Meet The Team

Darach is the Programme Manager driving the development and operation of the programme and its associated connectivity initiatives. He also acts as an ‘honest broker’ liaising with local residents, city government, academia and industry to accelerate innovative solutions in cities.

Darach Mac Donncha

Programme Manager

Grace is the Engagement Programme Manager leading an education and skills programme Academy of the Near Future. She aims to bring people into the conversation about new technologies in our communities through interactive workshops, hands-on activities and online resources.

Grace D’Arcy

Engagement Programme Manager

Ashley is the Industry, Innovation and Projects Lead and is in charge of the industry engagement programme, Changemakers. She is interested in facilitating a reciprocal relationship between the companies operating in the Docklands and the community who have been living there for generations.

Ashley Shak

Industry, Innovation and Projects Lead

Karolina is the Project and Engagement Manager and is in charge of the community engagement. She is passionate about finding compromises and solutions for better cities. She believes there is no real innovation without the community and hopes to organise hands-on activities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Karolina Anielska

Project and Engagement Manager

Sadhbh is the Engagement Intern working specifically with the Academy of the Near Future – a smart cities educational programme for TY students. She is passionate about sustainable urban development and hopes to encourage meaningful engagement between communities and the smart technologies in their local area.

Sadhbh Nevins

Engagement Intern