Alan Dooley, Head of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes, Limerick City & County Council
Alan is the Head of Information Systems, Digital Strategy & EU Programmes, for Limerick City & County Council. Alan is responsible for the planning, development, control and maintenance of digital infrastructure, digital innovation and digital services for the Council and also for the Limerick region. Alan and the Council aims to use innovation in digital services and citizen engagement for Limerick’s economic, social and physical development. This will help transform Limerick into a smart sustainable region, with digital transformation becoming a driver for regional economic and spatial development. Prior to joining Limerick City & County Council, Alan worked for 25 years in software engineering, primarily in the U.S. financial and insurance industry, more recently leading global engineering teams across many technology disciplines, delivering digital transformation by enabling a change in engineering culture to actively embrace modern engineering practices.
Alan Murphy, Smart Dublin Regional Manager, Dublin City Council
Alan is passionate about doing things differently using new technology. He is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Sustainable Mobility, Environmental Controls, Energy Efficiency, Citizen Sensing, etc. He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering change via technology in many sectors such as the Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors. He was the Design Authority on the Irish Smart Metering programme which sparked his interest in Smart Cities. He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.
Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Brian Caulfield is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. He has been active in transport research for over 10 years and to date has attracted €5m in research funding from both National and EU funding sources. His research focuses upon the optimisation of transportation networks with the goal of reducing emissions and meeting our climate change targets. In 2017 and 2022, he addressed the Citizens Assembly on transport and Climate Change. In 2020, he provided evidence to the Climate Change Advisory Authority on transport and climate change. In 2021, he addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action twice on this this topic. He is currently a member of the steering group for the update and renewal of the Greater Dublin Area transport strategy for the National Transport Authority.
Carol Tallon, CEO, Property District & PLACEengage
Carol is a legal graduate, now specialising in PR, new media and public consultation for the built environment. With more than 15 years’ experience across the planning, construction, property and proptech sectors, Carol has worked with government agencies, industry representative bodies, property developers, construction contractors, auctioneering firms and media outlets. In addition to founding Proptech Ireland as an ESG initiative back in 2016 and rolling out Ireland’s virtual town hall ‘PLACEengage’, Carol and the Property District team produce Ireland’s first weekly radio show for the property industry ‘Property Matters’ on Dublin South FM and iPropertyRadio.com.
Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
Dr Ciarán Seoighe joined Science Foundation Ireland as Deputy Director General in January 2018. He leads SFI’s Strategy and Transformation Directorate which is responsible for Organisational Strategy, Corporate Communications and SFI’s International team. Ciarán holds a BA (Mod) in Natural Science and PhD in Quantum Physics from Trinity College Dublin. He joined Science Foundation Ireland after nearly two decades in management consulting with Accenture. In his time with Accenture, in both Ireland and South Africa, Ciarán has worked with some of the world’s largest and most successful organisations. He has a wealth of experience across a variety of sectors executing large-scale transformation, business re-engineering, strategic and change initiatives.
Donal Fitzpatrick, Senior Design ICT Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority
Dr Donal Fitzpatrick is the Senior Design ICT Advisor with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability of Ireland. Donal represents the Centre on various committees including the Joint CEN/CLC/ETSI/Joint Working Group on “eAccessibility. Donal is also currently leading out on the centre’s involvement in transposition activities in respect of the forthcoming European Accessibility act. One of Donal’s core projects is management of the Universal Design Grand Challenge which is a competition for students to showcase the role of Universal Design in their projects. Donal is also engaged in activities on promotion of Universal Design for Education, and works closely with key stakeholders in this regard. Donal has also recently presented to the COSP15 event at the United Nations on the topic of including Universal Design at scale. Before joining the CEUD Donal worked as an academic with the School of Computing in Dublin City university where his research focussed on accessibility of mathematical, and other highly-visual content, for blind and vision-impaired people. He also worked on several funded projects (at national and international level) in the areas of eLearning and Web Accessibility. Donal is a former Fulbright Fellow (2000-2001), where he worked on methodologies to provide non-visual access to maps and other diagrammatic material for blind people.
Donal Murphy, Senior Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)
Donal Murphy is a Senior Investment Director at the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and is a member of the senior management team at ISIF. The ISIF mandate is to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. Donal and his team are responsible for Real Asset Investments which include impact investments across Enabling Infrastructure, Housing, Commercial Real Estate and Urban Regeneration. Donal also has a particular focus on investments which support balanced regional development and growth. Prior to joining ISIF in 2014, Donal was Head of Project Finance Ireland at Bank of Ireland, where he worked since 2001. Prior to that he worked in the UK in a number of financial, lending and corporate recovery roles. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with KPMG in Dublin, has a Bachelor of Commerce from UCD and is a member of the Irish Council of the International Project Finance Association.
Emer Coveney, National Programme Manager, Age Friendly Ireland
Dr Emer Coveney is the National Programme Manager of Age Friendly Ireland where she oversees a team based framework of 31 local Age Friendly Programmes, based in local government and affiliated to the World Health Organization’s global affiliates network for age friendly cities and communities. Age Friendly Ireland operates as a local government shared service, hosted by Meath County Council. Emer is responsible for monitoring outputs and scaling up initiatives, managing consultation processes with older people, and the production of guidelines and resources for the national programme. Within the shared service and in collaboration with Maynooth University, Emer also manages a research office that concentrates on research on population ageing. She manages a number of strategic partnerships with external bodies with an ageing agenda. She has recently completed a World Health Organization course in healthy ageing as part of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Her background is in social inclusion, community development and research and she has 17 years’ experience in local government administration. She holds a PhD and Masters from Trinity College Dublin, a BA in Communications from DCU, and a Diploma in Management from the IPA.
Geertje Schuitema, Associate Professor, Consumer Behaviour & Technology Adoption, School of Business, UCD
Geertje Schuitema is an Associate Professor in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption at UCD’s College of Business. Prior to joining UCD, she received her MSc and PhD degrees in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After her PhD, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom and at the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark. She works with scholars from many different disciplines and industry on issues around sustainable consumer behaviour, public engagement and policy acceptance.
Jonathan Healy, Broadcaster
After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades.He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations.
Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.
Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all walks of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country.
Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC. He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns. In a shifting world of communications, he can help make your story stand out and ensure your message is heard.
Rosie Webb, Senior Architect in Planning, Environment and Placemaking, Limerick City and County Council
Rosie Webb is the Senior Architect in Planning, Environment and Placemaking at Limerick City and County Council and head of the Urban Innovation Department. She leads innovation programmes to address urban challenges and create opportunities for economic, environmental and social revitalisation of Limerick’s historic city centre. She is Lighthouse City Manager for Limerick’s H2020 Smart Cities and Communities Programme ‘+CityxChange’. Rosie is a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and a Registered Architect in the State of Illinois. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in the USA and a Master’s in Architecture (Urban Design) from the University of Limerick. She is a lecturer at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL.
Russell Vickers, CEO, Future Mobility Campus Ireland
Prior to his appointment as CEO of FMCI, Russell was an Engineering Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, where he led a team focusing on the new revenue opportunities that are enabled as vehicles move towards an increasing automated and connected future. Based in Shannon, he is also the Chair of the Testbed working group as part of the CAV Ireland initiative, this work led to the proposal for FMCI. His background is in ASIC Design and Communications, and his previous companies include Parthus Technologies, Texas Instruments, Ericsson and Intel.
Veronica Mariti Sesoko, Assistant Engineer, Smart City Unit, Dublin City Council
Veronica Mariti Sesoko is an Assistant Engineer at Dublin City Council (DCC) Smart City Unit/Smart Dublin, the innovation section. She has been involved in projects areas such as Mobility, Environmental, Connectivity, Engagement, Spatial Analysis, Drones, 3D City Models and Digital Twins. Her qualifications include a master’s degree in Engineering Transportation from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Brazil, her home country. She is a member of Engineers’ Ireland Council and the Vice-Chair of DCC CPD Sub-committee for Graduate and Assistant Engineers. Veronica was also involved with active learning methodologies and had one year’s experience in construction and engineering consultant company LithoTec (Brazil).
Katie O’Leary, Solicitor, Data Protection Commission
Katie O’Leary is a solicitor and legal analyst in the Data Protection Commission. She holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin and an LLM from University College Cork. She also studied with the Law Society of Ireland and was added to the roll of solicitors of Ireland in 2018 and the roll of solicitors of England and Wales in 2019. Before joining the Data Protection Commission, she advised on data protection law as a solicitor in a private practice.
Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead, Dublin City Council
Jamie leads Dublin City Council’s Smart City program, an award-winning urban innovation programme which embraces new tech opportunities such as Internet of Things and Big Data to solve the many challenges that the city faces. He has a track record of bringing together partners from industry, start-ups, academia and public agencies to accelerate deployment of new ideas using the ‘city as a testbed’ and solving challenges such as citizen engagement, sustainable mobility, environmental management and more. He has delivered successful collaborations with global tech leaders such as Google, Softbank, Microsoft, Mastercard, IBM and Intel. He represents Dublin on technology alliances including the Cities Today Institute, Mastercard’s City Possible initiative, and the Telecoms Infrastructure project (TIP). He was acknowledged as ‘Civic Innovator’ of the year award (2021) in Europe by Harvard’s technology and entrepreneurship centre (TECH) for his role in scaling up the Smart Dublin programme and accelerated districts approach.
Barry Dorgan, Head of Transport Technology, National Transport Authority
Barry Dorgan is the NTA’s Head of Transport Technology Systems. He joined the Leap Card project in 2003 and was initially responsible for setting up and managing the day-to-day operations for the system, which to date has issued over 5.7 million cards and processed value of over €2 billion. In 2020 Barry took on the role of Head of Transport Technology Systems, responsible for sourcing and developing systems required for public transport operations including AVL, Real Time Passenger Information and Next Generation Ticketing, the intended successor to the Leap Card system. Barry has a first class honours MBA from UCD Smurfit Business School.
Gerald Mills, Physical geographer, UCD
Gerald Mills is a physical geographer based at UCD who works on the climate of cities. I received my primary BA degree in Geography and History at UCD, Dublin. I returned to complete a MA in the area of climatology, specifically on the synoptic climatology of precipitation in Ireland. I went to The Ohio State University in 1984 to pursue a PhD where I received training in numerical cartography (GIS) and in physical climatology. Upon completion I spent seven years as an academic in the US, mostly based at UCLA in California. In 1997 I returned to UCD where I am based in the School of Geography. My primary area of interest and research is in the field of climatology, specifically the climates of urban areas. I am co-author of Urban Climates (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and of The Urban Heat Island: A guidebook (Elsevier, 2021). I publish in the areas of urban climates, climate change and urban greening. I was elected president of the International Association for Urban Climates (IAUC) in 2010 and organised the International Conference on Urban Climates in Dublin (ICUC8) in 2012. I have served as Secretary and as President of the Geographical Society of Ireland and President of the Irish Meteorological Society. I work with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on Integrated Urban Services initiative which seeks to co-ordinate hydrological and meteorological services at an urban scale. I am the recipient of the IAUC’s 2021 Luke Howard Award; this award is presented annually to an individual based on lifetime contributions to the development of urban climate science.