Our panel of industry luminaries making the big calls

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.

Tom O’Sullivan

Tom O’Sullivan is Deputy CEO of The Irish Computer Society and its supported bodies including the Association of Data Protection Officers, the Blockchain Association of Ireland and the IT Service Management Forum. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology from Dublin City University.

Tom has over twenty-five years’ experience in the IT profession working in IT management, consultancy and product management. His role in the ICS is focused on supporting and representing the IT profession, promoting professionalism in IT, and managing the delivery of professional development and training solutions to the IT profession.

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.

Ashling Cunningham

Ashling Cunningham is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia with responsibility across all areas of ICT. Ashling has an established track record implementing state-of-the-art, technology based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering.

A dynamic leader with excellent analytical, organizational and management skills who thrives on challenges, Ashling has outstanding leadership and technology skills as demonstrated by delivery success in a challenging and fast changing organization.

Ashling is a highly able Business and IT Executive with an IT and Finance background. She holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specializing in the implementation of financial software systems.

Having held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies she will provide a valuable insight into the key challenges faced by IT leaders today.