Diane Morrow: Founder
Diane is experienced educator with ten years of classroom experience, graduating with a First Class (Hons) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Post Primary Business & Enterprise Education from Stranmillis University College, Belfast. From 2006, Diane worked in a variety of educational settings delivering A Level, GCSE Business Studies and careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).
Diane’s interest for careers was channeled into organising whole school careers fairs at the Academy and bringing awareness of alternative careers pathways to school leavers. Through industry connections and networks beyond the classroom, Diane brought the subject of Business Studies to life – organising key guest speakers and trips to leading enterprises and brands.
It was her passion for enterprise education and desire to increase more students’ awareness of their career options that led to her choice to leave the classroom and lead Catalyst Inc’s Generation Innovation programme. Through this role she continued to forge productive links with industry to deliver collaborative education programmes for 14 – 19 year olds.
In 2018, Diane took the next step in her career, forming mTech.Academy to accelerate her passion for transformation in education, and allow her to deliver on her passion to provide young people with the experiences and skills that will prepare them for the digital workforce.
Michael O’Hara: Founder
As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the GSMA, Michael O’Hara leads the GSMA’s global marketing and communications programmes, working closely with the organisation’s membership to identify, prioritise and execute on strategic marketing issues for the mobile industry. Since joining the organisation in 2008, Michael has been instrumental in establishing the GSMA as the voice of the mobile industry. In 2009, he created Mobile World Live to serve as the industry’s premier news portal, with Mobile World Live TV as a key element. He conceived the Mobile Economy report series, which provides global and regional views of the mobile industry. In 2016, he launched the GSMA Industry Purpose initiative, focusing on how mobile is contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and connecting everyone and everything to a better future. Michael is also responsible for many aspects of Mobile World Congress and other GSMA events, including conference programmes, the Ministerial Programme, the Innovation City exhibition, and all event branding, marketing and communications.
Before the GSMA, Michael was the General Manager for Marketing and Industry Management within the Communications Sector at Microsoft. In this role, he drove Microsoft’s initiatives to deliver world-class software solutions to the communications industry, including telecommunications companies, hosting service providers and media and entertainment organisations.
Prior to Microsoft, Michael was Vice President, Marketing at Sonus Networks, a leading provider of carrier voice over IP (VoIP) solutions, where he led the company’s marketing strategy and oversaw all marketing functions. Previously, Michael served as Chief Marketing Officer at Nortel Networks in Europe, responsible for Nortel’s marketing and sales operations programs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Also at Nortel, he was Vice President of Global Business Operations reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and he held additional management positions in a number of areas including sales, operations, customer service, and manufacturing engineering with Nortel Networks in Europe. He holds an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queens University of Belfast.