Barry Andrews

 Barry Andrews is Chief Executive Officer of GOAL.

He was appointed to the position on November 08, 2012, and took up the role officially on January 2nd, 2013.

A former Minister with the Irish Government, Barry was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, where he received a Master’s Degree in Modern History.

He began his career as a history teacher, and spent seven years teaching in secondary schools in Dublin.

He was called to the Bar in 1997, and practiced as a barrister for five years. Barry became a public representative in June, 1999 when he was elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the Blackrock Ward.

He was subsequently elected to the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, in 2002 and served as a member of parliament until 2011.

He was appointed Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs in 2008. In that capacity, he drove a reform agenda in Child Protection services. One of his lasting achievements was the establishment, in 2010, of free pre-school education for all children.

Barry is particularly interested in the plight of mothers and children in the developing world.

Barry Andrews is married with three children, and lives in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.


Dr. Vinton G.Cerf

Dr. Vinton G. Cerf has served as Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. Cerf also served at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Defenses Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and as a member of the Stanford University Faculty.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-inventor of the architecture and basic protocols of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M.Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols.  In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Cerf served as chairman of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (CANN) from 2000-2007and as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf also served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry boards and committees focused on cyber-security and other topics. 

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He has received twenty honorary degrees.


Professor Dame Sally C. Davies

Prof. Dame Sally C. Davies(FRS FMedSci) became Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government in March 2011, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010.  Previously Dame Sally held responsibility for Research and Development, and was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health. 

Dame Sally is independent advisor to the Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding Public Health.  She provides professional leadership for Directors of Public Health.  Sally was actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  Sally sits on the WHO Executive Board and has led delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004.

In March 2013, as CMO, Dame Sally published her 2011 annual report on infectious diseases.  The report focused on and brought to light the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance, calling for national and international action to address the key areas of stewardship, monitoring and surveillance and antibiotic development. 

Dame Sally has since been advocating globally on this topic: she has spoken on AMR at numerous events, including the WHA side event in May 2013, the G8 Science Ministers’ meeting in June 2013, the 2013 Global Health Security Initiative in Rome and a number of Chatham House conferences.  She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar and is chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR to the WHO.  She has also raised public awareness of the issue through publication of a Penguin book and a TED talk.

In 2014 Dame Sally was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.


Jeremy Farrar 

Jeremy is Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement. Before joining the Trust he was Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, where his research interests were infectious diseases, tropical health and emerging infections. He has contributed to 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served on several World Health Organization advisory committees. Jeremy was appointed OBE in 2005 for services to tropical medicine, and he has been awarded the Memorial Medal and the Ho Chi Minh City Medal by the Government of Vietnam, the Frederick Murgatroyd Prize for Tropical Medicine by the Royal College Physicians and the Bailey Ashford Award by the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Jeremy is married with three children. He loves all sport and walking in the Alps.


Denis Gilhooly

Denis Gilhooly has some three decades of experience in the field of global development and information and communication technology.  He is currently founding Executive Director, Global He@lth 2030 Innovation Task Force a public-private partnership dedicated to digital innovation & investment for health-care & well-being transformation.  He previously served as founding Executive Director, UN Digital Health Initiative and Executive Secretary, UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Denis has been Principal Adviser to the Administrator & Director, Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Principal Adviser & Executive Coordinator, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on secondment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Principal Adviser, Innovation & Information Infrastructure, World Bank Group (WBG). 

He has worked extensively in the private sector as Vice President, Business Development, Teledesic LLC (the broadband Internet-in-the-Sky venture of Bill Gates and Craig McCaw), Media & Technology Director, The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, and founding Editorial & Publishing Director, Communications Week InternationalITU Telecom Daily Newspapers, and The Networked Economy and Global Mobile conferencesand ITU Telecom Strategies Summits.

He was a member and lead author of An Taoiseach’s two Advisory Committees on Telecommunications and ICT for the Government of Ireland, a founding Commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), and Executive Secretary and lead author of the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force (G8 DOT-Force) and Director of the G8 Digital Opportunity Initiative.  He was a founding member of the UN Secretary General’s UN ICT Task Force.

He was a member and contributing author of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Science, Innovation & Technology, and a member of the Innovation Working Group (IWG) of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health, the Working Group on ICT for the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women & Children’s Health, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.


Dr. Paul Litchfield

Dr. Paul Litchfield (OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM) has been Chief Medical Officer for BT Group plc since 2001 and has been active in the field of workplace health and disability for more than 30 years. He has been involved in UK national and European initiatives to promote good physical & mental health, to improve rehabilitation back into work and to reduce the stigma of mental ill health. In April 2015 he was additionally appointed as Chair of the UKs What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which is dedicated to understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society. He is also a member of the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on Mental Health and he chairs the ethics committee for the UK Defence Medical Services. In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed to undertake statutory independent reviews of the Work Capability Assessment and to advise the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. He was previously a co-author of the independent review for the UK Government Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition


Professor Nii Narku Quaynor

Professor Nii Narku Quaynor is Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency of Ghana.  He is one of the founding members of the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and continues to hold a professorship there.  He is also a member of the Council of the University of Ghana.

In 2000, he became director of ICANN for the African region.

Nii graduated in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering there in 1973. He then studied Computer Science, obtaining an M.S. from the State University of New York at StonyBrook in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1977. 

On Quaynor's return to Ghana from the United States in the early 1990s he established some of Africa's first Internet connections and was involved in setting up some key organisations, including the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).He introduced Value Added Networks in the region through the introduction of the SWIFT, Internet and Commerce networks, and was founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African numbers registry.

Quaynor is the Chairman of the Ghanaian company Network Computer Systems, a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, member of the ITU Telecom Board, Chair and of the OAU Internet Task Force, President of the Internet Society of Ghana, and member of the World Bank Infodev TAP. 

In December 2007, Quaynor was awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award from the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force).  Also on 26 June 2013, he was selected for induction into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.

He serves as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.


Dr. Johanna Ralsthom 

Dr. Johanna Ralsthom has worked in global health and development for 20 years. Shows previously Vice President, Global Strategies at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She joined the ACS in 1999 as its first-ever Director of International Programmes and Development and went on to build a department with training programmes and partnerships in over 80 countries. Johanna launched ACS University, a capacity-building programme to strengthen civil societys role in cancer control in low- and middle-income countries, and designed and led the international rollout of International Relay For Life, a patient advocacy and community-based fundraising programme that is now licensed and operational in 20 countries.  Since 2009, Johanna has also been overseeing the global cancer advocacy programme which includes strategic outreach to the UN and partnership with WHO and the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance of which the World Heart Federation is a founding member. 

Johanna has also led global tobacco-control programmes including the Global Smokefree Partnership; multi-year smokefree and advocacy projects in Vietnam, North Africa, and China; and the development of the Africa Tobacco Control Consortium, a multi-year advocacy programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She also piloted workplace-based health promotion programmes with large employers in China and India, including the China Smokefree Worksite initiative. Johanna has vast fundraising experience, which includes securing a number of major grants to support global capacity building and advocacy work. 

A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, Johanna has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the USA.  She is an alumna of Harvard University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme, and has studied public health at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 


Professor Sinclair Stockman

Professor Sinclair Stockman is currently Chairman, Connected Health Innovation Centre, University of Ulster and Director, Digital Northern Ireland 2020.  He is on the Advisory Board of FabLab Ireland, and Advisor to the Health Analytics Collaborative Network and an Associate of the TM Forum (Smart Cities and Health), and European Connected Health Forum.

Previously, Sinclair was Founder ofActive Minds (Smart business models, with focus on large scale transformation, business and social,  enabled by digital technology), Entrepreneur in residence Northern Ireland Science Park as well as various pro bono roles in community development. 

Previously he had an extensive career in telecommunications systems as Transformation Programme Director for BT Group, Group CIO BT, and President BT Global Services Systems and Networks, responsible for systems programme management across the group.  He was also Chairman of the Digital City Exchange ands BT company champion for deployment of digital technology to support recovery following natural disasters.

Sinclair has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Digital He@lthInitiative and Advisor to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The primary focus of his current work is help organisations, communities and companies to realize maximum benefit from exploitation of the rapidly evolving global digital platform. 

He is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and gained a doctorate in relativistic quantum theory from Queens, Belfast. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.