Took place on Wednesday, 19th May 2021

Future Focus

In this event that took place on Wednesday, 19th May, our expert speakers looked to the future and highlight opportunities for growth in a world post-pandemic.

#FutureFocus is aimed at business and IT leaders who want to drive innovation, transformation and change within their organisations.

The last year has accelerated change in global business. Change creates opportunities for innovation, transformation and growth.

Embracing these opportunities can drive efficiency, productivity and creativity in your organisation.

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Learn about these opportunities:

  • Listen to Conor O’Kelly, Chief Executive of the NTMA, outline where opportunities for growth exist in the Irish economy.
  • Discover how two of Ireland’s leading companies have embraced digitalisation to drive innovation. Hear Karl McEntee of ATA and Philip Adams of Mercury Engineering share their experience and advice.
  • Explore how companies in a variety of other sectors have used no-code technology to drive efficiency, cut process times and improve customer satisfaction with Derya Sousa of Kianda Technologies.


Conor O'Kelly

CEO, National Treasury Management Agency

Derya Sousa

Co-Founder & COO, Kianda Technologies

Karl McEntee

Group Digital & IT Director, ATA Precision Engineering

Philip Adams

Head of Group IT,

Noel Davidson (Our Host)

Director of Training at the Entrepreneurs Academy

Read more about our speakers:

Conor O’Kelly, Chief Executive, National Treasury Management Agency

Conor O’Kelly is the Chief Executive of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), a position he has held since January 2015. The NTMA is a State body which operates with a commercial remit to provide asset and liability management services to Government. It has evolved from a single function agency managing the National Debt to a manager of a complex portfolio of public assets and liabilities. Conor is the former Deputy Chairman of Investec Holdings (Ireland) Ltd. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of NCB Group and in 2003 successfully negotiated and led a management buyout of the firm, which was subsequently acquired by Investec Plc.

Before joining NCB as Head of Fixed Income he had spent 11 years with Barclays Capital where he held senior management positions in London, Tokyo and New York. He is a former director of the Irish Stock Exchange and a former member of the Trinity College Foundation Board. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds a master’s degree from Senshu University in Japan.

Derya Sousa, Co-Founder & COO, Kianda Technologies

With more than 15 years of experience as an IT Consultant, specializing in UI/UX, Derya has vast experience working across multiple industries, acting both in an advisory role, as well as hands on in the technical build of solutions. In 2016, she co-founded Kianda Techsnologies, a no-code development and business process automation platform. Kianda’s solution empowers business users to easily and quickly create enterprise applications without the need for coding.

The technology is now used and trusted by companies in the engineering, construction, pharma, and finance industries. Derya’s focus is on helping organisations to accelerate their commercial success, through digital transformation, using the Kianda platform. Derya is currently Entrepreneur in Residence with the NTMA.

Karl McEntee, Group Digital & IT Director, ATA Precision Engineering

Karl is a senior IT leader with global experience in SAP systems, Data Governance, Digital Transformation and Analytics. He is currently the Group Digital & IT Director for ATA, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of Precision Engineering Products and Solutions. Karl joined ATA in 2016 to lead its introduction of the global ERP system (SAP S/4 HANA) and is now focused on Digital Transformation projects. Prior to ATA, Karl held a number of roles in The Coca-Cola Company, ARYZTA and Microsoft.

Philip Adams, Head of Group IT, Mercury

Mercury is a multidisciplinary engineering business delivering complex engineering projects that reimagine how people work and live in the built environment. Philip is Head of Group IT at Mercury, responsible for the IT strategy & operations across the Mercury Group, comprising applications, infrastructure, communications, and IT innovation. Prior to joining Mercury, Philip worked for Accenture on projects spanning public sector and financial services. Philip is also a Director and past Chairman of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group. The UK & Ireland SAP User Group is an independent organisation, operated and managed for the benefit of members.

About Our Host: Noel Davidson

Noel Davidson is Director of Training at the Entrepreneurs Academy. His areas of expertise are in the areas of Leadership, Communication Skills, Social Media, E-Marketing, Information Technology, Sales & Marketing, Business Planning and Strategy. Noel is also an expert in Business Models, Productivity and Improvement, Creativity & Innovation, Networking and Business Pitching.