Sci-Tech 100: Ireland at the centre of the sci-tech universe

16 Dec 2016

There are many stars shining bright in Ireland’s expanding sci-tech universe. Here are just 100 of them. Image: Rosana Ayza/Shutterstock

Our Sci-Tech 100 for 2016 is complete, with 100 Irish people based in countries across the globe drawn together in a celebration of their accomplishments in science, technology and business.

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In our first edition of the Sci-Tech 100, we were struck by the number of Irish people advancing science and technology around the world. The Irish diaspora is a force to be reckoned with in all sectors and, this year, our focus has shifted entirely to the emigrants who are building Ireland’s global reputation.

Though these leaders, influencers and innovators have left our shores, they are helping to put this small country at the top in terms of science and technology.

Some on our list are working at the world’s most recognised sci-tech organisations, but the overall picture shows a diverse spread across a variety of sectors and businesses. Many crossed the Atlantic to find success, some flew east, and others kept their talents within the broader European community.

As always, our lists are representative, not definitive. There are far more Irish people the world over worthy of attention, and we hope this celebration of their pioneering peers reaches them and honours them too.

Check out the complete list below, and click the banners to read more about these remarkable people and their accomplishments.


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Click to read more about the people representing Ireland at the world’s biggest names in science and technology. Image: Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock

Ann Kelleher

Corporate vice-president and general manager, technology and manufacturing group, Intel

Dave Burke

Vice-president of engineering for Android, Google

Niall O’Connor

CIO, Apple

Neil Coleman

Director, Snapchat

Adele Cooper

UK and Ireland country manager, Pinterest

Aileen Smith

Head of ecosystem development, Huawei

Derrick Connell

Corporate vice-president for Bing and Cortana, Microsoft

Sarah Friar

CFO and operations lead, Square

Liam Quinn

CTO, SVP and senior fellow, Dell

Ray O’Farrell

CTO and CDO, VMware

Lydia Lynch

Assistant professor, Harvard Medical School

Tadhg Bourke

Director of global employee services, Netflix

Jack Rowley

Senior director of research and sustainability, GSMA

Claire Lee

Head of early-stage banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Anita Sands

Board member at Symantec, ServiceNow and Pure Storage

John O’Farrell

General partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Lorna Ross

Head of design and innovation, Mayo Clinic

PJ Hough

SVP of product and technology, Citrix

Pio Fitzgerald

Engineering manager, Boeing

Una Fox

Vice-president of digital marketing and CRM, The Walt Disney Company

Seamus Davis

Professor of physics, Cornell University

Kieran Hannon

CMO, Belkin

Mike Healy

Head of investor services, custody and issuer technology, Citi

Samantha Barry

Head of social media and senior director of social news, CNN

John Collison

Co-founder and president, Stripe


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Click to read more about the Irish sci-tech stars who have grasped a golden opportunity in the US. Image: ventdusud/Shutterstock

Lorraine Twohill

Senior vice-president of marketing, Google

David Smith

US managing director, FirstCapital

Shane Buckley

CEO, Xirrus

Suzanne Rice

Sales planning and operations, Apple

Kevin Barrett

CEO, Chita

James McGlennon

Executive vice-president and CIO, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Tom Kelly

Founder and MD, Iona Capital Advisors

Jacinta Tobin

Chief revenue officer, Twistlock

John Hartnett

Founder and CEO, SVG Partners

Gina O’Reilly

COO, Nitro

Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill

SVP of national business outsourcing, Accretive Solutions

Eimear Noone

Composer and conductor with credits including World of Warcraft

Valerie Casey

Founder, Designers Accord

Rhona O’Leary

Vice-president of gRED business operations and project team leader, Genentech

Eoghan McCabe

Co-founder and CEO, Intercom

Grainne Barron

Founder and CEO, Viddyad

Anne-Marie Farrell

Head of behavioural economics research for global SMB marketing, Google

Ray Downes

CEO, Kemp Technologies

Cora Creed

Vice-president of business transformation, Universal Music Group

Margaret Molloy

Global CMO and head of business development, Siegel + Gale

Sinead O’Sullivan

CEO, Fusion Space Technologies

Susan O’Brien

Founder and CEO, Smigin

Eamonn Carey

Managing director, Techstars Connection

Fiona Ginty

Principal scientist, GE Global Research

Pat Phelan

SVP of identity solutions, TransUnion

Margaret Burgraff

Vice-president in charge of business development and global geographies, Intel

Oisin Hanrahan

Co-founder and CEO, Handy

Margaret Murnane

Fellow at JILA and a member of the Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado

Duncan Lennox

Co-founder and CEO, Qstream

Pearse Lyons

Founder and president, Alltech


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Anne Ravanona

Founder and CEO, Global Invest Her

Neil Costigan

CEO, BehavioSec

Sonia Flynn

VP international, SoundCloud

Mark MacMahon

Freelance software engineer, Axel Springer SE

Brian Daly

European marketing manager, Techstars

Paul O’Connell

Founder and director, Uprise Festival Europe

Colman Deegan

CEO, Vodafone Turkey

Anne Morrison

Deputy chair, BAFTA

Ciara Hunt

Managing editor, The Net-A-Porter Group

Elizabeth Aston

Senior adviser for industry affairs, Amadeus IT

Muireann Brennan

Epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and medical officer seconded to UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes

Emer Coleman

Technology engagement lead, Co Op Digital

Laurence O’Rourke

Scientist, European Space Agency

Mary Flynn

Director of customer service EMEA, Netflix

Mary O’Connell

University academic fellow in biology, University of Leeds

Sarah Gilgunn

Research scientist, Immunocore

Jules Coleman

Entrepreneur in residence, Index Ventures

Jules Montague

Consultant neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital and honorary consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Niamh Nic Daéid

Professor of forensic science, University of Dundee

Louise Richardson

Vice-chancellor, University of Oxford

Anne-Marie Tomchak

Editor, Mashable UK

Alex O’Cinnneide

Managing director and head of Europe, Paladin Capital

Jason Keane

CEO, Patient

Áine Bryn

Global financial services marketing leader, PwC

Blathnaid Healy

Senior editor of news, CNN Digital International

Liz Shanahan

Healthcare and life sciences adviser

Emer Patten

Co-founder and executive producer, Splinter Films

Jane Ní Dhulchaontigh

Inventor and CEO, Sugru

Niall Dunne

Chief sustainability officer, BT

Regina Moran

CEO, Fujitsu UK and Ireland


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Anne O’Riordan

Senior managing director, global life sciences, Accenture

James Lloyd

Asia Pacific fintech leader, EY

Paul Kenny

Partner, Emerge Ventures

James Whelton

Entrepreneur, hacker and developer

Trevor Healy

Co-founder and CEO, Sansa AI

Stephen Breen

Innovation and strategic partnerships – Asia Pacific, Visa

Patrick Lynch

Co-founder and CEO, First Circle

Niamh Given

Head of programmes,

David Harmon

Vice-president of global public affairs, Huawei

Donald MacCallum

Partner at Detekt Design and OnePointZero, and co-founder of Io2 Hub

Alister Musgrave

Founder and MD, Moneyhero

John Smith

Associate vice-president of Singapore manufacturing operations, MSD

Liam Casey

Founder and CEO, PCH International

Dylan Collins

CEO, SuperAwesome

Sean Fee

Product director for, SplitMediaLabs


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