Open Data Governance Board membership

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

Dennis Jennings

Dr Jennings is a director / chairman of a number of companies and non-profit organisations, an investor in technology start-up companies, and has significant experience at senior leadership level, especially in the areas of change management and innovation. 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.

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 was 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 is the IP/legal lead for and a management board member of Future Screens NI, the creative industries research and development partnership in Northern Ireland, serves as an Internet domain names dispute resolution panelist for the Czech Arbitration Court, and is an Eisenhower Fellow.

Andrew O’Sullivan

Mr. O’Sullivan joined An Garda Síochána from the Central Statistics Office where he was an Assistant Director General and Chief Information Officer since 2016. Prior to that his career was in the technology industry, most recently as Chief Information Officer for Citibank Europe, and previously with Microsoft, IONA Technologies and Fujitsu. Mr. O’Sullivan chairs the development of the Public Service Data Strategy as a member of the Government ICT Advisory Board and is also a member of the Government’s Open Data Governance Board. In An Garda Síochána, he has overall responsibility for information and communications technology. His role also encompasses that of Chief Data Officer with responsibility for ensuring the value and quality of Garda data to frontline policing, official statistics, Government stakeholders and citizens/residents. Andrew holds degrees in Computer Science, Engineering Management and Statistics from Trinity College Dublin and University 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 Data & Analytics Officer for HSBC globally and was appointed to the Board in December, 2018. He is a a commercially focused Senior Executive and Board member, with a strong commercial, digital and data background, and a track record of leadership and the delivery of results within complex, dynamic and regulated businesses.

Characterised as a visionary, strategist and tactician. He is recognised for transforming organisations into market leading franchises with an emphasis on Customer First, Digital and Data.

Mr Martin Quigley

Martin Quigley has over 15 years’ experience in the public, not-for-profit and social services sector. Martin is the Director of Data & Analytics with 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 and analytic functions, and championed the use of administrative datasets for programme and policy improvement. In 2018 Martin and his team won the award for the best use of data science in a Public Sector Body. Martin oversees the commissioning of the Pobal HP Deprivation index and supports numerous state agencies and Government Departments in using this tool to objectively target resources towards the communities most in need.

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 Group Head, Commercial and Customer Propositions for Independent News and Media Plc (INM) – Ireland’s largest media group.  In his current role, Cianan has responsibility for helping accelerate INM’s digital transformation and expansion of offerings by partnering across diverse segments and creating propositions that meet multiple commercial/ customer objectives.    Prior to this Cianan served as INM’s Head of Innovation and Strategy where he supervised joint ventures, cultivated third party partnerships and guided teams in the design, build 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 personally recognised with multiple national/international 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.

Professor Declan O’Sullivan

Declan O’Sullivan is a Professor in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin ( and elected as a TCD Fellow in 2019 in recognition of the impact of his research and his contributions to his discipline and college. He is a Principal Investigator at the SFI ADAPT Research Centre in Digital Media Technology ( where he leads up the strand of research called 'Transparent Digital Governance', covering research in data governance, data integration, data ethics, data protection and data value. His own research focuses on enabling more automatic data integration, and current projects include:
working with Ordnance Survey Ireland on making their geospatial data available as Linked Open Data (; working with medical professionals to integrate diverse data sets (e.g. the EU HELICAL Innovation Training Network); and working with humanities researchers to link and publish data from diverse collections and archives (e.g. the Beyond 2022 project). In addition he has several research collaborations with industry, most recently Huawei and Accenture. Before joining Trinity in 2001, he worked for several years on distributed data projects with IONA Technologies and Broadcom Eireann research.

Prof. Neil O’Hare

Neil is Prof of Health Informatics (University College Dublin) and Group Chief Information Officer for the Ireland East Hospital Group.  

A Physicist by background, he has had a strong emphasis on health informatics throughout his career including heading up many large implementation projects around clinical information systems, acting as advisor to the Department of Health and project management of a range of medical equipping projects. In 2007 he took up the role as Programme Lead on the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) Project for the Health Services Executive, Ireland. This is one of the largest single PACS / RIS solution implementations in the world. He is a member of the Project Board of the HSE’s Acute EHR project.

Previously Neil has held academic appointments in Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin with research interests in health informatics, imaging and UV phototherapy dosimetry. He is the current Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) and in 2019 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiology, RCSI, only the second non-Radiologist to be awarded such since the establishment of the Faculty in the early 1960’s.

Mr. Paul Morrin

Paul Morrin is Assistant Director General in the Central Statistics Office with responsibility for Statistical System Co-ordination. He has responsibility for the development and implementation of standards across the Irish Statistical System (ISS) and also has the co-ordination role within CSO for the ISS.

Paul joined the Central Statistics Office as a Statistician in December 1993 and has worked in a number of areas in Cork and Dublin including Services Statistics and National Accounts. He also worked in the Department of Social Protection as a seconded Statistician from April 2002 and subsequently on promotion to Senior Statistician until October 2014.

Paul studied at Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, graduating in 1992 with a BA Mod. Econ. and in 2004 with an Investment and Treasury.