Chris MorashVice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin
Professor Chris Morash became the inaugural Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin on January 1, 2014. Born in Nova Scotia, his first degree is from Dalhousie University, after which he moved to Ireland to join the first cohort of students in the M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature (as it was called at the time) in Trinity in 1985; his Ph.D on Irish Famine Literature is also from Trinity, carried out under the supervision of Professor Terence Brown. Prior to his appointment to Trinity, Chris Morash worked in Maynooth University, where he had been Professor of English since 2007, and founded the Centre for Media Studies in 2003. He was the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2009-2014), and has been an active member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.
Juergen BarkhoffDirector of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Juergen Barkhoff is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and Professor of German in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies of Trinity College Dublin. He is an expert on German literature and culture from 1750 with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research. His main research is in the fields of Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities, and questions of identity and culture in Europe. He was Director of the Centre for European Studies from 2002–2005, and Registrar of the College from 2007–2011. He is Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of European Universities.
Kathryn O'DonoghueEMEA Director of Monetized Product Quality Operations at Google
Kathryn joined Google in Dublin in 2009 where she is currently the EMEA Director of Monetized Product Quality Operations. Prior to this role Kathryn was the global Director of Insights & Improvements for the Small to Medium Business Services. She has also held roles as Head of Advertiser Sales & Services for SMB SEEMEA (South East Europe Middle East & Africa) and Ad Operations teams across multiple languages. Prior to Google Kathryn spent 12 years working for General Electric. She joined GE Global Consumer Finance, part of GE Capital, in Ireland as a Senior IT Program manager and in 1999 she moved to the Italian GE Consumer Finance business where she led the project to replace all of the bank’s lending systems. She subsequently moved to GE Capital Bank (now GE Money) in Switzerland where she was appointed as Chief Information Officer and in 2006 she became Regional CIO for GE Money in South West Europe based in Paris where she led the IT organisation across six businesses in Switzerland, France, DOMs, Spain, Portugal & Italy. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Kathryn was an IT Consultant for almost 10 years initially with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and later with Ernst & Young where she worked on and led assignments to design, develop & implement IT systems for financial services, public sector, manufacturing & technology clients both in Ireland and internationally.
Linda DoyleProfessor of Engineering & the Arts at Trinity College Dublin
Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin. CONNECT is a national research centre focused on future networks and communications and is co-funded by SFI and industry. CONNECT is headquartered in Trinity College Dublin and is spread over ten different academic institutions in Ireland. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, IoT, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Linda has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. She is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden and is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity - a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist. She is the Chair of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and on the board of Pallas Studios. Linda Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS.
Niall Ó DonnchúAssistant Secretary-General of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Niall Ó Donnchú is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. He is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast and the London School of Economics. Prior to this, he was head of ecommerce and broadband policy at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and head of alternative energy policy at the Department of Energy. He is a board member of the National Concert Hall, Culture Ireland and Energy Action Ltd.
Rachael NaughtonManager of the Naughton Scholarships
Rachael Naughton is the manager of the Naughton Scholarships, a programme established in 2008 to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level in Ireland. She is also on the board overseeing the Naughton Graduate Student Exchange Program in Science and Engineering which enables students to experience international education at one of Ireland’s leading universities or at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Rachael qualified as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and spent a number of years practising as a financial services lawyer. She holds a degree in History from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in legal studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Rachel MossAsst Professor Dept of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin
Shay Garvey (Chair)Venture Capitalist
Shay Garvey is chair of Science Gallery Dublin. He is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early-stage technology investors in Europe. Shay has invested in over 30 early-stage European tech companies; notable exits include Toucan Technologies (acquired by PMC Sierra, NASDAQ: PMCS), Exceptis Technologies (acquired by Trintech, NASDAQ: TTPA), DRM Data Management (acquired by P&O UK, LSE: PO), Improveline (acquired by Homeserve UK, LSE: HSV) and, most recently, Logentries (acquired by Rapid7, NASDAQ: RPD). Shay currently sits on the board of Qstream, Roomex, Linked Finance, and AQMetrics. Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Shay has had a wide and varied career, covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners). Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through three different economic cycles.
Shay has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. In addition to his board membership at Science Gallery, he is also chair at Genio, an Irish non-profit that manages the Social Reform Fund in Ireland. When not investing, Shay likes to walk the hills of Wicklow. He also likes reading English literature and has an interest in all things Latin.
Tom MolloyDirector of Public Affairs and Communication at Trinity College Dublin
Tom Molloy leads Trinity College Dublin’s Public Affairs and Communications unit, which is responsible for ensuring good relations between the university and outside organisations such as government and the media. He is a former group business editor of Independent Newspapers and a former editor of the Kilkenny People and at Bloomberg News. He trained as a journalist in Hamburg and worked as a reporter in Washington, London and Dublin. He studied History in Trinity College Dublin and International Relations in Cambridge.
Vinny CahillDean of Research at Trinity College Dublin
Vinny Cahill is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science where he has responsibility for the provision of academic and strategic leadership within the Faculty. Vinny is also a Principal Investigator for Science Foundation Ireland and previously served as Dean of Research for the University, Head of the School of Computer Science, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning for Computer Science and Statistics and Head of the Distributed Systems Group. His research addresses many aspects of distributed systems, in particular middleware and programming models for mobile, ubiquitous and autonomic computing with application to optimisation of urban resource usage and service delivery.