November 18, 2021

Leaders of Tech Conference: Why Ireland is the Silicon Valley of Europe

Listen to why Ireland is a brilliant place to  build a career in technology

Ireland has become the Silicon Valley of Europe. Due to its unique ecosystem of highly accessible city hubs, Ireland competes with many of the major cities in Europe as the best place to build a career in tech. It has become a hub for global and fast growing tech businesses to incorporate here over many years due to its strategic location, business friendly approach, talent and focus on innovation.  

Join us as we discuss why Ireland is a brilliant place to

build a career in technology, with top technology leaders –

  • David Singleton, CTO, Stripe
  • James Bowles, Co-Founder of Leaders of Tech
  • Dorothy Creaven, VP, Managing Director & Site Lead, Rent the Runway
  • Dhanya Jayachandra, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Unitek AI
  • Dave O’Donovan, CDIO, Aer Lingus

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If you miss the live event, don’t worry, once you register we will send you an email with the video link after the event to watch it in your own time.

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Meet our Panelists!

Dorothy Creaven – VP, Managing Director and site lead for Rent the Runway

Dorothy Creaven isVice President, Managing Director and site lead at the Rent the Runway. She is an Electronic Engineering graduate from NUI Galway, and has 20years’ experience in enterprise software, tech startups, management and leadership for SMEs and multinationals alike. Dorothy specialises in scaling technology companies from rapid-growth greenfield sites to global software R&D organisations.

Her corporate background also includes international corporates such as Google, AbbottVascular, as well as EPAM Systems, a US publicly-listed Forbes Fast 25 Tech company. Listed as one of Ireland's top 25 women in engineering, Dorothy also co-founded her own multi-award winning technology startup, an enterprise marketing automation company, Element Wave, successfully operating globally from Galway between 2010 and 2017. 

Dhanya Jayachandra – Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Unitek AI

Dhanya Jayachandra is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Unitek AI, one of Ireland’s fastest growing FinTechs. As CTO, Dhanya leads Unitek’s engineering, infrastructure, security, and data science teams, whilst overseeing product development planning and roadmap. Her specialties include enterprise software, automation research, leadership and management, and scaling talent pipeline from universities and innovative startups.

Originally from India, Dhanya completed her undergraduate work in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering before receiving her Masters in Data Science with honours fromUniversity College Cork. Her corporate background includes stints in software engineering and specialised automation at Oracle prior to co-founding Unitek. Nominated as CTO of the Year by Ireland’s Women in IT, Dhanya is the recipient of multiple awards for academic excellence throughout her educational and professional career. She lives with her husband in Dublin.

Dave O’Donovan – Chief Digital and Information Officer for Aer Lingus

Dave O’Donovan is the Chief Digital and Information Officer in Aer Lingus, and a Member of the Executive Management Committee of Aer Lingus. Dave is part of the Management Committee of IAG Tech, the technology function supporting IAG, whose airlines also include British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. 

Before joining Aer Lingus and the aviation industry in 2017, Dave was based in New York for many years, working mainly in start-ups, incubators and innovation partnerships. His background includes management consulting, data and analytics, eCommerce and Social across several industries. He holds a BEng fromElectronic Engineering from University College, Dublin and lives in Ireland with his family.

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Two Sneak Peeks –

David Singleton, CTO, at Stripe – Why Ireland is the Silicon Valley of Europe

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