The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017
The Irish Times Innovation Awards showcase and reward excellence in innovation across a range of groundbreaking products and services.
Dr Christopher J Horn
BA BAI PhD DSc CEng FIEI Chartered Engineer
Dr Horn is the co-founder, CEO, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of IONA Technologies, established in 1991. He was the initial developer of Orbix and held the joint offices of IONA's president, chief executive officer and chairman from IONA's inception until May 2000.
Dr Horn was an electronic engineering graduate in 1978 and received his PhD in Computer Science in 1983. From 1984 until 1994, he was a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at TCD, where he was involved in many pan-European IT research projects. He also worked in Brussels for the European Commission, and was an integral part of the ten-year "Esprit" program designed to improve Europe’s technology industry.
Dr Horn is a former member of the Board of TCD and has been a non-executive director of a number of privately held software companies and business associations and advisor to a number of venture capital firms. He is a former Director of Science Foundation Ireland, a former chair of the "Expert Group on Future Skills", a former chairman of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce eCity working group and a former chairman of the Irish Management Institute.
Dr Horn regularly contributes to debate on Ireland's high-tech industry, and was a member of the ICT working group at IBEC and was the founding chairman of the Ireland China Association. Dr Horn was also chairman of UNICEF Ireland until 2009. He currently serves as chairman of Cloudsmith (a cloud computing company); of Gridstore (a grid storage company); China Crest (a Beijing based consultancy firm); CTVR (an SFI and IDA co-funded CSET); and the Science Gallery (an outreach initiative). In 2001 he received an honorary Doctor of Science from TCD, became a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and received the RDS Gold Medal for Industry.
Tax Partner, Head of Technology & Media, FinTech Leader KPMG in Ireland
Anna Scally is a tax partner in KPMG in Ireland. She advises Irish and international companies on tax matters. Her clients include companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, FinTech, pharmaceutical and life-sciences sectors. Anna also leads KPMG Ireland’s Technology & Media Practice andits practice for Emerging Technology companies. In addition she leads KPMG Ireland’s FinTech initiatives.
Anna is passionate about innovation and creating entrepreneurial start-ups and advises many early stage companies on the challenges of growing global operations.
Anna plays a key role in promoting Ireland through her regular travel to the US and speaking frequently at international conferences. She has also been active in policy development and is a former member of the Irish Government’s Innovation Taskforce where she chaired its sub-group on Venture Capital, Incentives and Intellectual Property. Anna is a founding Board Director of the FinTech and Payments Association of Ireland and a former Director and Member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and a former Chair of its Tax Working Group.
Anna is a firm believer in pursuing and encouraging female entrepreneurship and has been recognised by Silicon Republic in the Women Invent Tomorrow programme as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM and by Business & Finance magazine as one of the Tech 100.
Co-founder, and former Managing Director of the GameStop Group in Ireland and UK
Kevin Neary is the co-founder, and former Managing Director of the GameStop Group in Ireland and UK. Kevin led GameStop Ireland and UK from start up in 1994 to its market leading position as the largest video game retailer in Ireland in 2011 and its sale to GameStop Corp, a NYSE quoted and Fortune 300 company.
Kevin has mentored and invested in several companies including Demonware (sold to Activision, the largest video games publisher in the world) and Jolt Online Gomes (sold to GameStop Corp.).
Kevin has a Masters of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship, is a Charted Director and is a Non Executive Director of the executive council of the Institute of Directors of Ireland. He is also currently Chairman of Lightkeeper Media Ltd. t/a Fantom, Johnston Shopfitters and PennyOwl.
Helen Kirkpatrick MBE
Non Executive Director of UTV Media plc, Kingspan Group plc and United Dairy Farmers
Helen Kirkpatrick is currently a non executive Director of UTV Media plc, Kingspan Group plc and United Dairy Farmers, whilst holding the position of Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of UTV Media plc and Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee for the Kingspan Group plc.
Helen is also a non executive Director of Dale Farm Limited and a lay member of the Queens University Belfast Students’ Union Management Advisory Board.
Prior to this, she was the Corporate Finance Executive of Invest Northern Ireland, a Board member of the International Fund for Ireland, a Director of Enterprise Equity Venture Capital Group and a Director of NI-CO. Helen was also the Chairman and Director of Crumlin Together Limited, as well as CAUSE (NI) Ltd.
Helen was awarded the Lunn’s Excellence Award – Director of the Year in 2013 as well as the IoD Non Executive Director of the Year 2012. She was awarded a MBE in 2012 for services to the community in Northern Ireland.
She holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Business Studies from Ulster University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Patrick T. Gibbons
Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management
Pat was appointed Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management at UCD School of Business in 2003 and Academic Director, UCD Executive Development in 2011.
His current research interests revolve around control practices of MNCs, the impact of strategic planning systems on organisational behaviour and performance, and the application of social theory to strategic process research. His previous academic positions were held at Beijing University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; the University of Pittsburgh; Nanyang University, Singapore and the Pennsylvania State University.
He has presented papers at over 70 research conferences and has published in leading journals including the Journal of Management Studies; Journal of International Management and the British Journal of Management.
Before entering academia, he worked in a number of financial and corporate strategy roles with KPMG, Jefferson Smurfit Group, The Investment Bank of Ireland and An Post. He also held the position of Vice President of Staff and Administrative Systems at UCD.
Managing Director & Co-Founder Oxymem
Wayne is the commercial visionary and holds an International Executive MBA from Smurfit College of Business, and a Diploma in Advanced Management from University College Dublin (UCD). In the last 6 years Wayne Byrne acquired, restructured, and sold a major Waste equipment supply company, Manvik Group. Manvik had over 80 staff, a turnover in excess of €40M, and had operations in UK and Ireland. Wayne seeking more challenges in the clean technology space went on to set up Biocore Environmental Limited and has established a significant presence in wastewater sludge management and renewable energy production. Wayne successfully sold Biocore to the management team in early 2016.
Wayne is a resourceful, experienced senior manager and managing director, with experience in both private and public sectors. He has brought multiple start-up and established companies including MNC’s (Computer Associate, SAP) through multiple phases of international growth. He is experienced in business acquisition, disposal and business transformation. Wayne is an enthusiastic leader and team builder who is highly analytical and financially aware. He has an impressive track record of developing and implementing operational and business strategies. In the last 6 years Wayne has secured over €30M in debt and equity.
General Manager, AbbVie Ireland
Todd Manning is General Manager, AbbVie Ireland. In this role, Mr. Manning is responsible for AbbVie’s commercial operations in the Republic of Ireland. Recently appointed to the role, Mr. Manning brings his experience from the U.S., Ireland and Canada as well as experience from a regional perspective to benefit the Ireland operation.
He has served in a number of roles since joining AbbVie in 1996, including serving as Business Unit Manager, Division Director and Senior Commercial Director. Prior to joining AbbVie, Mr. Manning worked with Cambridge Isotope Laboratories.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. With its 125-year history, the company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. In 2017, AbbVie employs almost 600 people in Ireland and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.
Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University
Timothy Brundle is Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University. He directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. Timothy also holds the position of CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster’s venturing and investment company.
Timothy has worked throughout his career in research-led organisations, with a focus on developing their customer-orientation, economic impact, business outcomes and shareholder value. He has led the establishment of more than 40 high tech start up companies, secured over £400m of Venture Capital, managed a profitable investment fund and ensured investor value from company acquisitions and a stock market floatation. He is an experienced and skilled member of the Board of both young companies and mature public Institutions, including serving as a Director of many of Ulster’s spin out companies, Invest NI, Blick Shared Studios and the UK Knowledge Transfer Network.
Division Manager, Research & Innovation with Enterprise Ireland
Gearoid Mooney, BEng Electronic Engineering 1984, is Division Manager, Research & Innovation with Enterprise Ireland. He has held CTO and project management positions in Irish owned high-tech start-ups and is a Chartered Engineer
He joined Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Transfer and Business Partnership Programme in 1991. Since then he has been involved in every aspect of Technology Transfer and Business Partnerships, from client consulting through to partner identification and from technology identification through to negotiations.
In October 2004 he became Director of Enterprise Ireland’s ICT research commercialisation function which is charged with maximising the commercial utilisation of ICT research performed in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology.
In September 2013 he became Division manager Research and innovation which extended his Innovation commercialisation responsibilities to all technology domains and international innovation collaborations.
Gearoid is also a board member at NDRC an early stage investor in tech companies that provides the people, time, space and investment needed at the earliest stages of company creation.