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Board Members


Board Members


Eoin O’Driscoll  - Chairman, Tyndall National Institute

Eoin O'DriscollAfter over 25 years working in the ICT Industry in Ireland and the US where he held senior positions at Nortel, Wang Laboratories, Stratus and Lucent Technologies, Eoin’s focus over the past decade has been on Irish firms and on Ireland’s enterprise and science policy. 
He has served on a number of national bodies including as Chairman of Forfas, Ireland’s national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation; as a board member of Science Foundation Ireland; as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland; as a Board member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience; as Chairman of the Governance Committee of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering  Research Centre.

In 2004 Eoin chaired the Enterprise Strategy Review Group at the request of the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment. In July 2004 the group published a strategic plan for enterprise in Ireland entitled -  ‘Ahead of the Curve –Ireland’s place in the global economy’.

In addition to being on the board of a number of early stage start ups, Eoin has served as Chairman of the SWS Group, Chairman of e|net and Chairman of Shenick Network Systems.

Eoin is currently a Governor of the Irish Times Trust, a Director of the Irish Times Ltd,  a Director ofBarclay’s Bank Ireland PLC and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Development Capital Ltd.

Eoin is a graduate of UCC and holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Engineering. He is a fellow of Engineers Ireland and a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers.

Kevin Fielding - Alta Berkeley






Mr. Kevin FieldingKevin Fielding is a partner in AltaBerkeley, a European early-stage venture capitalprovider. AltaBerkeley focuses on technology companies in communications, semiconductors and information technology. Since its formation in 1982 the firm has backed over 100 companies and has over 40 successful exit transactions to-date, completed through either IPO or acquisition.

Prior to becoming a VC, Fielding, together with founder Brian Long, turned Parthus Technologies from a semiconductor design-services provider into one of the fastest growing semiconductor IP companies in the industry. As President of Parthus, Fielding drove the completion of a successful public listing of its shares in May 2000, with a dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and on Nasdaq. Upon completion of the merger of Parthus and Ceva in November 2002, Fielding became CEO and President of the newly formed company.

Prior to joining Parthus, he was involved in founding the StrongARM business in Palo Alto, which was acquired by Intel in 1998. He also worked on the original Alpha micro-processor in Hudson, MA for Digital Equipment. Before moving to the US in 1989 Fielding worked on high-speed processor design for Philips in Eindhoven and in Dublin.  He also spent four years working in the research labs at the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC) attached to University College Cork, (now part of the Tyndall National Institute)

Career: Partner, AltaBerkeley (Technology Venture Capital); President and CEO, ParthusCeva (Nasdaq: CEVA); President, Parthus Technologies plc (IPO 2000); founder and MD, the StrongARM microprocessor business (acquired by Intel 1998); DEC (Product-line Manager, Alpha micro-processor);  Philips BV (high-speed processor design); National Microelectronics Research Centre, Cork.

Academic achievements: MBA, Northeastern University, Boston; Masters and BE degrees in Electrical Engineering, University of Ireland, Cork.

Core expertise: He has had a 30 year career working for companies in the semiconductor and IT industries, both in Europe and in the US.

Anita Maguire - University College Cork

Prof. Anita MaguireAnita undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at UCC (B.Sc. 1985, Ph.D.1989). Following postdoctoral research first at Namur, Belgium then at the University of Exeter, UK she returned to the Department of Chemistry in UCC in 1991, initially as a College Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry in 2002, and was appointed in 2004 to the newly-established Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, jointly in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy, playing a leading role in development of the School of Pharmacy in recent years. Since her appointment at UCC she has played a strategic role in the development of teaching and learning, including the introduction of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at undergraduate level for the first time.

Over the past twenty three years at UCC she has led an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally. She is very committed to postgraduate education, ensuring the research students gain the skills required to underpin their future careers; 37 PhD and 6 MSc students have graduated from her research team since 1997, most of whom have developed careers within the pharmaceutical industry both in Ireland and internationally.

She is Director of the interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility established under PRTLI3, and has served as Head of the Department of Chemistry (2005-7) and Head of the School of Pharmacy (2009-10). She was elected to the Governing Body of University College Cork in December 2003 and served two terms until December 2011. She was appointed as Vice President for Research and Innovation in January 2011. She was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014.

She is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, STI policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and the Irish Research Council. She chaired the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) in recent years.  For example, she chaired the Advisory Science Council Task Force on The Role of PhDs in the Smart Economy which reported in December 2009.

She is a member of the Boards of Tyndall National Institute, Molecular Medicine Ireland, Insight, APC, Infant, IPIC, Amber, MaREI, and ICHEC.

John Mullins – Amarenco

John MullinsJohn Mullins, 46, is Chief Executive Officer of Amarenco, a company which is focused on solar assetdevelopment, financing and ownership in Europe and particularly in the South of France.

Previous to these roles, John Mullins was Chief Executive of Bord Gáis from December 2007 until the end of 2012. During this time, BGE established a significant electricity business, renewable and conventional generation assets.

He has held senior management positions with ESB, ESB International, PricewaterhouseCoopers(UK) and NTR plc. Group.   He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering and is a member of the UCC Governing Body. He is also Chairman of the Port of Cork Company and a Director of Wisetek Limited and Climote.

John has served as Chairman of the Bord Gais Pension Fund and now serves as Chairman of the Port of Cork Pension Fund.

He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD, Dublin.

Ian Quinn - Creganna Medical

Ian Quinn is founder and director of Creganna Medical. Established in 1980 by Mr. Quinn, he served asCEO of the company until 2005. With over 2,000 staff world-wide Creganna Medical is ranked among the top  global providers of outsourced design, development and manufacturing solutions to medical device companies and is Ireland’s largest indigenous medical device company. Mr. Quinn is also Chairman of Intermed Limited in Oxfordshire, a leading manufacturer of anesthesia equipment. He is on the board of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.  Mr. Quinn is a UCD engineering graduate.


Steven A. Ringel- The Ohio State University

Steven A. RingelSteven A. Ringel is the Neal Smith Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University.  He is also the Founding and Executive Director of The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and leads the multi-college Ohio State Discovery Theme Initiative on Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability.   Professor Ringel is internationally recognized for seminal contributions and leadership in the field of electronic materials and devices, particularly for his pioneering efforts in photovoltaics, defect characterization techniques, wide bandgap semiconductors, and III-V semiconductor integration with silicon.

Professor Ringel has authored and co-authored more than 300 technical papers, given more than 120 invited talks and co-authored (edited) several books.  He has produced more than 70 PhD and MS students and currently leads a group of 18 students, postdocs and research scientists focused on photovoltaics, optoelectronics, GaN power devices and device reliability.  His recognitions include the 1994 NSF National Young Investigator Award, the Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award, the Ohio State Scott Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Engineering, the OSU Harrison Award for Excellence in Engineering, seven best paper awards from international conferences and societies, AAAS Fellow, AIAA Associate Fellow, former editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, and founding editor of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. He sits on several advisory boards and he is a co-founder of 4Power LLC, a start up company focused on high-performance photovoltaics. Professor Ringel received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1991, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Penn State in 1986 and 1984, respectively.

Ann Kelleher - Intel Corporation

Ann KelleherAnn B. Kelleher is vice president of the Technology and Manufacturing Group and general manager ofFab/Sort Manufacturing at Intel Corporation.

Previously, Kelleher was site and plant manager for Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, NM where she was responsible for all aspects of the operation, i.e. safety, people and operational metrics for 45nm high-volume manufacturing and 32nm ramp.

Kelleher has also been the plant manager for Fab 12 in Chandler, Arizona, prior to which she was the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland.   Kelleher joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, going on to manage technology transfers and ramps in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies.Previously, Kelleher was site and plant manager for Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, NM where she was responsible for all aspects of the operation, i.e. safety, people and operational metrics for 45nm high-volume manufacturing and 32nm ramp.Ann B. Kelleher is vice president of the Technology and Manufacturing Group and general manager of Fab/Sort Manufacturing at Intel Corporation.

Willy Sansen - KU Leuven

Willy SansenWilly Sansen has received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Katholieke UniversiteitLeuven in 1967 and the PhD degree in Electronics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972.

In 1969 he received a Fellowship of the Belgian American Education Foundation to study in the USA. In 1972 he was appointed by the National Fund of Scientific Research (Belgium) at the ESAT laboratory of the K.U.Leuven, where he has been a full professor since 1980. During the period 1984-1990 he was the head of the Electrical Engineering Department. Between 1984 and 2008 he has headed the ESAT-MICAS laboratory on analog design, which counts about sixty members and which is mainly active in research projects with industry. He was involved in spinoffs such as Ansem, ICSense, Kimotion, Zenso, ..and is a member of several boards of directors. In 1984 he was involved in the creation of IMEC, in which he was consultant up to 2008.

In 1978 he was a visiting professor at Stanford University, in 1981 at the EPFL Lausanne, in 1985 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1994 at the T.H. Ulm, in 2004 at Infineon, Villach and in 2012 at the Techn. Univ. Munchen.

Prof. Sansen is a member of several editorial and program committees of journals and conferences. He is cofounder and organizer of the workshops on Advances in Analog Circuit Design in Europe. He was a member of the executive and program committees of the IEEE ISSCC conference from 1995 to 2009. He was program chair of the ISSCC-2002 conference and President of the Solid-State Circuits Society in 2008-2009. He is recipient of the SSCS Donald Pederson Award in 2011. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE

He has been involved in design automation and in numerous analogue integrated circuit designs for telecommunications, consumer electronics, medical applications and sensors. He has been supervisor of over sixty-five PhD theses in these fields. He has authored and coauthored more than 650 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and sixteen books among which the slide based book “Analog Design Essentials” (Springer 2006).

Patricia Reilly - Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, EuropeanCommissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Patricia Reilly qualified as a veterinary surgeon from UCD, and after 6 years in general practice, joinedthe Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as a veterinary inspector at the National Disease Control Centre at headquarters in 2001.

In 2004, Patricia was seconded to the Department of Foreign Affairs, and was Ireland's first Agricultural Attaché to Poland from 2004 – 2008. On return to the Department of Agriculture as a Superintending Veterinary Inspector, Patricia worked on contingency planning for OIE List A diseases and was responsible for import controls at Ireland's Border Inspection Posts.

In 2010, Patricia joined the Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, where she had responsibility for the Joint Research Centre (JRC) as well as Health, Consumer Affairs and Bioeconomy research policy and gender in research; she was part of the team that secured the current €80 billion budget for Horizon 2020.

With the advent of a new European Commission in 2014, Patricia was asked to join the Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and has portfolio responsibility for the JRC (transferred from the R&I portfolio), as well as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Higher Education and innovation in education. She also follows all files related to Research, Innovation and Science; the Environment; Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; Climate Action; Agriculture and Rural Development and Health and Food Safety.

Marcus Breathnach - Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Mr Marcus BreathnachMarcus Breathnach is Principal in the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation where he has policy and budget responsibility for the research and innovation programmes of Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and where he manages the Department's engagement in a number of other national and international research programmes and organisations.  

Marcus has worked previously in roles relating to enterprise development, economic development and employment creation policy in the Department of the Taoiseach and in Forfás, the policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation in Ireland.

His qualifications include MSc (Econ) in Policy Studies (University of Dublin), MBS (UCD) and Bachelor of Business Studies (DCU).


Jane Williams - Sia Partners

Jane is the Managing Partner of Sia Partners (formerly Sia Group and Commencements Ltd), a strategy and facilitation consultancy practice she established in 1988. Sia has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors in organisational development and strategy.

She is currently the Chairperson of the Pensions Authority and a fomer Board member of EirGrid plc. She was a member of the Forfás Board and also acted as its CEO on an interim basis in 2009-2010. She was a member of the MAC in the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation during her term as Forfas CEO. She has served on the Board of the National Competitiveness Council, the Irish Universities Quality Board (where she led its strategy process) and a number of other boards and committees.

Jane’s career also included periods in international banking with BNP Parisbas, in financial analysis and international marketing and sales with the IDA in Dublin and New York, as Managing Director of the Irish subsidiary of DL Taffner New York. She is a CEDR accredited mediator.

She has served as a Council member of the Institute of Directors, she is a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and was a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ireland, the Marketing Institute and the International Association of Facilitators. 


Professor Richard V Penty - Cambridge University

Richard Penty is Professor of Photonics at Cambridge University and Master of Sussex College.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

His main research interests lie in the field of photonics. He has worked for many years on short reach photonic networks for in-building links. This included working on the ethernet standards and is now concentrating on advanced modulation format approaches to realising 100Gb/s photonic links using a single optical source. In parallel he has research on polymer waveguide links and sub-systems for on-board and board to board, including backplane, applications. 

He is involved in research studying the energy efficiency of photonic networks and how these can be improved, in co-operation with higher layers in the network stack, to provide better energy efficiency for the internet. His research on radio over fibre for in-building radio coverage has resulted in the spin out Zinwave.

He has also carried out research on broad area RFID systems, where the detection range of passive RFID tags has been greatly improved.  Research is now continuing on localisation using passive RFID.  The spin out company PervasID has been formed to commercialise the RFID research. 

Within Cambridge he chairs the School of Technology’s Research Committee and is a member of the University’s Research Policy Committee. He has served on various boards including being a Director of Zinwave, eComm and PervasID. He has formerly been on the technical advisory boards of PHYworks Ltd and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and is currently on the TAB of Zinwave and PervasID. He has served on the advisory boards of EPSRC III-V Epitaxy Centre and the SFI PIFAS project.  In 2015/16 he was a member of UCC’s Research Assessment panel as well as being Chair of the Research Review of Technical University Denmark’s Fotonik Department. 

He is currently a member of the EPSRC College and reviews grant applications for a wide range of international organisations including SFI, DAAD, QNRF, the Hong Kong grant body etc.  He is a regular reviewer for IEEE and OSA journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of IET Optoelectronics.  He has served as a TPC member for major international conferences such as OFC, CLEO etc. and was/is co-chair of the local organising committee for ECIO 2010 and QCRYPT 2017.

Richard is the co-author of in excess of 700 refereed papers and is a regular invited speaker at conferences. He is the Programme Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development. He is a founder of Zinwave, PervasID and EComm.