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Innovation Expert Confirmed To Speak At Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2017

24th March 2017
Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June Credit: IDEO

#OurOceanWealth - Tom Kelley of award-winning global design and development firm IDEO will encourage leaders in Ireland's marine sector to engage in creative thinking at the 2017 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway this June.

Kelley is regarded as a leader in innovation management and design, with proven techniques for fostering a culture of creativity and developing processes for continuous innovation.

He is the author of The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation, as well as Creative Confidence – a best-selling guide to recognising and unleashing the creative potential in employees.

Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan said Kelley will stimulate innovative thinking at this year's Our Ocean Wealth Summit.

"Using the concepts of design thinking, Kelley will encourage delegates to adopt creative, problem-solving methods. He will challenge current perspectives and encourage new ideas and approaches on how Ireland can continue to transform the marine industry.

"Policy makers, researchers and industry leaders will be exposed to new techniques, which will help us work together to achieve sustainable economic prosperity and ensure our marine resources are protected for future generations."

The fourth annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit will consider the changing and diversified marine industries, and how achieving sustainable economic growth and protecting the ocean's health is both a challenge and an imperative.

"It is also valuable for our audience to her the views of an expert from another industry," added Dr Heffernan. "Kelley will offer his own unique insights on some of the challenges faced by the marine sector and how he believes progress can be achieved."

Kelley will present to national and international delegates at Our Ocean Wealth Summit on Friday 30 June at NUI Galway, where delegates will also receive a progress update on Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

Our Ocean Wealth Summit will be held as part of SeaFest 2017, Ireland's national maritime festival. To register for the Our Ocean Wealth Summit visit

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