Dr Will Barton
FRSC, MIoD, OBE
In 2016 Will was awarded an OBE (order of the British Empire) by her Majesty the Queen for his services to Innovation & Manufacturing. Will started his 40+ year career in the chemical industry with ICI where he progressed to the level of Manufacturing Director in the USA, ultimately with Zeneca. He joined the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) on a part time basis in 2009 as Head of Technology, then Head of Manufacturing and was responsible for the development of a highly regarded High Value Manufacturing Strategy and also led the set up and became the first board member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He is now Chairman of Oxford Biotrans Limited, of Amalyst Limited and of Irish Manufacturing Research Limited, a Non Executive Director of NiTech Solutions Limited, of ZuvaSyntha Limited and of IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited, Chairman of Advisory Board of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, and a member of the Ventures Board of the University of Bath; he also assists other potential technology spin-outs, universities and investors through his own company, WillB Consulting Limited.
Will has a first class honours degree in Physics and D Phil in Theoretical Physics from Oxford, and a Certificate in International Business General Management from INSEAD. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a member of the Council of the Chemical Industries Association and of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum.
CEO, Storm Technology Limited
Karl is a business leader and technology enthusiast. As recent Chair of the Irish Software Association he is firmly committed to advancing the profile and needs of the Irish Software and Digital Technology sector in the national and international arena.
Karl has over 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry, starting his career in the area of integrated voice and data terminals with Nortel. In 1995, Karl co-founded Storm Technology. Storm Technology has a team of over 90 staff and operates out of Dublin and Galway.
Managing Director, Unicorn Communications
Valerie is Founder and Managing Director of Unicorn PR & Communications Ltd. She set up the boutique agency in 2003 and specialises in Communications, Public Relations and Event Management. Unicorn PR & Communications has offices in Dublin and Tipperary.
She was a Director of the Clonmel Chamber of Commerce for five years before being elected President in 2012 and re-elected for a second terms in 2013. She also sat on the Board of the National Transport Authority for a five year term from March 2010 to March 2015.
Valerie holds a Degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Public & Political Communication from Dublin City University.
Engineering Manager, Intel Ireland
Joe is responsible for C4 (Controlled Collapse Chip Connection) processing at Intel’s Fab 24 facility in Leixlip, Ireland. Fab 24 which, at >$5 billion invested, is one of Intel’s flagship facilities producing Intel’s leading edge products and is among the largest 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the World.
Joe joined Intel in 1991 and has held multiple positions in engineering and operations within the Technology and Manufacturing Group which included several multi-year assignments to Intel locations in the United States. His experience spans from large scale project initiation and capital justification, through start-up planning, facilities construction, equipment installation, process technology development and transfer, product ramp and sustaining excellence.
Executive Director, Seagate
Damien is Executive Director of Engineering at the Seagate Technology facility in Derry. Damien joined the company in 1994, and has held a number of positions in process engineering, technology transfer, product analysis and Six Sigma business improvement. Since 2004 he has led the Process Engineering team of around 200 scientists, engineers and technicians engaged in product development and volume manufacturing of recording heads for computer hard drives.
His organisation includes the Factory Control Systems group, chartered with the development and application of advanced business intelligence techniques for Seagate’s manufacturing processes.
Prof Sean McLoone
Queens University Belfast
Seán is currently Director of Research for the Energy Power and Intelligent Control Research Cluster in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prof. McLoone returned to Queen’s in January 2013 having spent the previous 10 years at the Department of Electronic Engineering in NUI Maynooth, where he served as Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. His research activities to date have been supported by funding from a range of sources including SFI, Enterprise Ireland, EPSRC, FP7 (Europe) and industry. At a professional level, Prof. McLoone is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Past Chairman of the UK and Republic of Ireland Section of IEEE.
Prof Eamonn Murphy
University of Limerick
Eamonn was the Professor of Quality and Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Limerick. He has published several articles, reports and papers in a range of journals and books. He has consulted on over 60 manufacturing design projects in 40 companies in Ireland, the US and Hungary.
Until recently Kenneth has been EMC’s Senior Director for Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Real Estate & Facilities. This incorporates 130+ offices in 50 countries in the EMEA Geography and is part of the Global Real Estate & Facilities Group. Ken leads his team with particular focus on strategic, coordinated and cost effective approach to planning developing and managing multiple facilities in the EMEA region.
Chairman of I2E2 (Innovation for Irelands Energy Efficiency) Energy Research Centre, board member of IMR( Irish Manufacturing Research) representative for EMC in the BBA (Ballincollig Business Association) and member of CPA (Certified Public Accountants)
Donal Óg Cusack
Dónal Óg is a founding member of the i2e2 and IMR research centers. He has worked for DePuy Synthes Johnson & Johnson for fifteen years and is an engineering manager within that organization. He is currently studying for an engineering masters in University College Cork.
He had a successful career as a sportsman and has worked as a pundit in the national media in Ireland for the last number of years. He is current coach to the Clare Senior Hurling team. He serves on a number of government boards including the board of An Gaisce and the board of Irish Sport.
Declan is a senior manager with Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for the development of indigenous Irish business. He is currently responsible for programmes which enhance collaborative research between industry and the Higher Education sector. In recent roles, he led the promotion of Enterprise Ireland’s company support programmes in Lean Business, and R&D and design innovation, and marketing of Irish sub-supply industries to multinational companies.
Throughout his career he has been committed to helping company start-ups and advocating the business value of applied research and design as enablers of business performance improvement for Irish companies.
Dr Chantelle Kiernan
Chantelle joined IDA in September of 2009 and is responsible for attracting research related foreign direct investment for Ireland. Chantelle has responsibility for the Multinational research portfolio – spanning Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Engineering industries.
Chantelle has spent her career equally dispersed between academia and industry. She holds a PhD in Immunology from Trinity College Dublin in the area of immunomodulation and continued her academic career with a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Harvard University, Boston. Chantelle is currently undertaking a MsC in International Business law. She has spent almost fifteen years in industry.
In her current role as Scientific Advisor for the IDA, she has been integrally involved in attracting and securing large scale R&D foreign direct investments for Ireland.