for new technologies and how they impact on organisations and the world we live in.

Cronan McNamara

Cronan McNamara is Founder and CEO of Creme Global, and Chair of Irish Software Association 2015-2066.Prior to founding Creme Global in 2005, he worked in financial risk analysis and derivative option price modelling with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank. Subsequently, in Trinity College Dublin, he adapted the same mathematical methods to the food safety sector while developing the science and technology that underpins Creme Global.

In 2015, he founded the Predict Conference in Dublin, became Chair of the Irish Software Association and joined the Government’s Open Data Governance Board.

Cronan has received the Trinity College Innovation Award (2010) in recognition for the success of Creme Global. The company has also been awarded the Deloitte Irish Technology Fast 50 award in each of the six years 2010-2015, and the Deloitte Technology EMEA Fast 500 award twice (2011, 2012).

Among his formal qualifications, Cronan holds a BSc in Physics from UCD, an MSc in High Performance Computing from TCD.