John Gallen, CEO and Founder, gallenallianceJohnGallentrans1bg

John is M.C. for the conference and is Managing Director and Founder of gallenalliance.

Solicitor of the Courts of Ireland, England & Wales and Cyprus 
Adviser to the world’s largest companies, including 20 of the ‘Fortune 100’. Academic background in Computer Sciences and Software Engineering. Recipient of the Addison-Wesley (Oxford) Award and the 2015 Aston Martin Chairman’s Award.

Presentation: Ireland as Europe’s Key Hub in the post-Brexit World


Félim Harvey, Partner, PwC, Programme Management


Féilim is the PwC Advisory Partner leading PwC’s Portfolio and Programme Management practice in Ireland. He has extensive experience providing business advisory and consulting services across a range of sectors with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector in Ireland and internationally. Féilim specialises in change and programme management, business transformation and working with clients to problem solve efficiency and effectiveness challenges within their business. He has worked successfully with some of the country’s leading organisations on a diverse range of significant business change projects including establishing sizeable new organisations and business functions, leading complex business transformation programmes and overseeing operating model improvement programmes. “Managing complex change in uncertain times” Organisations across Ireland are facing significant change as the impact of political and economic uncertainty becomes clearer over coming months.The challenge for leaders is to successfully identify, plan and manage the complexity of change at an organisational level, particularly where projects / programmes span international boundaries. Feilim will examine the key success factors necessary for organisations to lead such complex change in uncertain time



Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft IrelandCathriona-Hallahan


Cathriona Hallahan is Managing Director for Microsoft in Ireland, responsible for driving Microsoft’s commercial and consumer business on the island of Ireland.

In addition to managing the continued growth and expansion of the business, Cathriona also represents the Company in Ireland on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications issues including overseeing a number of community, education and innovation programmes.

Cathriona joined Microsoft in 1986 and over the past 31 years has held a variety of senior roles in both Finance and Operations. She has managed large teams with regional and global responsibilities across a range of functions including global responsibilities for Microsoft Business Services and Enterprise Services, as well as directing Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Customer Care and IT & Financial support for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition to her Microsoft responsibilities Cathriona also sits on the boards of Solas, the Children’s Hospital Group Board, IBEC Board, IBEC National Council, UCD Advisory Board to the President of the College, National Competitiveness Council and the DanceSport Federation Board of Ireland. Cathriona is also Chair of IBEC’s Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Committee.

She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Institute of Directors, Institute of Accounting Technicians (IATI) and is a fellow of ACCA.

Cathriona is a qualified Executive Coach, and is passionate about Change Management and Leadership Development. In June 2015 the Women’s Executive Network inducted her into its Hall of Fame following three successive years of recognition as one of Ireland’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women. She was awarded CEO Businesswoman of the Year 2014 by Image Magazine: 2009 O2 WMB Businesswoman of the Year, and Business & Finance Person of the Month during 2013.

Cathriona will speak on “Leadership in Changing Times” and discuss her leadership style as well as her approach to building and motivating teams to peak performance in a rapidly changing world.


Dermot Hore, PMO Delivery Manager, I.T. Alliance Group


Dermot Hore is Head of the Project Management Division at the IT Alliance Group.

Dermot is also currently lecturing in Project Management at Graduate and Masters level in both the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University Of Limerick.

Responsible for delivery of project and services from a team of 100+ project managers across both the Rep. of Irl. and the UK as part of his responsibilities as PMO Delivery Manager for the I.T. Alliance Group.

Prior to joining the I.T. Alliance, Dermot was a project manager for clients such as AIB, UCD, eircom and Bord na Móna. From 1999 to 2002 he worked for Fujitsu Service Ireland Ltd.

Dermot has a Masters in Project Management from Limerick University, is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) and a qualified Business Analyst.

He will speak today on “The Changing Delivery Model for Project Management” and project support services in major industries based on real world experience in delivering these services in both Ireland and the UK.

The landscape is changing and how companies are buying project management services and how this effects both project management suppliers and contractors is significant.


Jackie Glynn, Three IrelandJackie-Glynn

Jackie is currently Head of Portfolio Management Office at Three Ireland. She has over 25 years of experience in Technology / Business and has an extensive background in Portfolio / Program / Project Management, Change Management, Business Transformation, Data Management and consulting.

She has diverse experience covering a range of industry sectors such as Insurance, Healthcare, Financial Services and Telecommunications.

Jackie is also a faculty member of the Institute of Project Management Ireland, lecturing on the IPMA Certified Project Management Diploma and IPMA Strategic Project Diploma.

In addition she is a member of the leadership committee of the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute and currently holds the position of PMIEF Liaison Officer.

“Project Management in the 21st Century”

Jackie will speak on the active role and initiatives the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute is taking to promote and develop Project Management within the school system at second level.


Peter de Jager

Peter de Jager is a distinguished speaker, writer and consultant on issues relating to managing change in all types of organisations.

He has written extensively on topics ranging from problem solving, creativity and change, to the impact of technology on areas such as privacy, security and business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.

Peter is acknowledged as an engaging and provocative speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and The Bank for International Settlements.

Every Change initiative, in every organization, regardless of scope, has something in common. A desire to improve something. Peter will explore the conundrum accurately posed by Gabriel Tarde more than 100 years ago, “We need to determine why, if 100 innovations are conceived simultaneously, ten will spread while ninety will be forgotten.” 1903 – The Laws of Imitation 

Using examples from both Project Management experiences and history – Peter will illustrate the key reasons Change fails, and more importantly, Change succeeds



Keynote Speaker: Jim McGuinnessJim-McGuinness


Jim McGuinness is an All-Ireland winning former Gaelic footballer and manager, who oversaw the Donegal senior team until October 2014. McGuinness’s achievements are universally recognized earning the admiration of sportsmen in both his own and other disciplines, including the golfer Paul McGinley and the soccer manager Neil Lennon. In addition, having been invited to assist the Celtic soccer team in Scotland, he is one of few inter-county managers to have been offered a role at a professional sports team outside Ireland. McGuinness’s services were also thought to have been sought by Premier League soccer teams. Having guided Donegal to the final of the 2010 All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship, McGuinness was appointed senior manager later that year. His time at the helm has been a soaring success; he has overseen a Donegal team that has won three Ulster Senior Football Championship titles in four seasons and led them to the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. The 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the county’s first appearance on football’s ultimate stage since 1992. Donegal’s victory that year was only the county’s second All-Ireland senior title in more than 120 years.

Attribution: Description of Jim Mcguinness sourced from Wikipedia®

John McGrath, DIT


John McGrath teaches Project Management on BSc, MSc, MBA and PhD programmes at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Prior to entering academia, John spent twenty years working as a project management consultant, supporting over 150 global organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank.

John’s experience stems from setting up PMOs’ to developing master schedules for large programs of work in excess of €100 million. He is also an expert witness for forensic schedule analysis and delay claims.

John has presented at many international project management conferences and also delivers project management workshops at Brunel University, UCD Engineering School, Smurfit Business School, Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Project Management.

Project Failure: “How to stack the deck for success”

Brexit and the evolving US foreign policy has changed the global context we currently operate in. There are no certainties, except change. This reflects the constant need to innovate and adapt. Enhanced project management capability will help position organisations to embrace this new competitive and uncertain environment. Project success is important because it drives enterprise success and over time, the value of your corporate brand is directly related to your ability to deliver successfully.

Yet organisations do not seem to be able to create the environment in which projects can succeed. It would seem that organisations have a fundamental inability to learn the lessons of project failure.

John will offer a new perspective on project failure and how common sense changes can have an immediate and positive impact.


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