Learnovation 2019

Learning Innovation Summit

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1 October 2019 | Croke Park, Dublin

Future Ready Skills

The theme of this year's summit on Tuesday 1 October in Croke Park is Future Ready Skills – connecting talent, skills and performance to accelerate growth.

Speakers & Panellists

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-amy-brann">Amy Brann</a>

Amy Brann

Founder, Synaptic Potential

Amy Brann is the founder of Synaptic Potential an organisation that works with companies to strengthen their strategy, culture and performance. The team works globally sharing reliably simple applications of neuroscience that lead to game-changing insights and results.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-bill-hoogterp/">Bill Hoogterp</a>

Bill Hoogterp

Founder and CEO, Own The Room

World-class speaker, philanthropist, author of the book “Your Perfect Presentation,” Co-Founder of Cafemedia, and CEO & Founder of Own The Room, Bill Hoogterp has provided professional communication training and consultation to business leaders, politicians and celebrities around the world.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-wendy-van-tol/">Wendy Van Tol</a>

Wendy Van Tol

Business Unit Leader Consulting, PwC

Wendy is a consulting leader in the Netherlands and part of the Joint Europe Advisory Leadership team and the Europe Consulting Leadership team. Before these roles, she was leading the People & Organisation competence group in Consulting from 2011 till 2016.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-nicola-whitton">Nicola Whitton</a>

Nicola Whitton

Director of the Durham Centre for Academic Development, Durham University

Nicola Whitton is Director of the Durham Centre for Academic Development and Professor of Education at Durham University. Her research focuses on play in adulthood, in particular games and learning in the context of Higher Education, and the potential of play in teaching, research, and academic practice.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-alec-serlie">Alec W. Serlie</a>

Alec W. Serlie

Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Alec W. Serlie is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Work & Organizational Psychology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Educated as a cognitive and medical psychologist (PhD on cardiophobia), he has extensive experience in organisational consultancy.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-kelly-stewart/">Kelly Stewart</a>

Kelly Stewart

Post-doctoral researcher in Consumer Genetics, Maastricht University

Kelly joined the department of Complex Genetics in 2014 to do her doctoral research in the field of consumer genetic testing. During this project she contributed to both research and business development, the latter resulting in establishment of the company MyBasePair. In September 2018 she completed this project and successfully defended her thesis.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-aidan-mccullen/">Aidan McCullen</a>

Aidan McCullen

Corporate Coach and Host, The Innovation Show

Aidan is the host and founder of the Global Innovation Show, broadcast on RTE and the only English speaking show on Finland’s Business FM and writer of The Thursday Thought weekly blog. Aidan is a Change Consultant with Flow Consulting Group, where he works with organisations to improve how they engage with each other.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speaker-jonathan-logue/">Jonathan Logue</a>

Jonathan Logue

Director, Learning & Development, LinkedIn

Jonathan has worked for LinkedIn at their international HQ since September 2014. He started as a Senior Learning & Development Consultant and is now a Director in the Learning & Development organisation working predominantly throughout the EMEA and LATAM regions.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-michelle-selinger/">Michelle Selinger</a>

Michelle Selinger

Principal Consultant, Edtech Ventures

Dr Michelle Selinger is a Principal Consultant with the consultancy practice EdTech Ventures. Michelle’s academic career started as a schoolteacher and then as a lecturer and researcher at universities in the UK including the University of Cambridge, the UK Open University, and the University of Warwick.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-jonny-parkes/">Jonny Parkes</a>

Jonny Parkes

Founder and Partner, Versari Partners

Jonny has 20+ years‘ experience in digital media and learning technology and is a leading member of the learning technology industry in Ireland. He is Chair of the Learnovate Centre in Trinity College Dublin, one of Europe’s leading research centres in learning technologies.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-majella-munro/">Majella Munro</a>

Majella Munro

Learning Design Manager, Aurion Learning

An education enthusiast, Majella specialises in creating clear, engaging content that informs and influences. With over 10 years’ experience, Majella has worked on some of the largest digital learning projects across Ireland and the UK.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-martyn-farrows/">Martyn Farrows</a>

Martyn Farrows

Chief Operating Officer, SoapBox Labs

Martyn is the COO of SoapBox Labs, the global leader in speech technology for children. Martyn has been a member of the Irish Government’s Data Forum since its inception in June 2015. He is an experienced public speaker on the future use of technology/AI and children, with a particular interest in privacy and education.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-peter-hamilton/">Peter Hamilton</a>

Peter Hamilton

Interim Director, Learnovate Centre

Interim Director of The Learnovate Centre and Founder of EdTech Ventures Consultancy Services, Peter has worldwide experience in the design and development of digital education solutions working with the highest level of government organisations, NGOs, and senior executives at Industry partners. Peter has significant experience with large country-wide education strategy deployments.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-belinda-brummer/">Belinda Brummer</a>

Belinda Brummer

Head of Learning and Talent, Versari

Belinda is an educator, management consultant and business leader. Her professional focus is on acquiring, optimising and developing high performance talent and culture in organisations. She has deep and global experience of digital and high growth organisations and in the Irish not-for-profit sector.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-gavin-woods/">Gavin Woods</a>

Gavin Woods

Client Services Director, Aurion Learning

Gavin is a consultative digital learning professional and has cultivated over 14 years’ experience helping organisations with their learning and development challenges. Having worked on some of the largest digital learning projects globally, Gavin champions the positive effects that engaging, effective learning content can have on an organisation and its stakeholders.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-peter-2/">Peter Gillis</a>

Peter Gillis

Innovation Services Lead, Learnovate Centre

Peter is an experienced team lead, skilled in the practices of: innovation (JTBD, Lean Startup, Design Thinking), digital strategy, and strategy and corporate company management. Peter is also a researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the EdTech research industry. He lectures on the psychology of learning on several masters programmes.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-tracey-donnery/">Tracey Donnery</a>

Tracey Donnery

Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland

Tracey Donnery is an Executive Director with Skillnet Ireland, the agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce development. She is an experienced executive in learning and development, organisation development and labour market policy.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-gavin-henrick/">Gavin Henrick</a>

Gavin Henrick

Education Technology Consultant, Learning Technology Services

Gavin Henrick is an experienced educational technology consultant, with over 15 years’ experience delivering education solutions with a focus around online and blended learning technologies, such as Moodle.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-natasha-kinsella/">Natasha Kinsella</a>

Natasha Kinsella

Dublin Regional Skills Forum Manager, Dublin Regional Skills Forum

Natasha is Manager of Regional Skills Dublin, an initiative under the Department of Education focused on Training and Education while fostering engagement between industry and educational providers (both Further Ed & Higher Ed). She now works based on this role across various sectors in Dublin on activities of skills development, for example, Tourism & Hospitality, Retail, Biopharma, FINTECH, Construction, Logistics Transport and more.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-mark-2/">Mark Melia</a>

Mark Melia

Head of Product Strategy, Enovation

Dr Mark Melia is Head of Product Strategy at Enovation and is responsible for directing e-learning product development. Mark spends much of his time working with L&D leaders to understand their needs from technology to ensure Enovation is building the right tools for industry practitioners. Prior to this Mark was a senior member of the consulting team at Enovation. Mark holds a PhD in Learning Technology from Dublin City University.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-james-brogan/">James Brogan</a>

James Brogan

CEO and Co-Founder, PepTalk

A fully qualified solicitor, James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1H) (UCD), Diploma in Sports Law (Du Montfort, Leicester) and is a member British Association for Sport & Law. James is a CEO and Co-Founder of PepTalk, alongside being a Co-Founder of Legacy Communications, one of the leading sponsorship and communications companies in Ireland. He has represented Dublin GAA at every age and won 1 All Ireland Medal and 3 Leinster.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-rosarii-mannion/">Rosarii Mannion</a>

Rosarii Mannion

National Director of Human Resources, HSE

Rosarii Mannion has 20 years of human resources experience including working at board level since 2012. In her career to date, she has held a number of senior leadership roles. Currently, on a career break, she worked as National HR Director in the HSE for 4 years bringing forward the first ever National People Strategy for the organisation. She is a passionate believer in maximising coaching and mentoring to improve staff performance. in staff engagement and diversity.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-sinead-2/">Sinead Heneghan</a>

Sinead Heneghan

CEO, Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD)

Sinead has worked in senior roles with the Irish Institute of Training & Development for over 18 years. In her capacity of CEO, she leads the team to develop a high value member offer and the strategic alliance of the IITD with all stakeholders.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-breda-otoole/">Breda O’Toole</a>

Breda O’Toole

Head of Product Development & Transformation, IDA Ireland

A native of Connemara, Breda joined IDA Ireland 16 years ago after spending much of her career in the UK. She has worked as IDA’s Head of HR, Regional Business Development and most recently heads up a team supporting the growth of 270 small to medium sized multinational companies in the IDA portfolio.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-declan-black/">Declan Black</a>

Declan Black

Innovation Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland (EI)

Declan Black is the Innovation department manager within Enterprise Ireland and part of the recently established Innovation & Competitiveness division which is focused on improving the client engagement and supporting the development of client Innovation capability. A key focus is to improve the relevance, efficiency, awareness and effectiveness of Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation & R&D offers.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-benoit-bossavit/">Benoît Bossavit</a>

Benoît Bossavit

Research Postdoc Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Benoît Bossavit is a postdoc fellow at Trinity College Dublin within the Enterprise Ireland Career-FIT programme and mentored by Dr. Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez. Benoît passed his MSc in Computer Science at Bordeaux (France) where he specialized in Virtual Reality technology.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-celine-2/">Celine Mullins</a>

Celine Mullins

CEO and Founder, Adaptas

Dr. Celine Mullins is the CEO and Founder of Adaptas, a Leadership Development Training organisation, developing managers and leaders and teams, in Ireland and Internationally. Celine and her team have also created a cutting-edge Virtual Reality experience, called ‘Immersive Sales Star’, which is being used at FBD Insurance to train their new staff. This won the ‘Excellence in Digital Learning’ award with the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) in early 2019.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-alison-crawford/">Alison Crawford</a>

Alison Crawford

Investment Associate, Atlantic Bridge

Alison joined Atlantic Bridge in 2017 where she works on sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, primarily for the University Bridge Fund. Alison is experienced in leading investments into various sectors including technology and has been a non-executive director for several early stage and growing companies.

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LearnovationLearnovation is organised by the Learnovate Centre, one of Europe's leading learning technology research centres. Based in Trinity College Dublin and funded by Enterprise Ireland, the centre collaborates with the EdTech sector in Ireland to support companies developing solutions for our society's future learning challenges. The summit will gather together 300 practitioners and researchers in the EdTech industry to focus on how formal and corporate learning should prepare learners for the future of work.