ECSM Biographies

Below are the ECSM Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Keynote Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs


Professor Cunnane joined LIT in September 2016 from IT Sligo, where he had beenPresident since 2014.  He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Shannon Development until its merger into the Shannon Airport Authority Group of Companies.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research at the University Limerick, where he also lectured and researched.  Professor Cunnane is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of physical electrochemistry.  He is Chair of the Governing Council of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and was a member of the board of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training.  He is married to Helena and has three adult sons, Eoghan, Connor and Ciaran.

Dr Niall Corcoran

Dr Niall Corcoran is a lecturer in information technology systems and management at Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland. He previously served as Director of Information Technology at the Institute and also has considerable experience in the private sector. He has qualifications in engineering, science and business and his research interests include information systems, knowledge management, social media and enterprise social networks, and communities of practice.

Key Note Speakers

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy Shane is the CEO of BlueChief, a leading social media & content marketing agency.  A guest lecturer on social media advertising & strategy in UL and founder of the Social Savvy conference.  Shane is a social media strategist who handles the online marketing strategies for some of Ireland's leading companies and consults with some of Ireland’s most progressive Higher Education Institutions. His focus is brand awareness, social infrastructure, lead generation & online advertising.


Stephen O’Leary

Stephen O’Leary is managing director at Olytico, Ireland’s leading social media monitoring and analysis company.  As well as an Irish and international client list, research and analysis carried out by Olytico has been used by major national and international broadcasters including RTE, TV3, BBC and The Washington Post.  Stephen is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, serves on the Board of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Millennial Board of New Ireland Assurance, and the Board of Anu Productions.  He is a highly regarded conference speaker having addressed audiences at events including the Sport and New Media Conference in Paris, the Dublin Web Summit, DMX, and The Dublin Tech Summit.  Stephen is a Fellow of Griffith College Dublin, where he lectures in Online Journalism.

Mini-Track Chairs

Luísa Carvalho

Luísa Carvalho. She held a PhD in Management in University of Évora – Portugal. Professor of Management on Department of Management and Social Sciences – Open University - Lisbon – Portugal.  Guest professor in international universities teaches in courses of master and PhDs programs. Researcher at CEFAGE (Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics) University of Evora – Portugal. Author of several publications in national and international journals, books and book chapters.

Phil Davidson

Phil Davidson has been teaching online for 15 years for the University of Phoenix. He teaches primarily graduate students in the areas of Information Systems and Technology, but also in Business Leadership and Healthcare, especially as those areas interact with technology.  His areas of research focus on technology in online education, as well as tracking of student engagement monitoring using social media.  Because of the size of social media files, research into areas of data visualization and social analytics also play a central role in his research.

Muhammet Demirbilek

Muhammet Demirbilek (PhD, University of Florida, USA) is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey. His research interests include the impact of digital media, computer games and simulations on teaching and learning, gamification, and how new media (e.g. web 2.0, online social networks, mobile media) restructure thinking, values, actions, community, and culture. He has participated in several European Union–funded projects as the partner and IT expert.

Jari Jussila

Jari Jussila, B.Eng., M.Sc., D.Sc. is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. He completed his doctoral thesis on social media use in business-to-business companies’ innovation. His research is currently focused on social media, big social data analytics, and health informatics.

Paul Oliver

Paul G. Oliver is senior lecturer in Music Management and course leader for the MA Music Industry Management & Artist Development at London College of Music, University of West London. He is also a composer, musician and runs his own label Ganbei Records. Paul is currently conducting research into issues of sustainability within local music scenes and how new technologies, such as social media, can support these DIY practices.

Wioleta Kucharska

Wioleta Kucharska, PhD Eng holds an Assistant Professor position at the Management and Economy Faculty of the Marketing Department, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. She has a 12 years industrial experience at the marketing management and was responsible for many market related processes and projects. Interested in such areas as general branding, equity and value creation, employee and personal branding. She takes focus on  being effective as a manager and as a teacher and being innovative and genuine as a scientist.

Workshop Facilitators


Dr. Anna Bączkowska MA, PhD and habilitation in English linguistics, research interests: corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, (new/)media discourse, language teaching, film translation