Gerard Barry, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Priviti

Gerard is an entrepreneur with a strong track record in developing and commercialising Proprietary Payments Technologies. Gerard founded Fintrax Group in 1985, one of the leading global VAT refund companies operating around the world. Fintrax was a pioneer in what is now known as dynamic currency conversion – processing international travelers’ tax refunds on purchases and paying for goods in their own currencies. It became a global financial service company operating in 26 markets and employing hundreds of people, all from a nerve centre headquartered in Ballinahown in Connemara. In 2012, Gerard sold Fintrax Group to Exponent, a UK private equity fund, for $220m. In 1999 Gerard developed, patented and commercialised “Automatic Dynamic Currency Conversion” technology and launched complementary DCC services for acquirers. In a recent interview with The Sunday Business Post, Gerard says he wasn’t a born entrepreneur, or at least if he was, that trait lay mostly dormant in him until his 40s. He was a middle manager at several big American multinationals and went through several redundancies. He has long believed that no one should carry around the stigma of failure as he learned resilience first-hand. In 2013, Gerard founded “Priviti” , an innovative trust enabling technology company whose communications system assures secure, on-demand and real-time authentication.

Linda Ní Chualladh, Regulatory, Competition and Data Protection Senior Counsel, An Post Group

As part of this function Linda is the primary data protection legal adviser and sits on the GDPR Steering Committee. With a love of business and how businesses and consumers can ‘collaborate’ within regulatory models to collectively improve and innovate services and goods, Linda’s work in data protection since 2007 in An Post has seen her recognised by the Legal500 and the GC Powerlist as one of Ireland’s most powerful General Counsel. Having specialised at an early stage in both her academic and commercial careers in EU law, competition law and international trade, Linda moved from private practice into an in-house legal role in public enforcement as a legal adviser and analyst for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). During this time Linda focused on media mergers and was tasked with driving the development of the CCPC’s EU and international policy development working with international colleagues from other regulatory agencies through organisations such as OECD, ECN, ICN and ACE. With a background in private practice and public enforcement in both national and international arenas, her experience in working in interdisciplinary environments means she has a rounded pragmatic approach to the needs of organisations when it comes to developing new and restructured products and services which demonstrate compliance. She regularly lectures on data protection, EU law and Competition Policy and is an ongoing supporter of training in privacy and data protection for voluntary and not for-profit organisations through her teaching on the Charities Institute Ireland programme.

Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS, Head of Ecosystem, PageFair

Johnny is currently focusing on GDPR, the ePrivacy Regulation, and media sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information. Johnny has a background in policy think-tanks, academia and media. His second book “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford. His expert commentary on ad blocking, privacy and digital has appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde, Wired, NPR, Advertising Age, the BBC, Sky News and many others. His writing has appeared in NATO Review, Fortune, Business Week, Business Insider, Contagious and Ars Technica. His first book, based on his work at the IIEA (Institute of International & European Affairs), was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing web censorship across the European Union. Johnny’s previous roles included Chief Innovation Officer for The Irish Times and Senior Researcher at the IIEA. He has spoken at the United Nations, Chatham House, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the OSCE, the European Commission and the Academy of European Law. As a PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge he studied the spread of terrorist memes on the Web. He was supervised by MI5’s official historian and his advisor was the former Director of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He started his career as a designer and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and occasionally lectures at UCD’s Business School.

Joe Madigan, Head of Customer Data and Retail Analytics, Bank of Ireland

Customer Data is a key asset to every business and Joe’s role is to work with the passionate professionals at Bank of Ireland who ensure usage of our customer’s data in a way that builds trust and loyalty as well as meeting all of our regulatory commitments. Joe is an experienced Director with strong strategic, leadership and financial management skills. He has a proven track record in transforming strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarking performance against key operational targets/goals. He is an excellent communicator who is results driven and committed to high standards of organisational excellence and performance. Joe is a graduate of CIT with a B. Eng. (Electronic) as well as a Diploma in Financial Advice from UCD. He has worked for over 20 years in multiple countries and across industries including Electronics, IT Services, Communications, Pharmaceutical and Financial Services. Prior to his current role, Joe led Bank of Ireland’s retail and business banking operations in Leinster. He joined Bank of Ireland in 2014 to an Area Manager role responsible for 18 branches and the Bank of Ireland brand in Kildare, Laois & Offaly. He was promoted to Regional Manager (South East) in 2015 responsible for 55 branches and 6 Business Banking pods before taking on the role of Director, Bank of Ireland (Leinster) responsible for 68 branches and 8 Business Banking pods in 2016. Joe is driven to enable the transformation of Bank of Ireland within the changing and challenging financial services environment over the next 5 years.

Francesca Comyn, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

Francesca drives the Post’s coverage of legal affairs, including litigation, legislation and the law. A multi-award winning journalist, she was previously Courts Correspondent with Newstalk and Today FM. Before that she was a news anchor on local radio. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and later completed a law degree at DIT, Aungier Street.

Aoife Sexton, Co-founder of Frontier Privacy

Aoife is co-founder of Frontier Privacy – an innovative consultancy firm offering a full range of data protection services. As a solicitor, Aoife is also Principal at the law firm, Tech Law Services. She is certified CIPP/E by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as well as a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP). Aoife is a regular lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland on data protection and technology law and a regular conference speaker.

Dave Cunningham, CEO, PRIVITI GROUP

Dave is a serial Entrepreneur on the forefront of innovation in Fintech and Cyber Security, having founded and hosted the Lean Startup Summit and CyFi London. Responsible for bringing Priviti to the market, Dave has driven the expansion of the Priviti team, Partnerships with Global IT leaders and collaboration with our customers. Priviti offers an Authorisation & Authentication solution with full Audit trail for all transactions pertaining to Data (financial or non-financial) to enable organisations to comply with both PSD2 and the GDPR regulations. During this roundtable participants from Financial Services organisations are invited to discuss the overlap between PSD2 and the GDPR.

Mojtaba Akbari, Partner, Grouper

Mojtaba is a recognised industry consultant with 14 years operational experience in large scale technology stack transformation and software modernisation programmes for governments, public,semi-state and private sectors. Served as the missing link between the political requirements and business IT where the executive must empower the workforce, steer technology, align business IT to achieve governments and corporations strategic objectives. Expertise in risk areas including information security, operational risk and cyber risk management.

Seán O’Donnell, Partner, Corporate Crime, Investigations & Enforcement,  ByrneWallace

With a background in criminal law, Seán O’Donnell has over 11 years’ experience advising on regulatory compliance and enforcement, corporate crime, investigations and inquiries. He works with regulatory bodies and corporates. He has represented and advised state bodies and private organisations in investigations and inquiries by Regulators. Seán advises on Data Protection Law, and is working with many clients who are preparing for the GDPR.

Brian O’Connor, Chair of the Data Protection Working Group, Insurance Ireland

Brian has extensive experience in the insurance industry over the last 35 years. He is currently Chair of the Data Protection Working Group in Insurance Ireland. Brian has a particular interest in the operational impact of GDPR and the practical day to day impact on business organisations.

John Keyes, Assistant Commissioner and Head of Investigations for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

John has over 35 years experience working as an investigator in the Insurance sector. In his capacity as Assistant Commissioner, he represents the DPC on inter-regulatory enforcement advisory bodies and holds a prominent role on Article 29 Working Party sub-groups at the European Level. John is also a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and was called to the Irish Bar in 2015.

Ashling Cunningham, Chief Information Officer, Ervia

Ashling has responsibility across all areas of ICT. She has an established track record implementing state-of-the-art, technology based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering. A dynamic leader with excellent analytical, organisational and management skills who thrives on challenges, Ashling has outstanding leadership and technology skills as demonstrated by delivery success in a challenging and fast changing organisation.

She is a highly able Business and IT Executive with an IT and Finance background. Ashling holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specialising in the implementation of financial software systems. Having held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies, she will provide a valuable insight into the key challenges faced by IT leaders today.

Stewart Thompson, Privacy Officer, IBM Watson Health

Stewart’s role covers privacy compliance across all IBM Watson Health’s global offerings. One of his current particular areas of focus is bringing their cloud based product portfolio into compliance with the GDPR. Stewart is a highly experienced and qualified Data Protection practitioner with over 30 years’experience in Information Management, Data Governance, Privacy & Security. He also holds a Masters in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin. He has spent the last 17 years working in lead Privacy, Data Protection, Information Governance and Compliance roles across the healthcare and financial servicesectors.Stewart has been a regular contributor as a subject matter expert at Irish, UK and European conferences.

Stephen Twynam, Senior Systems Engineer (Enterprise), Citrix

Working with Citrix’s biggest UK-based customers, Stephen helps businesses align Citrix solutions against their current requirements and provide technical product knowledge to further enhance the customer experience. He has worked with Citrix technologies for a number of years now and specialise in XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, ShareFile and XenMobile.

David Waldron, Senior Business Consultant and Director, CloudStrong Ltd

David started off in IT where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Computing from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Since then, David had worked for 10 years in IT and Consulting roles before co-founding CloudStrong in 2011. With offices in both Mayo and Dublin, and due to continued year on year growth, David has overseen CloudStrong grow from 2 employees to 15 employees inside a short number of years. In 2015 Microsoft Ireland selected CloudStrong as the Hosting Partner of the Year winners. David was presented with the prestigious award at the Microsoft WPC event in Orlando, Florida by Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland. CloudStrong enable Irish businesses to increase profits by modernising & managing their IT infrastructure, securing data assets & transforming business processes & productivity with new insights and automation. David consults with Irish SME’s throughout Ireland on IT & Cloud solutions that best fit their day to day business needs. Key to this is informing business owners on the steps they should be putting in place, to conform to Data Protection regulations and Security Best Practices.

Mark Thompson, Global Privacy Lead, KPMG UK

Mark is practice leader for KPMG’s Privacy Advisory practice, which specialises in providing privacy related support to global and domestic clients. Prior to joining KPMG, Mark was the Privacy Advisory Services leader for Ernst & Young in the UK and Ireland.

Mark holds various roles within the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). He was a founding member of privacy’s premier European data protection certification – the CIPP/E Certification Advisory Board, is an IAPP faculty trainer, a former IAPP London KnowledgeNet Co-Chair and a member of the IAPP European Advisory Board.

Louise O’Brien, Associate Director, KPMG and President, the Irish Chapter of DAMA, the Data Management Association

Louise is a recognised data management specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working with multiple clients across Financial Services, Healthcare Organisations and the Public Sector. Most recently Louise has focused on regulatory projects covering EU GDPR, MiFID 2, the Irish Data Protection Act and Consumer Protection Code. Louise is also the Data Management and Data Warehousing lecturer for the Masters in Computing at DIT.


Sharon O’ Reilly is a GRC/GDPR Consultant with IT Governance and an active ambassador with the Irish GDPR Awareness Coalition.

A certified Data Protection Practitioner and trainer, Sharon has been deeply involved in the delivery of consultancy and training to the Irish business sector since 2002 following an earlier career in the pharmaceutical sector within the medical devices regulatory area.

A highly experienced Information Security, Data Protection and Business Management Systems Consultant Sharon has a verified track record of successfully leading Irish companies to implement and maintain a number of international business standards such as the ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems standard and the Information Security Management Systems standards ISO 27001 and PCI DSS.

Data Protection governance and management systems have been at the core of much of Sharon’s consultancy work given that many clients deal with with large volumes of personal and sensitive personal data.

IT Governance is a leading global provider of IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions, with a special focus on cyber resilience, data protection, PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and cyber security.

Delivering services to organisations in Europe, the UK, USA, Asia and South Africa for the last 15 years IT Governance’s Protect – Comply – Thrive approach is aimed at helping organisations achieve resilience in the face of constant change.


Ian Evans, Managing Director, EMEA, OneTrust

Ian Evans serves as Managing Director for EMEA at OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management software which helps organizations operationalize data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. Evans is a diversified senior executive with deep experience in data privacy and CRM technology applications and services.  He brings over 20 years of software industry experience to OneTrust as well as 10 years in direct and channel sales.  In his role, Evans supports thousands of global brands across the European, Middle Eastern, and African regions, leading the delivery of technology solutions to secure and privatize customer and employee personal information ahead of impending privacy regulations. Prior to OneTrust, Evans served as Vice President and Managing Director for EMEA at AirWatch (acq. by VMware in 2014 for $1.54B).  AirWatch now serves more than 20,000 global customers and is recognized as the undisputed market leader in enterprise mobility management.