About The Speaker
Tom leads DIT Hothouse, the award-winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (DIT). DIT Hothouse helps more than sixty knowledge-intensive start-up companies launch each year. Tom also leads the Dublin Regional Innovation Technology Transfer Consortium commercialising leading-edge research for five institutions in the Dublin area, winning several high-profile technology transfer licences with companies such as SONY, Microsoft, Bausch & Lomb, etc. Tom chaired the Irish Technology Transfer and Innovation Group (ITTIG), the national association of technology transfer and incubation professionals in Ireland, and has also served on the board of Dublin City Enterprise Board and several high-tech companies. He was also on partial secondment to Knowledge Transfer Ireland (the Central Tech Transfer Office) to lead the review of the National IP Protocol. Tom has been involved in several successful Horizon 2020 and FP7 proposals, and has been an international evaluator on both programmes recently.
Prior to joining DIT, Tom was Nortel’s Regional Vice-President for Canada and Central US for Professional Services. Prior to that, he built successful business and technical consulting practices in the US and held senior positions in sales, marketing, product management and product design. Tom started his career as an engineer and has a number of patents in telecommunications, including one for survivable fibre-optic rings that he championed to become the worldwide standard. Tom graduated at UCD, completed an MSc at Aston University, UK and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.