• DataCentres Ireland Registration is now open 22&23 November 2017
  • Conference Programme 2017 has been Released

David Connolly is Head of Policy at the Irish Wind Energy Association since May 2017. His primary responsibilities relate to electricity markets, electricity networks, wind farm planning, and strategic energy policy. Previously, David was an Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen where his research focused on the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems for electricity, heat, and transport. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 2007 and completed a PhD in energy modelling in 2011, both at the University of Limerick.

 Aoife is Co-Founder and Director at Frontier Privacy, an innovative consultancy firm offering a full range of data protection services. It assists companies to become compliant with existing data protection laws as well as the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation

Aoife is also Principal at the law firm, Tech Law Services where she advises technology clients within the areas of Commercial, IP and Technology Law.

Previously, Aoife headed up the IP/IT department of a large Dublin commercial law firm. Previous to that Aoife was General Counsel with an Irish technology company, Altobridge.

Aoife also spent 12 years with the GSM Association, the global industry body for mobile operators, where she held a number of senior positions including that of General Counsel, CEO (Interim), and Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs. Previous private practice experience includes the French law firm Siméon & Associés (Brussels) as well as a Eugene F Collins.

Aoife is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL) and the College of Europe (Bruges). She is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP) as well as certified CIPP/E, a member of Society of Computers and Law UK, and a member of the Irish Computer Society.

She is a regular lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland on data protection and technology law and a regular conference speaker.



Personal Skills and Experience:

Experienced in board governance issues, financial reporting and audit

Strong early stage investment background

Excellent leadership and consensus building skills

Excellent spoken, written, and interpersonal communications

Experienced director/manager with strong analytical skills and technical background

Strong Internet / IT / communications background

Board Membership:

Chairman and/or non-executive director of a small number of Irish technology-based companies that address international markets.

Afilias plc: Independent non-executive director. Member of the Audit committee (Chair 2014). Member of the Remuneration committee. Afilias ( is a global Internet domain name Registry / Registry Services company (dot Info, dot Org, etc.), headquartered in Ireland.

iCONX Solutions Ltd / Chairman of the Board. iCONX ( provides interconnect billing and roaming services to global Telecoms companies on private cloud based SaaS services to global Telecoms companies. (SSAE16, ISO 22301, and ISO 27001 audited). Wizuda ( provides GDPR compliant secure file share and file transfer management products to support the Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Qstream Ltd. Chairman of the Board. Qstream Ltd. is the Irish subsidiary of Qstream Inc., ( which provides mobile and adaptive sales training and management for very large sales forces in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology and financial services industries.

Other Board Membership:

Open Data Governance Board: Appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform to the Open Data Governance Board in October 2015. The Board’s role is to provide strategic leadership and help drive implementation of the Open Data Initiative.

Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM): Chairman of the Board of Governors. Member of the Management & Finance committee, Chair of the IT Steering Committee. RIAM ( is Ireland’s premier conservatoire of music.


WBT Systems: Founder and 1st Chairman. Web Based Training company addressing global markets.

ICHEC: Served (2006-2012) as Chair of the Oversight Board of the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC, – the Irish national supercomputing centre

ICANN:  Served (2007-10) as Vice Chair, and as Chair of the Board Governance Committee, of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN,, a Californian not-for-profit corporation responsible for the coordination of the technical identifiers of the global Internet. Served on the Finance committee and the Audit committee.

Also served on the boards of several early stage technology companies.

Coaching / Mentoring: From time to time provide informal coaching and mentoring support to entrepreneurial CEOs of start-up technology companies.

Angel Investor and Venture Capital:

An “Angel” / early stage investor in new technology companies. Current portfolio includes iCONX Solutions Ltd. (, Orreco Ltd. (, Paycasso Ltd. (, Platform Ireland (, Qstream Inc. (, TopChem Pharma (, Amryt Pharmaceuticals (

Co-Founder (2002-2011) of 4th Level Ventures – a small (€17 million) Irish Venture Capital company to invest in companies commercialising university research in Ireland.

Consultancy Services:

Consultancy services at management and board level, through Knous Limited (, in areas of governance, funding, accounting and auditing, sales and sales management, management reporting, compliance, etc. Acted (2011-2012) as Project Leader on the ICANN IDN Variant TLD Program to enable top-level domain addressed in all international scripts.

Internet Pioneer:

NSFnet: Responsible for the decisions that developed NSFnet (1985/86), the US national research internet that evolved into the Internet, while working for the US National Science Foundation.  Led the research community participation and made the key decisions including: Building a general purpose internet rather than a dedicated supercomputer network; Adopting and insisting on the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite for NSFnet; Initiating the NSFnet backbone

Actively involved in the start-up and leadership of research networks in Ireland (HEAnet) and in the Europe (EARN, EBONE).

Domain Names: Responsible for the start-up and management of the .ie domain registry while at University College Dublin (UCD) (1992-99).  Chaired the Board and General Assembly of the Council for European Top level domain Registries (CENTR, (1999-01)) – and was actively involved in the start-up phase of ICANN.

IT Direction and Management:

Director of UCD Computing Services from 1977 to 1999. Brought the UCD IT infrastructure from the punched card era to a network of personal computers / servers and high-speed Internet connectivity.

Current Interests: Data Sharing Legislation; Estonian X-Road approach to e-government; The Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation.


Diploma in Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (London) (2013).

Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

Ph.D. degree for research into sources of high-energy gamma radiation from pulsars (neutron stars) (1972), and a 1st Class honours Physics B.Sc. degree, from UCD (1967).


Internet Hall of Fame, 2014 (,

Internet Association, Lifetime achievement award, 2015 (,

Internet Hero 2007, Eircom Golden Spider Awards

Other: An opera and classical music enthusiast, and chairman of the UCD Choral Scholars Advisory Committee. Still attempting to learn to play the piano.


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Jaakko is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Tim Persoons. He received his Master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. He is currently working on novel liquid cooled heatsink solutions using unsteady flow and surface structuring, for next generation servers in sustainable data centres

PhD Candidate in Economics, with research focused on the area of energy efficiency, particularly data centres. Conducting research as part of the broader SFI-funded ESIPP project, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to energy systems integration (ESI).

Bryan has previous experience working in the Economic and Social Research Institute in the area of telecommunications.

Dr Jon Summers is a senior academic from the Institute of Thermofluids in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds in the UK. During the last 20 years, he has worked on a number of government and industry funded projects which have required different levels of computational modelling. Since 1998, having built and managed compute clusters to support many research projects, Jon now chairs the High Performance Computing User Group at the University of Leeds and is no stranger to high performance computing having developed software that uses parallel computation. Applications of his computational skills have led to publications in the areas of heat transfer, process engineering, tribology, through to bioengineering and as diverse as dinosaur extinction. In the last five years Jon’s research has focused on a range of thermal management and energy flow projects within the Data Centre, HVAC and industrial sectors. In 2013 Jon led a project with a Yorkshire based company that is pioneering total liquid cooling of IT, which went on to win the Facility Product Deployment category of the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards. Since early 2013 Jon has been involved in a number of indirect and direct liquid cooled IT research projects. Jon’s experience in leading the development of academic and scientific research within the data centre sector has been invaluable in acquiring funded industrial research from data centres and their suppliers in addition to delivering an industry Joint Action Plan to the European Commission in late 2014 as part of a Framework 7 funded project.

An experienced and award-winning Chartered Engineer, Úna has held the post of Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering at IT Sligo since 2012, but her association with the college stretches back to her own student days – as a toolmaking apprentice in the former Sligo Regional Technical College (RTC).

As Head of Department of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Úna has been instrumental in the recent development of IT Sligo’s new vision to become a Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. She was also a key initiator in the establishment of the Engineering Expo at IT Sligo, which is an annual showcase of engineering, collaborating with local industry and schools across the North West region.

Prior to joining IT Sligo, Úna was Chief Executive Officer of the Crafts Council of Ireland and previously held senior roles with Engineers Ireland and Bausch & Lomb – one of the world’s largest suppliers of eye health products.

As Industry Director with Engineers Ireland, she helped devise and develop the inaugural Engineers Week in 2007, which has become a nationwide, week-long programme of events celebrating the world of engineering.

“It is a privilege to lead IT Sligo’s School of Engineering & Design through the next phase of its development and expansion,” said Úna. “As a former apprentice here, I have a particular affinity with the Institute, its students and its heritage within the engineering and manufacturing sectors. I also have a great interest in the creative sector and, given that the School’s portfolio also includes the Institute’s department of Computing and Creative Practices, I look forward to developing IT Sligo’s contribution to the region’s cultural and creative offering.”

Welcoming her appointment, Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo said: “Úna’s strong background in engineering, manufacturing, education and the creative Industries has shown her to be a dynamic and progressive leader with a passion for learning, collaboration and sharing of knowledge and experience.

“Úna’s track record of achievement as a leader and motivator stands out. I have no doubt that her drive and passion will help to significantly enhance the national profile of IT Sligo’s School of Engineering & Design right across its wide range of activity covering engineering, architecture, technology, computing and the creative arts.”

Úna is originally from Dublin and lives in Gurteen, County Sligo.

Edward has over 25 years of experience in the global high-tech, high-availability and mission-critical data centre industry.  With the unique combination of in-depth technical knowledge and an excellent grasp of the trends and developments in the industry, Edward is the key-driver behind the success of EPI, growing EPI from a small UK-origin company to become a global organization with presence in over 60 countries.

Edward is an active member of a number of data centre professional groups including AFCOM, IDCP, FEA, ASHRAE, Green Data Centre Alliance, Data Centre Professionals, Data Centre Architects, Data Centre Facilities Management Group and the Data Centre Engineering Group.  He is a canvassing and voting member for BICSI-002 and sits on the TR42 committee (ANSI/TIA-942 standard).  He is also the Vice-Chairman of the workgroup for the Singapore Standard for BC/DCR-SS507.  Edward holds the ISO/IEC-2000 Lead Auditor and Lead Consultant certificates.  He has performed over hundreds of data centre audits worldwide and has been selected as the sole auditor under iDA/Spring/PSB to audit mission critical site facilities for clause 4 in the SS507-BC/DR standard.

He has also been honoured with awards such as the ‘World-Wide Field Operations Award’, the ‘Excellence Award’, the prestigious ‘Chairman’s Achievement Award’, and ‘CEO of the Month’.

Being one of the thought leaders in the industry, he is a well sought after speaker on topics related to mission critical data centres.

Brian Roe has worked in the IT services market for over 20 years. He held senior sales and strategic roles in Typetec and Codec-dss before making the transition to Data Centre services when he joined Servecentric in early 2016.

Brian’s business-centred approach to solution delivery has led to him developing significant and long term successful client relationships with both fast growing and established enterprises at home and abroad. His understanding of IT services development and cloud solutions has enabled Servecentric to accelerate its strategy of transitioning from colocation and connectivity services provider to ICT infrastructure and security partner for their clients.

Brian is a Science graduate of University College Dublin.