Brian O’Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance

Born in Belfast, Brian developed his career as a consultant, manager and investor. He has worked in the UK, US and Hong Kong and has significant experience as a company director in a variety of industries.

Brian is currently providing strategic advice to governments, international organisations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the Connected Health opportunity. He created the European Connected Health Alliance, a not-for- profit organisation which connects governments, industry, research institutes, health services, patient groups etc through a global network of ecosystems. Brian is also chair of UK health app watchdog ORCHA – the world’s leading organisation for the review of care and health applications. 

He is also chair of a number of innovative companies and an investor in start-ups.

Julia Pietsch, Senior Manager Chemicals and Healthcare, Germany Trade & Invest

Trade & Invest is the German government’s agency supporting foreign companies expanding into Germany. Julia advises and works with international companies preparing R&D, manufacturing and sales operations in the German Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Germany Trade & Invest, Julia worked at the Scientific Information & Promotional Material department of Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH. She also worked at the U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States in Berlin, where she helped U.S. companies to find distributors in Germany. Julia holds a Master of Arts in North American Studies from the Free University Berlin.

Martin Curley, Director of Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, the Health Service Executive

Martin is helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. Most recently he was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE, Martin was Senior Vice President and Group Head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously, Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe, leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this, Martin was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the US and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Studies, both from UCD. He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from NUI Maynooth. He is the author of 8 books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and the Irish Computer Society.

Martin is Co-Founder of the Innovation Value Institute at NUI Maynooth, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation Engineer of the Year 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the Year for 2015-2016.

Dave O’Shaughnessy, Healthcare Solutions Consultant and Practice Leader, Avaya

Dave is responsible for designing and digitally transforming communications and collaboration solutions for Healthcare Customers across the EMEA and APAC Regions, and partnering with an extensive Healthcare business across the Americas.
Avaya is a leading healthcare-oriented communications solution provider with over 4,000 customers globally, including many healthcare organisations across the Island of Ireland. Our customers are benefiting from Avaya’s long-established vertical experience and continual innovation driven from our Galway Research and Development Campus. Avaya also partners with Medical Application and Solution providers such as AI, IoT, and Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors to build interoperable, agile workflows resulting in integrated, non-siloed Healthcare Services for staff and patients alike.

Colin Mac Hale, Sales Director – EMEA, Territory Sales Director – Global Scale, Partners & Programs, Intel Corp and Chair, HealthTech Ireland Leadership Forum

Colin is the EMEA Territory Sales Director – Global Scale, Partners & Programs. He is responsible for Intel product sales through distribution and partners, as well as partner programs in the region.

Colin has significant experience in various leadership roles in Intel, of selling and making technology markets across all of EMEA. He is an expert in building and leading multi-national, culturally attuned sales teams deployed across EMEA. He and his teams have sold cutting edge solutions to customers in a myriad of industry verticals. He has experience of selling into the Health, Life Sciences, Education, Government, Enterprise, Telco, Financial Services and SME verticals. Colin has teamed with ISVs, OEMs, Sis and ODMs to provide industry wide eco-system solutions to customers. He also completed an assignment as Chief of Staff to the EMEA General Manager. He is a trained and experienced spokesperson and influencer to and for the industry to the media, government and industry bodies.

Colin has experience in HQ, EMEA, UK & Irish Computer industry and joined Intel in 2000.

Daniel Colling, Global Lead Healthcare Industry Solutions HP Inc.

Daniel Colling, is HP Inc.’s Imaging, Printing and Solutions Global Lead for Healthcare responsible for leading HP’s healthcare strategy, products, and solutions designed around enabling health systems to achieve their initiatives for improving patient safety, clinical efficiency, and achieving business value from connected care between physicians and patients by streamlining clinical interoperable workflows. HP’s innovation for healthcare is an outcomes-based evidence driven approach from healthcare systems globally that translate into viable solutions for value-based care, population health management, and precision medicine that are specific to the individual needs of the client using HP technology and healthcare solutions.

For the past 10 years, Daniel has worked with Health Systems in North America and internationally to achieve their initiatives on patient safety, interoperability, 3D print anatomical modelling for surgical planning, clinical workflows and digitization transformation to achieve EMRAM Stage 7 supporting best practices for clinical decision support for the entire care team including the patient.

Conor Hanley, CEO, Fire1 Foundry, non-executive director, Enterprise Ireland and former Chair, the Irish Medtech Association

An experienced CEO, board member and senior leader for large (NYSE publicly listed) and private (SMEs and venture backed) companies, Conor is currently CEO of FIRE1, a connected medical device solutions company dedicated to improving outcomes for people suffering from chronic diseases. Conor previously worked with ResMed, where he held a number of senior management positions including leading up chronic disease management solutions globally, running the global Cardiology business unit and leading the Ventures and Initiatives global business unit.  Prior to ResMed, Conor was CEO and Co-Founder of BiancaMed, a venture capital backed connected medical device company. BiancaMed was acquired by ResMed in 2011.

Conor was awarded a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from INSEAD, and a B.E. from University College Dublin (UCD). Conor has been appointed an adjunct associate professor at UCD. Conor has completed the Leadership4Growth program at Stanford University and is a qualified Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors, UK. Conor’s board experience includes Enterprise Ireland,  APC Ltd, HealthBeacon and Chair of the Irish MedTech Association.

Matt O’Toole, GP

Matt is currently a GP working part time in Ranelagh and with SafetyNet Primary Care, a charity which provides medical care to the homeless, to asylum seekers and those suffering from addiction. Matt currently works in SafetyNet’s Covid testing and assessment hub, which provides Covid testing and assessment to the most marginalised in society. He is also a doctor with the National Ambulance Service, providing medical oversight of their paramedic service.
He has just completed a master’s in healthcare management at the RCSI and has a keen interest in medical education. Matt is the GP representative and module lead for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person.
He is a regular contributor to various media programs such as RTE’s Drivetime, Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder as well as TV programmes such as Ireland AM, The Tonight Show and Claire Byrne Live.

Matt is also actively involved in healthcare reform and is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners Sláintecare Liaison Group, where he is a member of both their diagnostics and integration of healthcare subgroups. He is currently the clinical lead for the student sexual health services at Athlone Institute of technology, a Sláintecare funded initiative that aims to make sexual health services more accessible to students in the community.

Since the arrival of Covid-19, Matt has been Medical Director of Heroes-aid, a medical charity which aims to support frontline workers through Covid-19. It is currently providing PPE to frontline workers and hopes to provide psychological support to those affected by the pandemic on the frontline into the future.

Clare Harney, Executive Director, Digital Health Transformation, HealthTech Ireland Association

HealthTech Ireland is the trade association in Ireland representing digital health and the medtech industry. Prior to her current role, Clare successfully led a digital health start-up to first revenues and managed a significant matched funding round.

Clare comes from a health information governance and compliance background, with more than a decade served managing the silos of paper and electronic records that exist within our hospitals. She went on to work a further 6 years in the Health Information Directorate of HIQA, developing standards for interoperability and was key to the development of the unique health identifier for Ireland (IHI). She was then seconded to the Department of Health to progress the Individual Health Identifier Bill (enacted 2015). Prior to joining the commercial world, Clare was the National Manager for the Acute Medicine Programme at the Royal College of Physicians. It was here she made the decision to jump to the private sector in order to positively disrupt the health system from the outside in, through supporting development of innovative technologies.

Clare holds a Bachelor of Business Information Systems and an MSc in Health Informatics from Trinity College, Dublin. She is also a qualified ISO 9001 External Auditor and sits on the Health Information Standards Committee at NSAI, is a Member of the HISI Executive, sits on the Digital Health Council at Medtech Europe, the Policy Advisory Council of IPPOSI and most recently, has been invited to sit on the Industry Council at Novartis. She is involved in EIT Health mentorship, the Headstart Programme and also her alumni mentorship programme, mentoring students and recent graduates with an interest in the digital health space.

Eamonn Costello, Co-Founder & CEO, patientMpower

patientMpower is a digital health company focussed on lung and kidney disease. The company recently worked with the HSE to facilitate early discharge of Covid-19 patients through home oxygen saturation monitoring, alleviating capacity pressures in the health system. 

patientMpower works with health systems in the USA, UK and Ireland, providing solutions for patients to measure their health status from home, helping healthcare providers to see these patients virtually from their home, saving significant time and resources for patients and clinicians.

Grainne Courtney, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO), St James Hospital

Grainne is one of the few physicians in the Irish healthcare system with protected time for this role. She trained in the federated Dublin hospitals and the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel. She has an MSc in Health Informatics (TCD 2009).

Grainne’s clinical background is in GUM/HIV and she is based at the GUIDE clinic in St James, where she implemented electronic records for all outpatients in 2011 and continues to participate in the clinical service half time. St James Hospital implemented a full EPR for all inpatients in October 2018, including all physician notes, nursing assessments, electronic prescribing and medication administration and is on a pathway to a full digital platform for all patient care..


Eileen Byrne, Managing Director, Clanwilliam Health

Eileen has been a part of the Clanwilliam Group story from the very beginning. She joined System Solutions in 1995, beginning her career as the receptionist for the company. Over the years, she has consistently challenged herself to personally and professionally develop by always displaying hunger for more responsibility, knowledge and learnings. Eileen believes strongly that opportunity and challenges go hand-in-hand and both have always been readily available to her in Clanwilliam Group.

From her leadership position, she now enjoys challenging her employees to constantly exceed customer expectations in every area, from product development to customer support, while also ensuring development opportunities are readily available. Eileen’s career has progressed in tandem with the growth of Clanwilliam Group. In September 2017, she was appointed Managing Director of Clanwilliam Health, having worked in a number of customer service and M&A roles throughout her career and was also recently tasked with leading the Clanwilliam Health Division of the Group.

Fran Thompson, Director of Engagement and Delivery and Interim CIO, the Office of the CIO, the Health Service Executive

Engagement and Delivery is responsible for the delivery of all digital-enabled technology to the health service and for providing the service divisions with strategic advice on their technology requirements. Through both roles Fran is particularly focussed on maximising digital transformation within the health sector.

He has over 25 years’ health ICT leadership experience and has a comprehensive understanding and practical application of transformation and change management within the heath sector. He has been involved with all aspects of the ICT life cycle, leading various national and regional projects and programmes during this time. He also has direct responsibility for delivering a number of key strategic e-Health programmes, including the Electronic Health Record for the country and the Individual Health Identifier.

Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder of Health Beacon

Health Beacon, a Dublin, Ireland-based company that provides a unique smart sharps system that helps patients who use self-injectable medications at home manage and improve their medical adherence more effectively. He is a serial HealthCare and Technology Entrepreneur, previously founding award-winning Dublin based healthcare company, Point of Care Health Services. Director of HealthXL, a global platform for digital health collaboration. Prior roles include General Manager Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals Ireland (now Merck). Over 10 Years in the pharmaceutical industry in varied roles at Schering Plough including Director of USA Finance Division and Director of EMEA.

Sonia Neary, CEO and Co-Founder, Wellola

Wellola is an Irish digital health software company. With over 17 years’ previous experience working as a physiotherapist in the Irish healthcare system, Sonia is a big believer in leveraging digital technology to support hospital-at-home and self-management care models. She supports Wellola’s mission to offer care-enabling technology that enables clinicians to keep well people well (and treat those that are unwell) in the community where possible, maximising clinical and economic outcomes while optimising patients’ healthcare experiences. Now more than ever, Wellola’s secure telehealth and patient portals are also protecting the healthcare providers on the frontline.

David Wall, Director of ICT, Tallaght University Hospital

David was appointed to his current role in July 2015. His role is focussed on transforming ICT into a more valued business partner by improving the capability of the ICT organisation, aligning ICT activities with hospital priorities and leveraging ICT more effectively to deliver eHealth solutions to improve and support patient care. 

Prior to joining Tallaght Hospital, David held senior ICT positions in the Children’s Hospital Ireland, Temple St. Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital. He is a member of the HISI Executive (Health Informatics Society of Ireland), Chair of the HISI ICT Leaders Forum and a Fellow of the ICS (Irish Computer Society).

Dr. Conor McGinn, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin and Co-Founder, Akara Robotics

Akara Robotics is a company with a mission to develop assistive robotics to empower front-line workers in the healthcare industry. Akara is best known for ‘Stevie the robot’, a socially assistive robot that Time Magazine referred to as “the robot that could change the senior care industry”.

Akara’s second robot, called ‘Violet’, is a disinfectant robot that has been developed in partnership with Intel and is currently being trialled in hospitals and nursing homes in Ireland. Conor is a recognised international expert in human-robot interaction and was recently named as one of Europe’s Top Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review.

David Toohey, CEO and Co-Founder, Syncrophi Systems

With over 35 years technology company experience, ranging from military avionics through consumer electronics and latterly medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics and medical software, David brings a wealth of experience to Syncrophi. He focussed on the medical sector from 1992, holding senior executive roles in Bausch+ Lomb, Boston Scientific Corporation and Alere Inc.

He now leads the Syncrophi Systems team dedicated to the development of software products that can make a real difference where it counts most – at the point-of-care.

Owen O’Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, Carefolk

Carefolk is an award winning integrated care technology platform for multidisciplinary care teams, non-profits and families. The Carefolk platform is a key enabler and driver of the shift to patient-centred community based care and the ‘shift left, stay left’ continuum of care that supports the implementation of Sláintecare, keeping people healthy and out of hospital. 

Owen is a software engineer and product designer by training and has extensive experience in leading and driving techno-change projects in both healthcare and financial services. He is also a part time lecturer in University College Cork, where he lectures to master classes in Information Systems for Business Performance, Design and Development of Digital Business and Business Information and Analytics Systems.

John Maughan, Head of Products, S3 Connected Health

John heads up product management in S3 Connected Health where he spends his days understanding customer and market needs and distilling them into compelling product offerings.

John has over 20 years’ experience and has run successful product teams across a variety of industries. He has delivered complex enterprise solutions to customers like AT&T, Danone, JP Morgan, DHL, Vodafone and BSkyB amongst others. When the opportunity came to work in healthcare he jumped at it because he predicts ‘win-win-win-win’ solutions emerging where patients, healthcare providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies all succeed in achieving better commercial and clinical outcomes through the application of new technologies.

Richard Costello, Professor of Respiratory Medicine in Respiratory Medicine at the RCSI and Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital

A 1988 graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Richard underwent training at Beaumont Hospital and later at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, USA. He was appointed Senior Lecturer and subsequently promoted to Professor of Respiratory Medicine in Respiratory Medicine at the RCSI and Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital.

Professionally, he has served the Royal College of Physicians as National Specialist Director of Training in Respiratory Medicine, Director of Research and Vice President. He has been elected President of the Irish Sleep Society, President of the European Board of Pulmonology, Chair of Education and Fellow of the European Respiratory Society.

Academically, he work is focused on studying how digital technology can be used to optimise outcomes in patients with respiratory disease. As Principal Investigator, his work is supported by grants of over €5m from the EU, industry partners and the Health Research Board of Ireland. He has published over 150 research papers and he holds 4 patents. He has copyrighted and licensed technology related to assessment of inhaler adherence.

Dr. John Dinsmore, Health Innovation Lead/Deputy Director, Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), Ussher Assistant Prof. in Digital Health, TCD

John is also a member of the Board of Directors of the  European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health UK/Ireland. His research focuses primarily on the application of health psychology and behavioural science to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of digital health interventions for chronic  disease and  multi-morbidity management.

John is the co-ordinator/lead PI of the Horizon 2020 ProACT project. ProACT is a citizen driven, self-management orientated digital integrated care platform capable of supporting multiple disease management and associated co-morbidities including well-being parameters (e.g. mobility and sleep) on a single user application.  The platform has been successfully trialled across multiple grant awards in 3 EU member states (Ireland, Belgium and Italy) with promising outcomes particularly in terms of user engagement and shift in citizen, patient, caregiver and healthcare professional behaviour to adopting the platform as part of a new digital integrated model of care.

Mark Cullen,  Managing Director, Sensori Facilities Management

Mark has been Managing Director of Sensori FM since day one and brings his very wide range of facility management experiences from healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to data centres and historical buildings, to the very unique ethos that underpins everything about the Sensori FM service. He spearheaded the recent ‘Intelligent Building Solutions’ investment which directly reflects the unique approach he has to facilities management, using innovation to optimise building performance, and enhance the experience of all users.

His work ethos, management skills, interpersonal abilities and visionary approach has allowed Mark to build a company, with terrific assistance and total contribution from colleagues and shareholders, which is fast becoming the ‘go to’ company in the sector. His ability to identify new services and sectors has resulted in sustainable growth and corporate expansion. Sensori FM with Mark Cullen at the helm is clearly going places.

Robert Quirke – CEO & President, ROQU Group

ROQU specialises in partnering with governments and organisations to fulfil premium projects of national importance, including economic development and critical problem solving. ROQU currently operates across Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle-East.

Robert is CEO and President and was formerly VP of Technology with IDA Ireland

Elizabeth Farries, Assistant Professor with the UCD Digital Policy Programme, the School of Information and Communication Studies.

Elizabeth was called to the bar in Canada and she has practised in areas such as intellectual property, civil litigation, and human rights. She has also directed the Information Rights programme at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Surveillance and Human Rights Programme for the International Network of Civil Liberties. Elizabeth publishes, advises, and lectures at the intersection of tech, policy and human rights.