Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

Photo Courtesy of Michael Sheehan

Lord David Puttnam

David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

David spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle.   His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes.  
From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

Republic of Ireland's Digital Champion; President of the Film Distributors’ Association; Chair of the TSL Advisory Board; Chair of the Academic Board, Pearson College; a UNICEF Ambassador, and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork.  

The most important thing teachers can encourage in young people is to develop ‘inquiring minds’ - to ensure that they know how to gather information, that they check that information and take it from a multiplicity of sources.”
— Lord David Puttnam

Tim O'Connor

Tim runs his own advisory business, providing strategic support and advice to companies across a range of areas, including international services, and the hotel and technology sectors. Tim worked in the Irish Public Service from 1972 to 2010, most recently as Secretary General to the President.  He served in the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1979-2007, and was Consul General of Ireland New York from 2005-07 with the rank of Ambassador.  He also holds or has held in recent years several not-for-profit positions, including Chairmanship of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013, Chairmanship of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD from 2010-15 and Vice Chairman Limerick National City of Culture 2014. He is Chairman of the Shannon Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Limerick, Limerick IT and Mary Immaculate College. He is also Chairman of the Limerick Marketing Company, which promotes Limerick.  Tim holds honorary doctorates from NUI Maynooth (2005), Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA) (2007) and the University of Ulster (2009).

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I love the thinking behind MindRising 2016 - using the centenary of the Rising as a hinge moment of history from which the students of today’s Ireland, who will be the leaders of its tomorrow, can range back and forth between past and future, drawing inspiration from what has gone before to imagine and dream what comes next. The essence of the Rising was a group of people stepping forward into leadership and shaping the future for the generations that followed. That is our opportunity now also as a country in 2016 and our young people are a key dimension of that; MindRising 2016 provides a great platform on which to let the dreaming commence!
— Tim O'Connor

Harry McCann

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Harry McCann is a 17 year Irish tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & Director of the first Digital Youth Council in the World, and is also the Co-Founder and CEO of #LetsTeachCode. Harry has worked alongside the Irish Government and major businesses all around the World over the past three years to change the way we use technology in our classrooms, and to ensure that young people have a say in their futures. He was named in TheJournal.ie 20 under 20 in 2015.

We as a nation have gone through so much over the past one hundred years, and will no doubt go through so much more over the next hundred. Its important that we give a generation the chance to remember the past, and look forward to their future, MindRising is that chance
— Harry McCann

Emer Coleman

Emer is an Associate with EY in the UK, Business Development Director with TransportAPI, an open content technology company and an experienced Digital Leader. She is the Chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland which advises the Irish Government on its National Open Data Strategy.

She is the former Director of Digital Projects for the Mayor of London where she established the London Datastore facilitating the creation of hundreds of products and applications built on open public sector data. She is also the former Deputy Director of Digital Engagement for Government Digital Services (Cabinet Office) where she authored the Social Media Guidance for Government.

Emer holds a BA in History and Sociology from University College Cork and an MPA from Warwick Business School. She was named in Wired Magazine’s Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011, Silicon Republics Top 100 women in STEM 2014 and is the only non US contributor to Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, Code for America 2013. 

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I love the idea of hacking the education sector. It is inconceivable to me that learning can happen without the deep integration of technology. Education now needs to be co-produced by both pupil and teacher. I believe that bringing the world of Mindcraft into the classroom will bring opportunities to both and what better way to start by envisioning both the past and the future in this year of commemoration. I look forward to seeing the amazing results.
— Emer Coleman

Denis Hevey

Denis Hevey is the lead coach/consultant and founder/CEO of the Positive Performance Academy. He is a highly skilled positive performance consultant, coach and speaker who specializes in working with people and organisations who want to be the best at what they do.  Denis is an ICF Accredited Coach & holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. His main area of research, expertise & passion is "Optimal Human Functionality" & “Flow Coaching” for individuals, teams, schools & organisations, particularly in relation to the next or so called iY Generation and those in organisations who wish to positively engage with them. Denis also has rich reservoir of hands on, practical leadership experience from the helm of business, sporting and military organisations.

Believing in our Youth as our best hope for a better future, by teaching them the skills of being better at getting better in the exciting quest of what matters most in life.
— Denis Hevey

Tim Willoughby

Tim Willoughby is CTO of the Local Government Management Agency. He has been with the LGMA for over 20 years in a number of Senior Management and Technical Roles. He has been working in the Public service for almost 25 years as a Civil Engineer and in a wide number of ICT roles. Before joining the LGMA Tim worked in Kildare County Council, designing and building roads.
From his early days teaching computers, Engineering and now on to his current role in senior management Tim has a passion for technology, particularly to understand, interpret and architect new technologies into simplesolutions for use across government.
Tim is currently responsible for technology in the LGMA and represents the sector in a wide number of government, business and technical committees. Tim has a Masters in Innovation Management from University of Ulster.


MindRising gives the new generation a fantastic opportunity to reimagine and reengineer past versions of Ireland. MindRising will give us the chance to view Ireland through different lenses and grow and learn, while developing insights to potential futures.
— Tim Willoughby