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Regina Moran
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Delivery, Fujitsu

Regina Moran is the Senior Vice President, Head of Global Delivery with Fujitsu. She has 30+ years of industry experience and is based out of Ireland.

Regina is an experienced CEO, having led Fujitsu Ireland and then Fujitsu UK and Ireland. She serves as Non-Executive Director of the National Grid Electricity System Operator in the U.K. and the IDA in Ireland.

A chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Regina has served as President of Engineers Ireland and as a Non-Executive director of EirGrid, the energy system operator in Ireland. Regina was previously a Director of Vodafone Business in Ireland.

In addition to graduating with a First-Class honors MBA, Regina has recently completed a post graduate diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership. Regina is passionate about unlocking the power of data and knowledge to solve business and societal problems.

Regina is an active supporter and leader in Fujitsu responsible business and is committed to driving Fujitsu to make a positive global impact on society and the planet.

Dr Michael McGrath
Technical Director - AMTCE

Michael McGrath is an experienced and accomplished technical leader with 25 years innovating across a variety of sectors. In his role as Technical Director, Michael is responsible for the management and strategic development of the AMTCE.

In this role Michael provides leadership to the AMTCE team, manages the center’s relationships with key industry leaders and stakeholders across the public and private sectors while driving the delivery and continuous evolution of high-quality training programmes which meet the needs of the manufacturing sector and addresses industry 4.0 related skills gaps both regionally and nationally.

Michael has a broad technical experience including IIoT, Cyber Physical Systems, Network Function Virtualisation, Cloud Computing, MedTech and Sensors. A creative and strategic thinker, Michael holds 8 patents with 12 pending, has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and two books on sensor applications.

Michael holds multiple post-graduate qualifications including a PhD in sensors and instrumentation from Dublin City University.

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Julie Byrne
Head of Nokia Bell Labs

Julie Byrne is head of Nokia Bell Labs External Collaboration Programs, responsible for the Bell Labs Distinguished Academic Partner program. Julie graduated in 1995 from Trinity College Dublin with a Master in Science (Physics) degree and began a 20+ year career in the high-tech ICT industry.

From her first engineering role at Intel Ireland Ltd., Julie joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1999. Julie’s senior management roles at Alcatel-Lucent included leadership of corporate quality program initiatives, as well as an assignment to Antwerp, Belgium in 2006 to program manage Alcatel-Lucent post-merger integration projects.  She returned to Dublin in 2008 to lead the Industrial Mathematics and Computer Science research department at Bell Labs Ireland. She was Location Leader of Nokia Bell Labs in Ireland from November 2011 until January 2018, and had responsibility for all aspects of Nokia Bell Labs operations in Ireland.

In her current role Julie brings the best and brightest research minds from academic institutions around the world together with Bell Labs researchers to collaborate on technology innovations that will change how we live our lives in the future.

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Professor Chris White
Director of the Industrial Policy Research Centre

Chris is the Director of the Industrial Policy Research Centre (IPRC) at Loughborough University, formed in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a member of the Executive at the MTC, and was the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, 2010-2017. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London.

As an MP, he was a member of both the International Development and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committees and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Manufacturing. Prior to joining the MTC, Chris was the Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College, London.

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Brendan Mackin
Chairperson of Belfast Development Agency

Brendan Mackin is presently Chairperson of Belfast Development Agency (BDA) Property Projects which incorporates the Portview Trade Centre (PTC). PTC operates as a business park, which presently contains 45 small to medium sized businesses providing a diverse range of products and services.

PTC is currently engaged in a £30 million development strategy, which includes an Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Training Centre.

Brendan has been a Board Member on various Public Bodies in Ireland and the European Union.

Board Memberships

• Northern Ireland Housing Executive
• Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland
• European Union Migrants Committee (Brussels)
• European Labour Mobility (Brussels)
• Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence. Dundalk. (Louth Meath Education & Training Board)
• President – Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Brendan is currently engaged in a voluntary capacity on the following Boards:-

• Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre
• Charter NI
• Probation Board NI

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Gearoid Mooney

Gearoid Mooney, is a BEng in Electronic Engineering, a chartered engineer and a member of the IET. He has held CTO and project management positions in Irish owned high-tech start-ups and senior management positions in the Irish public sector.óid-mooney-472808.

Gearoid is a former Division Manager, Research & Innovation with Enterprise Ireland and has held board positions with NDRC, an early stage investor in tech companies and TAFTIE, The Association for Technology In Europe .

His interests include: Competitive Intelligence, RD&I, Disruptive Technologies, Technology Transfer, Licensing, Intellectual property, Research Collaboration, Technology Partnerships and Technology based Entrepreneurship.

Prof Eamonn Murphy
MD -Irish Centre for Business Excellence, UL

Boart Longyear Professor of Quality and Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Limerick. The current International Standard for Reliability Growth Testing for electronic devices, particularly mobile phones, is based on work published by Prof Murphy and his research team. He also developed an Action Research Masters in Strategic Quality for senior managers in Irish industry and currently holds advisory roles to business and public sector groups including;  Founder and Director of the Irish Centre for Business Excellence , Chairman of Innovate Limerick , Director of Irish Manufacturing Research, Chair of the Research and Development Board of LIT. and  Mentor on the Professional Doctoral Programme in Engineering, UL

Barry Kennedy
CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research

Barry is currently CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Irelands leading cutting edge industrially focused research centre for advanced manufacturing. Barry qualified with an MSc from University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He has worked as New Business and Strategic Program director for Ireland Fab Operations in Intel. Prior to this, he has held many senior management roles in Failure Analysis, Process Integration, Device, Process Control and Statistics, Yield Analysis, Quality and Reliability, Yield Q&R. He started his career in Intel working in many senior engineering roles as senior Process Integration and Failure Analysis engineer. Barry has worked in a research environment in Trinity College Dublin for 10 years before commencing work with Intel.

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