Nicola is the Operations Manager for Dublin City Council’s Smart City Unit; under the umbrella of the regional Smart Dublin initiative.
With 15+ years in public administration, Nicola has been part of the Smart Dublin team since its launch in 2016. Although, initially focusing on driving the open data agenda and other data initiatives across the four Dublin local authorities; Nicola was also Dublin Pilot Lead as part of an EU H2020 project. She has secured funding and managed the roll out of pre-commercial procurement challenges under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) partnership with Enterprise Ireland and has collaborated with Mastercard as part of the City Possible public-private partnership programme.
Nicola’s current role includes the roll out of free public WIFI under the WIFI4EU initiative, supporting the establishment of new smart districts; exploring innovative procurement processes and participating in Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Innovation program, focused on digital transformation of existing public services using a service design approach. Nicola is also an Assembly Board member for the European Commission’s Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission for the new Horizon Europe funding program.