2019 Judging Panel
Each year the Advisory Committee create and refine the Award categories to ensure that the Awards are evolving with roles within the Data Science Ecosystem. The judging panel consists of over 25 Data Science Leaders from across industry and academia to ensure transparency and fairness across the competition.
If you are interested in joining the 2019 Judging Panel, please mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director | Deloitte Ireland
Director | CeADAR Centre for Big Data Analytics
Chief Science Officer | RecommenderX DAC
Independent Data Insight Advisor and Non-Executive Director
Senior Research Scientist | Siemens AG Austria
Senior Data Professional | Microsoft
Assistant Professor | Dublin City University
Head of Innovation & Development | CeADAR – The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
Chief Data and Analytics Officer | wefox
CEO | fourTheorem
Business Technology Leader, Data Science | Johnson & Johnson
Applied and Data Scientist | Microsoft
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Freda joined Deloitte in August 2015 through the acquisition of System Dynamics where she was director for 10 years working as part of the leadership team building a business with revenue of €25 million. Within System Dynamics, Freda was Head of Client Service Delivery responsibility for the delivery of all client services across multiple service lines including programme/project management, business intelligence, asset management solutions, ERP solutions, development solutions and support services.
Through her varied career in Technology consulting, Freda has developed a strong understanding and passion for the use of data within businesses and has a keen understanding of how Data Analytics can drive real business value.
Prior to being appointed Director of the CeADAR Centre for Big Data Analytics, Edward was European Director of Innovation & Technology Research at Fidelity Investments. The role involved prospecting for technology and investment opportunities across Europe, understanding developments in the European innovation ecosystem, and directing technology trials.
Edward has also held various technical and global senior management roles in the Office of Strategy and Technology at Hewlett-Packard Europe based in England.
Edward holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the IEE, and is the named inventor on 76 granted patents. He has been awarded several international prizes including one from Scientific American for outstanding leadership.
DR. MICK KERRIGAN
Dr Mick Kerrigan is the Chief Science Officer at RecommenderX, who are focused on delivering personalisation and recommendation technology to enterprises. Mick has over 15 years’ experience working in data science, machine learning, and Big Data across a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications, media, and employment. Mick holds a PhD In Semantic Web from the University of Innsbruck in Austria and spent a number of years working in EU framework projects. He has published extensively in conferences and journals, as well as authoring two textbooks in the area of Semantic Web Services. Mick has also chaired standardisation groups in both OASIS and TM Forum. In 2014, he received the TM Forum Outstanding Contributor Award for his work creating the Big Data Analytics Solution Suite, a comprehensive Big Data reference model and use case catalogue for telecommunication providers.
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Dr Michael Phelan has been working in Analytics for over 15 years, with a Masters in Management Science and a PhD in Supply Chain Optimisation from the Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin. During that time he published in several international peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at international conferences in USA, Europe & Asia. He has lectured masters & undergraduate students in analytics and supervised award-winning masters supply chain projects.
Michael also has extensive experience in industry working & consulting for large-scale multinationals in electronics and medical device sectors in demand & business planning, analytics and IT. Prior to joining DePuy Synthes, he led a multi-million-dollar technology transformation program for the TSC Group (ANZ) aimed at re-establishing the business post a troubled receivership period. This successful transformation led to the acquisition of the group by Engie, one of the world’s leading energy providers.
He joined DePuy Synthes (medical device companies of Johnson & Johnson) in 2015 and is currently leading the Supply Chain IT Data Science Group developing a team of data scientists, employing diagnostic & advanced analytics to supply chain problem-solving. Michael has presented at several international conferences on supply chain optimisation and sits on university and Irish government groups aimed at promoting supply chain digitalisation and optimisation.
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Passionate AI/ML Researcher, Speaker and Writer focused on AI, Machine Learning, Future Social Networks, Trend Detection, Ethics and Data Privacy. Founder at Wripl.com, Kaffeehouse.com and Bigfoot.ie
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Alessandra Sala, Head of Analytics Research at Nokia Bell Labs, has more than 10 years of experience in research and innovation, both in academia and industry. In her prior appointment, she was the technical manager of the Data Analytics and Operations Research group in Bell Labs Ireland. Before that, she held a research associate position in the Department of Computer Science at University of California Santa Barbara. During this appointment, she was a key contributor of several funded proposals from National Science Foundation in USA and her research was awarded with the Cisco Research Award in 2011. Before that, she worked for two years as post-doctoral fellow at UCSB right after she completed her Ph.D in Computer Science at University of Salerno, Italy.
Her research focus lies on distributed algorithms, data analytics and complexity analysis with an emphasis on graph algorithms and recently AI, machine learning and deep learning. In her previous research she has developed efficient distributed routing algorithms that support robust and flexible application level services such as scalable search, flexible data dissemination, and reliable anonymous communication.
She was recently the Technical Program Committee Chair of WWW 2016, the general chair of ACM COSN 2014 and has served on the TPC of several networking and data mining conferences as IEEE INFOCOM, WWW, P2P etc. Two of her recent awards are: Distinguished Member of the 2015 IEEE INFOCOM Technical Program Committee and Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) Innovator of the Year 2017.
Andrew built much of NewsWhip’s original technical platform as the company’s first developer. He is now responsible for the management of NewsWhip’s technical operations and technical vision, overseeing a growing team of software engineers, machine learning specialists and product developers building and maintaining the NewsWhip platform. Prior to co-founding NewsWhip, Andrew worked as a Technical Architectural consultant for Accenture in Dublin.
He also co-founded easydeals.ie, a website that allowed any business to create a geo-tagged profile and broadcast deals, sales and coupons to the online and mobile audiences.
In October 2016, Andrew was named winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Category, along with his NewsWhip co-founder, Paul Quigley.
Andrew has a degree in Electronic Engineering from UCD, and a Masters in Management Science from the Smurfit Business School.
Pat has 25 years’ experience working as an IT Professional, he has a BSc in Computer Applications from DCU & Diploma in Project Management from UCD.
In his current role, he works as a Technologist with Enterprise Ireland, concentrating on prospecting & evaluating ICT investment opportunities for both multi-national and Irish indigenous companies. Areas that interest him most include Business Intelligence / Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning & Cyber Security.
He has extensive experience working as a career IT specialist across project management, software solutions and database architecture design.
Pat has established a solid understanding and business acumen for the power of data within SMEs and has a deep appreciation of how Data Analysis, Governance & BI Reporting can build credible and sustainable business engagement.
DEEPANAND SAHA ROY
Deepanand Saha Roy heads the Data Analytics practice at Pramerica, located in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland and a subsidiary of parent company Prudential Financial, Inc. He is a seasoned data analytics professional with diverse experience supporting data-driven decision making at large organizations through a multi-disciplinary approach (Analytics, Market Intelligence and Primary Research).
In his current role at Pramerica, he leads an exceptionally talented and highly motivated team of Data Scientists, Data Analysts, Data Visualization Experts and Big Data Engineers that helps Prudential Financial solve some of the toughest business challenges using data and a range of sophisticated analytics tools and techniques. Prior to moving to Ireland in 2015, Deepanand spent several years in Boston working for Fidelity Investments in a variety of leadership roles.
Deepanand is an alumnus of the Accelerated Leadership Program at Pramerica, and is part of the American Chambers Emerging Leaders’ Steering Group representing Northwest Ireland. He has an MBA in marketing and bachelor’s in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics from leading academic institutions in India. He is a subject matter expert on Customer Loyalty Economics.
Max is Chief Information Officer in Staycity Aparthotels, Ireland. He has worked all his life in IT and predominantly in data and analytics related projects. His vast technical knowledge coupled with strategic vision make for an interesting mix of skills around data management and governance, delivery and execution, analytics and data science, visualization and MI.
His expertise also lies in organizational models, data strategies, operational and execution models, data quality and metadata management, Agile, SAFe and CRISP frameworks.
Max is very passionate about the industry and grateful he was able in all these years to embrace the new, welcome change and drive transformation for companies like Oracle, Microsoft, Digital, Compaq, HP and HPE and various financial firms like Ulster Bank, Pioneer Investments and AIB.
Outside of the data universe he has lived the rock star dream in the 80s, has written his own comic book line and is known as the Irishspawn in the action figures and collectibles world.
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After completing a Ph.D. in Highway Engineering, Martin Perry spent 5 years in Project Management roles in the Building Materials Industry. In 2000 he moved into the Software Industry, undertaking Finance, Strategy and Senior Leadership roles with IBM and Microsoft.
In 2011 he suffered a major head trauma when cycling home from work. 2.5 years of recovery followed. During his rehabilitation, he completed the PMP certification in late 2013, then returned to Microsoft, as a Senior Data Professional. He has recently completed the EDX.org hosted Microsoft Professional Program – Data Science.
He is currently championing the use of data throughout Microsoft Operations.
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OISIN FERGAL LYONS
Oisín Fergal Lyons is the acting head of Data Science and Incubation in the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics, Dublin, specialising in using advanced analytics for data-driven insights across Risk, Retirement and Health insurance. He is a graduate from Trinity College in Mechanical Engineering, publishing research in the area of Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics.
Oisín joined Aon in 2014, previously working in academia and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Purdue University using Data Science in Fluid Dynamics research. At Aon, Oisín leads a team of talented Data Scientists, who focus on rapidly bringing innovative solutions to bear on a wide range of problems such as claims analytics, risk modelling and customer insights.
Fergal holds a PhD in Genetics from the Queen’s University, Belfast and a BSc in Biotechnology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to Aon, Fergal spent nearly 10 years with Accenture’s Financial Services practice, leading teams in technology and regulatory change programmes in financial institutions including Nordea, AIG, Barclays and Allied Irish Banks.
Adam leads a number of teams developing Data Science and Machine Learning capabilities at scale to power innovative experiences in Europe’s largest e-commerce fashion business, Zalando.
Adam has a PhD in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning from DCU and has 14 years experience working in Software Engineering and Data Science. Adam is passionate about scalable platform approaches and incorporating data science into the end-to-end product lifecycle to transform businesses and customer experiences.
Andrew has over 40 years of experience in helping to gain insight from data. He has worked with many blue-chip clients to deliver value from their own and external data in innovative ways that often challenge the organisation more than the technology.
Passionate about creating value and thinking differently he is able to use his variety of roles in engineering, marketing, product development, technology, team building and leadership to his work with clients.
After completing a Ph.D. in Highway Engineering, Martin Perry spent 5 years in Project Management roles in the Building Materials Industry. In 2000 he moved into the Software Industry, undertaking Finance, Strategy and Senior Leadership roles with IBM and Microsoft. His current leadership role is Senior Data Professional. Education remains central to maintaining relevant skills in the modern workplace. He recently completed the EDX.org hosted Microsoft Professional Program – Data Science, and was accredited as Certified Data Scientist by the Analytics Institute of Ireland in early 2019.
Assistant Professor in Dublin City University (DCU) at Insight Centre for Data Analytics, International Work includes IEEE European Public Policy Committee on ICT, Digital Leader with the World Economic Forum , ISO/IEC JTC1 SC42 Artificial Intelligence Standards Editor, Steering Committee Member for European Commission JIS, Chair of StandICT.eu Expert Advisory Group and Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies.
DR. RICARDO SIMON CARBAJO
Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo is the Head of Innovation & Development at CeADAR – The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
He leads the IDG group which is comprised of senior data scientists focusing on the development of data science solutions for industry partners operating in a large range of verticals (energy, manufacturing, insurance, fintech, healthcare, telecoms, etc). He is also responsible for EU Research & Innovation and actively participates in European colloquiums and events to foster collaboration at EU level. Prior to this position, Ricardo was Adjunct Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin City University. Ricardo was also the founder of a start-up company in the Industry 4.0 area.
Robin actively contributed to building products and platforms that accelerated the Digital Transformation of industries using the power of Data.
He works as the Chief Analytical Officer for wefox, the largest Insurtech in Europe – and has held many senior leadership roles in both Fortune 100 companies like Cisco and agile FinTech startups.
Peter Elger is a founder and CEO of fourTheorem. Formerly a physicist working at the JET project, Peter was previously co-founder and CTO of Stitcher Ads a social advertising platform and nearForm a node.js consultancy.
Peter holds degrees in theoretical physics and computer science. An experienced conference speaker, Peter is a co-author of the Node Cookbook and several academic papers on software methodology. Peter’s latest book ‘AI as a Service’ is available from Manning Publications.
Michael is a senior technology leader with over 20 years’ experience studying and working in Data Science. He has a PhD in supply chain optimization and is currently a technology leader in AI for Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain globally.
Michael has published in various international publications and presents at international conferences on AI. He lectures in Data Science & Analytics and promotes STEM in primary schools using Lego robotics. Michael is also a member of the Analytics Industry Advisory Council for Munster and was awarded Data Scientist of the Year at the 2018 DatSci Awards.
Dr. Josiane Xavier Parreira
Dr. Josiane Xavier Parreira is a Senior Research Scientist at Siemens AG Austria. Her main research interests are on semantic sensor networks, IoT and data analysis. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher, adjunct lecturer and project leader at The Insight Research Center Galway, Ireland, former Digital Enterprise Research Institute.
She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics – University of Saarland, Germany.
A data scientist at Microsoft with a PhD from EPFL in Communication and Computer Sciences. With a strong technical background in probability theory and computer science, and a diverse experience applying mathematical techniques to various real world applications in healthcare, the news industry and content delivery, telecommunications as well as years of experience in higher level education as an instructor and a researcher.
He is an advocate of applying ML and AI to enhance human capability to drive growth, welfare and prosperity.