Lord David Puttnam to Lead Panel Discussion Addressing Ireland’s Digital Future
Oscar and BAFTA-award winning film producer and former UK government digital adviser Lord David Puttnam will lead a panel discussion focussed on the digital economy opportunity for Ireland at the Digital Ireland Forum in September.
At a breakfast briefing on Friday, 30 September, at 7.30am in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Lord Puttnam will be joined by some of the most senior ICT industry executives to discuss pivotal subjects, from broadband infrastructure to education and digital skills.
Lord David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer with many award-winning films including Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields, Midnight Express and The Memphis Belle. Retiring from film production in 1998 he has focused his work in education and the environment. Today Chancellor of the Open University, in 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards in the UK, and served as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council (2000-2002), and on a variety of other public bodies. He is former digital adviser to Gordon Brown’s UK government.
The various panels will include the CEO’s from Vodafone and BT Ireland, Cisco Ireland managing director Mary Lou Nolan, EMC Ireland country manager Jason Ward, the head of innovation at Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Fiona O’Carroll, Data Electronics CEO Maurice Mortell and Promethean’s chief education officer Jim Wynn.
It is vital as a country that Ireland puts in place the right policies in education and skills, digital infrastructure and social inclusion, if it is to create a sustainable recovery, and the jobs and prosperity that implies.
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