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Public Service Innovation Conference

9.00am - 1.00pm at Printworks, Dublin Castle

Thanks to everyone who came to Printworks, Dublin Castle for the Public Service Innovation Conference on the 10th December 2019!

Here are the Conference Slides.

Large crowd and view of the stage at the Innovation Conference

Everyone in the audience at the Innovation Conference holding up the 'Rebel Talent' book

Paschal Donohue and Aidan McCullen on stage


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Aidan McCullenAidan McCullen – Conference MC

Corporate Coach and host of the Innovation Show, Aidan is the host and founder of the Global Innovation Show, broadcast on RTE. Aidan is a Change Consultant with Flow Consulting Group, where he works with organisations to improve how they engage with each other.

Aidan is a champion for change and has evolved in his own career after rugby. Aidan worked in transformation for digital, innovation and now culture and leadership.He developed and delivers a module on Emerging Technology Trends in Trinity College Business School, ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 100 globally.

Chris Duffey

Chris Duffey

Chris spearheads Adobe’s strategic design partnerships across the Creative enterprise space. Chris’ keynotes have received 50+ million impressions and his sessions have been reported around the world. In addition, Chris and his work has been featured by more than 100 global media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The Guardian. Chris serves on The Board of Directors for Association of National Advertisers NY.

Prior to Adobe Chris was an Award-Winning Executive Creative Director, Noted Speaker, Author and AI & Mobile Technologist. Chris is an established author and his new book ‘Superhuman Innovation: Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence’ has been released with the aim of exploring how innovation is transforming business all over the world and how it can be harnessed to be productive and advantageous.

Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter

Lisa is an award-winning executive, serial entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. She is an expert in the intersections of communications, government, politics, philanthropy, technology, women’s issues and behaviour change. She has counselled CEOs, Nobel Peace Prize winners, politicians, philanthropists, scientists and academics.

She is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical: a network connecting impactful public servants around the world to inspiring ideas, solutions to shared challenges, and the best professional resources and opportunities. Apolitical’s media tells the stories and shares the learnings of heroic men and women in government, and highlights what’s working in the public service globally. Its mission is to make government great for citizens everywhere.

Juha LeppänenJuha Leppänen
Juha Leppänen is the Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki, leading independent Nordic think tank. He is a social scientist and previously worked as theme area lead at Demos Helsinki. At Demos, Juha has led multiple strategy, foresight and innovation processes for both public and private institutions. Juha is an experienced speaker and advisor on strategy, policy and innovation and serves as a Royal Society of Arts Fellow.

Juha helps companies find new opportunities in the big societal changes of the near future and to process these observations into strategies and innovation processes. He has previously worked as a researcher at Demos Helsinki and was one of the founders of Scoopinion, a start-up that promoted quality journalism and won the Uutisraivaaja innovation competition of Helsingin Sanomat in 2011.

Katy McNeilKaty McNeil
Katy leads a new aspect of the CivTech programme to drive innovation in the public sector. During the initial pilot of CivTech in 2016 a key observation was that the public service leaders who were involved in CivTech as sponsors got more from the programme than a new product, service or business relationship. Katy has been developing this observation into an intrapreneurship programme, which aims to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set by building the skills and confidence to add public value for citizens, and the knowledge and tools to take action.

Katy brings more than 20 years public service experience to CivTech. She is also part of the core team of the OneTeamGov movement, building OneTeamGov Scotland. OneTeamGov aims to break down barriers between different professions and tribes across those who provide public services, be they public servants or providers of tech.

Pete LunnPete Lunn
Pete is the founder and head of the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit. A behavioural economist, he holds degrees in Philosophy & Psychology, Neuroscience and Economics. Pete’s primary research interest is economic decision-making and, in particular, how people negotiate trade-offs. Pete has built a team of behavioural scientists at the ESRI that specialises in designing and conducting laboratory and field experiments to inform policy. Recent work also involves pre-testing specific policy interventions designed to help people to make better decisions.

Pete is part of an international network of researchers who have begun to apply behavioural science directly to policy development. His most recent work focuses on consumers’ comprehension and decision-making in relation to complex products, such as car finance, pensions and personal loans.

Dr. Karl Thomas

Karl is a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator with Creatovation. Through Creatovation Karl collaborates with a range of stakeholders. He is lead tutor on Fyffes International Graduate program and is a regular contributor and designer for Trinity College Dublin as part of Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace where he delivers material for academic cohorts up to Post-Doctoral level, E.I.T funded events, and to Tangent’s corporate clients.

Karl has mentored numerous winning teams at innovation and entrepreneurship events, and Hackathons, and provides follow-up coaching supports. Karl’s focus is on developing people who think differently in the field of innovation, and towards creating future leaders who understand the value of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem solving as fundamental features of the innovation ecosystem.

Julie Sinnamon

Julie Sinnamon
Julie is CEO of Enterprise Ireland, a government agency responsible for the growth of Irish-owned businesses in global markets. Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30 year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Julie is a strong proponent of initiatives that drive diversity and the building of balanced teams in the workplace. She is a champion for women engaging at all levels within both the public and private sector, not as an end in itself, but because of clear evidence of the positive impact of diversity on corporate performance.

Geraldine Larkin

Geraldine Larkin, NSAIGeraldine Larkin has been at the helm of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) since March 2017, where she leads the organisation in serving both business and citizen alike across a range of products and services. She has a history of building and sustaining successful organisations in the public sector and is a firm supporter of continuous improvement. She has a keen interest in using standards and regulation to support the growth of Irish industry.

Prior to her experiences in the role of Chief Executive, Geraldine held a diverse portfolio of policy responsibilities including in the areas of policing, crime, anti-drug trafficking, criminal law, human rights and European law. Geraldine holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA – Technology) from the Open University.”

Dr Lucy Fallon-Byrne

Dr Lucy Fallon-Byrne

Lucy is an Assistant Secretary within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform where she is responsible for Public Service Reform and is Programme Director for the Reform and Delivery Office. Lucy has specialist expertise in the areas of organisational development, employee engagement and organisational innovation. She completed her PhD on the dynamics of innovation in Ireland’s Public and Private sector organisations.


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