2016 Speakers

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    • Sean Gallagher - Entrepreneur - Conference Chairman

      Sean Gallagher – Entrepreneur – Conference Chairman 

      Sean is a highly engaging speaker. He has both a passion and a gift for inspiring others. He speaks with energy, enthusiasm and authenticity. The diversity of his experience, in areas such as business, politics, agriculture, youth work, disability and sport, provides him with unique insights into the key areas of Leadership, Business Development and Personal Growth. His message helps empower audiences to build success in their own lives and in their organisations. 

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    • Aidan Desmond - Director, Automation & IT, Bristol-Myers Squibb

      Aidan Desmond – Director, Automation & IT, Bristol-Myers Squibb 

      Accomplished and commercially focused senior management professional with 16 year’s multinational experience across consulting, pharmaceutical and telecommunications organisations, with a strong track record of successfully delivering strategic IT and business transformation programs. 7 years pharmaceutical experience with Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb and 8 years Financial Shared Services experience with Pfizer, Accenture and Lucent Technologies in a variety of service delivery, system deployment and project/program management roles. Reputation for building excellent, collaborative re...

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    • Martin Conroy - Senior Director, Continuous Improvement, Medtronic

      Martin Conroy – Senior Director, Continuous Improvement, Medtronic 

      Martin Conroy is Senior Director of Continuous Improvement for Medtronic’s Global Coronary/APV Operations. In this role, Martin has focused on unlocking the potential of Medtronic’s employees through the introduction of empowerment systems that connect directly to business value.  This type of lean system fosters organisational learning that creates opportunity for all functions, including HR, to discover and improve their connection to the value add. Martin is also a member of Medtronic’s Global Team set up to define a lean operating system and assessment criteria for Medtronic Worldwide Oper...

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    • Stephen Mc Grath- Operational Excellence Lead Quality, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland

      Stephen Mc Grath- Operational Excellence Lead Quality, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland 

      Presentation Title: Lean Transformation of a QC Laboratory Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will provide an overview of a lean transformation initiative in the QC laboratory at Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland. Successes and challenges will be presented in addition to a number of elements identified as being essential for embedding a culture of continuous improvement. The potential for a lean community of practice as a model for sustaining a lean culture within an organisation will be discussed along with the use of specific lean tools and their contr...

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    • Matthew Chalkley - Global Program Manager for IBM’s Supply Chain Social & Environmental Management System and the Global Tactical Lead, IBM’s Center of Excellence for Product Environmental Compliance

      Matthew Chalkley – Global Program Manager for IBM’s Supply Chain Social & Environmental Management System and the Global Tactical Lead, IBM’s Center of Excellence for Product Environmental Compliance 

      Matthew has over 26 years supply chain experience in the ICT sector -- the last 17 years of which have been with IBM -- and has held a number of senior operational management positions within, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, procurement, and customer order fulfillment. Currently Matthew is the Global Program Manager for IBM’s Supply Chain Social & Environmental Management System and the Global Tactical Lead for IBM’s Center of Excellence for Product Environmental Compliance. Matthew also chairs an Environmental Sustainable Electronics (ESE) Technical Work Group for the...

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    • Kieran McSherry - Director, Manufacturing Engineering - Vision Care (Johnson & Johnson)

      Kieran McSherry – Director, Manufacturing Engineering – Vision Care (Johnson & Johnson) 

      Kieran is responsible for all Engineering disciplines for Vision Cares facility in Limerick, Manufacturing/ Process, Automation, & Injection Molding. He has over 18 yrs experience, with specific focus within the last 10 yrs on Medical Device industry, specializing in Automation. He holds a degree in Production Engineering from the University of Limerick and has worked previously with Dell Computers and Hewlett- Packard.

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    • Ed Kiely - Director of Operations, Lake Region Medical

      Ed Kiely – Director of Operations, Lake Region Medical 

      Background: Appointed New Ross Site DOO July 2014 following acquisition by Accellent Joined LRM in January 2005 as Director of Operations and Logistics Previously held Directorial / Managerial roles with Sanofi-Aventis, GSK, Brown-Forman Beverages & Military career to rank of Captain. Education: BSc, Honours ( Chemistry & Math) : National University of Ireland (NUIG) Commissioned Officer / Ordnance Mechanical Engineer : Irish Defence Forces. Master Industrial Engineering : National University Of Ireland ( UCD) Master Business Administration : Smurfit Graduate School of Bu...

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    • Gerard Cleary- Chief Finacial Officer, Glenisk

      Gerard Cleary- Chief Finacial Officer, Glenisk 

      A native of Killeigh, Co Offaly, Ger Cleary is a Director of Glenisk, Ireland’s largest yogurt maker. Ger has worked full time with the family business for the past 20 years. Ger is a former finalist of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme; in 2007 & 2014, he was selected as one of eight finalists in the Industry category, in recognition of his contribution to the growth of Glenisk. He speaks frequently at events in Ireland and overseas, sharing the story of Glenisk’s success and his insights on business and innovation. He is also a Member of Council of the Small Firms Association....

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    • Paul Condon - Senior Director, Global Supply Chain, Horizon Pharma PLC

      Paul Condon – Senior Director, Global Supply Chain, Horizon Pharma PLC 

      As Head of Horizon Pharma’s global supply chain, Paul Condon is in charge of the supply chain activities globally. Horizon Pharma plc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients'? lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercialising differentiated and accessible medicines that address unmet medical needs. The Company markets nine medicines through its orphan, primary care and specialty business units. Prior to joining Horizon Pharma in 2015 , Paul was Director, External Manufacturing, with Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi company. Paul joined Genzyme in Ireland in 2...

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    • Colm J. Murphy- Senior Human Resources Manager, Hollister ULC

      Colm J. Murphy- Senior Human Resources Manager, Hollister ULC 

      Presentation Title: How multinational subsidiaries can continue to compete globally through strategic positioning, talent management and employee engagement. Presentation Synopsis: Hollister Ballina is a true success story. Established 40 years ago it has more than doubled in size in the last 10 years to become Hollister’s largest single site. Colm will outline how ‘HR’ has used employer branding, recruitment, talent management, and employee engagement to actively contribute to this strategic success. Speaker Bio: Colm has over ...

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    • exhibitor - Marco Marques- Director of Manufacturing, Hovione Ireland

      Marco Marques- Director of Manufacturing, Hovione Ireland 

      Chemical Engineer with 13+ years experience in Pharmaceutical Industry. Self motivated, reliable and results driven individual able to work under tight deadlines. Proven leadership skills and ability to development and motivate teams in oder to consistently increase productivity and efficiency whilst reducing costs. Excelent capacity to adapt to multicultural environments and sensitive to diversity and multiculturalism.

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    • Declan McDonnell- Group Procurement Manager, Bord na Mona

      Declan McDonnell- Group Procurement Manager, Bord na Mona 

      Declan  has been Group Procurement Manager in Bord na Mona  for a number of years, having previously worked in various Engineering and Operational Management roles. Bord na Mona spends over €280m per annum on a wide range of goods and services to support 6 Group businesses, some of which are subject to the regulated procurement regime. Procurement in Bord na Mona is on a continuous journey which has moved it from an administrative function to one striving to achieve leading practice.

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    • Mike Kelly- Keelings

      Mike Kelly- Keelings 

      Presentation Title: “Supply Chain Management and Lean: Synergies & Obstacles” Presentation Synopsis: 5mins = Brief definition. 5mins = Synergies between the two philosophies. 10mins = Obstacles to implementation / transformation including change management. Mike Kelly has worked in Supply Chain, Lean and Operations management roles for over 25 years at home and abroad. He holds a BA in Management (IMI), a Masters in Supply Chain Management (DIT), a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Lean Prac...

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    • Kevin Gleeson - Director of Global Procurement, ICON Clinical Research Limited

      Kevin Gleeson – Director of Global Procurement, ICON Clinical Research Limited 

      Kevin Gleeson is an experienced Procurement Director with over 15 years experience working at executive level designing, managing and operating supply chain and procurement functions. Kevin has worked internationally with responsibility for supplier management; delivering and managing outsourcing solutions; successfully implemented sourcing innovation and change management assignments for public sector and pharmaceutical organisations in cross functional teams. Kevin has delivered $15M in cost savings through procurement innovation and procurement process change programmes. Kevin’s focus is to...

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    • Mary Leamy- Human Resources Director, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

      Mary Leamy- Human Resources Director, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. 

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    • David Mableson-Business Unit HR Manager, DePuy Synthes, Johnson and Johnson MD&D

      David Mableson-Business Unit HR Manager, DePuy Synthes, Johnson and Johnson MD&D 

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    • Brian Quinn - Director of European Innovation, Intel Labs Europe

      Brian Quinn – Director of European Innovation, Intel Labs Europe 

      Brian is Director of European Innovation at Intel Labs Europe. In this role Brian oversees an innovation strategy that incorporates engagement with a broad European ecosystem, from academia to startups, industry fellow travelers to government. He works across an extensive technology agenda with a particular focus on Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud Computing. Brian’s teams are based in Ireland, Germany and Turkey. This innovation strategy includes leading Intel’s collaborative research strategy and agenda in Europe, and his team, for example, has driven Intel to be a leading player in FP7 a...

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    • Niall Fenelon - Senior Procurement Consultant, Bristol-Myers Squibb

      Niall Fenelon – Senior Procurement Consultant, Bristol-Myers Squibb 

      Niall Fenelon is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer (FIEI) with nearly 30 years experience across a diverse range of engineering and infrastructural projects in Ireland and the U.K. Throughout his career, he has worked primarily in the procurement and management of large interdisciplinary construction projects, most recently in the pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries. Niall possess a high degree of proficiency in the project and commercial management of large and technically challenging multidisciplinary projects. He possess a high degree of expertise in the production...

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    • Mary Collins - Senior Human Resources Director, Europe, Merit Medical

      Mary Collins – Senior Human Resources Director, Europe, Merit Medical 

      Mary Collins - Senior Human Resources Director, Europe for Merit Medical, a US multinational medical device company with their European Operations headquarters based in Galway. She is a member of the company’s European Operations Leadership Team with responsibility for the provision of Human Resources / Environmental Health & Safety support and services to deliver on the strategic plan for the European Operations team. As an experienced HR professional and Business Leader, Mary has over 20 years experience across a range of sectors including medical devices, financial services and the star...

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    • John Carr- Vice President - Supply Chain Solutions, Flex International,

      John Carr- Vice President – Supply Chain Solutions, Flex International, 

      Presentation Title: Innovation, Supply Chain and Design 4.0 Speaker Bio: John Carr is Vice President - Supply Chain Solutions, at Flex International, and has held Senior positions with Flex in the US, and Europe. Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo. John holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain.

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    • Robert Hernan- Senior Executive, Enterprise Ireland

      Robert Hernan- Senior Executive, Enterprise Ireland 

        Speaker Bio: Senior Executive in Enterprise Ireland Lean Team BSc, MSc, Dipl. In Lean Systems. Working in Enterprise Ireland’s Competitiveness Dept. Involved in the Lean Team and the Lean Business Offer. Involved with all aspects of the Lean Business Offer: LeanStart, LeanPlus and currently working on the Lean Transform projects. Previously technical manager in Enterprise Ireland accredited laboratory. Presentation Title:Lean for Micro Business Synopsis: Lean is a business improvement management system based on decreasi...

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    • Karen Tyner- Export Manager, Bord Bia

      Karen Tyner- Export Manager, Bord Bia 

      Presentation Title: 'International Macro Trends’. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will focus on the macro trends with the greatest expected influence on consumers’ behaviour. It will highlight the social, technological and political trends that have already started, as well as the trends expected to create longer term impacts. The talk will reference social changes in household types, the new emerging middle classes, a polarisation of consumer engagement with categories, sustainability, trust and the influence of technology on consumer interac...

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    • Ken Harney- MSc Safety Specialist, Teck Ireland

      Ken Harney- MSc Safety Specialist, Teck Ireland 

      Presentation Title: Leadership and safety excellence Presentation Synopsis: In Ireland workplace accidents cost the economy approximately €3 billion per annum. There are many ways to increase safety performance and many reasons why a good safety performance is important. Research has shown that effective leadership is one of the ways to improve safety performance and help an organisation work towards achieving safety excellence. Leadership has been shown to be both a function of those in formally appointed leadership positions and employees. Howeve...

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    • John Coleman- Alliance Facilitator, Rusal’s Aughinish Alumina Refinery

      John Coleman- Alliance Facilitator, Rusal’s Aughinish Alumina Refinery 

      Presentation Title: Maximising profitability through Physical Asset Reliability Presentation Synopsis: Maintenance to most people is any activity carried out on an asset in order to ensure that the asset continues to perform its intended functions. Ineffective Maintenance programs produce unnecessary downtime due to asset failures, resulting in higher maintenance and operations costs, lower quality, and lower productivity. These consequences mean that optimising your Maintenance program isn’t just an objective, it is a must have for all organisations...

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    • Maria Ginnity- Principal Officer Enterprise Policy, Strategic Policy Division, DJEI

      Maria Ginnity- Principal Officer Enterprise Policy, Strategic Policy Division, DJEI 

      Presentation Title: Enterprise 2025 - Innovative, Agile, Connected - Ireland's national enterprise policy 2015-2025. Presentation Synopsis: Setting out our ambition for job creation over the coming decade that is sustainable - led by strong export growth and  a step change in the performance of our enterprises that is underpinned by innovation, productivity and competitiveness. Speaker Bio: Maria GINNITY heads up Enterprise Policy, Tax and Economic Infrastructures within the Strategic Policy Division in the Department of Jobs, E...

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    • John F. Whelan -  Independent Consultant, Allied Irish Bank

      John F. Whelan – Independent Consultant, Allied Irish Bank 

      John Whelan is a leading international trade consultant. He  delivers guest lectures to the UCD Smurfit College  MBA programme on  export entry strategies . He is  the  export industry adviser to the  Allied Irish Bank group and assisting them to become the bank of choice for export businesses . He is also the international business columnist with the Irish Examiner newspaper. He is well known for his many published books and papers on international trade matters. He has regularly presented on TV and radio on a range of international trade issues. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of...

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    • Dr. Richard Keegan- Manager Competitiveness Department, Enterprise Ireland

      Dr. Richard Keegan- Manager Competitiveness Department, Enterprise Ireland 

      Presentation Title: Why should the world go Lean? Speaker Bio: Is a specialist in the areas of Lean/World Class Business and Benchmarking with Enterprise Ireland. He advises major companies in Europe. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, in the Business School at Trinity College Dublin, lecturing to MBA on Operations Strategy and undergraduate level on Operations Management, and is a visiting associate professor at University of Northern Iowa. Working with Toyota he has led best practice missions for over 1,500 managers to the Deeside plant, as we...

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    • Liam Cassidy - Managing Director, LCL Consult Ltd.

      Liam Cassidy – Managing Director, LCL Consult Ltd. 

      Liam Cassidy has amassed over 35 years experience managing manufacturing operations, improving supply chains, and developing suppliers. His work, specialising in turning around poor performing operations has been recognised by his peers, and acknowledged by major international institutes and journals. Commencing his career with General Motors in the UK, he gained experience in several operational roles and rose to become a senior Operations Manager implementing Lean Manufacturing Practices. He went on to become the leading General Manager of Lean Practices with Gillette and Proctor & Gambl...

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    • Arran Dowling-Hussey- Editor Construction, Engineering & Energy Law Journal of Ireland

      Arran Dowling-Hussey- Editor Construction, Engineering & Energy Law Journal of Ireland 

      Arran Dowling-Hussey is a practising Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator. He edits the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland. Arran is a former full time member of the School of Law of Dublin City University.

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    • Garry Connolly- Founding Partner, GconnTec & President, Host In Ireland

      Garry Connolly- Founding Partner, GconnTec & President, Host In Ireland 

      Garry Connolly has over 20 years of both entrepreneurial and executive experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies to achieve global success.  Garry currently serves as President and Founder of Host in Ireland, where he oversees the direction and promotion of the industry-led and sponsored initiative to further promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets.  He is also responsible for the recruitment and support of the initiative’s sponsors and partners. Garry is also the Founding Partner of GconnTec, where he provides various companies seeking to get establish...

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    • Dr. Jury Gualandris- Lecturer in Management, UCD

      Dr. Jury Gualandris- Lecturer in Management, UCD 

      Jury Gualandris is Lecturer (Assist. Professor) in Management at Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin. Jury's research and teaching resolve around the management of inter-organizational relationships and network structures fostering sustainability, resilience and innovation in the supply chain system of diverse organizations, such as productive Firms and NGOs. He is keen to rigorously combine qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in an attempt to build, elaborate, test and disseminate new theories for Sustainability and Supply Chain Management. ...

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    • Barbara MacMahon – Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Solutions for Sustainable Business

      Barbara MacMahon – Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Solutions for Sustainable Business 

      Barbara is an expert in corporate sustainability having worked in sustainability and energy teams in electronics and medical devices industries, consultancies and technology providers. An advocate for the Lifecycle Thinking approach, she has worked on projects including product lifecycle assessments, alternative material substitutes, portable power technologies, design for end of life, on-line energy waste reduction, energy demand and supply balancing as well as the management and communication of sustainability metrics and reporting. Barbara helps organisations develop strategies for susta...

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    • Kim Mackenzie-Doyle - Industry Design Specialist, designCORE, Institute Technology Carlow

      Kim Mackenzie-Doyle – Industry Design Specialist, designCORE, Institute Technology Carlow 

      An internationally recognised product designer, Kim as won multiple worldwide design awards. Formerly, as part of Ireland’s leading product design consultancy Design Partners, Kim designed the world’s best-selling computer mouse. She acted as IDI 2015 awards judge for four categories; Consumer Product, Industrial Product, Furniture and Handmade product. Now heading up one of Ireland’s leading design research centres in Ireland, designCORE, based in IT Carlow, she continues to collaborate on product research and development, design thinkin...

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    • Alison Gray - Associate Partner, BCK

      Alison Gray – Associate Partner, BCK 

      Alison Gray ACA, ACCA is an associate Partner alongside Tony Kelly and Darren Connolly in BCK. With over 12 years’ experience in the areas of audit, accounts and tax, Alison works closely with clients, in providing valuable advice on corporate strategy and tax planning to support their business needs.

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    • Dr Liam Lewis - Centre Manager, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis,  Cork Institute of Technology

      Dr Liam Lewis – Centre Manager, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, Cork Institute of Technology 

      Liam Completed his PhD in 2007 in UCC in the area of Semiconductor materials for light sources. After a one year post doc he joined the CAPPA centre in CIT with the aim of bridging the gap between research and industry and in particular to show how the use of photonics and advanced imaging techniques can add value to the industrial cycle. He is currently manager of the CAPPA centre gateway, with an annual turnover of ~€2M per year. He oversees the negotiation and implementation of a broad range of R&D projects in areas such as medical device, food, beverage and dairy and advanced spectrosc...

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    • Dara Connolly- Executive Director, Recreate Ireland

      Dara Connolly- Executive Director, Recreate Ireland 

      Presentation Title: ReCreate , Creativity through Reuse Presentation Synopsis: How to save money, boost CSR while benefiting schools, community and special needs groups. Speaker Bio: Dara is the Executive Director of ReCreate, a new Creative Reuse social enterprise which collects for no charge unused and unwanted materials from businesses and then stores them in the Warehouse of Wonders in Ballymount. The materials are then available for free in unlimited quantities to early childhood organisations, schools and facilitators of s...

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    • Tom Moloney- Managing Director, Construction Information Services (CIS)

      Tom Moloney- Managing Director, Construction Information Services (CIS) 

      Speaker Bio: Tom Moloney is the Managing Director of Construction Information Services. The company has been the lead provider of project information for Ireland for over 43 years. Since acquiring the company in 2002, Tom has taken the company from the traditional medium of the printed CIS Report to the provision of a real-time online information system, which is continuously enhanced using the latest available technology. Prior to acquiring CIS, Tom was the Group Financial Director of the Corporate Image Group, the parent company of CIS. He commenced his career with the...

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    • Rob Johnston - Lecturer, Supply Chain & Organisation Management, Dorset College

      Rob Johnston – Lecturer, Supply Chain & Organisation Management, Dorset College 

      With over 15 years’ experience in various supply chain roles including: procurement, inventory management, new product introduction and project management with companies in the IT sector, retail and logistics. Lecturing in Dorset College the degree level courses covering operations and supply chain. Having worked internationally on key projects providing supply chain solutions to multinational organisation. Rob has experienced the global cultural challenges for the supply chain industries. A people manager with working experience of small teams to large, multitier matrix managed teams and proj...

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    • Dr Amaya Vega- Research Fellow, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), NUI Galway

      Dr Amaya Vega- Research Fellow, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), NUI Galway 

      Presentation Title: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF MODE AND ROUTE CHOICE FOR INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN IRELAND Presentation Synopsis: This presentation shows preliminary results from an on-going research project where we analyse the transport mode and route preferences of Irish manufacturers when shipping goods to Continental Europe. We use an efficient discrete choice experiment to model the impact of various transport attributes on the final Irish manufacturers’ choice of shipping mode/route. In particular, we consider the decision to be made bet...

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    • Adrian Kinkaid- CEO, MIP Diagnostics Limited

      Adrian Kinkaid- CEO, MIP Diagnostics Limited 

      Presentation Title: Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Robust affinity reagents for applications from processing to quality control and environmental protection. Presentation Synopsis: Molecularly imprinted polymers are a novel form of affinity reagent sometimes called “plastic antibodies”. They can be made to recognise and bind virtually any molecular target and offer a more robust alternative to biological agents such as antibodies. They can be made to withstand diverse conditions including exposure to organic solvents, extremes of temperature and pH o...

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    • Dr. Jason Roche - Industry liaison specialist, Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC)

      Dr. Jason Roche – Industry liaison specialist, Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) 

      Jason studied Applied Physics at DCU and has always been deeply interested in the potential for process improvement through data analysis. Jason has worked at a number of data centric world class organisations such as Intel and Ericsson where throughput and quality are a key objectives. At IDA Jason has has helped shape Ireland’s proposition for manufacturing by driving the convergence between ICT and Life Sciences. At ICHEC Jason delivers perfomance to companies seeking to leverage multicore technology to drive out inefficiencies in data centric processes.

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    • Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra - SEAM Centre Director, Waterford Institute of Technology

      Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra – SEAM Centre Director, Waterford Institute of Technology 

      Dr Ramesh Raghavendra holds a Ph.D from University of Twente, The Netherlands and three Master degrees (M.Sc in Materials Sciences, M.S in Metallurgical Engineering and an MBA). He worked as Senior Research Fellow in University of Limerick for five years, then worked as Senior Materials Technologist for a multinational company (Littelfuse) in Dundalk for over 10 years prior to joining SEAM Technology Gateway Centre in WIT in May 2008. His research background is in the areas of functional ceramics, glass and glass-ceramics, sintering of powder materials and possesses significant exposure in ...

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    • Dr John Harhen - Director, Orbsen Consulting

      Dr John Harhen – Director, Orbsen Consulting 

      His clients include the largest pharma company in the world, the largest premium drinks company in the world, and the first medical device company in Europe to obtain Shingo medallion status. His specialities are end to end capacity and cost optimization, inventory right sizing, planning architectures, due diligence and using analytics to discover what your business data should have told you.

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    • Robert Grealis - CEO, Team Horizon

      Robert Grealis – CEO, Team Horizon 

      Robert Grealis is the CEO of Team Horizon and has over 20 years’ senior manage- ment experience in the service sector at CEO and COO/CFO level. Prior to joining Horizon, Robert was the CEO of Lafferty Group – a major provider of advanced knowledge services for the financial industry worldwide, with particular specialisations in the fields of retail banking, cards & payments. Robert has also led a very successful consultancy business providing strategic and developmental advice to service sector businesses throughout Europe across a number of industry sectors and served as a Special Advi...

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    • Dr Tofail Syed- Senior Lecturer Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick

      Dr Tofail Syed- Senior Lecturer Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick 

      Presentation Title: Materials and Measurements for Manufacturing Presentation Synopsis: Materials and Measurements are integral with Manufacturing and form the M3 triangle. New manufacturing concepts must consider the importance of these two so that structures, forms and devices manufactured are actually useful and do not run into a ‘house-of cards’ type situation. After setting the context within the premises of state-of the art manufacturing practices, a few case studies on multi-sectoral materials and metrology research in the speaker’s...

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    • Jonathan Downey- Strategic Projects Manager, Schivo Group

      Jonathan Downey- Strategic Projects Manager, Schivo Group 

      Presentation Title: Enterprise 3D printing, an insight into the industrial implementation of Additive Manufacturing in an indigenous company. Speaker Bio:  Management and technical implementation of projects of strategic importance to the group including; -Transfer of manufacturing from the Middle East to Ireland of complex electro-mechanical hospital products. -Implementation and validation of new processes within the group. -Management of all assembly operations in Schivo, including two assembly lines and our class 10K...

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    • Dr. Garret O'Donnell- Assistant Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng), Trinity College Dublin

      Dr. Garret O’Donnell- Assistant Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng), Trinity College Dublin 

      Presentation Title: "Industrie 4.0 - Process analytics for manufacturing". Presentation Synopsis: One of the most significant initiatives in the last 2 years has been the concept of the 4th industrial revolution promoted by the National Academy for Science and Engineering in Germany- ACATECH, known as Industrie 4.0. The so called "Industrial Internet of Things and Services" and its potential for the manufacturing environment is disruptive and is viewed as a 4th industrial revolution. It is anticipated that there will be an interconnection between mach...

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    • Brendan Cunniffe- Managing Director, Prelude Medical Ltd.

      Brendan Cunniffe- Managing Director, Prelude Medical Ltd. 

      Presentation Title: Supply Chain Partners: Selection and Management from the perspective of a medical device start-up company. Speaker Bio: Brendan is an engineering consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry. He is currently Managing Director of Prelude Medical Ltd., a consultancy firm that specializes in innovation product design, project management, clinical trial management, commercial feasibility assessments and ramp-up from early stage design activities into scalable manufacturing. With a Ph.D. in Finite E...

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    • Ray Armstrong- Managing Director, RaymondBrian Strategies

      Ray Armstrong- Managing Director, RaymondBrian Strategies 

      Presentation Title: “The importance of an ICT strategy … now more than ever” Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will aim to impart business leaders, MDs and CEOs with knowledge to assess their current Information and Communications Technology strategies (ICT) and highlight evolving areas of ICT that can have a positive business impact. The ICT world changes rapidly, changes have occurred in recent times that are very pertinent to how ICT can be managed now and in the future. These changes (including the use of cloud technologies a...

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    • Findhan Strain- Composites Manufacturing Consultant, Belfast Metropolitan College

      Findhan Strain- Composites Manufacturing Consultant, Belfast Metropolitan College 

      Presentation Title: The use of composite materials in Irish Businesses. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will focus on the Support Available for Composite Product Development: Background on Myself and Belfast Met Services available to develop composite products Opportunities for composites in Ireland Funding mechanisms to assist product development Speaker Bio: Findhan provides consultancy services to the composites industry through Belfast Metropolitan College. The m...

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    • John Quirke- Partner & Life Science Practice Lead, S A Partners

      John Quirke- Partner & Life Science Practice Lead, S A Partners 

      Presentation Title:  ‘Turning wall paper into value adding business systems’. Presentation Synopsis: ‘As companies apply lean thinking to their businesses there is a tendency to focus on the ‘artefacts of Lean’.  These can take the form of slogans on the walls, lines on the floor, performance boards in office areas and production lines, and the dreaded culture survey!!!  The so called balanced score cards are often unbalanced and some cases require major psychological intervention.   The subliminal learning form people working with these ‘hollow too...

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    • John Cosgrove- Technical Director, TEMPO, Limerick Institute of Technology

      John Cosgrove- Technical Director, TEMPO, Limerick Institute of Technology 

      Speaker Bio: As founder and Technical Director of the ACORN Research Centre at the Limerick Institute of Technology, John works closely with Industry, developing sustainable solutions for manufacturing and utility applications. As the primary investigator on the Total Energy Management for Production Operations (TEMPO) Project, he leads a multi-disciplinary team with international collaborative partners under the remit of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC). On EU Programmes, John is an expert in factory automation systems including Industry 4.0 and innovative m...

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    • Dr Fionn Rogan - Research Fellow, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, UCC

      Dr Fionn Rogan – Research Fellow, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, UCC 

      Fionn has been a researcher with the Energy Policy and Modelling Group in UCC for over seven years. He is interested in a wide range of techical, policy and business aspects of the ongoing transition to a low carbon energy system. He has worked on projects such as energy systems pathways to decarbonise Ireland's energy system, the impact of energy efficiency policies, and the role of innovation in climate technology diffusion. Fionn has a PhD in Energy Systems Modelling, an MEngSc in Sustainable Energy, and a BEng in Industrial Engineering and Information Systems. He is a senior researcher on ...

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    • Andrew Bradley - Director, Bradley Brand & Design

      Andrew Bradley – Director, Bradley Brand & Design 

      Andrew Bradley has been at the forefront of brand and design thinking in Ireland for over 20 years, proud to have created some household names. He is at his creative best when working with SMEs who want to disrupt or differentiate themselves. Not afraid to ask awkward questions, or roll his sleeves up, Andrew’s objective is always to do what is best for the brand, in order for it to realise its potential.

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    • John Ryan- Leading expert in Lean Six Sigma, SQT Training

      John Ryan- Leading expert in Lean Six Sigma, SQT Training 

      Presentation Title: Recognising Lean Six Sigma Project types Presentation Synopsis: A common challenge for inexperienced Lean Six Sigma practitioners is determining how to approach a new project. Having mentored over 1000 successful projects over the past 14 years with SQT we have developed a simple method of categorising projects that makes it easy to select the right tools and plan the project timelines. Speaker Bio:  ...

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    • Mark Higgins- Business Development Manager, Fast Technologies

      Mark Higgins- Business Development Manager, Fast Technologies 

      Presentation title: Smart Manufacturing – the power of actionable data. Speaker Bio: Mark is a graduate Electrical and Electronic Engineer from the University of Manchester and holds an MSc in Electronics and Software Systems. With over 20 years’ engineering experience in high volume manufacturing for several global companies across chemical, textile and semiconductor industries, Mark now leads the Manufacturing Software Solutions business unit at FAST Technologies, bringing Manufacturing Intelligence to client companies. A Six-Sigma practitioner, Le...

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    • Dr. Paul Cummins- MD, Sea Change

      Dr. Paul Cummins- MD, Sea Change 

      Presentation Title: Going Beneath the Surface: An exploratory investigation into the attitudes leading to unsafe behaviours within a food processing multinational organisation. Presentation Synopsis:  Paul will be looking at the core human beliefs and attitudes that lead to unsafe behaviours in the workplace based on theoretical knowledge and evidence based research. Paul will then examine ways in which organisations can increase safe behaviours in the workplace through engagement methods, transparent communication and establishing real local ownershi...

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    • Robert Dunne - CEO, GlycoSelect

      Robert Dunne – CEO, GlycoSelect 

      I have 35 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for Elan Corporation, Tosara Forest, Bioglan Pharma, Alimentary Health and GlycoSeLect. I have held responsibilities for operations, quality assurance, business development and general management during my career.

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    • Liam Doyle - Lecturer in Information Systems, INSYTE Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology

      Liam Doyle – Lecturer in Information Systems, INSYTE Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology 

      Liam Doyle is a lecturer in information systems in Waterford Institute of Technology. Prior to taking up a lecturing position Liam worked as an systems analyst/programmer for WIT with responsibility for developing WIT’s administrative computing systems. This role involved software development and network support. Liam has also advised a number of  small, medium, and large companies on their use of information systems. Liam focuses on the use of information systems for strategic advantage, business process analysis and design, e-commerce, supply chain management and supply chain information ...

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    • Úna Parsons - Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, Institute of Technology Sligo

      Úna Parsons – Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, Institute of Technology Sligo 

      Úna Parsons joined IT Sligo as Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering in 2012. She is a chartered engineer and fellow of Engineers Ireland. Úna holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems as well as a Junior Trades Certificate in Toolmaking. Her previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of the Crafts Council of Ireland, Industry Director of Engineers Ireland, Global Strategy Implementation Manager of Bausch & Lomb RayBan and other senior management positions in the multinational manufacturing sector as well as having h...

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    • Jim Fitzsimons - Managing Director, Riverwest Management

      Jim Fitzsimons – Managing Director, Riverwest Management 

      Jim Fitzsimons is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim has worked in written and broadcast journalism, and held research, technical, marketing, sales and general management roles in food and agribusiness firms in Ireland, UK and all over the World. He runs an international consultancy, Riverwest Management based in Wicklow with an office in Winnipeg, Canada. For the past 18 years, he has worked primarily in enabling SME’s to do funded research in universities and colleges across the ...

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    • Damian Costello - Managing Partner, Decode Innovation

      Damian Costello – Managing Partner, Decode Innovation 

      Damian has more than 20 years’ consulting experience, having delivered successful strategy, product, process and service breakthroughs in Ireland, Europe, North America and Asia. For the last 12 years Damian has specialised in Disruptive Innovation – helping incumbents resist attacks or helping insurgents take the maximum market share. Damian has worked with leaders and executive teams across the full spectrum from global multi-nationals to local start-ups. His background in Industrial Design has seen him operate primarily in the Manufacturing Supply Chain in the Energy, Medical Device, Pha...

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    • Dr Donal Coveney- Managing Director, TopChem Pharmaceuticals Limited

      Dr Donal Coveney- Managing Director, TopChem Pharmaceuticals Limited 

      Presentation Title: Jumping through hoops and chasing our tails – challenges in securing market approval of generic pharmaceutical products. Presentation Synopsis: TopChem Pharmaceuticals develops generic pharmaceutical products mainly for the US market. While these products are known entities, we develop our own proprietary manufacturing processes, delivering high quality pharmaceutical grade active ingredients. Even though most of these products have been on the market for many years, as a new entrant we are quite rightly judged by the highest moder...

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    • Dick Keely- CEO, ICBE

      Dick Keely- CEO, ICBE 

      Speaker Title: Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) — the challenges of staying competitive in Ireland. Speaker Synopsis: Staying competitive in Ireland is a constant challenge. This presentation will outline some of the key challenges and what ICBE and its member companies are doing to address these challenges. Speaker Bio: Dick has an M.Sc. in Materials Science, is a Chartered Engineer and a Lean-Six-Sigma Master Black-Belt. He worked for 11 years for Digital Equipment and for 8 years with Dell for most recently as EMEA...

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    • Keith Bowen - General Manager, LZ Lifescience

      Keith Bowen – General Manager, LZ Lifescience 

      With over 18 years’ experience in the Life Science Industry, Keith is well respected for his knowledge and experience in developing, implementing and supporting MES Projects. He has worked with many of the Top 10 Pharma, Biotech and Medical Device companies, with a focus on MES solution design.

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    • Paul Yeomans- Business Development Manager, Nottingham University

      Paul Yeomans- Business Development Manager, Nottingham University 

      Presentation Title: Embedding Innovation into your business. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will focus on how businesses can work with Universities to accelerate growth and become more competitive in increasingly challenging global markets by accessing cutting edge knowledge and expertise from the UK’s Universities. Speaker Bio: Before joining the university sector Paul spent 15 years working in the Engineering and Printing Industries in a variety of roles including research and development and sales and market...

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    • Stephen Mulvenna - Senior Lean Practitioner, VFECTO

      Stephen Mulvenna – Senior Lean Practitioner, VFECTO 

      Presentation Title: Can you sustain LEAN without a Roadmap? Presentation Synopsis: As problem solvers we all love our Lean ‘tools & techniques’ …. however, after the initial sugar rush energy levels typically start to dwindle and change initiatives start to falter. Strategic change programmes are historically a challenge to businesses but a more balanced approach to implementing LEAN has a greater chance of success. The VFECTO Lean Roadmap exposes such a balanced approach ….

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    • Lorna McDowell MA FRSA –  Innovation Team Coach/ Author of Systemic Team Coaching methodology, CEO of Xenergie Consulting

      Lorna McDowell MA FRSA – Innovation Team Coach/ Author of Systemic Team Coaching methodology, CEO of Xenergie Consulting 

        Presentation Title: Innovating through Teams – Understanding and Enabling Cultural Shift from a Systemic Perspective Presentation Synopsis: The next decade will see more change than ever before.  Cultural transformation is a necessity for innovation, not an option.  Deep change brings many challenges, many of which are unacknowledged, because they’re complex, intangible, difficult to express or simply difficult to face.  This participative session will provide some signposts on  how coaching teams can leverage profound transformation, by creat...

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    • Adrian Walker - R&D Tax Director, Deloitte

      Adrian Walker – R&D Tax Director, Deloitte 

      Adrian leads a very specialist team in Deloitte Ireland that deal specifically with the areas of R&D and innovation. With a focus on the R&D Tax Credit and grants for Innovation, and more recently the Knowledge Development Box, this market leading team advise hundreds of clients with regard to these complex topics. Adrian is a qualified engineer and has more than 14 years of industrial experience in the Automotive and Aerospace industries.

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    • Dave Clarke- Chief Data Scientist, Asystec Limited

      Dave Clarke- Chief Data Scientist, Asystec Limited 

      Presentation Title: ‘Leveraging IOT data for real business value – a practical approach for industry 4.0.’ Presentation Synopsis: There are incredible business opportunities possible by harnessing the massive data sets generated in the machine to machine and person to machine hyper connected IoT world. The apparent dampened speed of adoption of IoT technologies could well be due to 1. The difficulty of finding the right collaboration in OT and IT in manufacturing organisations, 2. The difficulty of picking the analytical use case that will show the ri...

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    • Denis O’Brien - Director of Standards and Solutions, GS1 Ireland

      Denis O’Brien – Director of Standards and Solutions, GS1 Ireland 

      Denis joined GS1 Ireland in 2012. He is an accredited “Global Traceability Conformance” Auditor and Auditor trainer. Denis specialises in production and traceability systems, particularly for the food industry, but has also designed systems for other manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Previously, Denis was the Group I.T. Manager for an Irish Multi-National Food Processor for over 15 years. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Information Technology within the group. Due to the nature of the business, one of his primary roles was the design, development and implementation o...

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    • Maurice Buckley- CEO, NSAI

      Maurice Buckley- CEO, NSAI 

      Presentation Title: Industry 4.0 and the role of standardization: Opportunities and threats for Irish companies Presentation Synopsis: Standards have transformed the world and have played a central role in progressing each of the previous industrial revolutions, so why would Industry 4.0 be any different? NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley will explain how standards and the National Standards Authority of Ireland can help Irish businesses take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution and become more prepared to reap the rewards digitisation can br...

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    • Joe Gallagher - Manager, Automation and Machine Build, Fast Technologies

      Joe Gallagher – Manager, Automation and Machine Build, Fast Technologies 

      Joe has over 12 years of automation experience gained in medical packaging equipment, biomass renewables, wet process systems and electrical controls that include inverters and drives, various plc control platforms coupled with algorithm development for complex applications. Joe has been with FAST Technologies since 2005 and has held a number of engineering positions before being appointed as Project Manager for the Automation & Machine Build division in 2013. Joe has a wealth of knowledge of all the market sectors and has delivered turnkey package solutions to clients on a global scale th...

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    • Séona Farrell- Commercial & Industrial Scheme Manager, Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd

      Séona Farrell- Commercial & Industrial Scheme Manager, Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd 

      Presentation Title: “Energy Savings as a  Lever for Improved Corporate Social Responsibility”.

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    • Martin Delaney- IVI Technology Leader, NUIM

      Martin Delaney- IVI Technology Leader, NUIM 

      Presentation Title: Improving capability – How did we achieve major improvement in Manufacturing that can continued to be leveraged. Presentation Synopsis: Over the past 40 years manufacturing have greatly improved its capability. How was this achieved and how does industry bring that capability into the digital age of manufacturing and business in general? The Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University, with our international membership consortium invested over €15 M across the past 8 years to bring this knowledge into general availability – o...

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    • Stan McCarthy - Sales Manager, EMCO

      Stan McCarthy – Sales Manager, EMCO 

      Stan McCarthy with over 40 years experience in industry offering mechanical technical electrical and electronic support to production in many types of industry, including Aerospace. I have been in sales service and support now for 16 of those years. Started in 3D printing in 2002 and have watched it grow come and go.

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    • Carlo Webster- Senior Business Development Strategist, Tyndall

      Carlo Webster- Senior Business Development Strategist, Tyndall 

      Speaker Bio: Visionary with a history of leading customer-focused engagement between Industry and technology convergence. Ensuring continued growth and development of new markets for Microelectronics & Photonics convergence. Understands the importance of customer care, focus, relationship building, effective collaboration and execution of emerging technologies into new markets. Is a strong advocate of value creation, thus ensuring that organisations engage in effective collaboration with its customers. Understands the need for appropriate strategic partners and expert b...

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    • Aiden Corcoran - CEO, Horizon Life Sciences Group

      Aiden Corcoran – CEO, Horizon Life Sciences Group 

      Presentation Title: Track & Trace, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Speaker Bio: Aiden Corcoran is the CEO of Horizon Life Sciences Group and the executive chairman and co-founder of Team Horizon. He specialises in Project Management, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, High Volume Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Process Development and Scaling. Aiden has over 15 years of experience through various roles in Hewlett Packard, Boston Scientific, and Allergan Pharmaceuticals in Manufacturing, Process Development, NPI and R&D roles. Aiden’s ba...

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    • Orla Concannon- HR Officer, Green Farm Foods

      Orla Concannon- HR Officer, Green Farm Foods 

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    • Dr Phil Hemmingway - Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland

      Dr Phil Hemmingway – Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland 

      Dr Phil Hemmingway is a Programme Manager at Science Foundation Ireland, Ireland’s national science and engineering funding agency. Phil works on SFI’s pre-award team, which is responsible for the development and delivery of SFI’s suite of funding programmes, and for managing the processes associated with investing SFI’s €160M annual budget. In addition to managing a number of SFI’s funding Programmes, he is also largely responsible for the management of activities relating to the energy, engineering and environment sectors within SFI. He represents SFI on two of Ireland’s twelve National Rese...

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    • exhibitor - Ronan Emmett- Boston Scientific

      Ronan Emmett- Boston Scientific 

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    • Stacy Brennan- Finance & Office Manager, SeaChange Ltd.

      Stacy Brennan- Finance & Office Manager, SeaChange Ltd. 

      Speaker Bio: After Graduating in HND Computer Science in Jordanstown in 2001 I started working in Accounts in a family run concrete business in Eglish, County Tyrone. Here began my interest in working with numbers whilst working as Accounts Payable. I broadly expanded my Accounting knowledge by working in all aspects of Accounting including Accounts Receivable, Credit Control, Payroll, Invoice Financing, Management Accounts, VAT Returns, Intrastat etc. After travelling to Dubai, Australia, New Zealand (living here for 16 months) and Fiji, working in various countries ...

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    • Niall Tuite- Director, LBSPartners

      Niall Tuite- Director, LBSPartners 

      Presentation Title: Meeting the Transformation Challenge: Lean, Culture and Change. Presentation Synopsis: Realising business transformation through Lean can seem like an uphill climb. For many, making sense of and implementing new methods, tools and techniques –designed to support process and efficiency improvements – can be challenging. Getting everyone in the organisation on the same page and creating a habit of “thinking Lean” is fundamental to transformation success. In this talk, Niall discusses the importance of creating a culture that...

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    • exhibitor - Clive Foot- Celestica Ireland Ltd.

      Clive Foot- Celestica Ireland Ltd. 

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    • Alistair Quinn - Innovation & Technology Specialist,Southern Regional College

      Alistair Quinn – Innovation & Technology Specialist,Southern Regional College 

      Alistair is an Innovation & Technology Specialist at Southern Regional College (Northern Ireland) focusing on business engagement with the engineering industry.  He comes from a mechanical engineering background having completed an MEng degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and has previous experience working in both the automotive and biomedical sectors.  Alistair has significant understanding of both knowledge transfer and project management having worked as an Associate within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Wrightbus Ltd. and Queen’...

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    • Brian Cahill - Programme Manager Mallow Systems Innovation Centre, Nimbus, Cork Institute of Technology

      Brian Cahill – Programme Manager Mallow Systems Innovation Centre, Nimbus, Cork Institute of Technology 

      Brian joined Nimbus in July 2013 as programme manager for the Mallow Systems Innovation Centre. This sees Brian working closely with Mallow, North Cork and Blackwater Valley based Industry, educational institutions and academia. The Innovation Centre has become pivotal to rolling out Internet of Things – Small Smart City demonstrators and pilots in Mallow Town and beyond, while also affording companies in this hub location an opportunity to engage with a research and innovation centre to bring their ideas to reality.

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    • Brad Allen- MBA, BSc, Adv.Dip. E&P Coaching, Simply Effective

      Brad Allen- MBA, BSc, Adv.Dip. E&P Coaching, Simply Effective 

      Presentation Title: “Helping employees understand what is needed to bring them further success.”  Presentation Synopsis: In this learning and development oriented talk, Brad Allen will share an insight into what can be done to keep high performers performing and also how high performers can perform even better. Speaker Bio: Brad is an Executive Coach w...

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    • Dr Stephen McLaughlin - Director of the DBA programme, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

      Dr Stephen McLaughlin – Director of the DBA programme, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University 

      Dr Stephen McLaughlin is the Director of Doctoral Research at the Edinburgh Business School. Prior to working with in academia, Stephen has spent over 20 years working in management positions in both the public and private sectors.  His last role in Industry was with IBM, where he was responsible for the optimisation of their core fulfilment and supply chain processes across EMEA. As an academic Stephen’s research interests centre on understanding how organizations can improve performance based on better understanding of data and information acquired from both the internal and external o...

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    • Mark McKeever - Director, PWC

      Mark McKeever – Director, PWC 

      Mark McKeever, heads up PwC's Supply Chain Management practice in Ireland. Mark has over 20 years experience working in both Consulting and Industry. Mark has advised a wide range of clients in the Retail, Consumer Goods and Pharma industry sectors. Prior to joining PwC, Mark previously worked for Tesco, KPMG Consulting and Liz Claiborne. Mark has an MBA from UCD and a Business Management Degree from Trinity College.

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    • Mary Darlington - Director, Darlington Consulting

      Mary Darlington – Director, Darlington Consulting 

      Mary holds an Hons BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Management from UCD together with qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment Management and HR Management.  She is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH. Initially Mary worked in HR but moved into health and safety while working Bausch & Lomb where the Company won many health and safety awards with NISO and RoSPA during her 8+ years there.  She established her own health and safety consultancy – Darlington Consulting – in 1996 and has also worked with NISO as Health & Safety Executive. She specialises in Safety Leadership, but ...

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    • Paddy Sweeney- Managing Director,Retrofit Energy Ireland Limited

      Paddy Sweeney- Managing Director,Retrofit Energy Ireland Limited 

      Presentation Title: “Energy Savings as a  Lever for Improved Corporate Social Responsibility”. Presentation Synopsis: As an Obligated Party under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Enprova are required to become actively involved in aiding and incentivise organisations to achieve energy savings, and maximise their effect. One aspect of maximising the effect of these savings is to incorporate your CSR commitments into the mix.  By working closely with our clients we tailor schemes to suit their needs. Clients achieve their energy savings and at...

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    • Erika Wilson- Joint Managing Director, Wilson Power Solutions

      Erika Wilson- Joint Managing Director, Wilson Power Solutions 

      Presentation Title: Uncovered: How to add £100,000 to your bottom line with one simple infrastructure decision. Presentation Synopsis: Why transformer losses matter: energy savings outside the box. EU Eco Design Directive for Transformers – what this means to you. Voltage Management – Does it really work? Case studies – The proof is in the pudding Speaker Bio: Erika Wilson is joint Managing Director of Leeds based transformer manufacturer Wilson Power Solutions. With a wealth ...

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    • Joe Gibbs - Commercial Development Manager, Lero

      Joe Gibbs – Commercial Development Manager, Lero 

      Presentation Title: “Impact through Innovation” How Lero’s Research is helping to provide innovative solutions to real industry problems in such diverse areas as Smart Cities, Standards Compliance, Cybersecurity, Manufacturing and Financial Services. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will give an overview of Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre, how it aligns its research agenda with the needs of its industry partners and what are the possible engagement models for potential new industry partners. It will also give a brief overview of several...

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    • Dr Con Sheahan - Founder, Entellexi /ManOpt Systems Ltd

      Dr Con Sheahan – Founder, Entellexi /ManOpt Systems Ltd 

      Con is founder of Entellexi /ManOpt Systems Ltd whose suite of software tools and services has been developed in collaboration with both large and small industrial and research partners across Europe. Their Enterprise Performance solutions provide a clear view of the activities needed to contribute revenue by matching the demand with the effective supply of products, methods, resources and materials.

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    • Marta Iglesias- Consultant, Carbon Trust Advisory

      Marta Iglesias- Consultant, Carbon Trust Advisory 

      Presentation Title: Sustainable Procurement: Carbon, Energy and Resource Efficiency as Drivers of Value in Your Supply Chain. Presentation Synopsis: Leading companies integrate sustainability into everything they do – from the products and services they sell, through to how they configure their supply chains and partnerships. Using examples and case studies from Carbon Trust’s work in the UK and internationally, we will take a look at what companies are doing to address such risks and opportunities, how they are doing this, and the value such initiati...

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    • Jaap Piersma - Business Advisory Consultant, SAS

      Jaap Piersma – Business Advisory Consultant, SAS 

      Jaap is a business advisory consultant at SAS Institute UK & Ireland and helps organisations understand the impact of making business decisions using advanced and predictive business analytics with a specific focus on the Manufacturing Supply Chain and Demand Forecasting . Prior to joining SAS, Jaap has held various positions in the IT industry as a Supply Chain Expert. He has led many projects to streamline the supply chain operations of major CPG companies such as Unilever, Heineken, Henkel, DAF, Iveco, Philips, AGCO, etc.  He understand the importance of a strong focus on forecasting...

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    • Aidan Magner- Managing Director, Simple Supply Solutions Ltd.

      Aidan Magner- Managing Director, Simple Supply Solutions Ltd. 

      Presentation Title: Event Driven Cost Reduction: Proven methodology to maintain and protect profit margins under the pressure of continuous price erosion. Presentation Synopsis: Customers negotiate prices downwards. Competition drive prices downwards. One of the fundamentals of sales is that there is sell price erosion over time. Traditionally supply chain operations had to react to this, slashing headcount, burning suppliers, holding payment on invoices and generally bullying the extended supply chain, if you were lucky enough. More typically, we to...

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    • John Behan- Head of Department of Science, Institute of Technology Tallaght

      John Behan- Head of Department of Science, Institute of Technology Tallaght 

      Presentation Title: Continuous Professional Development & Up Skilling Opportunities for Staff Working in the Pharmaceutical & Bio -Pharmaceutical Sectors at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Speaker Bio: John Behan Graduated from NUIG with an Honours Degree in Microbiology. He completed Masters by Research in Industrial Microbiology in UCD. He     then worked as Head of Manufacturing in Dutch Multinational Healthcare Company Organon Teknika Ltd. Roles included Technology Transfer and the day to day running of the Diagnostic Manufacturing D...

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    • exhibitor - Maria Archer- IoTaas Global business lead, Ericsson

      Maria Archer- IoTaas Global business lead, Ericsson 

      Maria has worked with a range of companies from blue chip  to start-ups. Maria has specialized in growth and innovation in telecoms, media and communications, with a focus on increasing both revenue and shareholder value.  She has led and delivered diverse projects in the cyber-physical world such as big data, e-commerce, media, cyber security, IOT and connected devices. She is an international executive having worked and lived in the UK, France, Middle East, Russia and the US. Maria is passionate about the opportunities of the networked society brings and enabling this through buildi...

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    • exhibitor - Seamus Shanahan- Owner, Solid Solutions

      Seamus Shanahan- Owner, Solid Solutions 

      Solid Solutions Ireland is a 100% Irish owned company and Irelands Premier SolidWorks Reseller. At Solid Solutions Ireland we are 100% focused on providing each and every one of our customers with a quality first class service. Our customers benefit from our premium local support and training.

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    • Dr. Pat Doody- IMaR - Intelligent Mechatronics, IT Tralee

      Dr. Pat Doody- IMaR – Intelligent Mechatronics, IT Tralee 

      Presentation Title: RFID, IoT, Sensor & Process Automation for Industry 4.0. Presentation Title: The Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Technology Gateway is based at IT Tralee and is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners. IMaR provides solutions for companie...

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    • Dr. Daniel Riordan- Center manager, IMaR Technology Gatteway,IT Tralee

      Dr. Daniel Riordan- Center manager, IMaR Technology Gatteway,IT Tralee 

      Presentation Title: RFID, IoT, Sensor & Process Automation for Industry 4.0. Presentation Synopsis: The Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Technology Gateway is based at IT Tralee and is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners. IMaR provides solutions for compa...

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    • Micheal Lynham- Marketing & Business Development Manager, CILT

      Micheal Lynham- Marketing & Business Development Manager, CILT 

      Presentation Title: Digital Marketing & Social Media for Transport and Logistics Speaker Bio: A consumer centric Marketing professional combining a strong academic background and exceptional people skills with 8 years’ experience working in a fast-paced working environment. Committed to enabling businesses to achieve profitable growth through strategic planning and the implementation of creative and innovative marketing and business development initiatives. Adept in all aspects of marketing including the management of the marketing department of a...

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    • Paul Brennan- CILT

      Paul Brennan- CILT 

      Presentation Title: Supply Chain Diagnostics Speaker Bio: Paul Brennan is Managing Partner at Celtic Forwarding one of Ireland’s oldest and well established logistics and general supply chain companies. He was General Manager for SCM in Ireland, for Martin Brower the global supply chain provider for Mc Donald’s for ten years. Paul has over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of supply chain management and has worked both in the retail and industrial sectors in Ireland, the UK, Holland, Portugal and the USA, for a wide range of companies such as the ...

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    • Pat Treacy- Deputy CEO, CILT

      Pat Treacy- Deputy CEO, CILT 

      Presentation Title: Developing Supply Chain Resilience Speaker Bio: Pat is deputy CEO of CILT. He is responsible for the co-ordination and development of education services provided by the Institute including the CILT Diploma and state examinations (CPC,DGSA and ADR). Pat was previously Supply Chain Management Director for Diageo’s beer operations in Europe. He has held a number of senior positions across many disciplines including Operations, Human Resources and Strategy Development.

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    • Gemma O’ Reilly- CILT

      Gemma O’ Reilly- CILT 

      Presentation Title: Paris Summit Implications for Transport Logistics & Supply Chain Speaker Bio: Gemma O’Reilly is an internationally recognised expert on climate finance and policy. She has been part of the Irish delegation to the UNFCCC for 8 years and a member of the EU negotiating team since 2010. Gemma represented Ireland and the EU at the Paris climate conference in 2015 and negotiated climate finance in the Paris Agreement on behalf of the EU.  She has published climate strategy papers for the EPA Ireland and advised the Department of Fore...

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    • Bob Laird- Education & Training Officer, CILT

      Bob Laird- Education & Training Officer, CILT 

      Presentation Title: CILT position in Government Transport Investment Plan Speaker Bio: Bob’s early career was spent in Planning and Marketing Management at Aer Lingus. Later he became Aer Arann General Manager and an international aviation business consultant. In recent years, Bob has worked in business consulting with RPA and Dublin Bus. He chaired the CILT ES Student Awards Committee in 2012 and International President Visit Committee in 2013.

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    • exhibitor - Graham Deane- CILT

      Graham Deane- CILT 

      Presentation Title: Innovation in Developing Sustainable Chain Solutions

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    • exhibitor - Kieran Mooney- Sales and Marketing, CILT

      Kieran Mooney- Sales and Marketing, CILT 

      Presentation Title: Innovation in Road Haulage Safety Compliance Speaker Bio: Kieran Mooney is the RHSC company director responsible for Sales and Marketing and has worked in the Haulage and Logistics business for the past 30 years providing services at management level in Ireland and the UK working for global 3PL companies, food distribution services and companies within the Drinks Industry. He is passionate about fleet and driver compliance and highly experienced in identifying and closing identified gaps. responsible for Sales and Marketing and has...

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    • Stepan Ivanov - Postdoctoral Researcher, TSSG

      Stepan Ivanov – Postdoctoral Researcher, TSSG 

      Stepan Ivanov received his Diploma with honours in applied mathematics and informatics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia in 2007. Following on from completing his Diploma, Stepan joined Telecommunication Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 2014. Stepan has more than 5 years of experience in basic and applied research in the area of Computer Science. Stepan is the lead author of several peer-reviewed conference and journal publications in the areas of bio-inspired network management, wireless sensor...

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    • Dr. Hassan Kaghazchi- Chairman, Profibus

      Dr. Hassan Kaghazchi- Chairman, Profibus 

      Presentation title:  “PROFINET and Industrie 4.0” Presentation Synopsis: Industrial communications systems play a major role in today’s manufacturing systems. The ability to provide connectivity, handle large amount of data, uptime, open standards, safety, and security are the major deciding factors. This presentation shows how PROFINET fits into Industrial Internet of Things (Industrie 4.0). Speaker Bio: Dr Hassan Kaghazchi, PhD, MEng,BEng, CEng, Senior Member International Society of Automation(ISA) Chairman PROFIBUS Ireland, ...

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    • Dr Jonathan Byrne- Post-doctoral researcher, the Urban Modelling Group and co-founder of U3D.

      Dr Jonathan Byrne- Post-doctoral researcher, the Urban Modelling Group and co-founder of U3D. 

      Dr Jonathan Byrne is a post-doctoral researcher in the Urban Modelling Group and co-founder of U3D. He completed his PhD in Evolutionary Design Optimisation in 2012, where he used machine learning techniques to optimise the design of bridges, electricty pylons and aircraft. He has worked as a software developer in industry for Ericsson LMI and developed financial modelling algorithms for Financial Mathematics Computation Cluster. He is currently developing design optimisation techniques that take advantage of the unique properties of the additive manufacturing process. The novel designs are ge...

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    • James Gorry- Health & Safety Presenter

      James Gorry- Health & Safety Presenter 

      Presentation Title: Impact Presentation Presentation Synopsis: This presentation deals with the consequences of not obeying the rules in the workplace. The importance of health and safety is clearly shown throughout this presentation. It's not only knowing the rules but enforcing people to obey them as well as knowing them. Speaker Bio: My name is James Gorry. I am 63 years old. I have a beautiful wife of 42 years, 4 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I am 10 years in a wheelchair after a serious accident in th...

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    • Dermot Brabazon- Associate Professor, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, DCU

      Dermot Brabazon- Associate Professor, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, DCU 

      Presentation Title: Recent Additive Manufacturing Research at the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre, Dublin City University. Presentation Synopsis: A significant amount of research work on the development of 3D printed microfluidic devices has been undertaken and is on-going within the group. This includes development of new 3D microfluidic devices for separation and detection of phosphates and nitrates in water, cafestol in coffee as a LSD indicator, alkylbenzenes for production control, BPA for carcinogen detection, as well as dyes and ...

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    • Carlos Garcia- Researcher in Residence, IMR

      Carlos Garcia- Researcher in Residence, IMR 

      Industrial Engineer with a professional experience of 14 years as a Project Director, Researcher and business Developer, working for private research centres and companies in the fields of industry, renewable energy and railways. He currently works in the Irish Manufacturing Research center, leading the introduction in the market of Greybox Scheduling Optimisation. From a technical perspective Carlos specializes on the development of advanced optimisation and control techniques applied to several fields. His deep knowledge of programming and modelling software completes a strong technica...

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    • Dr. Gar Hynes- Senior Analytics Solution Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

      Dr. Gar Hynes- Senior Analytics Solution Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

      Presentation Title: The analysis and profiling of counterfeiters based on data from the authentication of serialized products. Synopsis: Consumer authentications of serialized products is a rich source of data which can be analyzed to profile counterfeiters. In this talk Dr. Gar Hynes will talk about how authentication information from HPE’s Global Product Authentication Service (GPAS) is analyzed and combined with 3rd party data to provide valuable insights into the operations of counterfeiters   Speaker Bio: ...

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    • exhibitor - David Brown- Head of Supply Chain & Operations, EY Ireland

      David Brown- Head of Supply Chain & Operations, EY Ireland 

        Presentation Title: Addressing evolving supply chain challenges to improve performance.   It will cover areas including the main drivers of complexity, disruptive supply chain forces and supply chain re-invention Speaker Bio:  David is a Director in EY’s Advisory Service and leads the Supply Chain & Operations practice in Ireland. He has more than 15 years’ experience across the full end to end Supply Chain from Procurement, Planning and Fulfilment. He has worked across multiple sectors including Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Good...

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    • Declan Fagan- Senior Automation Manager, Vision Care (Johnson and Johnson)

      Declan Fagan- Senior Automation Manager, Vision Care (Johnson and Johnson) 

      Declan holds accountability for Automation and control systems for Vision Care facility in Limerick. He has over 20 years of experience in machine design and automation, with previous experience both in Emerson and special purpose machine design company Shuttleworth. Declan holds both a Degree and Masters in Engineering related disciplines and currently leads up a team in excess of 50 automation Engineers on site in Limerick where the primary focus is to grow both capacity of equipment and capability of workforce.

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    • Kate Dunne- Lecturer, GMIT Letterfrak

      Kate Dunne- Lecturer, GMIT Letterfrak 

      Presentation Title: Preparing the future global workforce: bringing employers & educators together. Speaker Bio: Kate Dunne has 12 years’ experience as a lecturer on the Bachelor of Science (HONS) Programme in Furniture Wood Technology at the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology, GMIT Letterfrack. In this role, Kate has lectured in the areas of Operations Management, and Automation and Control. She also has had extensive involvement in the area of student supervision at postgraduate master’s level, undergraduate level ...

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    • Marko Jovanovic- Consultant, Ericsson

      Marko Jovanovic- Consultant, Ericsson 

      Presentation Title: IOT is getting real, how to get involved? Presentation Synopsis: Every business in every industry in the world will be influenced by IOT. Data created by connected devices and applications can influence the business processes or improve and introduce new business models, which could significantly change some industries and professions. How will that effect your business and what can you do to get involved?

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    • Donal Hanly- Sales Manager, Endeco-Technologies

      Donal Hanly- Sales Manager, Endeco-Technologies 

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    • Sinead Burke- UL

      Sinead Burke- UL 

      Presentation title: “Applied Mathematics and Manufacturing” Speaker Bio: “Dr. Sinéad Burke is the Research Manager of the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and she will give a brief introduction to the types of projects MACSI has collaborated with industry in the past.  MACSI is Ireland’s foremost applied and industrial mathematics and statistics group, established in 2006, and  it has been awarded over €14M  in exchequer, EU, industrial funding. MACSI has significant expertise in developing mathematical and statisti...

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    • exhibitor - Sonia Santos- HOVIONE

      Sonia Santos- HOVIONE 

      Presentation title: Hovione: A unique combination of capacity and high quality people Presentation Synopsis: Hovione – Who we are and what we do What can Hovione as a CMO offer you? Opportunities & Programs   Speaker Bio: Sonia has over 9 years’ experience in the Human Resources area where she has worked in research, recruitment & assessment. For the past 6 years she has furthered her expertise in the pharma sector in organizational development and human resources management. She is an international profess...

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    • Dr Andrew McCarren- Computing, DCU

      Dr Andrew McCarren- Computing, DCU 

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    • Michael O'Fearghail - Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Institute of Technology Carlow

      Michael O’Fearghail – Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Institute of Technology Carlow 

        Presentation Title: Supply Chain Financial Management - the Final Frontier. Presentation Synopsis: Supply Chain Management is often described as the management of three flows; the flow of product, the flow of information, and the flow of finance.  However, there is very little research to date on how the flow of finance with-in supply chains can be optimised.  Work currently being undertaken at Carlow, tries to address bring this issue to the fore. Speaker Bio: Micheal O Fearghail has lectured at the Institute of Techn...

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    • David Crowley- Director of Independent Financial Consultants & Director, Crossflow Payments

      David Crowley- Director of Independent Financial Consultants & Director, Crossflow Payments 

      What is Crossflow Payments? Crossflow Payments has been operating in the UK since 2010 and launched operations in Ireland in 2015. We provide companies with an end-to-end supply chain finance solution that they can in turn offer to their suppliers. The finance is provided at much more competitive rates than suppliers can currently raise finance themselves. Crossflow can offer a company’s suppliers this lower rate of finance by leveraging the stronger credit rating of the company – typically at a third of the cost of traditional finance sources. We help companies to optimize their supply cha...

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    • exhibitor - Colm Beckett- Researcher, IT Carlow

      Colm Beckett- Researcher, IT Carlow 

      Presentation Title: Supply Chain Financial Management.

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    • Cormac Garvey- Hal- Software

      Cormac Garvey- Hal- Software 

      Presentation title: Supply Chain prototyping Presentation Synopsis: The Supply Chain ecosystem is incredibly complex, usually requiring significant integration of each suppliers' standards and processes to the manufacturer's.  Cormac will introduce the concept of supply chain prototyping, where easy-to-use, standards-based technology is used to wireframe out the entire supply chain ecosystem prior to integration, thus significantly reducing cost, time and risk on the project.  This wireframe can then be used as a model for future integration projects ...

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    • Killian O Driscoll- NIBRT

      Killian O Driscoll- NIBRT 

      Presentation Title: Career opportunities in Biopharma Presentation Synopsis: Hear about the opportunities in the fast growing biopharma industry for operators, technicians,  scientists, engineers and related disciplines. The talk will also highlight re-skilling opportunities many of which are funded by Government. Bio: Killian O’Driscoll is the Director of Projects at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). NIBRT is a global leader in biopharma research and training with a mission to encourage...

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    • Colette Gallagher - Head of SAP End User Training, Olas

      Colette Gallagher – Head of SAP End User Training, Olas 

      Colette Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a Masters of Business Studies (E-Commerce), is SAP SD certified and is a certified Microsoft Trainer.  Colette has worked in training for 13 years and is and an experienced SAP trainer and eLearning developer.  She also develops training strategies and manages training projects for Olas customers. Colette has been involved several large SAP roll-outs including Kerry Group, Xerox Europe, International Criminal Courts, Allergan Europe, Aryzta, Univar Europe and Uniphar.

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    • Sean Lyons, Project Manager, TSSG, WIT

      Sean Lyons, Project Manager, TSSG, WIT 

      Speaker Bio: Sean Lyons graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and has also attained an MBA from the University of Limerick. He has extensive experience in the development of high tech products, business development and the management of people and processes in that field.  Having been involved in and managed many high tech projects, Sean is now developing a smart grid product in Waterford Institute of Technology's Telecommunication, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) called SECO which optimises flexible load with the market an...

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    • Kevin MacSweeny-Head of New Investments, Broadlake

      Kevin MacSweeny-Head of New Investments, Broadlake 

      Speaker Bio: Kevin is Head of New Investments for Dublin based Private Investment Firm Broadlake.  Broadlake focuses on investing €2-10m of equity into established ambitious businesses with headquarters in Ireland or the UK.  Kevin heads up new investment origination for Broadlake and also works closely with Broadlake’s portfolio companies on corporate development projects such as strategic acquisition opportunities.  Kevin previously work with Noonan on Corporate Development helping source and complete strategic acquisitions for the Group.

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    • Mark Regan – Managing Partner, Regan Solicitors

      Mark Regan – Managing Partner, Regan Solicitors 

      Mark is the managing partner at Regan Solicitors. He has practised as a commercial lawyer for the past 21 years and was the senior partner in the Commercial and Litigation Department of another commercial law firm for 15 of those years. He has since established his own firm and brand as Regan Solicitors with a view to providing and expanding his existing client base with a more bespoke and efficient service. He is highly regarded in the area of Company and Corporate Law and has a particular niche in advising Manufacturing Companies on Compliance, EU directives, Product Liability and Health and...

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    • Karl Rush, New Business Manager- ERIKS UK & Ireland

      Karl Rush, New Business Manager- ERIKS UK & Ireland 

        Presentation Title: Factory stores – manufacturing’s necessary evil Presentation Synopsis: Following research undertaken jointly with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in to the effectiveness of UK & Irelands manufacturing’s supply and operation of maintenance stores we found that nobody can deny that industry is now amongst the most efficient in the world. A tight focus on cost-down measures has produced lean, competitive industries which are capable of competing, and winning, in globalised markets. And yet, even in...

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    • Willian Usher - Lean Manufacturing, Centre for Competitiveness

      Willian Usher – Lean Manufacturing, Centre for Competitiveness 

      Presentation Title: Achieving Lean through Cultural Change Presentation Synopsis: Quite often organization focus in implementing many of the Lean tools available, yet neglect to develop and nurture a Lean culture within the organization. In the Automotive industry, the main focus is placed on the people. It’s the people who bring the system to life: working, communicating, resolving issues, and growing together. It has been said by the originators at Toyota that 80% of the journey to lean is learning and living the new philosophy, and 20% is changing t...

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    • Adrian Gundy- Supply Chain, Business Growth & Organisational Development

      Adrian Gundy- Supply Chain, Business Growth & Organisational Development 

      Adrian joined the Centre for Competitiveness Ireland in 1999 where he is the Senior Executive for Innovation and Supply Chain Development., and leads the Centre’s aerospace team on the island of Ireland. Adrian has a deep understanding of innovation and supply chain management, and considerable experience in applying innovation and LEAN to drive Competitive Advantage in companies and organisations from a range of sectors. He manages the Centre’s strategic partnership with ADS UK (Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space) in Ireland. ADS UK is an 800+ manufacturing and service company sector ne...

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    • Mark Symth- Applied Systems Specialist- Daikin Ireland

      Mark Symth- Applied Systems Specialist- Daikin Ireland 

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    • Dr. Enda Demsey- IMDA

      Dr. Enda Demsey- IMDA 

      Presentation Title: Breaking into the Medical Sector through IMDA Springboard Presentation Synopsis: The Medical Device industry has a huge shortage of Quality Engineers despite the increased interest in STEM subjects over the last number of years. Therefore, IMDA Springboard has been running a Quality Engineering programme to convert unemployed Engineers and Scientists to fill this gap.   Speaker Bio: Enda is a science graduate from Trinity College Dublin. He went on to achieve his PhD from the Moyne Institute of Preventi...

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    • exhibitor - Holger Prohl- Market Manager, MT-PCE

      Holger Prohl- Market Manager, MT-PCE 

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    • Declan McGee - Manager, Innovation Partnership Programme,  Enterprise Ireland

      Declan McGee – Manager, Innovation Partnership Programme, Enterprise Ireland 

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    • Ita Leyden - Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers

      Ita Leyden – Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers 

      Ita Leyden B.E., M.Sc., Dip. Em, C.Eng M.IEI, M.IES, C.MIOSH is the Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers (LCE) – Safety engineering, Training and Ergonomic Consultants. Ita Leyden is a chartered engineer, ergonomist and a chartered member of the professional body for health and safety, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with over 25 years’ experience in the ergonomics, engineering, training and safety fields. She was one of the first in Ireland to qualify with a M.Sc. in Ergonomics, Health, Safety and Hygiene from University College Galway and also holds a...

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    • Tom Mulvey- Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)

      Tom Mulvey- Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) 

      Presentation Title: SCM Strategies: From Vertical Integration to Keiretsu Networks   Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will explore six SCM strategies: (i) many suppliers; (ii) few suppliers; (iii) joint ventures; (iv) vertical integration; (v) keiretsu networks; and (vi) virtual companies.  However the emphasis will be on Vertical Integration (forward and backward) and Keiretsu Networks.   Speaker Bio: Tom Mulvey is a Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in the Institute of Technology Bla...

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    • Michael Lynham- Marketing , CILT

      Michael Lynham- Marketing , CILT 

      Speaker Bio: Michael is a Marketing professional combining a strong academic background and exceptional people skills with 8 years’ experience working in a fast-paced working environment. He was the Marketing & Business Development Manager with CILT but recently took up a new position as Vice President for Global Relations with Trinity College, Dublin.

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    • exhibitor - Tom Ferris- President, CILT

      Tom Ferris- President, CILT 

      Speaker Bio: Tom Ferris is a consultant economist. He has been President of the CIT and was formerly the Department of Transport’s Senior Economist. He will argue that when the new Government enters office it should launch a significant public investment programme. That is required following the slashing of investment during the past seven years and the need for ‘catch-up’ following the cut-backs that were required by the Troika during the fiscal crisis. But it is not just a matter of allocating funds.  Government Departments need to clearly operate a robust appraisal syste...

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    • exhibitor - Joe Coogan’s- Director, Solid Solutions Ireland

      Joe Coogan’s- Director, Solid Solutions Ireland 

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    • exhibitor - Martin Reilly- IPT

      Martin Reilly- IPT 

      Presentation Title : “Serialisation Track & Trace – Are We on Track ?”   Synopsis: “From Mettler-Toledo PCE, a Global Leader in the manufacture and supply of cross-sectoral Serialisation hardware and software solutions. Based on experience, an invaluable insight into the What, Why and How of  Serialisation and it’s implementation”.

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    • exhibitor - Dr. Markus Helfert- Director of the Business Informatics Research Group and a Senior Lecturer, DCU

      Dr. Markus Helfert- Director of the Business Informatics Research Group and a Senior Lecturer, DCU 

      Presentation Title: Information – the Key for Lean Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will give a brief introduction to Lean Thinking practices and describe, with some examples, the value of information for Lean Practices. It will describe how IT Value Design helps to define and describe the value contribution of information in organisations. The concept is based on simple visual templates and approaches that create a simple and shared language to discuss value propositions across organisational boundaries. Speaker B...

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    • Mark Costello- Head of Design, Synecco

      Mark Costello- Head of Design, Synecco 

      Speaker Bio: Mark Costello has spent 18 years operating at the cutting edge in the field of Industrial Design and New Product Development. Mark has consistently delivered highly successful product solutions for a broad client base across Ireland, the UK, Europe, USA and the Far East. Over the past decade, Mark has specialised in the Medical Device sector; managing development programs that have either reinvigorated existing product platforms or created unique devices designed to revolutionise the standard of care for a given procedure or condition. Mark’s extensive experi...

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    • Eoin O Riain- Read Out (Moderator)

      Eoin O Riain- Read Out (Moderator) 

      Eoin Ó Riain became formally involved in instrumentation with Industrial Instruments Ltd (IIL) around 50 years ago and has been involved ever since. When IIL closed in 1987 he started publishing the specialist publication Read-out. Read-out Read-out the authoritative source of information and news in the instrumentation, control and automation community in Ireland. It has been published regularly for the last twenty six years. The name came from the house magazine of IIL. It is distributed by post to over 2000 named automation and instrumentation professionals throughout...

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    • Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos- National Delegate Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland, Enterprise Ireland

      Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos- National Delegate Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland, Enterprise Ireland 

      Presentation Title:  Horizon 2020: EU Research and Development programme 2014-2020. Speaker Bio: ...

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    • Graham Healy-  Management System Consultant, Celtic Sustainability Solutions

      Graham Healy- Management System Consultant, Celtic Sustainability Solutions 

        Presentation Title: The benefits of ISO certification to Irish industry   Graham Healy works for Celtic Sustainability Solutions as a management system consultant providing companies with guidance on a range of business improvement tools and techniques. Amongst these are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, GHG emissions reporting, process mapping, and six-sigma techniques. Graham has worked with companies in a range of industries to become certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. These industries include medical devices, supply chain, architects, food manufacture...

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    • Ann Ledwith- UL

      Ann Ledwith- UL 

      Presentation Title: Focused, fast and flexible: a partnership approach to skills development for manufacturing and supply chains

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    • Dominic Carolan – CEO, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

      Dominic Carolan – CEO, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) 

      Dominic Carolan was appointed CEO of NIBRT in April 2015. Mr Carolan previously held senior roles in Mallinckrodt (Dublin), Genzyme (Waterford), also Genzyme (Corporate) where he was Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, and in Sanofi, where he headed their global network of Sterile Injectable Lyophilisation sites. He has successfully lead the startup of two significant Pharma & BioPharma facilities in Ireland and has a proven track record in operations leadership and in attracting and developing the talent required to deliver long term success. A graduate of UCD in Chemical Engineering,...

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    • Tadhg Henderson – Managing Director, Profitsflow.com

      Tadhg Henderson – Managing Director, Profitsflow.com 

      With 20 years' experience delivering ERP solutions to the Irish manufacturing sector, Tadhg has been involved as both project team member and project manager in hundreds of ERP system implementations ranging in scale from small companies employing less than 10 people right up to multinational organisations with a centralised system deployed across many countries and continents.  During that time he has seen the evolution of ERP moving from "thick" client software with minimal server requirements through client/server software and onto the cloud and hybrid platforms many companies are deploying...

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    • exhibitor - Siobhan Matthews- Co- Founder, Scf Processing

      Siobhan Matthews- Co- Founder, Scf Processing 

      Presentation title: Transferring advanced materials & technology into successful business Speaker Bio: Siobhán is a co-founder SCF Processing Ltd., Ireland and its CEO and CTO. The company provides a materials processing service based on polymer processing techniques and supercritical fluid technology. This service includes R&D, bespoke processing equipment & small scale processing. Siobhán is a member of various professional societies including The London Materials Society, where she sits on the LMS Council and is a former Chair of the...

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    • Sinéad Škrba - European Patent Attorney, Tomkins

      Sinéad Škrba – European Patent Attorney, Tomkins 

      Prior to joining Tomkins, Sinéad worked as a design engineer for an electronic design automation tools provider, and also as a Field Applications Engineer and a Technical Account Manager for an electronics component distribution company. In this role she worked with companies across a broad range of technologies such as Medical, Security and Automotive, supporting their products from design through to manufacture. As part of the Intellectual Property team within Tomkins & Co, Sinéad is involved in patent prosecution before the Irish, UK and European Patent Offices in applications in all...

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    • Michael Hayes - Senior Program Manager,  ICT for Energy Efficiency, Tyndall National Institute

      Michael Hayes – Senior Program Manager, ICT for Energy Efficiency, Tyndall National Institute 

      Mike Hayes (M.Eng.Sc., UCC) worked for almost 20 years at power electronics multi-national Artesyn Technologies in various roles, initially in design engineering and project management before joining Artesyn’s senior management team as Custom Engineering Manager in 1999. In 2008 Mike joined Tyndall as a Program Manager, coordinating activities across several ‘Wireless Sensor Network’ (WSN) energy management projects. In 2012 his remit was expanded to cover 'ICT for energy efficiency' (ICT4EE) solutions, also incorporating power electronics. Activities include the design & deployment of WSN...

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    • Dr. Vincent Hargaden- College Lecturer and Director of the Master of Engineering Management Programme, UCD

      Dr. Vincent Hargaden- College Lecturer and Director of the Master of Engineering Management Programme, UCD 

      Presentation title: "Developing the Triple A Manufacturing & Supply Chain Professional". Speaker Bio: Dr. Vincent Hargaden is a College Lecturer and Director of the Master of Engineering Management Programme in the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (UCD), Masters degree in Industrial Engineering (NUIG), MBA (UCD) and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Rensselaer, USA). Prior to joining the academic staff in UCD, he gained 8 years industrial experience in production, de...

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    • James Hogan- Green Business Programme Manager, Clean Technology Centre- CIT

      James Hogan- Green Business Programme Manager, Clean Technology Centre- CIT 

      Speaker Bio: James Hogan is an Environmental Consultant and Programme Manager at Clean Technology Centre, Cork Institute of Technology. http://ctc-cork.ie/ James is programme manager for Green Business Programme which are funded by the National Waste Prevention Programme. The Green Business Programme is a free resource efficiency service for business which assists business to identify opportunities for reducing waste, energy and water consumption. Green Business has identified more than €6.7 million potential cost savings for businesses in the last 3 years.

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    • Mark McKeever - Director, PWC

      Mark McKeever – Director, PWC 

      Mark McKeever, heads up PwC's Supply Chain Management practice in Ireland. Mark has over 20 years experience working in both Consulting and Industry. Mark has advised a wide range of clients in the Retail, Consumer Goods and Pharma industry sectors. Prior to joining PwC, Mark previously worked for Tesco, KPMG Consulting and Liz Claiborne. Mark has an MBA from UCD and a Business Management Degree from Trinity College.

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    • John Phelan- National Manager HBAN

      John Phelan- National Manager HBAN 

      Speaker Bio: John has extensive experience in start-up and growth businesses (three start-ups; one in the UK, two in Ireland and GM of a computer games company in Chicago). His first business was an Animation Studio in London focusing on Feature films, TV series and Commercials. The success of this venture led to his appointment as General Manager of a Computer Games company in Chicago. His domain knowledge is in the MediaTech, Digital Media, Software, ICT, Games & Animation sectors, but has also engaged in early stage Research (FP7, H2020 and the European Commission...

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    • exhibitor - Steve Corner- Preactor Business, Siemens

      Steve Corner- Preactor Business, Siemens 

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    • Erica Bassford- Head of Aspire Producing Excellence, Lauras International

      Erica Bassford- Head of Aspire Producing Excellence, Lauras International 

      Presentation Title: Succeeding With Lean – The Human Element Presentation Synopsis: Has your Lean journey faltered? Can’t break Production and Engineering out of their silos? Your Front Line Managers don’t seem to be focussed on the most important things for the business? Take a look at the key drivers for success, developed over 15 years of working with clients who have been frustrated with exactly these challenges. Speaker Bio: Erica has broad operational experience gained over 25 years within international manufacturing orga...

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    • exhibitor - Lucy Williams- 2 Degrees Network

      Lucy Williams- 2 Degrees Network 

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