Our panel of industry luminaries making the big calls
Eoin O’Driscoll is Chairman of the Tyndall National Institute. After more than 25 years working in the ICT Industry 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, enterprise and science policy.
He has served on a number of national bodies including Forfas, Ireland’s national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation; a board member of Science Foundation Ireland; president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland; board member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience; and chairman of the Governance Committee of Lero, the Irish software research centre.
In addition to being on the board of a number of early stage startups, Eoin has served as chairman of the SWS Group, Enet and Shenick Network Systems.
Eoin is currently a governor of the Irish Times Trust, a director of the Irish Times Ltd, a director of Barclay’s Bank Ireland and chairman of the Investment Committee of Development Capital.
He is a graduate of UCC and holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering. He is a fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Irish Academy of Engineers.
Tom McCarthy is managing director of HelmAG and formerly chief executive of the Irish Management Institute. 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 PhD. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, where he held a tenured post in the Dept of Computer Science.
Louise Nicholls is head of technology and Innovation at Brown Bag Films. She has more than 18 years’ experience in providing professional, technology and leadership skills to a wide variety of global organisations.
Nicholls 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.
Her real passion is for new technologies and how they impact on organisations and the world we live in.
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 more than 25 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.
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.
To date he has services as a board member at the National Development Finance Agency and the Audit Committee at the National Treasury Management Agency.
He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Irish Software Association.
In 2008 he was named Irish Software Association’s Technology Person of the Year. He is currently a partner at Atlantic Bridge Ventures.
Dr Jim Mountjoy
Dr Jim Mountjoy brings more than 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 $80 million in February 1999, a value that increased to $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 Science Foundation of Ireland and an advisory board member of a number of Irish-based Venture Capital companies.
Ashling Cunningham is the chief information officer at Ervia with responsibility across all areas of ICT. She has an established track record implementing state-of-the-art, technology based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering.
She holds an MSc in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specialising in the implementation of financial software systems.