Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, School of Computer Science & IT and the Inisight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Cork

Prof. Martin Curley, Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive (HSE)

Martin is helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. He was formerly Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE, Martin was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously, Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs, which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this, Martin was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Curley is the author of eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.

Hubert Etienne, Philosopher, Professor & Lecturer specialised in AI Ethics, Facebook AI and Ecole Normale Supérieure

Hubert Etienne is a French philosopher conducting research in AI ethics and computational social sciences at Facebook AI Research and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is an associate professor in AI ethics at Aivancity, a lecturer in data economics at HEC Paris, a lecturer in AI ethics at Sciences Po, at ESCP Europe and at Ecole Polytechnique.

Prof. Dr. Steve Flinter, Vice President Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Mastercard Labs R&D

Steve is an IT professional with more than 25 years’ experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs’ R&D initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing. In this role, Steve’s team is responsible for supporting Mastercard product groups as they look to introduce AI & ML technologies to their products and services. Steve’s team is also responsible for driving Mastercard Lab’s research efforts into the application of Quantum Computing to Mastercard and the banking and payments industry.

Steve has been with Mastercard for seven years. Steve’s initial role with Mastercard was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s start-up engagement and fintech program. In this role, he supported fintech start-up companies, connecting them to Mastercard and its global network of customers, accelerating their internal innovation activities.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Government agency charged with investing in academic research projects. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m in software, computer science and artificial intelligence projects and research centres. Prior to that, Steve spent ten years in various senior software development roles in a variety of industry verticals.

Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin.


Emma Strömfelt, Chief Digital Officer, AniCura Group

Emma Strömfelt is the Chief Digital Officer for the AniCura group, a pan-European veterinary company with more than 350 animal hospitals across 13 different countries. She also serves on the board of start-ups within Fintech and Legaltech. Before joining AniCura, Emma was active as a start-up entrepreneur and CEO within digitally native companies within travel and telecom, and also served as the Head of Innovation for a major Nordic bank.
Emma holds a MSc in International Business administration and has lived in eight different countries.

Graham Baitson, Global Lead of Innovation, McKesson

Graham is a pragmatic and creative leader with 13+ years’ experience in developing innovative, dynamic, and scalable commercial solutions across a range of technologies and verticals. As Global Lead of Innovation for the Fortune 8 company McKesson, Graham is a future-thinker whose focus is on the strategic use of emerging technologies within healthcare. Possessing in-depth experience of driving change, problem solving, and product creation, he has a passion for working with diverse teams to formulate effective future strategies that drive new growth opportunities, build and expand innovation capabilities, and enable a high performing culture of successful innovation practices.

Fintan O’Malley, Director Research, Development & Innovation, Fidelity Investments

Fintan oversees all R&D incentive programs at an Ireland and European level for Fidelity Ireland. His role encompasses the development of new services and products funded by , or initiated through R&D including the contractual management and protection of IP associated with same. With research collaboration forming a key objective of Fidelity Ireland, part of Fintan’s role is to build stronger relationships with research institutions and develop a framework for engagement to encourage new business opportunities across Fidelity’s many business groups globally.

Fintan joined Fidelity Investments in 2007 as a Software Development Manager within its Market Data division and moved into the RDI program role in 2015. Fidelity have a number of academic collaboration projects under way with more in the pipeline, all helping to accelerate the drive towards digital transformation and the application of AI across the enterprise.

Prior to Fidelity, Fintan held a number of technology management positions with Nortel Networks. Fintan holds a B.Sc. in Information Technology and an M.Sc. in Internet Engineering, both from DCU”.

Prof. Owen Conlan, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin; Strand Lead in SFI ADAPT Research Centre

Prof. Owen Conlan is a researcher and educator based at Trinity College Dublin. He leads the Digitally Enhanced Engagement strand in the large-scale SFI ADAPT research centre which focusses on research around digital content technology and how people interact with it. Owen is internationally recognised and well cited for his work in personalisation, which has developed novel techniques in artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering and visual data analytics to deliver new understandings of how users interact with rich informational experiences. He has contributed to over 180 publications (h-index of 27; over 2900 citations). Owen has mentored 11 postdoctoral fellows and supervised 13 PhD and 50+ MSc students to completion. His current team comprises 5 postdoctoral researchers and 6 PhD students

Kevin Quinlan, Lead Data Scientist, ESB Networks

Kevin Quinlan joined ESB, Ireland’s largest utility, as a data scientist in 2015. Like so many others, once he finished Michael Lewis’ Moneyball he was hooked – convinced that a world that could bring reason to the chaos of sport needed to be explored.

Kevin graduated from Business Information Systems in UCC and pursued a Higher Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics from NCI.

He joined ESB’s nascent data analytics department, seeing the team grow from imploring the business for opportunities to becoming a pillar of the ESB Brighter Future strategy.

Kevin has delivered diverse AI/ML and analytics solutions to support multiple businesses from energy trading to HR operations to the rollout of 2.4m smart meters across Ireland, the latter awarded Best Use of RPA & Robotics at 2019 AI Ireland Awards. ESB can trace its roots back to the foundation of the Irish state, becoming an exemplar of traditional Irish organisation embracing analytics with 4 projects shortlisted for Analytics Institute awards in 2020.

Kevin hopes to be part of this growth and the merging of two key innovation trends: AI/ML and Greentech, and the prospect of that union making a massive contribution at home and abroad.

Mark Jordan, Chief Technologist, Skillnet Ireland

Mark Jordan, Chief Technologist, Skillnet IrelandMark is the Chief Technologist at Skillnet Ireland, and has held a number of senior leadership roles in the Financial Services and FinTech industry. Having worked in the UK, US, Switzerland & Ireland, he is an experienced and innovative leader possessing expertise in technology deployment, operational management, system transformation and regulatory compliance.

Throughout his career, Mark has managed and delivered many global strategic transformation programs around system redesign, operational workflow improvements, outsourcing, offshoring and process re-engineering. He also specialises in identifying and developing partnerships and successful commercial engagements with governments, industry bodies and subject matter expert companies.

Mark has an ICMA from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He also holds diploma designations from the Securities Institute, Chartered Insurance Institute and The Boston Institute of Finance.

At Skillnet Ireland, Mark is leading the technology skills strategy and agenda. He is engaged with the European Commission, higher education, government departments and industry sectors in Ireland, and is focussed on readying business for the impact technology will have on the future world of work.