Attracting sector business conferences, meetings and events to the region will help to further position Northern Ireland’s technology sector on the global stage and create opportunities for our local industry.
Professor. Maire O’Neil
Director of CSIT
Prof. Máire O’Neill, OBE, FREng, FIAE, MRIA, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and the Centre of Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast.
Professor O’Neill has significant expertise in the design of high-speed and lightweight security architectures, physical unclonable functions (PUFs), side channel analysis and applied quantum-safe cryptography. Her early research into high-speed AES hardware architectures was successfully commercialised by Amphion Semiconductors, Belfast, and utilized to provide security in their set-top box chip sets. Collaborative research with ETRI, South Korea, on a novel security architecture for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging systems was licensed by LG-CNS. She is an Associate Editor for IEEE TC and IEEE TETC and is secretary of the IEEE Circuits and Systems for Communications Technical committee. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering.
Director of research and impact and CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd
Tim Brundle is Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University. Timothy directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation.
He also holds the position of CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster University’s award-winning venturing and investment company. 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 and the Knowledge Transfer Network, and is currently Chair of Young Enterprise NI and trustee of Blick Shared Studios.
VP Product Development Site Lead Belfast
An experienced Vice President of Product Development with a demonstrated history of over 20+ years in Technology, having held various roles in consulting, corporates, and startups, within strategy, product, and engineering.
He has established and led successful product development businesses, primarily engaged in delivering new innovative products.
As a VP Product Development at Bazaarvoice, Seamus is leading the growth of the Bazaarvoice Innovation hub in Belfast.
Neil has worked across a wide spectrum of industries from global tech firms such as Apple, to running his own business as a Tour Manager in the music industry. Most recently, he was part of the core team that founded global co-working giant, WeWork’s Dublin market. Using his experience in operations and logistics to grow the market from 1 building, 1200 members to 5 buildings, 5000+ members in a 12 month period. Working closely with tech start-ups to established Fortune 500 enterprise clients. He has since relocated back to Belfast and taken on the challenge as Senior Community Manager for Catalyst, looking after all locations across NI to help build community and growth for their tenants, partners and the wider tech community.
CEO and Owner
Patricia O’Hagan is the CEO of Core Systems, world leaders in prisoner self-service technology. Patricia comes from an engineering and product development background and has over 20 years of Corrections Technology experience. She has worked with a wide range of Prison and Correctional Services Agencies around the world, developing technology solutions to address compelling industry challenges.
Patricia has authored numerous publications in the Corrections, Technology and Biometric fields. She served on the Skills for Security Consultation Group for Biometrics and Human Identity contributing to the development of national occupational standards for the industry.
Patricia was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2013 Royal New Year Honours list for services to the Northern Ireland Economy.
Head of Artificial Intelligence
Fiona has a PHD in Applied AI and over 16 years’ experience spanning both academic and industry. She has previously held roles as a Senior Software Developer at Path XL and Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.
Fiona joined Datactics in 2019 after lecturing at Ulster University in Computer Science. As Head of Software Development and Machine Learning, she is responsible for platform development and integrating ML capability, working with clients across financial services and public sector to provide self-service data quality capability.
Gary has 20+ years of experience in software and cyber, as founder of Uleska, Global Board Member of OWASP, and chair of the 2017 European AppSec Conference to showcase the Belfast cyber sector.
Group CTO and director of innovation
Tom is a 30-year tech veteran, is the driving force behind many of Kainos PLC most imaginative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AICamp and Code4Derry, and has spoken internationally on AI, Innovation and Software Engineering Education.
Tom joined Kainos in 1988 as a Software Engineer and, subsequently took on roles in Support, Pre-Sales and Solution Architecture before being appointed CTO in 2005 and Director of Innovation in 2016.
Tom is also on the Board of NI Screen, is Chairman of Ulster University’s Industrial Liaison Board, founder and curator of the annual BelTech and AI Con conferences and is investor in, and Director of, a number of startups. Tom is a member of the Engineering Policy Group of IET NI, the CBI Tech Committee, and a member of the MATRIX Science Panel, having chaired the Turing AI Capability retort and co-chaired the MATRIX ICT report. Previously, Tom has been Director of Digital Catapult NI, Chairman of IET in NI, Industry Liaison for Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem.
Tom graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a BSc. in Computer Science.
Founder and COO
Scott is co-founder and chief operating officer of Analytics Engines and contributes to a broad remit to activities across the company; this includes working with prospective clients to understand how data could be used within their organisation, helping shape proposals for public and private sector clients, ensuring successful delivery of projects, and shaping the company strategy and direction. He obtained a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast in 2007.
Regional Sales Director for NI
Paul joined BT in 2004, becoming the Regional Director of BT Enterprise NI in January 2017. Before joining BT, he held a number positions in the IT industry. He is also President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Paul McKernan is the Managing Director of STATSports Group a World leading sports technology company based in Newry, N. Ireland. Having a technology background and huge experience in Ecommerce and FMCG sector Paul brings considerable operational expertise.
Having previously held senior roles at Chain Reaction Cycles and Westland Horticulture, two leading N. Ireland businesses, his over arching experience is in owner operated, fast paced, high growth businesses that are competing at a Global level and understanding the challenges faced in scaling. These experiences mean that he has a wealth of knowledge on how to build the foundations across a business while simultaneously growing therefore allowing the business to scale successfully .
Richard is Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen which has, in the last 12 years, taken the lead role in developing the screen industry in Northern Ireland.
Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter as a film studio which was the home of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES for eight seasons. And more recently partnered with Belfast Harbour Commission in the development of Belfast Harbour Studios, a new purpose-built studio complex.
During his time, Northern Ireland Screen has expanded its support to cover large-scale production, TV drama, independent film, factual/entertainment, animation and interactive content, including the development and production of many independent films, all genres of television and a growing number of digital content projects, including HUNGER for which Steve McQueen won the Camera D’Or, Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winner THE SHORE, Michael Lennox’s BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM and the multi-award winning DERRY GIRLS.
Richard previously worked for Waddell Media, during that time representing Northern Ireland on PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television. He also previously worked in newspaper management and was a commercial solicitor. He was awarded an OBE in 2019.
Digital ICT Sector Lead, Invest NI
Conor is responsible for the development of the ICT Digital Sector, including the areas of Cyber Security; AI and Data Analytics; Telecoms; IT & Cloud services; Gov Tech and Sports Tech.
Conor graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA Hons in Modern Languages (Spanish/French) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management & Information Systems. After working for Liberty Risk Services (part of the Liberty Mutual Group) and Chubb NI, in Sales & Marketing roles, Conor joined the Department for the Economy (DfE) where he worked in a number of areas including European Programmes and Economic and Innovation Policy Development. One of the key roles Conor undertook during his time in DfE was to establish and support Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, where he led on the development of a number of Matrix’s sectoral foresight reports. After 18 years with the DfE Conor joined Invest NI in November 2019 as Digital ICT Sector Lead. Conor represents Invest NI on the Innovation City Belfast Executive Committee, the NI Cyber Security Steering Group and CSIT’s Industrial Advisory Board. He has also recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cluster Development at Ulster University.