Dr.-Ing. Fiona Sammler

Technology Monitor for GB Innovation Ltd.

Monitoring of production technology innovations in the fields of:

  • New materials e.g. composites
  • Machine tool concepts e.g. robot-based machining
  • Additive manufacturing
  • New cutting tool technologies

Participation in German national and international seminars and conferences in the field of production technology

Close cooperation with German SMEs and large companies in the automotive, aeronautical, energy and machine tool industries

Excellent knowledge base and continuous monitoring of funding for R&D projects


Profile Dr.-Ing. Fiona Sammler   

  • Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin
  • PhD Dissertation on the topic of diamond coated cutting tools for machining aluminium alloys at Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Currently leading a team of over 20 research engineers
  • Winner of Bertha-Benz Prize 2016, Daimler und Benz Stiftung
  • (Link: https://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/en/young- academics/bertha-benz- prize-for- female-engineers.html)


GB Innovation Ltd.


  • Consultant for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) excellence, specialising in the establishment of systems and processes to manage RDI and increase the commercial yield of research and innovation at companies.

R&D Speciality

  • Product Development, optimisation and innovation in the food industry
  • In-depth experience and insight in food manufacturing and corporate environments.
  • Broad experience working with retailers in Ireland and the UK to commercialise NPD.
  • Design of R&D products and processes to value.
  • End to end Commercialisation of viable R&D
  • Food manufacturing technology

Field of expertise

  • Technology innovation and food manufacturing practices
  • Project management
  • Leading, managing and coaching teams including high perming team management
  • Business commercials and product commercialisation
  • Broad experience working with external academic and regulatory bodies and internal cross functional teams to assess, sell into the business, deliver viable NPD and manufacturing processes.
  • Lean manufacturing and customer manufacturing systems
  • Problem solving


  • Experienced R&D and process specialist with excellent experience in food science within a manufacturing & corporate environment having worked with Kerry Foods for the past 13 years.
  • Strong focus on technology innovation, Irish, UK, and EU food regulation and innovation processes.
  • Accomplished in business & product commercials, consumer / market trends, as well as an in-depth understanding of effective product launching.
  • Results orientated with strong leadership and people management skills.
  • Previously member of the Kerry Foods meats business unit leadership team leading the R&D technology agenda.
  • Experience in harnessing commercial opportunities using innovative technology & process design, developing standards and procedures.
  • Implemented & delivered a Stage Gate process to simplified R&D and marketing process
  • Member of the Institute of food science and technology
  • Member of the Irish Nutrition and Health