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

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 an entrepreneur, open data activist and founder of the Data Management Hub. He is a co-founder of Open Knowledge Ireland and the Open Knowledge Ambassador for Ireland. Denis has also founded  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) and laid foundation for progressing open data in Ireland.Denis is passionate about empowering evidence-based decision-making through open knowledge and employment of openly licensed distributed data infrastructures for preservation of discoverable and verifiable information. 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.

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

Daithí Mac Síthigh is Professor of Law and Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast. He previously held posts at Newcastle University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of East Anglia. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and the Open University, and is co-editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. His interests are in 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 constitutional and administrative law. Daithí was a member of CREATe, the centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy (funded by Research Councils UK), and is an Internet domain names dispute resolution panelist for the Czech Arbitration Court.

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.

Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016, with the primary task of taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies. These set out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to benefit from European initiatives, such as the Digital Single Market. Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy, and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Barry is a Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies and is a former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year.

Dr Adegboyega Ojo

Dr. Adegboyega Ojo is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the E-Government Unit at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI  Galway.  He is also Principal Investigator of a number of European Union Projects. He was Senior Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he earlier earned his Doctorate degree and also worked at the Centre for Electronic Governance, United Nations University (UNU) in Macao SAR, China. At UNU, he supported governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Adegboyega has published widely in the areas of Open Data, e-Participation, Smart Cities and Whole-of-Government models for E-Government. His current research investigates conditions and factors for data-driven innovation in government and the society.

Mr. Seamus Murphy

Mr. Murphy is Chief Digital Officer for AIB and was appointed to the Board in December, 2018

Mr Martin Quigley

Martin Quigley has over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and social services sector. Martin works for Pobal, an agency which administers funding on behalf of Government Departments through social inclusion, childcare and labour market activation programmes. He has led the development of Pobal’s data science function, and championed the use of administrative datasets for programme and policy improvement and targeting. In 2018 Martin and his team won the award for the best use of data science in a Public Sector Body. He is currently the head of the Affordable Childcare Scheme development programme, which includes the creation of a new national database for the administration of childcare funding.

Dr. Bahareh Heravi

Dr. Heravi is the Assistant Professor in Information & Communication Studies in UCD and was appointed to the Board in December, 2018

Mr. Cianán Clancy

Mr. Clancy is Head of Innovation and Strategy for Independent News and Media Plc, Ireland’s largest media organisation. In his current role, Cianan supervises joint ventures, cultivates third party partnerships and guides teams in the design, building and management of scalable new businesses through lean and agile methods. Prior to INM, Cianan held a senior role at IDCC, where he led strategy development and data analytics’ projects while monitoring and responding to EU and Irish legislation related to data governance, data management and security. During his time with Ireland’s largest eCommerce company, Paddy Power, Cianan led a team focused on creating compelling and original new product concepts. Prior to that, Cianan was a founding steering committee member of the Irish Centre for Advanced Data Analytical Research, co-founder of Beats Medical Group and a Strategy Consultant at Accenture. A strong advocate of data policies on both national and international levels, Cianan has been recognised with multiple corporate and academic awards, including the inaugural Fingal County Councils Open Data Award, Overall Winner of Your Country, Your Call, Ireland’s National Innovation Strategy Competition and the overall winner of Eurapp. He holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Dublin City University and a Hetac Certificate in Business Law from the National College of Ireland.