Mark Mellett – Keynote Speaker

Vice Admiral (Rtd) former Chief of Defense of Ireland (2015-2021)

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Specialist Subjects

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Technological innovation
  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Ecosystems Governance
  • Sustainability
  • 'Green agenda'
  • Mental Health
  • Inclusion


  • English


Vice Admiral Mark Mellett was Ireland’s highest ranking military officer, Government’s principal military adviser and member of the National Security Committee and the EU Military Committee. He has served as a specialist Naval Diving Officer, Seagoing Commander and also served in Afghanistan and Lebanon. He led the COVID-19 military response.

He is recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals and on behalf of the President of the French Republic he was appointed to the rank of Commander in the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur. Mark Mellett was appointed by Government as Board Chair of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority, he is also Council Chair and Board Member of the IMI, Deputy Chair of Sage Advocacy and an Adjunct Professor at UCC.

Mark Mellett is a holder of a PhD in Ecosystem Governance and founder of ‘Green Compass’ he provides strategic advice to governments, industry and ENGOs. He speaks about courageous leadership, climate change and sustainability.

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