Join us on Tuesday 27th October at 1pm GMT (9am EST for US attendees) where Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff, of the Irish Defence Forces will have a fireside chat with Audrey Browne Gallen, Co-founder Fusebox Communications and IIBN Board Member.
The conversation will focus on Innovation, Leadership, Diversity Values and what it means to Ireland in having a seat at UN Security Council( the most powerful body in the UN system).
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Vice Admiral Mark Mellett has over 40 years’ service as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces and was appointed as Chief of Staff in 2015, having previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Navy.
Admiral Mellett has extensive experience at home and abroad, including in Afghanistan and Lebanon, in combined and joint operational missions. During his service at the Divisional HQ in Kabul with ISAF, he conceived and drove the development of a ‘cross cutting’ framework between Afghan Officials, Coalition Forces, NATO/ISAF Forces and the UN.
He has served as a specialist Naval Diving Officer and Commander of three seagoing commands and participated in and led numerous counter terrorism and counter narcotic operations for one of which he was awarded “The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)” by the Irish Government.
Admiral Mellett is a champion of internal and external organisational diversity. He led the introduction of a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in the Defence Forces which focussed on gender, culture, creed, age and sexual orientation. He is a strong advocate of external networks and partnership with other militaries, state bodies, research institutes and enterprise. He was co-founder of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resources Cluster, an innovation partnership between the military, academia, and enterprise.
Holder of a Doctorate in Political Science, Admiral Mellett has a keen interest in research with a focus on ecosystem sustainability, security, innovation, diversity and values-based leadership. He has been a Visiting Professor abroad in Liverpool Hope University and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at University College Cork. He was the distinguished graduate of the senior command and staff courses he attended at the rish Military College, the US Naval War College and the UK Royal Naval College Greenwich.
We are honoured to have Admiral Mellett as an interviewee. Join us on Tuesday for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.