Innovation Showcase Speakers

Ben English

Co-Founder, Dublin Tech Summit

Ben English is Co-Founder of Dublin Tech Summit, a global gathering of technology and innovation leaders taking place across Dublin’s Silicon Dock in February 2017. Prior to co-founding the Dublin Tech Summit, Ben worked in management consultancy with Accenture, focusing on strategy and transformation across the UK and Ireland.

Ben has worked in a variety of roles in the US public and private sector. He worked in the US House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate before taking up a Government Affairs position with Alcoa Inc. in Washington D.C. Ben holds a BSc in Government and Public Policy from University College Cork and was a George Mitchell Scholar at the University of Maine. Ben has also served as an advisor to Ireland’s Ombudsman for Children and the US Embassy Advisory Council in Dublin, an initiative by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton


Deirdre Lee

CEO & Founder, Derilinx

Deirdre Lee is CEO & Founder of Derilinx, working in the field of Linked and Open Data. Derilinx’s vision is to support the provision of effective public-services through the coordinated use of data. Derilinx has collaborated with many Government Departments and Public Bodies on Linked Data, Data Sharing and Open Data projects, including on the implementation of Ireland's National Open Data Initiative.

Deirdre has many years’ experience in the Digital Government domain and has been an active participant of the international Open Data community since 2010. During this time, she coordinated and participated in multiple international projects, including coordinating the successful European Commission project ‘Puzzled by Policy’. Deirdre is also involved in many standardisation activities, including her role as Co-Chair of the W3C Data on the Web Best Practice Working Group. Deirdre holds a B.A. in ICT at Trinity College Dublin in 2004 and a M.Sc. Computer Science (by research) in Trinity in 2008. She worked as a Research Assistant in the IBM Zurich Research Lab from 2004-06 and as a Research Associate at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland from 2008-2014.


Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011).

He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 European Science Prize (jointly), and is the author of 327 research papers and book chapters, 60 patent families and author / editor of 8 books.

Mark graduated from the Queens University of Belfast with degrees in Dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), Anatomy and Embryology (BSc 1 st class honours, PhD) and Medical Sciences (DMedSc), holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). He is a member or Fellow of a number of learned Societies, and was made a “Commander of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for services to Health and Life Sciences.


Prof. Joe Haslam

Associate Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid

Prof. Joe Haslam is an Associate Professor at the IE Business School in Madrid which is ranked as the 5th in Europe, according to the Financial Times 2015 European Business School Ranking.  In the MBA program, he teaches an elective called Trillion Dollar Opportunities which focuses on the impact exponential technologies are having in fields such as Energy, Telecoms, Agriculture, Heath and Education. In addition, he is the Executive Director of the Owners Management Program an Executive Education Program designed for startups that want to scale.

Born in Limerick, Joe has a B.Comm and an MSc from University College Cork as well as an MBA from IE Business School. He has lived in Madrid for the last 12 years.


Gemma Garvan

Project Manager, Healthlink

Gemma Garvan is the Lead for Access to Information. Gemma has worked in the area of eHealth for over 15 years. She has a BSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering and an MA from Trinity College in Dublin. Gemma began work as an analyst programmer with The National Healthlink Project and moved into a project management role over a decade ago. During this time the project moved from a Proof of Concept project within a single hospital setting to a National broker that delivers over 10 million messages annually and has established links with over 61 hospitals and 3500 GP’s and hundreds of community healthcare facilities across Ireland.

Gemma has a personal interest in healthcare standards and a belief they are core to an integrated and connected Healthcare organisation. Gemma is qualified as a HL7 v 2 control specialists and has a keen interest in the establishing HL7 FHIR standard. Gemma has been asked to head up the Access to Information Portfolio and to enable and expand the integration function outlined in the Future IT Architecture Vision in the Knowledge and Information Plan. Gemma will work closely with the Design Authority and the other members of the Senior Management Team to enable the Access to Information and Integration requirements of each of their Portfolios


Helen Mc Breen

Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge

Dr Helen McBreen is Investment Director at Atlantic Bridge - a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over $450 million of assets under management across four Funds, investing in technology companies in Europe, the US and China.

To date, Helen has successfully sourced, formed and financed dozens of IP rich technology ventures and has built a credible investment track record and brings this expertise in seed investing to Atlantic Bridge.

Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge in 2015, Helen was at NDRC and a member of the NDRC Investment Committee playing a key role in the allocation of capital into new technology ventures with a particular focus on health ventures.

In 2014 Helen successful initiated and implemented ‘FutureHealth’ with the objective of finding ten new healthtech startups from across Ireland. Helen has worked alongside leading health tech companies such as Nuritas, MedXNote, PMD Solutions, PharmaPod, ClearSight Innovations and SilverCloudHealth. In 2014, Helen received peer recognition when she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM in Ireland.


Joanna Smith

Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge

Joanna started her career in the Pharmaceutical industry with roles as UK Head of IT and Global Customer Support Team Head for Sales and Marketing at Roche; and IT Director at Takeda Research & Development Europe, with responsibility for the London and Singapore offices. In her current role as CIO for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust she is leading the organisation through a major transformation programme with significant investment in new systems and technologies including a complete overhaul of the infrastructure and migration of services to the Cloud, digitisation of patient casenotes, implementation of a clinical data warehouse and analytics toolset, replacement patient administration system and a new electronic prescribing and medicines administration solution.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s largest specialist heart and lung centre, is based in Chelsea, West London and Harefield, Middlesex. It is Europe's top-ranked respiratory research centre and the cardiac, cardiovascular and critical care teams are rated in the top three most highly-cited health research teams in Europe. In addition, Europe's largest unit for the treatment of cystic fibrosis is based at the Royal Brompton Hospital, dealing with over 650 adults and 300 children with this condition. The Trust is also the country's largest centre for the treatment of adult congenital heart disease.


Joe McDonald

Connected Health Cities

Joe McDonald has been a practising NHS doctor for 30 years, is a former NHS trust medical director and a former national clinical lead for IT. He is chair of the CCIO Leaders Network, chief clinical information officer at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, a director of the Apperta Foundation and has recently been appointed director of Connected Health Cities in the North East and North Cumbria, home of the Great North Care Record.


John Dinsmore

Health Innovation Lead & Deputy Director, Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. John Dinsmore is the Health Innovation Lead and Deputy Director of the CPHI, his role involves building and leading teams to research and develop (R&D) new technologies, services and practices in a wide range of healthcare areas (these have included dementia, stroke, COPD, obesity, diabetes, mental health, autism, intellectual disability). Key to this R&D approach is the ability to link research with entrepreneurs, industry and enterprise bodies. Focus is on developing research for healthcare market spin out opportunities, which include the licensing of new intellectual property, innovating on existing technologies and services, spin out of campus companies and development of industry based healthcare research. With a background in health psychology research Dr. Dinsmore’s work primarily focuses on behavioural change R&D ecosystems of healthcare technology and business market development to improve the adoption, sustainability and scalability of new healthcare technologies and services. Presently Dr. Dinsmore is involved with multiple national, european and international research projects developing new innovation models of healthcare technology, services and practice.


Lisa White

Transformation Leader, Spire.works

Lisa White is a Technologist, Innovator, Transformation Leader, Entrepreneur, Corporate Stooge and, a Security and Privacy Guru. A career navigating large, global organisations through radical change, has led her to innovation consulting, focused future-proofing large, global clients. Lisa has recently completed a successful initiative driving innovation, agility and self-organization across a major US insurer, and is currently relocating to Ireland.


Prof. Martin Curley

Professor, NUI Maynooth

Prof. Martin Curley is Professor of Technology and Business Innovation at NUI Maynooth and co-Director of IVI, helping lead a unique industry-academic open innovation consortium to advance IT management and innovation. Prof Curley is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and the British Computer Society. He is a frequent international keynote speaker on Innovation and Technology. Martin is also the recently appointed Director of Intel Labs Europe whose mission is to advance Intel research and innovation in Europe while partnering to enable European competitiveness. Prof Curley is also Senior Principal Engineer and Global Director of IT Innovation at Intel Corporation managing a network of IT Innovation centres catalyzing worldwide IT Innovation. Previously Prof Curley has held a number of senior IT Management positions for Intel and held management and research positions at General Electric and Philips. Prof Curley is author of “Managing Information Technology for Business Vaue” published by Intel Press, January 04, co-author of “Managing IT Innovation for Business Value” published in 2007 by Intel Press and co-author of “Knowledge Driven Entrepreneurship” published by Springer in Jan 2010.


Michael Redmond

Director of Change & Portfolio Management, Office of the CIO, HSE

As the Director of Change and Portfolio Management for the Office of the CIO, Michael has taken on the exciting challenge of developing the organisation’s capability to provide programme & change management services, with a view to maximising the benefits of our investment in technology, for care providers and for patients. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Michael is certified in MSP, PRINCE2 and ITIL. With almost 20 years’ experience in the Health sector leading major transformational projects, he was previously Corporate IT manager for the North-Eastern Health Board (NEHB), where he introduced the first ITSM based regional ICT customer service desk. Michael began his ICT career as a computer programmer with the Revenue Commissioners in the early 1990s, before moving on to Dept of Foreign Affairs as a systems analyst, and subsequently to the Dept of Finance before moving into the Health service in 1998, where he led the NEHBs successful drive to computerise 80% of all GP practices in the region, before going on to lead the ICT project which enabled the regional GP out of hours’ service. Since 2011 Michael has led the ICT planning division of the HSE, where he created the Business Development unit dedicated to facilitating ICT initiatives in partnership with service managers and users. Michael Redmond is the creator of eHealth Ireland’s QIC digital innovation programme.


Michael Thick

CCIO, IMS Maxims

Michael is a renowned health informatics leader, best known for his position as chief clinical officer for the National Programme for IT, and senior medical advisor to the Choose and Book and PACS (picture archiving and communication system) programmes. He has developed numerous clinically-led systems within the NHS including working with the end of life team at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust to co-design Coordinate My Care, a shared end of life care register. He’s also been instrumental across various successful clinical, informatics and research initiatives, including the introduction of the ‘clinical five’ into the Department of Health’s 2008 health informatics review – a basis for fundamental clinical functionality within a hospital today. Michael’s achievements at a national level have been preceded by an established career within clinical practice. After qualifying as a doctor in 1976 from Cambridge University, he went on to become director of liver and renal transplantation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and served as chairman of the IM&T Strategy Committee for the city’s hospitals.

Michael leads IMS MAXIMS continued focus on clinical excellence and applies his valuable insight and experience into software design, product development and change programmes for healthcare providers. With a keen interest in many healthcare specialisms, he has shared his knowledge lecturing as a professor of genomics at Imperial College. Other achievements include being appointed senior registrar to Professor Sir Roy Calne in Cambridge, and setting up several transplant units across the NHS. He is currently a member of the Digital Health Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) Leaders Network.


Nora Khaldi

Founder and CSO, Nuritas

Dr Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Nora’s revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognised by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the EU Commission.

After leaving her academic career in early 2014, Nora decided to focus exclusively on disrupting the way therapeutic molecules were being discovered. She thus created Nuritas™, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) and DNA analysis to the food arena with the aim of creating the future of food and personalised nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Nuritas™ is revolutionising health and food systems through the accelerated discovery of therapeutic health-benefiting molecules from food.

The company has been described as having the exceedingly rare potential to become bigger than Facebook. Nuritas™ was classified amongst the 21 most innovative startups in the world along with Uber. The company recently received record-breaking funding from international VC and angel investors based across three continents. Over the next few years, Nora plans to lead the Nuritas™ team in their goal of reaching 1 billion people with their life-changing ingredients.


Gareth Presch

Founder, World Health Innovation Summit CIC

Mr Gareth Presch, holds a BA Hons in healthcare management. A problem solver and healthcare strategist who has experience working in public, private and voluntary healthcare settings in the NHS and abroad. Patient focused and quality driven. Having previously worked as the Chief Officer of the National Haemophilia Council a statutory body in Ireland. Gareth has also managed National Clinical Programmes on Blood Transfusion (Establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Committee), Haemochromatosis and the Endoscopy improvement programme. He has advised and been a member of a number of successful charity fundraising campaigns (Kops 4 Kidz, Great Garda Run, Tania McCabe Foundation etc)  in the past and continues to support charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally.

He has advised businesses in marketing, social media strategies and governance successfullyLead and was a Member of the Cumbria Rural Health Forum, Steering Group Member of CPFT Good Causes and is an active member of the Carlisle Ambassadors community.


Robert Kelly

Consultant Cardiologist + Medical Director VideoDoc, Beacon Hospital + VideoDoc

22nd November - GP Panel: Engagement and Innovation


Sean Ennis

Co-Founder, Genomics Medicine Ireland

Dr. Ennis has over 30 years experience in research in medical genetics. He has led and been involved in establishing collaborative approaches to investigating chronic conditions such as Motor Neuron Disease (ALS), Autism Spectrum Disorder and, more recently, Rare Diseases. He has extensive published research studies and is a frequent speaker in the area of genomics. Dr. Ennis holds diplomas in the fields of Applied Biological Science and Technology Science from Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Science Technology respectively and a PhD from University College Dublin. He is a lecturer at the School of Medicine & Medical Sciences at University College Dublin, Investigator with the National Centre for Medical Genetics and National Children's Research Centre. He is director of the UCD Academic Centre of Rare Diseases (ACoRD).


Shafi Ahmed

Co Founder of Medical Realities

Shafi is a laparoscopic colorectal surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s. As a dedicated trainer, educator, and Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School, he was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015 as the best national trainer in surgery by the Association of Surgeons in Training. He is currently serving as an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, sits on a number of advisory panels for government and also serves as a civilian advisor for the Royal Air Force. Dr. Ahmed is always looking at ways of translating technology into clinical practice with a mission to provide affordable and accessible surgical training to anyone and everyone using the power of connectivity to allow equitable surgical care. Shafi made world headline news in 2014 by streaming a live operation using Google Glass to 14,000 students and trainees across 132 countries.On April 14th, 2016 he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation which was watched by 55,000 people in 140 countries, and reached 4.5 million on Twitter. Currently, He is consulting & advising for Advance Mobile Applications to develop Google glass for telemedicine and telementoring. His passion for merging the world of medicine, global education, and virtual reality was the driver behind founding two companies: Virtual Medics which is a class-leading e-platform using wearables to facilitate medical education, and Medical Realties who are developing an exciting Virtual Reality platform for surgical training called the Virtual Surgeon. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Doc Health a new app based solution providing 24hr access to clinical care. Shafi is an international key note speaker having spoken at Wired, Tedx and at Exponential medicine where he is faculty at Singularity University. He will be co chairing The Giant (Global Innovation and New Technologies ) Health event at London’s South Bank in November 2016


Will Goodbody

Science and Technology Correspondent, RTE News

Will has been Science & Technology Correspondent for RTÉ since 2013 and since then has reported on the full range of technology and science related stories, both home and abroad, particularly in the medical and health spheres


Eibhlín Mulroe

MBA, Chief Executive, Cancer Trials Ireland

Ms Mulroe was appointed CEO of the Cancer Trials Ireland (formerly ICORG) in June 2015 and manages a cross functional team of clinical program leads, Data & Statistics, Quality and Pharmacovigilance. She works to implement strategic plan in consultation with the Board of Directors and Prof Bryan Hennessy, the Cancer Trials Ireland Clinical Lead. Under her leadership, in 2016, Cancer Trials Ireland established a Patient Advocate Advisory Group.

Cancer Trials Ireland is a not for profit organisation with a mission to bring Irish patients early access to the latest cancer treatments through research and to establish Ireland as a recognised centre of high quality translational and clinical research.

In her early career Ms Mulroe worked in Irish Politics and then the NGO sector where she worked as CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland. She then worked as an Account Manager with MedMedia working on marketing campaigns with corporate clients. In July 2007, she became the first CEO of the Irish Platform for Patients' Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI). Ms Mulroe was appointed by the Irish Minister for Health to the Department of Health Steering Group on Rare Disease Policy in 2010, she represented patients on the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Research Ethics Advisory Board, HIQA HTA Advisory Board and was a member of the HSE Patient’s Forum. She served as the patient representative on the Legal Consultative Panel of the Irish Medicines Board (now HPRA). Ms Mulroe led IPPOSI to partake in 2 EC Research Consortiums, BBMRI and EUPATI, the latter is a unique initiative to develop an EU Patient Academy.

Ms Mulroe has a BSocSc Hons from Queens University Belfast and is an MBA graduate from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin.


Sabina Brennan

Principal Investigator Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin

Sabina Brennan is a Research Assistant Professor at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and Principal Investigator in E-Health at the ADAPT Centre, TCD. Her research focuses on brain health, cognitive reserve and dementia risk reduction. She is also a passionate science communicator and the first recipient of Science Foundation Ireland’s award for Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication. She led the 1 million euro Hello Brain project, which was funded by the European Commission under their seventh Framework Programme to increase the societal impact of health research. The project provides easy-to-understanding information about the brain, brain health and brain research and outputs include a website, animated films a documentary and a brain health app that has been downloaded more that 20k times. She has made more than 30 short films and refers to what she does as empowerment through entertainment. More than 50 organisation including the NHS and the HSE are licensed to use her materials for education and training purposes – her animated films that tackle people’s fears about memory loss and dementia have been translated into 15 languages including Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Somali, Punjabi, French, German and Polish.


Ruth C. O’Reilly

Senior Standards Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, at the National Disability Authority

Ruth O’Reilly is a Senior Standards Officer at the National Disability Authority (NDA) since 2009. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (part of the NDA) is a statutory body that promotes universal design of the built environment, services, products and information and communications technologies. Ruth has a keen interest in design and how it relates to people, diversity and inclusion.


Dr Abhed

Dr Abed is the Medical Director at Triangle Health. By background, he is an NHS doctor and now a global healthcare IT strategist acting as an advisor to a range of healthcare providers and large enterprise IT suppliers about topics ranging from healthcare policy to business case development and clinical engagement. His primary areas of interest include clinical workflowoptimisation, benefits realisation, information governance and national policy analysis. 2010, he has been at Microsoft HQ in Seattle, and he leads the global health mobility business for Microsoft.


Erik van Ommeren

Research Director in Gartner's

Erik van Ommeren is a Research Director in Gartner's;s "Office of the CIO" Research team. His broad international background in innovation and technology makes him a valuable conversation partner for anyone faced with the challenges of keeping up with technology or looking to radically accelerate business innovation. He helps clients understand trends, innovation and transformation.

Mr. van Ommeren has a 20-year fascination for the user and marketing side of technology. He has written several business-IT and strategy books, and can also speak from hands-on experience as a manager, programmer and architect. Over the years, he has covered the many strands that make up the technology landscape of today: open innovation, cloud, service-oriented architecture, mobile, big data, cybersecurity, collaboration, DevOps and lean-startup, blockchain and machine intelligence.

A true technology optimist, Mr. van Ommeren brings new insights, new ideas and a human-centric viewon technology that anyone can relate to. He was responsible for the innovation network of the company, organizing the exploration of new technologies, helping clients understand the impact and formulating the vision and strategy that follows.


Deirdre Lee

Co Founder, MindRising

Gar Mac Críosta is co-founder of MindRising. In Gar’s other life he has 20+ years, working in the areas in the areas of business model innovation, digital strategy, architecture and organizational effectiveness (lean/agile) across a variety of industries. His work as a digital architect, instructor and speaker has taken him around the world. Gar is a certified architect professional (IASA CITAP), a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Certified Lego® Serious Play Facilitator. Gar has served on the board of the Irish Computer Society and the Board of Iasa Global.



Donncha Ryan

Donncha Ryan has 24 Years I.T. experience in areas including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D Engines, Real Time Systems, Encryption, Physics and Robotics and Video Games. Started work in the financial sector before moving to Video Games Development, with a particular interest in 3D engines. Went on to work in Surgical Simulation for nearly 10 years before joining the Royal College of Surgeons being given the opportunity to look for applications for new technology in surgical training.


Gareth Hall

WorldWide Health Mobility

Having run a large IT team in the UK National Health Service (NHS) for several years as CIO of team, then moved to run the Windows Server business in the UK, launching multiple versions of Windows Server. Since December 2010, he has been at Microsoft HQ in Seattle, and he leads the global health mobility business for Microsoft.