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Open Data Governance Board membership

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

Aoife Sexton (Chairperson)

Aoife is the Chief Privacy Officer and Chief of Product Innovation at Trūata. Founded by Mastercard and IBM in 2018, Trūata is a privacy-enhanced data solutions provider that empowers organizations to do more with their data at scale. Aoife has responsibility for the Data Science, Privacy and Product functions within the organisation.

By way of background, she is a technology and privacy lawyer with over 25 years’ experience working in and with Irish and international companies in the technology sector. Aoife is a graduate of UCD (BCL) and the College of Europe, Belgium. She is a European Advisory Board Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is CIPP/E certified. She is a lecturer on data protection law at the Law Society of Ireland’s school of law as well its post graduate courses on data protection and technology law.

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

Adegboyega Ojo is Associate Professor of Management and Government Information Systems at  Maynooth University School of Business. Before his appointment at Maynooth University, he was Senior Research Fellow and Head of the E-Government Unit at the Data Science Institute,  NUI Galway.  He also worked at the Centre for Electronic Governance, United Nations University in Macao SAR, China, where he supported governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Adegboyega has published widely in the areas of open data, e-participation, e-government strategy and architecture, and smart cities. His current research investigates conditions for effective adoption of data-driven innovation and AI-based solutions in government and society.

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.

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.

Joan O’Connor

Joan is a non-executive director and consultant who has corporate governance, audit, finance and risk experience including chair, board and committee member appointments.

She is an experienced leader and recently retired senior partner from Deloitte with broad based strategic, policy, legal, financial services, business and tax experience.  She led the Irish firm’s Technology, Social Media and Telecoms practice and worked closely with inter-alia tech multinationals and Irish based tech firms over her career.

She currently holds a number of public sector appointments including board member of the Citizens Information Board, a member of the Medical Council and NCCA audit, finance and risk committees and the Law Society Regulatory Authority complaints committee.

Joan has a M.A.(Oxon); M.A. and B.A.(TCD). She is a Fellow of the Irish Tax Institute (FITI), a Chartered Tax Adviser and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA). Her post graduate research interests include the impact of EU policy on digital strategy and intellectual property law.

Declan Smyth

Declan is a Senior Statistician with the Central Statistics Office focussing on the Irish Statistical System Co-ordination/Horizontal Reports.