Paul Farrell Country
General Manager - IBM Ireland
Paul Farrell is Country General Manager of IBM in Ireland. Paul joined
IBM in Ireland 16 years ago and has operated in a number of executive
and leadership roles across Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Europe
during his career in the company. Most recently, he has been leading
IBM’s Global Business Services delivery organisation in UK&I.
previously served as an officer in the Defence Forces he then worked as
a consultant and Partner in the Irish market before joining IBM.
As Country General Manager he has responsibility for IBM's business in
one of the corporation's key portfolios that includes IBM Research –
Ireland, IBM Ireland Development Lab and IBM European Digital Sales
Centre alongside his responsibility for IBM's commercial business in
He holds a BSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Applications and
is a member of the Institute of Directors.
The holder of three All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Cork, goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack is also chairperson of the Gaelic Players Association, for whom he has spearheaded campaigns for formal recognition, Government Funding for GAA players and helped to initiate the groundbreaking Player Development Programme.
Cusack’s style as a goalkeeper made him one of the players of his generation. After winning All-Ireland medals at minor and U21 level, he won his first senior All-Ireland in 1999 and has five Munster titles, two All-Stars and two GPA player awards to his name.
In his best-selling biography, Come What May, Cusack revealed that he was gay, for which he was widely praised both in Ireland and abroad. Among his prolific charity work, Dónal Óg is an ambassador for mental health and anti-homophobic bullying. Away from sport, Dónal Óg has worked for the Johnson & Johnson corporation for over a decade as an engineer.
Anne O’Leary is the CEO of Vodafone Ireland since 2013, having spent five years as the Vodafone Business Director. She joined Vodafone from BT Ireland where she was Managing Director for six years.
As CEO of Vodafone, Anne is committed to continued investment in Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure. She is also overseeing SIRO, Vodafone’s joint venture with Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB), who are investing €450m in the roll out of high-speed fibre broadband across Ireland.
Anne has just finished a 12month term as President of Dublin Chamber and is currently the Chairperson of the Irish-based international aid charity, GOAL, a humanitarian aid agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
A Cork native, Anne champions wellbeing and diversity in the workplace and has spearheaded Vodafone securing a position as one of Ireland’s top ten Great Places to Work and achieving the Business Working Responsibly mark.
Caroline Taylor Vice
President and CMO,
IBM Global Markets
Caroline Taylor is Vice President and CMO for IBM Global Markets. Based in London, Caroline leads the teams responsible for marketing and communications strategy and execution across seven geographical regions of the world.
Caroline joined IBM in 1997, with extensive experience in the independent software sector. Prior to her career in the technology sector, Caroline worked in fine wine retail, including establishing and running her own mail-order wine business. With 30 years of professional marketing experience, Caroline is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London, and a Fellow of the Marketing Society.
Caroline is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity, and is active as an executive sponsor for diversity in IBM. Caroline is a director and trustee of the Oasis Foundation, and chair of the board of trustees of Stop the Traffik, a charity which is pioneering intelligence-led prevention of human trafficking; connecting community generated big data with sophisticated data analytics.
Felicity has spent her life immersed in technology and is passionate
about ensuring companies build Resilience right into the core of their
strategy and architecture. She understands the importance of
Transformation into the Digital World as well as the risks of not
having services available.
Felicity started her career as a
hacker, and has worked for technology giants for over 25 years, in that
time she has worked and advised Companies, Governments and Standards
bodies on the emerging IT trends and ensuring integrity and
sustainability is baked into the heart of IT.
Felicity has a
wealth of expertise and experience throughout her career and her
insights and perspective are refreshing. She also is an advocate of
driving STEM skills in to the younger generation and is an active
mentor and coach to the next generation of technologists.
lives in Winchester with her family, three dogs and not enough
Denis Kennelly General
Manager, IBM Cloud Integration – Hybrid Cloud
Denis is passionate about technology and innovation – with more than 25 years of industry experience in Security, Networking, Telecommunications, Storage and Systems. Throughout his career, he has seen first-hand that disruptions and innovations can make or break whole industries. Those experiences have shaped his philosophy on the need to continuously drive change and innovation on his teams.
Denis joined IBM through the acquisition of Vallent Technologies in 2007. He helped integrate the acquisition into IBM while also leading a number of product development teams in various executive roles. In 2012, Denis began leading Product Development for the newly formed IBM Security business unit. Since then, he has lead a major transformation of the IBM Security product portfolio, and integrated a number of strategic acquisitions that broadened IBM Security’s capabilities in the market.
Denis was promoted to General Manager of the IBM Hybrid Cloud business unit in March 2017.
Dr. Wendy Belluomini Director of IBM Research - Ireland
Dr. Wendy Belluomini is the Director of IBM Research - Ireland. Previously, she served as IBM's strategist for Brain-inspired Computing where she led the commercialization strategy for IBM's brain inspired computing hardware and ecosystem. In this role she developed the first commercial uses of brain inspired computing hardware. Prior to that, she led a research team in enterprise storage systems which created technologies to improve the reliability and performance of IBM's enterprise storage products, including the first deployment of commodity flash memory in an enterprise storage system. She has also held several key technical roles in IBM Research in the areas of microprocessor architecture and design, EDA tools, and formal verification. Dr Belluomini is the co-author of 30 patents and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals. She has an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Danny McCoy is CEO at Ibec, the group that represents Irish business domestically and internationally. Since becoming CEO in 2009, he has led a substantial transformation of Ibec increasing turnover to €26 million, leading a professional services staff of 180 in 7 locations and 40 plus sub-brands.
Prior to joining Ibec he was a senior economist at both the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Central Bank of Ireland. He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin and has been visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US. He has been a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD.
He is a regular contributor in the print and broadcast media and has written columns for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Irish Times among other international newspapers. The Irish Times recently described Danny as one of the ‘50 people who runs Ireland’.
Aoife joined the Trūata executive team in June 2018 as Chief Privacy Officer.
She previously founded the law firm Tech Law Services, where she advised technology clients within the areas of Commercial, Data Protection and IP. She also co-founded and was a Director at Frontier Privacy, a consulting firm in the area of data protection.
Previously, Aoife headed up the IP/IT department of a large Dublin commercial law firm. Prior to that Aoife was General Counsel with an Irish technology company. She also spent 12 years with the GSM Association, the global industry body for mobile operators, where she held a number of senior positions including that of General Counsel.
Previous private practice experience includes the French law firm Siméon & Associés (Brussels) as well as a Eugene F Collins (Dublin).
Aoife is a Solicitor, a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL) and the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. She is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PC.dp) as well as International Association of Privacy Professionals CIPP/E certified. She has acted as an approved IAPP trainer for the CIPP/E course.
She is a lecturer on data protection at the Law Society of Ireland’s school of law as well as a lecturer on the Law Society’s post graduate courses on data protection and technology law. She is also a regular conference speaker particularly on the GDPR.
Dónal Travers is the Head of IDA’s
Technology Group, which has
responsibility for securing investments from the global technology sector
Dónal leads a team across Europe and North America, which works with some of the
world’s leading enterprise technology companies with the aim of scaling their
presence in Ireland.
Dónal joined IDA Ireland in 1997 and has held a number of r
oles in the intervening period, including
five years based in IDA’s Silicon Valley office, managing the organisation’s business development on
the West Coast of North America. Before his current role, he managed IDA’s Professional Services and
. Dónal is a graduate
Dublin City University.
Jason Burns EU Data Protection and Governance Lead, BMS DPO (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
Jason is currently EU Data Protection and Governance Lead for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and the DPO for BMS UKI. Jason has predominantly worked in the software sector before moving to BMS to take on his current role of leading the BMS Data Protection Office in the EU. For most of the last 10 years, Jason has worked closely with UKI large enterprises advising and consulting on data protection, data lifecycle management, data governance, advanced analytics and data security. In previous roles, Jason worked as a software project manager and account manager, technical pre-sales for a wide suite of data management and security software solutions and most before joining BMS, GDPR leader for IBM in Ireland. Jason recently completed a Masters in Data Science and achieved CIPP/E certification.
Paul is an experienced information security, risk and compliance professional currently working for Glen Dimplex, the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, and also holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation, and renewable energy solutions. Paul has previously held senior risk and security roles in such organisations as KBC and Ardagh Group.
Nicola O’Connor is AIB’s Chief Information Security and IT Risk Officer, a role in which she is responsible for ensuring the integrity of both information and systems, while also defining the strategy to future proof the organisation. Nicola is an experienced executive, previously holding a number of senior management positions in AIB including Head of Support & Control. Prior to this she commenced her career in Intel, where she held a number of technical roles. She holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from UCC.
Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years experience in industry, government and academia.
Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs' initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and
Steve has been with Mastercard for five years. Steve’s initial role with Mastercard was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s startup engagement activity. In this role, he supported fintech startup 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 investing in academic research. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m in the software and computer science areas. 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.
Warren is Head of Information Technology for Irish Water, which was established in 2014 as the national public utility responsible for the safe and secure provision of water and waste water services. Warren has over 20 years of experience across a number of sectors including Energy, Water, Retail, and Aviation all of which involved large scale digital transformation programmes. This cross industry experience has provided Warren with a deep understanding of the complexities of large scale delivery in highly regulated environments. Warren has participated and presented in number of international events to promote awareness and thought leadership in the area of Cyber Security and more specifically Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). He holds a Masters of Business through the IMI/UCC and studied in Cranfield University UK , Boston College US and Victoria University Wellington. He also holds National Certificate in Agriculture.
As CIO for ESB, Mary is responsible for driving digital transformation for the entire organisation as well as overseeing cyber strategy and risk management, IT strategy and Enterprise Architecture. She is also responsible for the portfolio management of IT, digital and analytics work and is a champion of driving business transformation through the application of technology.
Mary has a wealth of experience from over 30 years working in a wide range of disciplines and functions at all levels within ESB. She has a strong track record of developing and implementing strategies in a variety of businesses across ESB, of motivating teams and driving business performance through people, innovation and technology. She has led teams at all levels of the organisation in successful implementation of change working closely with internal and external partners to do so.
Mary is an IT graduate of Trinity College and is an ACCA post - graduate in Accounting and Finance. She is a coach and mentor within ESB and is passionate about developing people to enable them reach their full potential.
Ken Finnegan is CEO of Tangent, Trinity College Dublin innovation centre. Prior to this Mr Finnegan was the Chief Technology Advisor to IDA Ireland where he provided insight and advice in relation to research, development and innovation with a primary focus on AI over the past 2 years. Mr Finnegan was responsible for cluster development and developed national value propositions for A.I., Internet of Things, and Data Analytics. He holds a degree in Information Technology and Telecommunication from The University of Limerick and a Master of Science from The Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin.
Michael Valocchi is currently the co-leader of the Vodafone/IBM Venture focused on Cloud based solutions.Prior to that, he was the Leader for Client Centricity and Transformation, Global Business Services (GBS), one of IBM’s two major service brands. In this role, he was responsible for the global strategy for GBS clients and programs, including client experience, client selection, and the deployment and use of Net Promoter Scores. He was also accountable directly to the Senior Vice President of GBS for the recent end to end reshaping of the GBS business, which has led to the reinvigorated growth of that unit.
Previously, Michael was the Managing Partner for the Communication Sector of GBS. In this role, he managed the strategy and execution of business and technology consulting services provided to Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Energy & Utility companies. He was responsible for the full profit and loss management of the unit. In his Energy and Utilities leadership capacity, he was responsible for the strategy, development, go to market and delivery execution of industry based consulting, collateral and solutions.
Michael has over 32 years experience serving clients, has proven leadership skills and expertise in financial, strategic, operational and regulatory issues, and has directed, managed and delivered solutions to complex business problems and issues.
Michael is on the Board of Advisors for the IBM Industry Academy.
Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau
Michael Gubbins has been a member of An Garda Síochána for over 28 years and has been engaged in the area of computer forensics and cybercrime investigation since 1997 when he was first assigned to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit where he has worked as a Detective Garda, Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector. Michael is now the Detective Superintendent in charge of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau. Michael represents an Garda Síochána on various Europol & European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) fora including the European Computer Training and Education Group (ECTEG), European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) and the European Union Cybercrime Task Force (EUCTF) of which he is the Vice-Chair. Michael holds a Masters in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation (MSc FCCI) from University College Dublin and also has a Postgraduate Diploma in “Serious Crime Investigation” from the University of Limerick.
Vincent O'Dwyer Head of Hosting for Bank of Ireland’s Core Banking Systems Programme
Vincent O'Dwyer is Head of Hosting for Bank of Ireland’s Core Banking Systems Programme. He is responsible for the definition, acquisition and implementation of the infrastructure solution underpinning this new programme.
He has over 24 years experience in IT across multiple fields. He has held multiple senior leadership positions in IBM’s Services business in the UK & Ireland and IBM Watson. Vincent is ITIL Certified to v3 Expert level, PMI Certified (PMP), a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society & Chartered Information Technology Professional (FBCS CITP), a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (FICS), an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE), a Member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI) and a Registered Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) with the UK Engineering Council. He holds a Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, with post graduate qualifications in both Finance and Information Systems.
Julian Meyrick Vice President, IBM Security Europe
Julian Meyrick is Vice President for IBM Security Europe, the fastest-growing enterprise IT security company in the world.
In his leadership role, Julian helps clients in Europe develop a security strategy and employ the best technologies to meet their specific IT security needs. He is responsible for leading the IBM Security Europe team in the development and delivery of software and services offerings that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated IT security solutions and expertise.
Previously Julian led the IBM's Security Services Division in Europe, delivering IT security consulting, security implementation services and managed security services to clients
Julian has been assisting government to raise awareness of the business risk posed by the cyber security threat since 2005 and since 2013 has been a panel member at Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre and lectures to Warwick University's MSc Course on CyberSecurity and Management. Julian is an active contributor in the UK Chapter of the Information Security Forum (ISF) and WW sponsor for IBM’s membership of ISF.
From 2005 to 2010 Julian led IBM’s Defence & Security team in the UK as the Client Director, Defence & Security, responsible for IBM’s business relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and Ministry of Justice within the UK Public Sector.
In previous roles Julian has worked in IBM's corporate headquarters in New York and was selected to be Executive Assistant to the Chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa in Paris in 2004.
Julian joined IBM in 1995 after serving six years in the Royal Green Jackets in the British Army, including serving as the Regimental Signals Officer. He is married with three young children.
Anne-Sophie Verdonck IBM Blockchain Food Trust Sales
In her role as IBM Blockchain Food Trust Sales for Europe and Middle East and Africa, Anne Sophie Verdonck is working with Food producers, suppliers, retailers and regulators in Europe and Middle East and Africa to unlock the potential of Blockchain technology in Food industry. Prior to this role, she acquired extensive experience in building ecosystems between companies collaborating cross segments and countries as Public Sector and Heathcare Client Executive and International Channel Program manager in China and Middle East and Africa.
Rob Sedman is the Director of IBM Security Business in UK and Ireland, leading the Security team to deliver end-to-end security solutions and services to clients. In his role, Rob is responsible for P&L, strategy, sales, delivery and commercials for UK and Ireland. Rob has over 19 years of experience in the IT industry across all sectors, with solid experience in large transformation services deals and leading a number of sales and consulting areas in IBM's GTS (Global Technology Services). He is married with 2 children and enjoys all sports especially rugby.
John McGrath Senior Solution Architect for IBM Watson Financial Services
John is a Senior Solution Architect for IBM Watson Financial Services leading the IBM Centre of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility. Based in the IBM Ireland Software Lab, he was previously the Worldwide Practice Leader for IBM Security and Smarter Cities related project delivery. Prior to joining IBM, he was the Enterprise Program Director for Portal for TransAlta in Canada.
John is a Fellow Chartered Account and the CAO at ElectroRoute, a role that incorporates the Finance and Operations Functions. Responsibilities include both the Product control function on the trading side and the operations across trading and client services.
John has over 15 years’ experience largely in the Financial Services sector. He was formerly Group Head of Decision Support at Renaissance Capital, an investment bank headquartered in Moscow. Prior to this John was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, London where over 8 years he held infrastructure roles covering the Fixed Income, Equities and Investment Banking divisions. John trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.
Mary works with public and private sector clients across all industries in the UK and Ireland to help them drive large scale and complex transformational improvements in productivity, efficiency, and quality of services. She is responsible for leading economic and business case analysis showing the value of transformation. Prior to that her roles included being part of team responsible for developing strategy for IBM’s Government business globally, as well as 4 years on the global senior leadership team managing IBM’s Smarter Cities business. Mary joined IBM in 2007 after spending over a decade as a lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick, and at Trinity College Dublin.
Connor Murphy Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot of ASL Airlines
Flying for 42 years, presently Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot of ASL Airlines Ireland who operate 45 aircraft (with 320 pilots and 250 cabin crew) for Aer Lingus, DHL, FedEx and UPS.
From Dublin, educated in Templeogue College, joined the Irish Air Corps as a cadet pilot in 1975. Was officer in charge of the Irish Governments executive jets 1986-1994. Moved into commercial flying in 1994 with Translift airways flying Airbus A320 and A300 throughout the world. Joined Air Contractors (now ASL Airlines Ireland) in 2000, DFO/Chief Pilot since 2002 and currently fly Boeing 757s on transatlantic routes for Aer Lingus.
Married to Cathy Mac Aleavey (Olympic sailor 1988) and has 3 children (including Rio Olympic medalist Annalise Murphy)
Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.
Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President - European Communications Sector, Vice President - Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.
Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world.
In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Acceleration Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.
Ashling Cunningham Chief Information Officer at Ervia
Ashling Cunningham is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia. With a background in Finance and a profound passion for business Ashling has extensive experience in the development of technology strategic and operational business plans for a variety of organisations including the assessment of risks and opportunities.
She 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.
Ashling has held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies.
Ashling is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences and industry events on the transformational role of digital and technology, innovation and women in business and is a frequent contributor to trade publications.
Dr. Martin Mevissen Research Staff Member & Manager at IBM Research
Dr. Martin Mevissen is the Research Staff Member & Manager of the research team on Optimization & Control at IBM Research - Ireland. He received a M.S. degree in mathematics from ETH Zurich in 2007, and a Ph.D. degree in mathematical and computing sciences from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2010. After a post-doctoral fellowship with the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS) at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Toulouse, he joined IBM Research in 2011. Dr. Mevissen’s expertise lies in the areas of optimization, operations research, decision making under uncertainty and their applications to real-world challenges arising in networked systems. A focus research area of the work in Optimization & Control is in hybrid quantum/classical algorithms for solving mathematical optimization problems and applications in connected vehicles & mobility-as-a-service, finance and IoT for healthcare.