Biographical Notes for Members of the Open Data Governance Board (ODGB)

Emer Coleman
Ms Coleman is an Associate with EY in the UK, Business Development Director with TransportAPI, an open content technology company and an experienced Digital Leader who provides leadership development services in both the public and private sector.

She is the former Director of Digital Projects for the Mayor of London where she established the London Datastore facilitating the creation of hundreds of products and applications built on open public sector data. She is also the former Deputy Director of Digital Engagement for Government Digital Services (Cabinet Office) where she authored the Social Media Guidance for Government.

Emer holds a BA in History and Sociology from University College Cork and an MPA from Warwick Business School. She was named in Wired Magazine’s Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011, Silicon Republics Top 100 women in STEM 2014 and is the only non US contributor to Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, Code for America 2013. You can find out more on her website

Professor Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann
Professor Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann is a medical doctor and a computer scientist by training. His research is focused to biomedical knowledge discovery based on semantic resources, e.g. for drug discovery. In his scientific career over 20 years he held positions as a director of research in the biotech new economy; and principal investigator and group leader positions at the European Bioinformatics Institute and the University of Zürich.
He is currently Professor of Informatics at the National University of Ireland Galway, and is the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Galway.

Dennis Jennings
Dr Jennings has significant experience at senior leadership level, especially in the areas of change management and innovation, primarily with technology start-up companies.
During 22 years as Director of Computing Services in UCD, he oversaw the transition from the initial punched card era to an internet-based campus with thousands of computers by 1999.
Dennis is an internationally recognised Internet Pioneer and in 2014 was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his innovative work during the 1980’s.
In addition to his business and innovation experience, Dennis has considerable academic and research experience, having provided Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure for research, teaching and administration in UCD; and also at a national and international level.

Denis Parfenov
Denis Parfenov is a civic entrepreneur, co-founder and director of Open Knowledge Ireland and an Open Knowledge Advisory Council Member.

Denis is also the founder of ActiveCitizen, a grassroots, politically neutral, community initiative which initiated, planned and successfully executed a civic campaign which resulted in the Irish government’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Denis is passionate about empowering evidence-based choices by making information (data) available and accessible through open source technologies. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from University College Dublin and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Dublin City University.

Suzanne Duke
Ms Duke is Director of Public Policy for Europe at LinkedIn, where she focuses on internet policy and labour markets. A key part of her role is to partner with Governments in harnessing LinkedIn’s data resources to help policymakers better understand and react to their labour markets.
Prior to undertaking this role Suzanne spent three years as Head of Public Policy at Google Ireland. During that time she focussed on a wide range of issues relevant to Open Data, including data protection, copyright and intellectual property law.
From 2007 to 2011 Suzanne was Special Adviser to the then Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, assisting in the development and implementation of national policy around the rollout of broadband infrastructure and the smart economy.

Cronan McNamara
Mr McNamara has developed considerable experience in data and innovation during his career. As founder and CEO of Creme Global for 10 years, he leads a senior management team which accesses, gathers and curates public and private datasets from all over the world and makes them available in their cloud-based analytical models. This enables clients to gain deeper insights and ultimately to make better decisions.
Creme Global delivers data-rich, cloud-based applications and services to clients all over the world.
Cronan chairs the Irish Software Association in IBEC and is involved in helping to make Ireland a better place to do business, especially for indigenous technology companies.

Daithí Mac Síthigh
Dr Mac Síthigh joined the Newcastle Law School as Reader in Law in July 2014 and is the current Director of Research in the School. He previously lectured at the University of East Anglia (UEA) (2008-2012) and the University of Edinburgh (2012-14), where he was also head of the IP, Media & Technology subject area. He studied at Trinity College Dublin (LLB and PhD), the Open University (PG Cert Social Science) and UEA (PG Cert Higher Education). He is co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal.
Daithí’s interests fall into two broad categories. The first is law and technology (including topics such as audio-visual media law, the regulation of the video games industry, and Internet infrastructure and domain names), and the second is public law. Daithí is a member of CREATe, the centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy (funded by Research Councils UK). In 2011, Daithí gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

Dr Sandra Collins
Dr Collins is Director of the National Library. She is a recognised leader in the area of Open Data, with extensive leadership experience (Director and senior management roles), and wide experience across the public sector, industry and academia.
Sandra was previously the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy, where she established and led an ambitious national research centre developing both policy and e-infrastructure for digital preservation of cultural and social data.
She serves on many international and national policy advisory groups and steering committees, such as Chair of the ALLEA (all European Academies) international E-Humanities Working Group, Rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 Expert Advisory Group on ‘European Research Infrastructures’, member of the Irish National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy, and the Irish Advisory Group for Open Government Data.
In 2013 Sandra was named as one of the Top 38 Irish Technology Women (Technology Voice, Intel), and in 2014 as one of Silicon Republic’s Top 100 Women in Technology. Inspiring Ireland, a national digital cultural project she led, won three Irish eGovernment Awards in 2015 and was nominated for a World Summit Award in 2016.

Ashling Cunningham
Ms Cunningham is Chief Information Officer for Ervia (formerly Bord Gáis Éireann) with responsibility across all areas of Information, Communications and Technology.
A proven business focused executive level technology leader who has successfully provided the technology vision and strategy in the development and implementation of the enterprise wide information technology programme.
Ashling is responsible for Information Security and Data Protection in Ervia. She is also responsible for developing and implementing the data strategy, data quality and data architecture across the Ervia organisation.
During her time as Ervia/Bord Gáis CIO, Ashling has managed the implementation and operation of Financial and Billing system solutions; and led the design and implementation of the Ervia IT operating model including process, organisation and governance.

Andrew O’Sullivan
Andrew O’ Sullivan is an Assistant Director General and is responsible for providing the corporate leadership, vision, and direction in relation to the usage of information and technology to support the CSO to deliver on its corporate objectives.
Andrew joined the Central Statistics Office from the American bank Citigroup. He has 28 years of software industry experience with an extensive background running product engineering, professional services and technical operations organisations in Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.
He started his career as a developer with International Computers Limited (ICL) at the European Computer Industry Research Centre in Munich and went on to become a project manager there. He joined IONA Technologies in 1996 as Engineering Manager for the Orbix product line. Andrew ran a number of global functions in his time as a member of IONA’s senior management team, becoming VP of WW Professional Services for Progress Software following their acquisition of IONA. From there, he joined Microsoft where he ran an enterprise consulting group before moving to Citi.
Andrew joined Citi in 2012 as head of a portfolio of global applications for its Treasury and Trade Solutions division. He went on to manage the Dublin Technology site in addition to his development role. In 2014, he was also appointed Chief Information Officer of Citibank Europe plc., a Citi subsidiary operating in 8 European countries.
Andrew holds degrees in Computer Science and Management from Trinity College Dublin.