John Healy OBE
John Healy OBE
Vice President & Managing Director
Allstate Northern Ireland

John has over 25 years’ experience in technology, predominantly in the financial services domain. John joined Allstate NI in January 2016 as Managing Director and was promoted to Vice President in July 2016.John is the Executive Sponsor for the Women in Technology at Allstate (WITA) and the Embrace (LGBTQ+) network. External to Allstate NI, he is a Women in Business Diversity Champion and in June 2019 he was announced as the Northern Ireland ambassador for Business in the Community. In 2020 John won the Institute of Directors, Director of the Year award for Inclusivity. John was awarded an OBE for services to the economy in Northern Ireland in 2020.

Professor Karise Hutchinson
Professor Karise Hutchinson
Professor of Leadership
Ulster University

Karise Hutchinson is a Professor of Leadership at Ulster University. Working in Higher Education for 20 years, her research expertise and passion for education, entrepreneurship and leadership has earned her opportunities to work with business organisations both large and small across the world. The unique combination of her academic and industry experience means she is an invited speaker at events and ceremonies and a member of various boards in Northern Ireland. Her recent TedX Talk Time for a Leadershift premiered during COVID19 explores why it is time to forget leadership stereotypes and debates and shift how we think and practice leadership.

Darragh McCarthy
Darragh McCarthy
CEO and Founder of FinTrU

Darragh McCarthy is the CEO and Founder of FinTrU. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in 1994 and remained there until 2012. At Morgan Stanley, Darragh was based in London, Frankfurt and New York and held various responsibilities including Global COO for Institutional Securities, COO for EMEA, Head of Fixed Income Sales North America and Head of Fixed Income Sales EMEA.

In 2013, Darragh founded FinTrU recognising the increased demand from Global Investment Banks to navigate the ever-increasing regulatory landscape. FinTrU is a multi-award winning RegTech company in the Financial Services sector that employs over 800 people across Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, London and New York.

Deepa Mann-Kler
Deepa Mann-Kler
Chief Executive of Neon; Visiting Professor In Immersive Futures with Ulster University

Deepa Mann-Kler is Chief Executive of Neon a health technology company; Visiting Professor In Immersive Futures with Ulster University; has 14 years Non-Executive leadership experience with a cross sector exposure across the UK and is passionate about delivering change in equality, diversity and inclusion. As a thought leader and TEDx speaker she keynotes at conferences on the intersection of technology, innovation, diversity, ethics, bias, culture, data, health and wellbeing through compelling storytelling.

David Clements
David Clements
Client Director for Fujitsu

David Clements currently fulfils the role of Client Director for Fujitsu in Northern Ireland. Fujitsu employs over 600 people in Northern Ireland and provides a wide range of IT services to Northern Ireland public sector clients and wider clients in the rest of the UK utilising modern digital technologies. Northern Ireland continues to be a focus for investment for Fujitsu as a major near-shore centre with a particular focus on digital applications capability. David has over 30 years’ experience in the IT Industry and has been involved in many of the transformational programmes undertaken by Fujitsu in that time. He is married with two children and lives locally in the province.

Nick Coburn CBE
Nick Coburn CBE
Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpets

Fellowship Advisory Board member of the Centre for Democracy & Peace Building. Nick Coburn CBE is Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpets – the premier supplier of Axminster and Wilton carpets to the world market. Nick joined his family’s company in 1977, working in a wide range of roles in manufacturing and sales before being appointed Managing Director in 2004 and also Deputy Chairman of Ulster Carpets Group in 2017. A former Chairman of the Textile Institute and Past President of the NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nick is currently a member of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group, with the Dept for International Trade as well as a member of the Economic Advisory Group with the Department for the Economy.

Sinéad O Sullivan
Sinéad O Sullivan
Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC)

Sinéad is a Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC), where she focuses on complex public and private sector challenges with Michael E. Porter.Prior to this, she was a Senior Fellow at MIT Sloan and a Research Engineer where she worked with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).Sinéad has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast, a certificate of Space Studies from the International Space University, a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stacey King
Stacey King
Stacey King is the Alexa Trust Policy Principal, working across Amazon’s Alexa organization with product, operational, and technical teams to define, develop, and implement tenets, principles, guidelines, and technical solutions for the ethical development and use of AI, data, and consumer-facing content.

She also serves in her personal capacity as a Visiting Policy Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor from the American University, and Bachelor of Arts in History and Human Rights from Hampshire College. Ms. King has served on the Boards of Directors for several not-for-profits and trade associations and is participating in CDPB in her personal capacity.

Dr Owen Brennan
Dr Owen Brennan
OBE, Executive Chairman, Devenish Group

Owen Brennan is Executive Chairman of Devenish Group,headquartered in Belfast and exporting to over 50 countries. Owen served as President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association and was Chairman of the Livestock and Meat Commission and served on the Agri-Food Strategy Board in Northern Ireland.

Owen’s commitment to Agriculture and to the food industry stems from his strong farming and business background. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Agriculture and in 1992 with an MBA from the Smurfit Business School.

In 2019, was appointed as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Northern Ireland agri-food industry.

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