Speakers

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    • Colette Fitzpatrick - TV3 Broadcaster

      Colette Fitzpatrick – TV3 Broadcaster 

      Colette is one of Ireland's most experienced live television and radio Broadcasters. She is TV3's main News Anchor where she presents the channel's flagship weekday news bulletins, The 12.30 and The 5.30. She joined Pat Kenny co-hosting the first series of Pat Kenny Tonight before returning to her full time role on TV3. In addition, she has a weekly column in the Evening Herald newspaper and has also written opinion editorials for the paper. From Holycross, Thurles, in Co Tipperary, Colette has been working in television and radio for two decades. She has a broad knowledge of current...

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    • Pat Breen, TD- Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection

      Pat Breen, TD- Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection 

      Pat Breen is Minister of State across the Departments of Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Employment and Social Protection, the Department of the Taoiseach, and the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection. He was previously appointed Minister of State for Employment and Small Business in May 2016. He was  first elected to Dail in 2002 and was successfully re-elected in M...

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    • Barry Heavey - Director of Life Sciences, Accenture Ireland

      Barry Heavey – Director of Life Sciences, Accenture Ireland 

      Barry is leading Accenture Ireland’s efforts in supporting multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies transform their operations in Ireland and globally.  Barry has worked in a variety of roles in government, start-ups and multinationals focused on manufacturing, R&D and business development. Presentation title Industry X.0: Digital Reinvention of Industry Presentation summary More complex products are coming through R&D pipelines at ever increasing paces and with increasing expectations in terms of quality, personalisation and connectedness.  W...

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    • Lucinda Creighton – Founder, Vulcan Consulting

      Lucinda Creighton – Founder, Vulcan Consulting 

      Vulcan Consulting provides in-depth analysis of the changing regulatory environment in Ireland and at the EU level, flagging major changes and providing expert strategic advice to companies on how to anticipate and influence change. Our founder, Lucinda Creighton, is a former Member of Parliament and Minister for European Affairs in the Irish Government, with extensive knowledge of the regulatory and bureaucratic systems across Europe. We provide unique insights, analysis and advice for companies who deal with the complex and ever changing regulatory environment. Among the many areas of ou...

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    • Peter Nolan-World Wide President, BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems

      Peter Nolan-World Wide President, BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems 

      Peter joined BD in December, 2012 from Safety Syringes, Inc. San Diego, California, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer. Peter was a semi-finalist in the 2011 E&Y Entrepreneur of the year Award for San Diego, California, having led SSI through a transformation in manufacturing, product development, strategic marketing, commercial development and customer service strategy. Under Peter’s leadership, this business significantly improved its revenue growth, enhanced operations and increased the value of its new product pipeline. Peter has extensive experience in global business...

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    • Dr. Andrew Lynch - Chief Innovation & Network Officer, IMR

      Dr. Andrew Lynch – Chief Innovation & Network Officer, IMR 

      Andrew Lynch is the Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research, an independent Industry-led RTO in the Irish State.  Andrew is a founding Director of the EUREKA SMART Manufacturing Instrument, Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, a member of the IMR I4 Steering Committee and a national delegate to the European ManuFuture High Level Group (HLG).  A member of the ECSEL LIASE Committee, Andrew is also the national AVM KIC industrial coordinator and a recogn...

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    • Paschal McCarthy-Former Managing Director of  GE Healthcare  and before that MD of Amersham Health

      Paschal McCarthy-Former Managing Director of GE Healthcare and before that MD of Amersham Health 

      Paschal is currently  a non executive director of FehilyTimony Company, Holden Installations, Induchem Group, Alex Verification Services . He has also established his own  consultancy business---‘’ Paschal McCarthy Management and Consultancy Service’’. Prior to  his GE days  Paschal also worked with Schering Plough Corp. and Baxter Healthcare. Over the years  hehave built up a deep domain expertise in the Pharmaceutical industry .He also has  proven track record in  leading start-up’s and restructuring - managing on-going “steady as she goes” environments, aggressive ...

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    • Denis Hayes - Managing Director, IRDG

      Denis Hayes – Managing Director, IRDG 

      Denis has been with the IRDG since July 2011, he became Managing Director in 2011. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. During this time he has worked for leading brand companies and been involved in a variety of new market activity, product launches and product renovation. He has played a leading role in innovations associated with brands such as Cadbury, Yoplait, Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Heinz, Bulmers, Magners and Ballygowan.

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    • Matt Moran - Director, Biopharmachem Ireland

      Matt Moran – Director, Biopharmachem Ireland 

      Matthew Moran is Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland.  He graduated in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1981; he holds an MBA also from University College Dublin (Smurfit School of Business).  He worked for over ten years in the pharmaceutical industry where he held a number of management positions both in active ingredient and dosage form manufacture.  He is a member the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). Matthew Moran is a Board member of the Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (API) Committee of CEFIC (CEFIC/APIC) ...

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    • Edward Sweeney- Professor of Logistics and Director, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

      Edward Sweeney- Professor of Logistics and Director, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, UK 

      Professor Edward Sweeney is Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He was previously Director of the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL) in Dublin. The focus of his current work is on resilience and sustainability in global supply chains.   Presentation title “Hard-wiring” and “soft-wiring” of manufacturing supply chains Presentation synopsis This presentation focuses on the people dimension of the supply chain in the context of both research and practice as evidenced in the many empirical...

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    • Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland

      Robert Hernan- Senior Lean Specialist, Enterprise Ireland 

      Senior lean specialist in Enterprise Ireland's Lean team. Currently supporting Enterprise Ireland's food companies in implementing Lean transforms. Previously managed Lean Start and Plus business offers. Managed the successful Lean for Micro (LEOs) pilot in 2015 and supported the roll out of the IDA Lean initiative, 2016. Previously was the technical manager in accredited ecotoxicity laboratory.   Lean for Micro Synopsis: Synopsis:   Lean Management Systems have been supported by Enterprise Ireland (Lean Business Offer) since 2009 and also by the IDA and Udaras to m...

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    • John Madigan-Head of Marketing and Research, SBCI

      John Madigan-Head of Marketing and Research, SBCI 

      John joined the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland in February 2015 from KBC Bank. At KBC Bank Ireland he had been Senior Manager Strategy and Planning, Retail Distribution as part of the Retail Distribution Leadership team since 2013.  There he led the rollout of KBCI Retail Distribution strategy, delivering on both the expansion of KBCI physical branch infrastructure and the expansion of KBCI product suite to include Consumer Finance products.  Prior to joining KBC, John spent 34 years with Bank of Ireland, where his roles included Head of Branches - Dublin Central and South, Head ...

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    • Ivan Kelly-Global Supply Chain R&D Program Manager, HP Inc

      Ivan Kelly-Global Supply Chain R&D Program Manager, HP Inc 

      I am Global Supply Chain Innovator who delivers diverse global programs for HP Inc. These programs include developing R&D Supply Chain solutions as well as developing operational improvements across the global Supply Chain. I have a M.Sc in Innovation & Technology Management, an MBA and I am developing a M.Sc in Data Analytics. I am investigating opportunities in Supply Chain Blockchain. Title: Innovation Types in Supply Chain Overview: This talk will explore the reality of Supply chain innovation efforts and their impact on the product lifecycle.

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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 transforming Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chains and 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 seni...

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    • Fergal O’Byrne – Head of Business Excellence, NSAI

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      Fergal O’Byrne – Head of Business Excellence, NSAI 

      Fergal O’Byrne is Head of Business Excellence Certification at NSAI. He manages a wide client base of companies who typically are certified to the Quality Management System ISO 9001 with increasing number adding on Occupational Health & Safety Certification OHSAS 18001 and the Environmental Management System ISO 14001. Business Excellence Certification division also deals with such issues as Social Responsibility based on ISO 26000, the Human Resource Specification ‘Excellence Through People’ and PEFC Forest Management & Chain of Custody.  The Client base ranges from the very small SME...

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    • Andy Burgess-Technical Sales Manager, Aqua Enviro.

      Andy Burgess-Technical Sales Manager, Aqua Enviro. 

      Aqua Enviro is a leading environmental consultancy which provide impartial advice and support regarding wastewater, biosolids and organic waste treatment, from the planning stages and delivery of new treatment processes through to the optimisation of existing assets. Services include training, feasibility studies, water auditing and optimisation of effluent treatment plants. Title:- “Trade Effluent Treatment and water reuse:  A review of best practice in the F&B sector to reduce costs and improve sustainability”   Content 15-minute slot   Company Intro...

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    • Ian Beckett- Chief Executive Officer, Eirtight Technology Ltd

      Ian Beckett- Chief Executive Officer, Eirtight Technology Ltd 

      Ian has extensive experience of profitably transforming global and domestic multinational companies. In Gateway Computers he managed all functions between marketing and manufacturing in Europe and Asia  and he managed IT in 10 telecom operations globally including Meteor Ireland. He has a MSc in Management from TCD currently manages business operations in USA, Bolivia, UK and Ireland. He is married with 3 children. Presentation Effective business transformation – Why Lean Manufacturing can fail   Synopsis Many transformation progr...

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    • Alejandro Rosales-Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd.

      Alejandro Rosales-Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd. 

      Alejandro Rosales (M.Sc. in Physics) is Science & Technology Manager at IRIS, a Barcelona-based advanced engineering company, the parent company of Visum Ltd. (Dublin). Alejandro manages the company’s Innovation Portfolio from a scientific and technological perspective and facilitates strategic alliances with providers of both knowledge and technology. His expertise comprises both theoretical and hands-on skills in several scientific and technological areas, in particular, spectroscopy, chemometrics and design of measurement instruments and their integration in industrial lines as well as ...

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    • Ken Molloy-Technical Manager- Wonderware Ireland, SolutionsPT

      Ken Molloy-Technical Manager- Wonderware Ireland, SolutionsPT 

      Ken joined SolutionsPT in 2016 bringing over 15 years’ sales and engineering experience from various industries. A senior member of the System Architect team, with a wealth of Wonderware and Industrial IT knowledge, Ken works closely with manufacturers to understand their business goals and improve their OT infrastructure.   Presentation Title: The Convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) in Automation   Brief Synopsis of Talk: This talk will cover some of the latest trends t...

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    • Matthew Branch-Engineering Manager, VERDE LED

      Matthew Branch-Engineering Manager, VERDE LED 

      Matthew Branch is an LED Industry professional with almost 10years experience in LED design and application, covering both the Retail sector as well as the Commercial & Industrial sector. He trained as a Semiconductor Physicist (PhD), and with experience in Product Management and LED Design.    Presentation title: Retrofit and New Build Lighting Design   Presentation Synopsis: Find attached proposed presentation attached. Includes case studies for Industrial, Retail, Commercial, Education, Sports facilitie...

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    • Dr Alan Hernon- Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Gateway Manager, PEM Gateway

      Dr Alan Hernon- Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Gateway Manager, PEM Gateway 

      Dr Alan Hernon is the manager of the PEM Technology Gateway based in IT Sligo. The PEM Technology Gateway, funded by Enterprise Ireland,offers research and development supports to the manufacturing industry. Presentation title:Smart R&D with Third Level Institutes: The PEM Gateway perspective Synopsis of the talk: Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and industry are critical to the economy.  Such R&D programmes attract foreign direct investment...

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    • Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager.

      Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager. 

      Dr Ramesh Raghavendra is SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager. SEAM is an industry focused applied research centre, providing innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors, including bio-medical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering and industrial technologies. SEAM Research Centre, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, is currently seed funded by Enterprise Ireland's Technology Gateway Programme.  

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    • Donal O'Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd.

      Donal O’Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd. 

      Donal is responsible for capex project research for the Irish market for Protel Associates – Europe’s leading supplier of project intelligence covering the food & beverage industry and wider process manufacturing sectors. Having worked in technical sales and procurement roles for 25, Donal has developed unmatched insight into the capex landscape across Ireland.   Talk Title- "Capital Expenditure - Pharma, food & Drink - Ireland - year on year review" will be the topic focusing on the numbers for 2016-2017 and any threats perceived from Brexit in the sectors I cover.

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    • John MacNamara- Chief Executive,  BCM (Business Cost Management)

      John MacNamara- Chief Executive, BCM (Business Cost Management) 

      John is the CEO of BCM Limited, a world leading firm specialising in Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth for clients in the private sector & semi-state sectors.   John founded BCM 25 years ago and BCM now has offices in 16 countries.  BCM works on a No Results, No Charge basis.   Presentation Title – Growing Business Profits Through Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth Brief Synopsis – John will speak about growing profits in large and small businesses.   The talk will be focused on practical ways to reduce non-core ...

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    • Gary Bradley- Country Manager, RS Ireland.

      Gary Bradley- Country Manager, RS Ireland. 

      Gary has been with RS Ireland for over 20 years, and Country Manager since 2013, helping RS Ireland stay at the forefront of innovation and maintaining high levels of customer service. Presentation Title: RS Ireland – Supporting Industry in Ireland for over 70 years Synopsis: Founded in 1947, Radionics started life as a distributor of radio spares and associated products, and is now Ireland’s leading distributor of industrial components. Committed to keeping pace with developments in technology product innovation, along with changes in customer buying be...

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    • Ben Johnson- Account Manager, Ultimaker

      Ben Johnson- Account Manager, Ultimaker 

      Ben is the National Account Manager for Ultimaker in UK and Ireland. Created through open-source collaboration, Ultimaker's premium 3D printers are highly reliable and enjoyed by professional makers all over the world. Presentation Title: Ultimaker & 3D printing Synopsis: An insight into 3D printing, who are Ultimaker and the impact they have had on the industry. How from the very beginning, their mission has been to empower and inspire people around the world by developing open source 3D printers and tools.  

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    • Justin Leonard - The Chain Director, igus ®

      Justin Leonard – The Chain Director, igus ® 

      Justin Leonard is director at igus® responsible for the development and management of the plastic energy chains and chainflex® cables (together called “the-chain”). A graduate engineer, responsibilities during his 15-year career with igus® started with external technical sales then developed into product and project management, before assuming responsibility for the whole divison.   Presentation Title: Smart plastics for industry 4.0 The isense family of igus® products consists of various intellgent sensors and monitoring modules....

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    • John Horsley - Technical Manager, BOFA International

      John Horsley – Technical Manager, BOFA International 

      John is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design and application of fume control units. His experience includes the design of steelworks fume scrubbers, pulse jet cleaned fabric and cartridge filter systems and laser and solder fume control units. John currently provides technical support to BOFA’s worldwide network of OEM’s and distributors. Presentation Title:  Fumes in the Workplace, the Invisible Killer? Presentation Synopsis: Fumes are generated by many workplace processes including soldering, laser c...

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    • Enrico Paolucci-Global Account Manager - Business Development - Industries, BR- Automation

      Enrico Paolucci-Global Account Manager – Business Development – Industries, BR- Automation 

      Few decades of experience as Commercial Director and Business Development in production units of both Italian and European multinational groups leaders in the manufacture of packing machinery in the consumer goods and tobacco industries. Moved to B&R to coordinate from the HQ the job of a worldwide team of end user salesmen in developing strong cooperation with Global Multinational end user Companies as well as with strategic and significant regionally based Companies. Presentation Title:"How to Digitise your Shopfloor Data?" Brief Synopsis: Would you like to leverage machine data...

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    • Shane Robinson-Senior Technical Architect, Dataworks

      Shane Robinson-Senior Technical Architect, Dataworks 

      Shane Robinson leads Dataworks Visualisation and IIot Services. Shane has over 20 years’ experience working on many high profile system implementations bringing projects from system analysis and design through to validation and installation. Presentation title: IoT: Connecting Devices & Manufacturing Equipment to the Cloud Brief synopsis of the talk:  Shane will take you through the steps involved in connecting a sensor device to the Microsoft IoT Hub and demonstrate how Microsoft Azure cloud applica...

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    • Brian Cooney-General Manager, Kuka Robotics Ireland Ltd.

      Brian Cooney-General Manager, Kuka Robotics Ireland Ltd. 

      Brian is the General Manager for KUKA Robotics Ireland, subsidiary of the renowned German Engineering Group KUKA AG. A mechanical engineer by background, Brian has worked in industrial Automation for more than 30 years and has held senior engineering, sales and management positions in high profile companies including ABB and CPI Technology. With more than 20 years of experience in robotics, Brian has been at the forefront of the technology in Irish Manufacturing and is a regular speaker and participant on many Industry and Manufacturing forums, National Sub-committees as well as advisor ...

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    • Tim Kernohan- Sales Manager, Solid Solutions Management Ltd

      Tim Kernohan- Sales Manager, Solid Solutions Management Ltd 

      Tim Kernohan CEng is a previous Head of Engineering at a Tech Track 100 fastest growing private company.   Now applying the skills and experience gained to support businesses with Solid Solutions Management Ltd, the UK & Ireland’s largest SOLIDWORKS provider, with the world’s most qualified technical team. www.solidsolutions.co.uk   Presentation:  Three Point Perspective – Using 3D CAD data to benefit the wider business.  Whether it is your first 3D model or you’ve lost count, join us to explore how this data you already have can be ...

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    • Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland

      Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland 

      Lorraine McCann is a Senior Manager and Leader of EY Ireland’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice.  Lorraine has extensive global cross-sectoral experience in helping companies comply with ever increasing regulatory and voluntary sustainability requirements. Her experience has been focused on helping companies engage with stakeholders, undertake materiality assessments,set and measure non-financial key performance indicators, sustainability and integrated reporting advisory, sustainability risk assessments, sustainability assurance, regulatory reporting and impact meas...

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    • Jean Williams, Researcher, UCD

      Jean Williams, Researcher, UCD 

      Jean Williams is a graduate student at the University College Dublin Innovation Academy. Her educational achievements include a Masters (Hons) in Geography, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development and a Bachelor of Arts in History, and Geography (Hons), from University College Dublin. Her research interests focus primarily in Environmental Geography and more particularly on sustainability, climate change and green infrastructure. Jean has co-authored a paper termed ‘The green ‘signature’ of Irish cities: An examination of the ecosystem services prov...

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    • Alan Fogarty-Sustainability Partner	, Cundall.

      Alan Fogarty-Sustainability Partner , Cundall. 

      Alan heads up a specialist environmental team in Cundall which is focused on low-energy, health & wellbeing and sustainable building design. He is an accredited BREEAM Assessor, AP & SKA assessor.   He implemented the WELL Building Standard on Cundall’s London office which was the first WELL certified office in Europe. He is keenly interested in biophilia and in particular how plants can improve air quality inside buildings.   Title: The WELL Implemented- a case study.   This presentation will introduce the WELL Building Standard, how it was imple...

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    • Pat Kirwan- Associate, Henry J Lyons, Architects

      Pat Kirwan- Associate, Henry J Lyons, Architects 

      Pat is a licensed BREEAM & BIM Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Designer, he sits on the RIAI Sustainability Taskforce and is an active member of the Irish Green Building Council where he previously lead their sustainable products and materials group. Pat is responsible for the development and implementation of BIM strategies within Henry J Lyons and sees BIM technologies as being fundamental to the design and execution of highly sustainable buildings. Presentation Title – “Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)- The Future is Here” ...

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    • Elaine Gardiner- Programme Manager, Graduate Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

      Elaine Gardiner- Programme Manager, Graduate Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 

      Elaine joined the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in October 2017. She is a Programme Manager in the Graduate Programmes Team and is responsible for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains. Elaine has a background in chemical engineering and has worked across Europe, Asia and Latin America in research and development for Procter and Gamble.   She has since gone on to complete a Master’s degree in corporate responsibility and led sustainability programs at Berghaus and Pentland Brands. Specialising in sustainable strategy in the apparel industry ...

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    • exhibitor - Peter Cuthbert-Horticultural Services- Invasive Species

      Peter Cuthbert-Horticultural Services- Invasive Species 

      Returning recently from Korea showed the impact of Alien Vines on the landscape, it helps to focus the mind on defeating aliens such as Japanese Knotweed. Is it real or imagined that such Invasive plants are spreading much faster? Seeing riverside habitat destroyed by such alien plants gives cause for concern ,other plants lurk, just waiting to exploit environmental change. Presentation Title- Alien Invasive Plants How Bad?   Talk synopsis- Showing some of the worst alien plant offenders , detailing some  environmental impacts ,  informing the public of resources available .

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    • Dr Barry Murphy-Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics

      Dr Barry Murphy-Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics 

      Co-founder and CTO of power grid monitoring start-up Electrical Analytics. Barry’s background is with the Applied Physics Research Group, TCD, and he is applying his knowledge of data science to the problems being faced by electrical distribution grid operators electrical-analytics.com  Presentation title Monitoring the Heart of the Grid. Brief synopsis of the talk Traditionally the power grid is divided into three levels – Generation, Transmission and Distribution. We are interested in the low voltage transformers at ...

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    • Stefano Messori - Design Strategist & Corporate Trainer

      Stefano Messori – Design Strategist & Corporate Trainer 

      Stefano aims to facilitate a design thinking agenda in organisations pursuing a strategic innovation approach. Stefano collaborates with the management of medium-sized and large organisations (on ad hoc projects) but also with start-ups, through online learning and group facilitation sessions.   In addition to promoting and facilitating the adoption of a design agenda within organisations, Stefano encourages managers to challenge their current understanding of their work and the mental models they have created to explain reality.   Find more about Stefano's work on creati...

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    • Conor V Casey-CEO, Casey Technology

      Conor V Casey-CEO, Casey Technology 

      As CEO of Casey Technology, Conor Casey leads a team of professional energy consultants who have delivered a significant proportion of the national target under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme.  The energy management systems installed by Casey Technology are compliant with ISO 50001. Toward Zero Carbon Ltd, which operates a funding platform that will make capital available to their clients to deliver their energy conservation measures.

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    • Mary Cronin-Founder, UpThink Innovation Agency

      Mary Cronin-Founder, UpThink Innovation Agency 

      Mary Cronin – Entrepreneur, Growth strategist and Innovation catalyst   Mary is the founder of UpThink Innovation Agency which helps orgainsations transforms thinking, create sustainable growth strategies and enables change. UpThink’s transformation of ideas drives the creation of sustainable and scalable growth strategies. Mary is a technologist and a Chartered Engineer with a 20-year track record in building and managing large, complex technology and business systems across sectors.   Presentation Title Designing for...

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    • Dermot Freeman- Managing Director, Dermot Freeman & Associates.

      Dermot Freeman- Managing Director, Dermot Freeman & Associates. 

      A Lean Master Black Belt, Dermot has 38 years of experience in the identification & permanent elimination of waste & non-value adding elements of any business from SME & LEO sized companies up to multinationals.He’s an educator, mentor & practitioner that can add-value in every area of any business. Talk Title- LEO Companies embrace Lean Techniques Talk Synopsis- SME & LEO Companies are using Lean techniques to gain competitive advantage. -Waste elimination -Process mapping & planning -Standard work -5S -Strategy deployment -Re-layout of Proce...

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    • Dr. Houssem Jerbi-Data Science and Analytics Consultant, Smart pmo

      Dr. Houssem Jerbi-Data Science and Analytics Consultant, Smart pmo 

      Houssem Jerbi is a lead data science consultant. He helps companies and governments realise their business visions from the development of a data strategy through its implementation. He is currently working at Facebook, Dublin, and was previously lead data scientist at Insights Centre. He has led high-impact data science projects in Public Sector, Internet, Retail, Digital & Social Media, Advertising, Hospitality and Real estates. Houssem holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from University of Toulouse, France.   Talk title: Intelligent PMO using...

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    • Ingrid De Doncker- CEO, iDDea.

      Ingrid De Doncker- CEO, iDDea. 

      Ingrid is the founder of iDDea and the inaugural PTI, Procurement Transformation Institute. iDDea is a full life-cycle strategic sourcing powerhouse, that enables companies in reducing costs, improvingprocurementimpact on the bottom line. The PTI, while partnering with 9 procurement competency centers in Europe, is positioning procurement as a preferred career for today’s and tomorrow’s professionals for the benefit of competitiveness, job creation and innovation for organisations of all sizes in Ireland. Title: The ROI of professionalising the procurement profession....

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    • Dermot Connolly-Head of Global Business Development, Exertis.

      Dermot Connolly-Head of Global Business Development, Exertis. 

      Dermot joined Exertis Supply Chain Services in May 2015. He has 16 years Global Supply Chain experience, having worked in the USA, China and Europe across multiple industries. He has held senior Business Development and Program Management roles with companies such as DSV Logistics, RR Donnelley, APW Contract Manufacturing and Omron Electronics Components.   Presentation Title: How to Release Cash tied up in your supply chain?   Synopsis : Exertis SCS Head of Business Development, Dermot Connolly will address some of the key challenges and opportuni...

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    • Philip Gurnett- Director Education Procurement Service (EPS) & head of sourcing education

      Philip Gurnett- Director Education Procurement Service (EPS) & head of sourcing education 

      Philip Gurnett has a successful track record of achievement as a leader and senior manager in the public and private sector.  Philip is the Head of Sourcing Education,and director of the Education Procurement Service (EPS).  He has successfully positioned theEPS as the Department of Education & Skills (DES) sector sourcing hub under the Office of Government Procurement model. In 2013 he was appointed to the Office of Government Procurement executive as head of sourcing education with responsibility for implementing and operating the centralised procurement model and he is responsible for s...

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    • Niall Keely-R&D Manager and eLearning Specialist, Central Solutions

      Niall Keely-R&D Manager and eLearning Specialist, Central Solutions 

      Niall’s expertise is in blended and online training programme development, learning platforms, and courseware development processes. Niall works with clients across the Public, Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage sectors in the development of inhouse and online Lean Six Sigma programmes. Recent projects include eLearning and compliance strategies and systems for firms such as: ABP, Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition, Dortek, Virgin Media, UL and others.   Presentation Title: GDPR – Staff Awareness & Compliance Requirements Synopsis of talk: The Gene...

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    • Rachel Joyce- Lean & Green Skillnet Manager, Central Solutions

      Rachel Joyce- Lean & Green Skillnet Manager, Central Solutions 

      Rachel has extensive experience in training needs analysis, programme design, programme delivery, procurement, Skillnet management, grant funding and corporate professional development. Before joining Central Solutions as training supports consultant and manager of the National Lean & Green Skillnet, Rachel facilitated other successful training and development programmes including – Limerick Chamber Skillnet, Employment Rights Network Limerick and as a training consultant with Irish Business Training.   Presentation Title: Accessing Skillnet Financial Supports f...

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    • Christoph Mützel-CEO, Friedrich Sailer GmbH

      Christoph Mützel-CEO, Friedrich Sailer GmbH 

      After studying Management at Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in Germany Christoph Mützel took over the stainless steel fabricator Friedrich Sailer GmbH in 2002. Recognizing the growing and challenging market of cleanroom equipment he developed an award-winning product series of hygienically optimized stainless-steel furniture for cleanrooms and the food industry with a partnership with MCR Cleanroom equipment in Ireland and the Uk. The Sailer Quality in conjunction with MCR is synonymous within the Pharma Industry.

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    • Brendan Sheppard-CEO, SmartFactory

      Brendan Sheppard-CEO, SmartFactory 

      With over 20 years industry experience, Brendan Sheppard is the driving force behind SmartFactory. Throughout his Engineering career, Brendan has worked with leading multi-nationals such as P&G, Accantia, Tambrands & Boeing. His commitment to continuous process improvements, lean manufacturing environments, data capturing and reporting was the foundation for the vision behind SmartFactory.   Title of the talk – “The Smart Factory”   Abstract – In this presentation, Brendan will demonstrate the real possibilities of the Internet of...

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    • Pete Thompson-Managing Director, Invisible Systems

      Pete Thompson-Managing Director, Invisible Systems 

      Pete Thompson, Managing Director and founder of Invisible Systems Ltd, the leading wireless Internet of Things supplier shall be discussing their experience of over 14 years and real Case Studies of achieving results around the world, with regards improved sustainability and performance whilst reducing costs with modern IoT technology.

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    • David Johnson-Chief Technical Officer, Global Polymer Consulting Ltd.

      David Johnson-Chief Technical Officer, Global Polymer Consulting Ltd. 

      David has extensive national and international technical leadership experience, with over 25 years spent in R&D and operations roles within the Medical Device Industry in North America, Europe and South East Asia. He is inventor and designer of several innovative devices, holds a number of patents, and has published many peer reviewed technical papers. David holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Polymer Technology from Athlone Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Advanced Materials from Cranfield University. He has extensive experience supporting companies in the design, development, ...

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    • Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director, SeaChange Ltd.

      Sea Change, Sep 2014

      Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director, SeaChange Ltd. 

      SeaChange is an Organisational Development company that designs and implements Risk Management solutions to improve Safety Culture. Paul has a BA and MSc in psychology, an MBA, and a PhD in Organisational Leadership. Paul has extensive experience leading Organisational Safety Culture through lean and practical means that tap into ‘human-factors’. Presentation Title- LEADING SUSTAINABLE SAFETY CULTURE CHANGE   Presentation Synopsis- Paul will be looking at the core human beliefs and attitudes that lead to u...

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    • Kay Baxter- Inspector, Health and Safety Authority

      Kay Baxter- Inspector, Health and Safety Authority 

      Kay Baxter is an Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority since 2006. Since 2010 Kay has been part of the Taking Care of Business team responsible for the development of supports to business including BeSMART.ie. – the Business electronic Safety Management And Risk assessment Tool   Talk Title; Risk assessment and BeSMART   Talk Synopsis Outlining the legal duties of business owners and managers in relation to risk assessments and safety statements, the costs of accidents and how to prevent them

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    • Donal Hubbard-Lean Sensei and Blackbelt, HSigma, Ireland

      Donal Hubbard-Lean Sensei and Blackbelt, HSigma, Ireland 

      Don Hubbard,  Lean Sensei and Blackbelt in Six sigma has been using statistics to model Manufacturing and Business process since being trained on Statistical Process Control  by Ford Motor company  in 1986 while working for Champion  Spark plugs at Naas. Don has extensive experience in both Automotive industry and Medical Device industry and has presented courses on Lean and  Six Sigma  in Japan, USA,  Europe and Ireland. He was trained by Renault to become a  Kaizen Leader  in 1993, by Philip Crosby to be a Quality Education Instructor in 1994 and by Six Sigma Academy to become a Blackb...

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    • Brian Murphy-Head of Trade Services, Irish Exporters Association

      Export Knowledge Programme Graduation Ceremony National Export Hub graduates 17 SMEs in Export Knowledge Programme: The Irish Exporters Association’s National Export Hub, in collaboration with InterTradeIreland, yesterday evening graduated the second round of participants in the Export Knowledge Programme, an educational programme launched in January 2016 which aims to support SMEs to improve their exporting capabilities. Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association yesterday conferred the graduating class of 2017 at a ceremony which took place at The Thinking House, Bord Bia, Dublin 2, with the Irish Exporters Association, InterTradeIreland, Hub Partners and collaborators. The National Export Hub is a public-private partnership designed to increase the number of Irish businesses exporting for the first time, assist Irish businesses to enter new export markets and support Irish exporters to grow their exports in existing markets. The key partners are ABP Food Group, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PwC, and in collaboration with Bord Bia and the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs.

      Brian Murphy-Head of Trade Services, Irish Exporters Association 

      Brian Murphy, Head of Trade Services with the Irish Exporters Association, is an experienced customs and supply chain specialist with strong strategic, leadership and vendor management skills. He has extensive global experience in inbound and outbound supply chains, distribution centre management, procurement operations, customs, compliance and outsourced supply chain solutions. Presentation Title: Brexit and beyond for your Supply Chain   This presentation will cover challenges and solutions to Brexit and then focus on challenges and solutions in third countries in gene...

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    • Philip Lee-Managing Partner, Philip Lee

      Philip Lee-Managing Partner, Philip Lee 

      Philip is managing partner of Philip Lee, a firm of over 120 staff with offices in Dublin, Brussels and San Francisco.   Philip is a leading expert in the area of procurement. He advises clients in relation to the largest public utilities projects in the country. His extensive procurement experience includes roads, waste, waste water and electricity PPP projects where he acts for both public and private bodies.   Philip is the author of “Public Procurement”, the first legal book on this topic, published by Butterworths in 1992.   Philip was the founding  chairm...

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    • Richard Stafford - Founder & CEO, Apridata

      Richard Stafford – Founder & CEO, Apridata 

      Richard founded data analytics consultancy and solution provider, Apridata, in 2014. Apridata help businesses integrate and leverage data across the supply chain to drive efficiency and gain competitive advantage. He started his career as a software engineer with Oracle in California and since then has clocked up twenty years experience in business and technology leadership roles across a range of industries. PRESENTATION TITLE:  Achieving a return on your data assets. A rapid approach for Manufacturers and Distributors to gain insights from data that improves operating margin, increases pr...

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    • Shane Blaney- Quality Manager, Designer Group

      Shane Blaney- Quality Manager, Designer Group 

      Shane is currently Quality Manager within Designer Group, bringing over 15 years’ industry experience to his role. For Designer Group, he leads a team of 17. Quality Engineers and Quality Controllers, working closely with Project Stakeholders and Specialist Subcontractors. Shane is focused on implementing the appropriate measures to ensure compliance with design specifications and Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR), delivering the unique quality outcomes of each individual project. He drives the development of new processes and lean activities, liaising with multiple departments to ...

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    • Victor Hrymak- Fire & Safety Consultant and Principal Lecturer for the MSc in Environmental Health & Safety, at the Dublin Institute of Technology

      Victor Hrymak- Fire & Safety Consultant and Principal Lecturer for the MSc in Environmental Health & Safety, at the Dublin Institute of Technology 

      Victor Hrymak is a Fire & Safety Consultant and Principal Lecturer for the MSc in Environmental Health & Safety, at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has over 30 years’ experience with public and private sector organisations. This extensive experience includes inspection and enforcement roles in London, as well as the Fire &Safety Officer for Trinity College Dublin. He is a published safety journal author and has presented at National and International conferences. He was recently chosen by the European Commission to present a paper on risk assessment for the  SME sector at a ...

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    • Susanne Carpenter- Quality Consultant and Trainer, CG Business Consulting

      Susanne Carpenter- Quality Consultant and Trainer, CG Business Consulting 

      Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a degree in Business Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology. Susanne also holds a Supervisory Management Qualification from the Irish Management Institute, is an EFQM Accredited Validator, a qualified trainer, and a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute. With extensive experience working as a Quality Manager, Quality Engineer and in Operations Management, Susanne’ has been merited with many opportunities to work with large industries in the development and transition of Quality Management Systems and...

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    • Karol Dabrowski-Head of Product Development, EviView Ltd

      Karol Dabrowski-Head of Product Development, EviView Ltd 

      Karol is an IT expert with two MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Management, with over 7 years’ experience in both disciplines. From working closely with manufacturing facilities, Karol has gained a deep understanding of the challenges they face, particularly in the areas of lean, continuous improvement and performance visibility. Presentation Title: Make every day a lean day.     Presentation synopsis: Many bulk manufacturing plants are stymied by a lack of accurate information that would enable them to understand why they ar...

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    • Rob George-Senior Asset Care Manager, CooperVision.

      Rob George-Senior Asset Care Manager, CooperVision. 

      Part of the Cooper Company, Inc. (NYSE: COO), headquartered in Pleasanton, California, CooperVision is a $1.5 billion dollar global business with 7,800 staff and sales in over 100 countries. It is one of the largest contact lens manufacturers in the world.   Rob George is their UK Asset Care Manager and is responsible for increasing output, reducing cost per unit, while maintaining world class quality levels at their site in Southampton. Presentation Title: Learn how leading manufacturer CooperVision increased their OEE and efficiency by over 20% by “following th...

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    • Caroline Geoghegan – Managing Director, CG Business

      Caroline Geoghegan – Managing Director, CG Business 

      CG Business Consulting was founded in 2009 by Caroline Geoghegan. Caroline is a Chartered Quality Professional with over 16 years of experience in advisory and management roles within the construction, banking, finance, insurance and consultancy sectors. Caroline holds a B.A. in Business Studies, a Safety, Health and Environmental Diploma, is a Certified Lead Auditor and holds a Master Trainer Certificate from the Irish Management Institute (IMI). Caroline has significant experience in developing and delivering ISO Management Systems, she has worked with hundreds of businesses in Ireland...

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    • Andrew Davidson- Regional Vice President, Northern Europe & Africa, Fastenal Company

      Andrew Davidson- Regional Vice President, Northern Europe & Africa, Fastenal Company 

      Andrew Davidson oversees Fastenal Company’s business units located in the countries throughout Northern Europe & Africa. He has spent over 10 years in various management roles working for Fastenal Co around the world. Fastenal Co is a leading global S&P 500 industrial distributor with a market cap of $14.5B USD.    Presentation Title: “Total Cost of Ownership – How to save on C-Class parts”   This will be a discussion on how manufacturing companies can look at driving out wastes around C-Class materials within their supply chai...

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    • Paula McNicholas -Principal Consultant & Director, Lean Team Strategies Ltd

      Paula McNicholas -Principal Consultant & Director, Lean Team Strategies Ltd 

      Having gained valuable experience from implementing Lean and culture change in Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce & Bentley, Paula now specialises in helping Irish SMEs across all sectors improve productivity and profits. With over 20 years experience implementing Lean in businesses of different sizes and sectors,in the last 2 years alone she has helped 30 small businesses make savings totalling €2M through the LEO Lean for Micro initiative. Talk Title: Lean success in small businesses and what larger businesses can learn from them. Synopsis: Implementing Lean in a small busines...

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    • Mark Fontaine- Westhart- Business Process Improvement Manager,University of Limerick

      Mark Fontaine- Westhart- Business Process Improvement Manager,University of Limerick 

      Mark Fontaine-Westhart has over 15 years of experience implementing and leading continuous improvement programmes in the healthcare, energy, and higher education sectors. A Lean Black Belt and Certified Mentor, Mark has led numerous supply chain, procurement, and operational improvement teams realising savings in excess of €10m.   Presentation Title:“Using Lean to Strategically Redesign Your Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Supply Chain” Brief Synopsis of Presentation:   The Lean/A3 Methodology wa...

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    • David McGoldrick-Human Resources Director, Comfort Keepers

      Corporate photography for Comfort Keepers by Roger Kenny.

      David McGoldrick-Human Resources Director, Comfort Keepers 

      David Mc Goldrick is currently HRD at Comfort Keepers / Sodexo. With has over 20 years of professional experience in HR, which spans from Retail, Manufacturing, Transport, Airlines, and HealthCare, working  for companies ranging from Dunnes Stores to Ryanair and now to Comfort Keepers David is ranked in the top 20 in the LEADHR 2016  top leader index Globally.       TOPIC- HR and LEAN Brief Synopsis- For any organizations, it is always important to perform its tasks and services efficiently. This is also true in regards to the HR function, where the need ...

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    • Victor Branagan-Coach, Podcaster, Clearly Sustainable

      Victor Branagan-Coach, Podcaster, Clearly Sustainable 

      Victor Branagan (M.Sc. M.B.S.) is a green entrepreneur, coach and educator and is the writer, producer and presenter of the  podcast series Clearly Sustainable which explores and explains the words and terms used in sustainability debates.   Victor has extensive international experience having worked in 12 countries with particular emphasis on social and environmental sectors. Presentation Title:           Mind Your Language! Presentation Synopsis: Sustainability is a rapidly expanding subject and the associated language can be unclear and lea...

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    • John Mcauley-Managing Director, Compliance Engineering International

      John Mcauley-Managing Director, Compliance Engineering International 

      John McAuley established Compliance Engineering Ireland Ltd on secondment from Enterprise Ireland and has over thirty years’ experience in electronic design and testing. CEI is the only accredited electrical test laboratory in Ireland. He is a former Chairman of the Electrotechnical Council of Ireland and President of the IEC in Ireland. He leads the Irish delegation on the European standards body CENELEC TC210 for electromagnetic compatibility and TC106X for electromagnetic fields and human health.   Presentation title and synopsis   CE Marking – New Requirements for Man...

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    • Marie Maddock – Operations Manager, Valeo Foods

      Marie Maddock – Operations Manager, Valeo Foods 

      Marie Maddock is Operations Manager for Valeo Foods (Batchelors site) in Cabra Dublin. During her 18 years working with the company she has worked as a production supervisor, supply chain and distribution manager, got involved with ERP projects, production manager ending up in an Operations management role. Highlights of her career have been successfully implementing new products and brands onto the site, new business systems / ERP implementations and more recently putting a strategy, underpinned by Lean, in place with the management team. Marie would like to share this story with other busine...

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

      Aidan Magner-Managing Director, Simple Supply Solutions Ltd. 

      Aidan Magner is the founder and principal consultant at Simple Supply Solutions Limited.  With over 20 years’ experience Aidan has accrued extensive knowledge in merging the disciplines of Lean Six Sigma and Supply Chain management.  As Managing Director and Principal Consultant with Simple Supply Solutions Aidan guides companies in Lean & Six Sigma methodologies and in Supply Chain alignment.  Prior to setting up Simple Supply Solutions Aidan held various global positions in the high tech multinational sector, including Global Continuous Improvement Director, Global Sourcing & Operati...

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    • Dr. Brian Connolly-Marketing and Business Development Manager, Cherry Picker

      Dr. Brian Connolly-Marketing and Business Development Manager, Cherry Picker 

      Brian Connolly’s approach to marketing and business development is driven by creativity with a focus on clear solutions. Brian has presented his own research at conferences and events all over the world and has a background in lecturing, digital marketing and broadcast imaging consultancy.     Presentation Title “Engineering access and handling solutions to maximise worker safety, productivity and efficiency.”   Brief synopsis of talk: From the food and construction industries to pharmaceutical plants and data ce...

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    • Karin Lanigan- Manager-Career Development and Coaching Service, Chartered Accountants Ireland

      Karin Lanigan- Manager-Career Development and Coaching Service, Chartered Accountants Ireland 

      Karin  is an executive career coach and professional development and recruitment expert with 20 years’ experience providing career support, training and recruitment services to professionals across a wide range of industry sectors.  Karin is Manager of the Career Development and Recruitment Service with Chartered Accountants Ireland where her role involves advising organisations and professionals on recruitment and career development strategies.   Presentation Title Winning the War on talent   The presentation will be a practical guide to recruiting and r...

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    • Christian Yordanov-Director, GDPRsetup

      Christian Yordanov-Director, GDPRsetup 

      Christian Yordanov is director of GDPRsetup where his current focus is helping SMEs tackle the challenges of GDPR compliance by implementing robust information security and data protection practices across the organisation. Presentation title: "Your 10 minute GDPR health check" Synopsis of talk: In this talk the speaker will ask the audience to consider a number of issues related to GDPR compliance and pose the question: "Do we do this now?". If the answer is no, it likely they'll need to look into their current organisational processes and consider what changes they may need to make in ...

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    • Dejan Cusic-Business Director, Ireland & UK at Comtrade Digital Services

      Dejan Cusic-Business Director, Ireland & UK at Comtrade Digital Services 

      As a business leader with many years of experience in the IT industry, he is passionate about helping organizations grow and actively pursue new business opportunities. Throughout his career, Dejan has acquired a rare combination of technology skills and business acumen that bring a unique benefit to clients he works with. Dejan has built an impressive track record of growing the business and delivering innovative solutions to our customers. He works closely with C-level executives to help them evaluate their business and technology needs, identify risks and challenges and recommend the bes...

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    • Maurice Ryan-Timberland Investment Manager, Green Belt

      Maurice Ryan-Timberland Investment Manager, Green Belt 

      Green Belt is Ireland’s largest private forestry management group and Maurice is the Timberland Investment Manager for Green Belt group. Maurice has managed the acquisition of €30 million of forestry assets for institutions, private HNWI’s and ‘retail’ investors. He oversees the innovation and efficiency practices across the group, looking to reduce overheads and maximise returns, sustainably.   Brief Synopsis: We will be presenting on the efficiencies we employ in the establishment and harvesting of Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) crops for Biomass which reduces the dependence o...

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    • Darina Eades- Senior Adviser on Corporate Responsibility, Business In The Community Ireland

      Darina Eades- Senior Adviser on Corporate Responsibility, Business In The Community Ireland 

      Darina Eades is Senior Adviser on Corporate Responsibility with Business in the Community Ireland.  She advises on strategy development and is a builder of capacity in individuals and teams in large companies in Ireland to integrate sustainability and corporate responsibility across their organisations.   In 2001, Darina developed Ireland’s first advisory service on corporate responsibility measurement, communications and non-financial reporting.  This then formed the foundation of the Business Working Responsibly Mark.  Her clients in BITCI include Accenture, CRH, ESB, Gas Networks...

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    • Robert Healy-Principal Consultant, Ammeon

      Robert Healy-Principal Consultant, Ammeon 

      Rob is a Lean, Agile and DevOps Consultant at Ammeon where he advises companies how to accelerate the delivery of software-enabled products and services. A career encompassing Development, Engineering, Testing and Product Management roles has provided Rob keen insight into the real-world challenges facing organizations today.  Rob is an active leader in the Irish Agile community and holds an MBA from London School of Business and Finance. Presentation Title Controlling Chaos, Using Metrics to Transform A Dev Team to Accelerate Delivery Synopsis- In 2015 a so...

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    • Hamilton Viorel Niculescu-PhD Student and Lecturer, Dublin City University

      Hamilton Viorel Niculescu-PhD Student and Lecturer, Dublin City University 

      PhD Student and Lecturer at Dublin City University. My research analyses the impact and engagement of people with renewable technologies. I previously wrote three papers on technology, society and environment, adoption and diffusion of innovations. I am lecturing on Physical Computing, Video Production, Sound Production, and Digital Media Skills in DCU. Additional info can be found on https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamiltonniculescu/   Presentation title Sustainable automated enclosures, green food pro...

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    • Stephen Healy- Program Manager and Business Architect, Intel

      Stephen Healy- Program Manager and Business Architect, Intel 

      Stephen Healy is a Program Manager / Business Architect working 15years in Intel’s global supply chain and is based in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. He has managed programs which have transformed how Intel are executing supply chain operations, employing advanced technologies such as in-memory computing, Big Data, statistical modelling, process orchestration and more. Presentation Title- Decision Support capabilities transforming Intel’s Supply Chain operations Synopsis- This presentation will describe the key building blocks which has transformed...

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    • Pat Smith-Managing Director, Local Power Ltd

      Pat Smith-Managing Director, Local Power Ltd 

      Pat is MD of Local Power Ltd and joint Chair of MREF the Micro Renewable Energy Federation. He is  involved in helping business sustainably reduce their energy costs using renewable and innovative smart technologies. Hi company Local Power Ltd  specializes  in  roof top solar and battery storage for self consumption, LED retrofits and intelligent building management solutions. In his previous roles with The  Irish Farmers Association Pat was one of the early  movers to buy renewable energy at a discounted rate for farmers when the electricity market was first  deregulated. As former GS and ...

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    • James Hogan-Programme Manager, Green Business Programme

      James Hogan-Programme Manager, Green Business Programme 

      James Hogan is an Environmental Consultant and Programme Manager for the EPA funded Green Business 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. Over the last 7 years the Green Business Programme has identified over €10 million worth of savings for businesses. Savings identified have ranged from €250,000 in one business to €2,500 in another.  Regardless of the size of the savings, the impacts of resource efficiency and cost reduction are important for ...

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    • Noel Gibbons-Lead Programme Manager, Anecto

      Noel Gibbons-Lead Programme Manager, Anecto 

      Noel Gibbons is a vastly experienced engineer in many areas of package testing, package integrity testing, quality and international test standards. Noel has provided training and presented seminars internationally on medical device and pharmaceutical package testing including ISO11607 requirements and other standards. Noel is also a member of the external expert committee for the NSAI and a member of the F02 Packaging Integrity and D10 Transportation committees for the ASTM. Presentation Title Common pitfalls and failures when integrity testing to ISO 11607. ...

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    • Mark McLean- Technical Director, Team Horizon

      Mark McLean- Technical Director, Team Horizon 

      Team Horizon was co-founded in 2010 by Mark McLean in response to a growing need from the pharma and bio-pharma sector for specialist engineering services. Our team focuses on the delivery of the complete equipment lifecycle across the drug production supply chain; including drug manufacturing, aseptic fill / finish and packaging disciplines. Since its establishment the company has expanded ten-fold to over 50 people, and has successfully built a reputation as a solutions provider for the pharma / Bio-pharma manufacturing industry.   Talk Title:A simple and e...

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    • Oonagh Mcardle-Senior Supply Chain Sustainability Specialist, The Dow Chemical Company

      Oonagh Mcardle-Senior Supply Chain Sustainability Specialist, The Dow Chemical Company 

      Óonagh is responsible of leading the End-To-End (E2E) Transparency and Environmental & Efficiency objectives of the Integrated Supply Chain Strategy. Supporting Dow businesses across the globe as the focal point for all supply chain sustainability requests from customers, she is also responsible for developing and implementing a long term E2E Transparency Programme. Óonagh also leads improvement projects to support productivity improvements, operational reliability and improved customer service performance while helping Dow businesses and customers reduce their environmental footprint. As...

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    • Pat Barry- CEO, Irish Green Building Council

      Pat Barry- CEO, Irish Green Building Council 

      Pat is CEO of the Irish Green Building Council which he co-founded in 2010. He is an Architect with over 20 years of experience in Ireland, Europe and South America, a Masters in Environmental design of buildings from University of Cardiff and is a qualified Passive House and DGNB consultant. Talk title- Home Performance Index, Ireland's first national certification system for quality and sustainable residential development. About the Presentation Considering the projected growth in the residential construction market, how can we enable public and pri...

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    • Lee Tunney-Ware-Entrepreneur, Psychotherapist, Stress Management Counsellor

      Lee Tunney-Ware-Entrepreneur, Psychotherapist, Stress Management Counsellor 

      Experienced entrepreneur, psychotherapist, stress management counsellor, with a demonstrated track record for successful business management and problem solving. Specialist expertise in corporate team building programs and personal development designed to help people achieve their full potential. Internationally published author effective motivational speaker with proven ability to move audiences and inspire change. Talk Title: Don’t just step outside the box delete the box! Synopsis- Future proof your business with a culture and mind-set that allows growth creativity and collaboration,...

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    • Claire Rountree-Research Director, Interactions Ltd

      Claire Rountree-Research Director, Interactions Ltd 

      Claire Rountree (Research Director) joined Interactions in 2016, bringing over 10 years’ experience in Top 5 research agencies. Having worked for blue chip brands such as Pinergy, Bord na Mona, Flogas, TII, Dublin Airport (to name only a few) Claire’s understanding of human behaviour includes expertise in Segmentation, Advertising, Behaviour Change, Communications, and the NPD life cycle. She is a confident and engaging speaker and is driven by a passion for research to make a social difference. Talk title- Segmenting the Irish Energy Market Inputs- 2,600...

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    • Tom Gilligan-Director of Services, Mayo County Council

      Tom Gilligan-Director of Services, Mayo County Council 

      Tom Gilligan is currently a Director of Services with Mayo County Council. His role involves responsibility for Housing, Roads, Services Development, Procurement and Efficiency within the local authority. Prior to joining Mayo County Council, Tom worked with Limerick City and County Council as its Head of Finance. Presentation Title- Promoting the use of quality outcomes in delivering service with a focus on productivity and continuous improvement within the public sector.

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    • Catherine Canning-Group Quality Coordinator, DPS Engineering

      Catherine Canning-Group Quality Coordinator, DPS Engineering 

      Catherine Canning has 20+ years’ experience in the Engineering sector working in a variety of roles; with her engineering qualification, she worked in various engineering roles as a graduate engineer, then as a validation engineer within the pharmaceutical industry. She then moved into documentation management and currently leads the quality function within DPS’s central engineering department with a focus on continuous improvement projects. She specializes on integrating quality into all aspects of these projects ensuring that relevant procedures, training and implementation are adhered to wi...

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    • Gerard Gibney- Business Development Manager, Coface - UK & Ireland

      Gerard Gibney- Business Development Manager, Coface – UK & Ireland 

      Gerard is an insurance professional with over 15 years’ experience in the industry and holds the ACII qualification (CII flagship qualification in insurance). Gerard advises some of Irelands leading businesses on their credit exposures and assists with the provision of credit insurance to mitigate against this exposure.   Presentation Title / synopsis of talk: Credit Insurance – Assisting Manufacturers to grow their export markets and trade safely  

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    • Brian Matthews-Senior Consultant & Trainer, Aurora Business Development ltd

      Brian Matthews-Senior Consultant & Trainer, Aurora Business Development ltd 

      35 years experience Training & Consulting in Business methods and in helping companies to achieve efficiencies and to use Lean Thinking. He has always been able to transmit the idea that successful systems are people systems and this has remained the cornerstone of his professional philosophy.   Talk Title- Lean success or failure, it depends on.......   I will give a brief background to Lean and highlight how to succeed plus list some points the lead to failure  

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    • Katrina Macintosh-Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

      Katrina Macintosh-Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast 

      Katrina works on phosphorus (P) at Queen’s University Belfast.  She investigates P recovery from wastewater using advanced treatment and re-use, and the networks of policy, decision support tools and on-farm practice that informs livestock manure management.  She has a background in catchment science and freshwater ecology. Presentation title: Embracing the complexities of phosphorus sustainability on the island of Ireland   Brief synopsis of talk: Phosphorus (P) is a finite, life essential element, which has important implications for global foo...

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    • Nellie Horvath-Rural Development Officer of Dublin Rural LEADER, Fingal LEADER Partnership

      Nellie Horvath-Rural Development Officer of Dublin Rural LEADER, Fingal LEADER Partnership 

      I am a UCD graduate having completed a MSc in Environmental Policy and a BSc in Rural Development both with Honors. I have gained experience working in rural and community development particularly on environmental projects as a rural development officer and as a university demonstrator and lecturer. Presentation Title The potential role of rural communities in climate action with the help of LEADER funding Synopsis of the Talk While there is growing awareness of the severity of climate change and its potentially devastating impacts there is little ...

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    • Clodagh O’Reilly-Chief Executive, Recreate Ireland

      Clodagh O’Reilly-Chief Executive, Recreate Ireland 

      Clodagh, brings over ten years of management experience in the charity sector to her position as Chief Executive of ReCreate. Clodagh has a strong background in health, community development, and international development organisations. She has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing local communities in accessing resources that lead to a full and meaningful education experience. Prior to working in the charity sector, Clodagh held finance positions in the telecommunications and retail sectors. She holds an accounting qualification and is currently undertaking an Executive M...

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    • April Danann-Food Scientist, Fermentation Specialist

      April Danann-Food Scientist, Fermentation Specialist 

      April Danann has developed her own wild fermentation SCOBYs, mothers and starters…..she produces some of the cleanest, barrel fermented Apple Cider Vinegar and Herbal Kombucha available and manages to forage, grow & seek out the natural everywhere she goes. She is a food influencer, creating new trends in healthy living. Presentation Title  -    Food from Nature   Brief Synopsis:  I will discuss and dissect the importance of eating healthfully in a stressed out world. I would introduce 1 or 2 easy ways to make a big impact on your life through small changes.  ...

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    • Jean-Manuel LeJeune-Continuous Improvement Manager, DAA

      Jean-Manuel LeJeune-Continuous Improvement Manager, DAA 

        Jean-Manuel LEJEUNE(MSc, MBA, Corporate Governance, Sport Psychology) Continuous Improvement Manager with daa (formerly known as Dublin Airport Authority) since January 2017. He is a member of the senior management team looking after the Capital Investment Program and currently responsible for the implementation of the transformation program: People, Organisation, Systems and Processes. Jean-Manuel joined daa from RPS Group where he was Business Operation Manager looking after the development of corporate strategy, business performance analysis and int...

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    • Thomas Mcgrath-Chief Executive, Cognition

      Thomas Mcgrath-Chief Executive, Cognition 

      Thomas co-founded Cognition to bring his expertise using big data advanced analytics to drive operational effectiveness in manufacturing to the UK & Irish market. As ex-MD EMEA for Elutions Inc, Thomas industrialised Operational Intelligence solutions using basic SCADA systems. An experienced board advisor in the UK, latterly as a Director at KPMG, Thomas held several leadership roles including Head of Transformation at Mouchel plc, and at Hedra plc. He was strategic advisor on Regulated Industries at Grant Thornton and was Head of Performance at Mayor of London, resp...

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    • Martina Caplice-Environmental Ecologist/North Bull Island Volunteer

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      Martina Caplice-Environmental Ecologist/North Bull Island Volunteer 

      Martina Caplice is a member of the North Bull Island Volunteer programme as well as an experienced environmental ecologist and entomologist. Martina has a passion for the conservation of Ireland’s wild spaces and strives towards inspiring people to respect, understand and truly enjoy these habitats. Presentation Title:North Bull Island: Striking a balance Synopsis: North Bull Island is a coastal sand spit located in Dublin Bay which has several nature conservation designations for the habitats and the species they support. The future of North Bull Island is about striking a balance betwe...

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    • Rohit Thakral-CEO, Target Integration, Ireland

      Rohit Thakral-CEO, Target Integration, Ireland 

      With an experience of working for more than 11 years in the industry, Rohit Thakral runs a mid-size software development company, Target Integration, spread in 4 countries, with development centre in 3 of them. He has the experience of managing large CRM and ERP implementation projects, cloud migration projects, and software sales management. He has a remarkable reputation in the industry for successfully delivering a number of projects to clients all over the world and has been consulting their ERP and CRM implementations on a regular basis. Presentation Title- Blockchain for S...

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    • Edel Kennedy-Head of Marketing, UrbanVolt

      Edel Kennedy-Head of Marketing, UrbanVolt 

      Edel Kennedy is Head of Marketing for UrbanVolt. She joined the company when it was a startup and helped build it into the fastest growing energy services company in Ireland. Bringing her experience as a former journalist, Edel built UrbanVolt into a national brand which is now the leading choice for Fortune 500 companies. UrbanVolt began by offering Light as a Service and is now expanding into other energy services and well as growing internationally. Edel has an MBA from Smurfit Business School.   Title Talk: Why businesses are no longer buying energy eff...

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    • Iva Gaspar- Head of Demand Planning & Forecasting, City Wonders

      Iva Gaspar- Head of Demand Planning & Forecasting, City Wonders 

      Iva Gaspar is Head of Demand Planning & Forecasting for City Wonders, a leading European-based tour company that offers more than 200 tour experiences in 8 destinations to over 800,000 passengers per year. Having spent over 10 years working in Supply Chain Management Iva has a passion for process improvement and is focused on challenging the tourism Industry and the future of forecasting within the sector. Presentation Title: Forecasting in Tourism _ Predicting the unpredictable. The importance of Risk Assessment in Tourism Industry. (CITY WONDERS case study) Focus points: 1)Fore...

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    • Tony Mannion- Sales Development Manager, SolutionsPT

      Tony Mannion- Sales Development Manager, SolutionsPT 

      Tony joined SolutionsPT in June 2002 bringing over 15 years of sales experience from various industries.  Tony, Sales Development Manager, develops value add solutions for OT customers by taking mainstream IT innovation to the plant floor, enabling manufacturers to get maximum benefit from their Control Systems, based on their own particular circumstances.   Presentation Title: The OT Cyber Security Landscape   Brief Synopsis of Talk: The OT Cyber Security Landscape is undergoing a rapid transformation - impacting not just the shape of...

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    • Trevor Montague - Environmental Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants

      Trevor Montague – Environmental Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants 

      Trevor Montague is an environmental consultant who specialises in managing environmental liabilities for clients with particular reference to soil and groundwater issues. Trevor acts as an auditor on environmental due diligence assessments and assisted sites with IPPC license surrender and site auditing.     Trevor will talk on managing environmental liabilities with particular reference to soil and groundwater issues on EPA licensed facilities.

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    • Eddie McNally-Experienced Manufacturing/Lean Manager seeking new opportunities

      Eddie McNally-Experienced Manufacturing/Lean Manager seeking new opportunities 

      Eddie, a master black belt in 6-sigma and a certified WCM instructor, has 17 years manufacturing experience with 13 in management across Food & Drinks and heavy engineering. Eddie has experience working in both technical project management roles at a global scale and direct operations management. Eddie gained a deep understanding of Lean Manufacturing and what's required for sustainability from his time spend in Asia and through a M.Sc. in Lean Manufacturing.   Presentation Title: Ensuring that lean is sustainable in your organisation.   Brief Synopsis: I have s...

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    • Dr. Marc Cashin-Business Management Lecturer, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Business Modelling

      Dr. Marc Cashin-Business Management Lecturer, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Business Modelling 

      Dr Marc Cashin MBA, MCMI, PG/Dip Ent Ed. Marc has worked in a number of high profile, blue-chip, multi-national organisations with over 25 years of experience in technical, managerial and senior leadership roles. His has in-depth experience in Finance, Technical Development, Programme & Project Management, Business Development and Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. He has considerable experience in Strategic Knowledge Management and Learning & Development supporting organisational change and growth through professional development. Marc also l...

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    • Samantha Magee-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Symposium Learning

      Samantha Magee-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Symposium Learning 

      Samantha Magee, following 20 years career in corporate, leads Symposium Learning, a Management Consulting agency that specializes in Experiential Leadership. Graduate from Milan Accounting and Mercantile Law, with an MA in Philosophy, (UCD), Samantha cooperates with IBEC, Trigraph and other organisations in Ireland & UK in Performance Management development and support.   Talk title- Empathy: the most radical human emotion- cit. Gloria Steinem   Synopsis: Empathy is a core skill for managers and leaders. Paraphrased as “walking in somebody else sho...

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    • Nick Ashmore- CEO, SBCI

      NTMA Executive Portrait - Nick Ashmore. Picture Shane O' Neill / Fennells Copyright 2013 Fennell Photography.

      Nick Ashmore- CEO, SBCI 

      Nick Ashmore is Chief Executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI). Prior to taking up this role he served as Project Director during the setup of the SBCI.  He joined the NTMA as part of the team managing the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) in 2006, where he served as Head of Private Equity and Infrastructure before becoming Deputy Director in 2011.  Before joining the NTMA Nick was an Investment Manager with Greenaap Consultants Limited, a private family office.  He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a graduate ...

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    • Henry O’D Thompson- Manager, The OldBuilders Company

      Henry O’D Thompson- Manager, The OldBuilders Company 

      Working on conservation of historic buildings for 35 years, from castles to cottages, cathedrals to caponniere.  Well known for his work with Lime Mortars, traditional materials and Hemp. Former founding member of the Building Limes Forum, on the traditional skills register Irish Georgian Society, and on Heritage Council Conservation Panel. Presentation Title- Use of breathable insulation materials in old and historic buildings

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    • Paul J. Walsh-Director of Operations, FUTUREPOINT™

      Paul J. Walsh-Director of Operations, FUTUREPOINT™ 

      Paul has a broad career base in operations management within the multinational and education sector. He has developed various professional development programmes and current work revolves around the field of “growth mindset” as a personal management resource.   Title: Why do weirdos win in work and life! A dynamic presentation on the 2% that achieve their goals. What is their secret agenda? What do they do in uncertainty? How do they think differentl...

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    • Derry O Donnell-Project Manager, Zero Waste Cashel

      Derry O Donnell-Project Manager, Zero Waste Cashel 

      Derry O Donnell is the Project Manager of Zero Waste Cashel, an 18 month pilot project promoting sustainable consumption and waste prevention in Cashel. An advocate of sustainability, Derry has been engaging and collaborating with several community groups, schools and local businesses to achieve the aim of waste reduction. Presentation Title How Communities Can Journey Towards Zero Waste Synopsis of talk We live in a consumption driven society in a throwaway world. This talk explores how we can reverse this model and promote sustainable consumptio...

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    • Michael Sinnott-Director of Agile, UCD Agile, University College Dublin

      Michael Sinnott-Director of Agile, UCD Agile, University College Dublin 

      Michael is responsible for supporting UCD’s ‘agility and effectiveness’ agenda, a major support initiatives in UCD’s Strategy 2015-2020, delivering process excellence, developing a continuous improvement culture, and building staff empowerment. Prior to this role Michael ran an operations unit in UCD Registry, originally joining UCD from IT consulting background. Presentation title- UCD Agile: Learning how to Lean a University Brief synopsis of talk In a University with 29,000 students, 3500 staff, six colleges, 36 schools, eight major support units, ...

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    • Dr. Emmet English-Director and Principal Acoustic Consultant, Resonate Consultants

      Dr. Emmet English-Director and Principal Acoustic Consultant, Resonate Consultants 

      Dr Emmet English is Director of Resonate Consultants, a consultancy that provides clear, straight forward and practical solutions to potentially complex noise and vibration problems. Emmet has worked as a professional acoustic consultant on over 200 projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australasia, the Middle East and the USA. Emmet specialises in acoustics and vibration, with expertise in a variety of areas such as environmental noise, vibration isolation and design, building acoustics design, and transportation noise. Presentation Title: ‘Cost effective noise r...

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    • Donal McCarthy-CEO, Commercial Mushroom Producers Ltd

      Donal McCarthy-CEO, Commercial Mushroom Producers Ltd 

      Donal has previously held senior roles in Dairygold Co-Op, Breeo Foods, Bulmers, Green Isle, Waterford Foods (now Glanbia).  Donal has worked in Ireland, UK, Holland and USA through the course of his career.  Since he joined CMP the company has set about restructuring/reorganising the mushroom business for the future and ensuring that all portions of the supply chain are lean and nimble whist at the same time pursuing a strategy of differentiation. In Commercial Mushroom Producers the focus is on product and market development in conjunction with the other industry stakeholders.  Commercial...

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    • Dr. Leo Fleming-Farrell-Quality Consultant, Celestica Ireland Ltd.

      Dr. Leo Fleming-Farrell-Quality Consultant, Celestica Ireland Ltd. 

      Dr. Leo Fleming-Ferrell holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc Mgmt.)  from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Dublin City University Ireland Masters of Science from the Institute of technology Carlow and a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Phoenix USA. Leo has diplomas in industrial engineering; he is a lead auditor quality systems auditing both in ISO 9000 and ISO 13485 Medical Devices. He has trained in the USA as a black belt in Six-Sigma. Leo has more than 30 years, experience working in a wide range of manufacturing industries ...

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    • Arthur Middleton-Technical Director, Arthur Middleton Ltd.

      Arthur Middleton-Technical Director, Arthur Middleton Ltd. 

      Arthur has 30 years experience in factory automation design, development and implementation. Since 2004 he has provided independent machine design and consultancy services, primarily focussing on automation of difficult processes. Clients include Dell Computers, Vistakon, Yushin Automation, Procter and Gamble, Hollister ULC, Festo, Quantum 3, Reconcile Engineering, TSM Control Systems. Presentation Title- Factory Automation: how to successfully deal with technical implementation issues   Synopsis- First-of-kind factory automation project...

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    • James O'Sullivan-Technology Transfer Director, Waterford Institute of Technology

      James O’Sullivan-Technology Transfer Director, Waterford Institute of Technology 

      James has managed the Technology Transfer Office in Waterford Institute of Technology for the past six years delivering some notable successes such as two KTI awards and the largest ever Irish spin out exit.  Prior to his this James worked as a managing consultant in the strategy and science centres of the blue chip organisations for Accenture and PA Consulting respectively.  James has also worked for a US semiconductor company as a technologist and for the European Patent Office as an advisor.  James graduated two decades ago with a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the Open U...

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    • Richard Neill- Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Identification, Balluff Limited

      Richard Neill- Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Identification, Balluff Limited 

      Richard Neill is the Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Identification at Balluff Limited, a world leading supplier of industrial networking, sensing, RFID and vision to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland. Richard's mission is to ensure that our customers are able to envisage and utilise the significant benefits that digitalisation and traceability via  industrial identification can provide. Richard will be talking about Industry 4.0.

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    • Kate Kerrane-Electrical and Energy Engineer, ESB

      Kate Kerrane-Electrical and Energy Engineer, ESB 

      ‘Hippy in a suit’, energetic engineer and self-proclaimed ‘badass’. Kate has committed her young life to educating, inspiring and learning about climate change and the holy grail idea of a sustainable energy future. Working with students and professional around the world she continues to formulate the recipe of what individuals can do to influence positively to that future. ...

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    • Peter Whelan- Director of Audit & Investigations, Food Safety Authority of Ireland

      Peter Whelan- Director of Audit & Investigations, Food Safety Authority of Ireland 

      Peter Whelan qualified as an Environment Health officer in 1982. He worked as an EHO, Senior EHO and Principal EHO in the Eastern Health Board and Dublin Local Authorities before taking up the post of Contracts Manager and then Director of Service Contracts in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). Peter then took a 5 year secondment to the post of Executive Chairman of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. Peter is now Director of Audit and Investigations in the FSAI. Further studies include MSc Food Science, UCD, MSc Management, Trinity College, BA (Hon) Counselling and Psychotherapy...

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    • Richard White - Sales Director of LVP, Conveyor Systems and LVP Renewables

      Richard White – Sales Director of LVP, Conveyor Systems and LVP Renewables 

      Richard White is Sales Director of LVP Conveyor Systems and LVP Renewables. He has 10 years’ experience in renewable energy applications covering both the Industrial sector and residential sector. His first love in renewable energy is thermodynamics but in recent times his passion has expanded to encompass commercial photo voltaic technology. He believes that power generation with optimiser technology and smart monitoring platforms is crucial to contributing to your company’s bottom line by using ones most underutilised asset –empty roof space. Presentation title: Optimisin...

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    • Nathan Nangle-Technical sales and Support Engineer, LVP Conveyor Systems

      Nathan Nangle-Technical sales and Support Engineer, LVP Conveyor Systems 

      Nathan Nangle is a Technical sales and Support Engineer working on behalf of LVP Conveyor Systems Limited. He holds a Level 6 certificate in Mechanical Engineering, and a level 7 and level 8 in manufacturing engineering from Waterford Institute of Technology. He has a large mechanical background with various forms of mechanical machinery and is leveraging this experience to benefit customers with conveyor technologies for factory automation. He believes no matter what advances are made in factory automation, the end game is still moving products in production and manufacturing from A to B. Usi...

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    • Mark Boda- Industrial Engineer/CEO, Solofy

      Mark Boda- Industrial Engineer/CEO, Solofy 

      An industrial engineer dedicated to solving inefficient practices for environmental sustainability through technological advancement. A tree hugger with competent performance & extensive knowledge in I.T. spanning nearly a decade, Mark’s aspiration is to introduce solutions that enable humanity to collaborate with nature for a convenient yet environmentally conscious existence.   Presentation Title: How adaptions from nature optimize and advance human centered industrial science.   Synopsis of Talk: Identifying wasteful measures...

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    • Shane Regan-Research Fellow in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

      Shane Regan-Research Fellow in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin 

      Dr Shane Regan is a Research Fellow in environmental engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a Consultant Hydrologist with over ten years’ experience of climate and hydrological monitoring and assessment. His research is mainly focused on understanding the eco-hydrological and carbon flux dynamics of wetlands, particularly peatlands, and applying this information to restoration design and conservation management. Talk:Ireland’s peatland environments: carbon threats and opportunities   Up to 20% of Irelands landmass is covered by peatland. While it is known that...

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    • Eamonn Redmond-Operations Manager, Lily O'Briens Chocolates

      Eamonn Redmond-Operations Manager, Lily O’Briens Chocolates 

      Eamonn is Operations Manager at Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, where with the help of a very experienced Operations team, he is improving results by harnessing the capability of People. His focus is to simplify work, achieve Organisational Excellence in all processes and deliver continuously improving value for both customers and shareholders. Before joining Lily’s, Eamonn worked with Multinationals P&G and Gillette in Medical device manufacturing, working in various disciplines, including Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations.  

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    • Martin Coules-Director, Pyramid Safety

      Martin Coules-Director, Pyramid Safety 

        I have worked for majority of the Blue-chip companies in Ireland (IBM, 3Com etc.) as an Operations Manager, Safety Manager and Project Manager and is a fully qualified Manual Handling Instructor, Risk Assessor and Lean 6 Sigma practitioner. Presentation title- Benefits of company Health & Safety Management system Synopsis of talk- The Safety Management System (SMS) is a key part of any organization Health & Safety programme....

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    • David Fagan- Lawyer – Head of Privacy Legal & Compliance,GDPR.ie

      David Fagan- Lawyer – Head of Privacy Legal & Compliance,GDPR.ie 

      David Fagan is a commercial lawyer and was previously a partner in the largest international commercial law firm in Ireland. He established the employment law unit, the data privacy unit and the health and safety unit of that firm in Dublin. Some of the recent matters that David has been involved in are: • Managing multi-jurisdictional privacy projects across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. • Dealing with transactional privacy work, access requests, due diligence, Data Privacy issues and with the Data Protection Commissioners. • Advising on practical matters such as Privacy not...

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    • Graham Kench- Manager for New Member Acquisition, Chartered Quality Institute.

      Graham Kench- Manager for New Member Acquisition, Chartered Quality Institute. 

      Graham Kench is Manager for New Member Acquisition at The Chartered Quality Institute. He has been involved in quality, marketing and operations for over ten years having previously been an internal auditor to ISO9001 at a training business. Graham's speciality is continuing professional development and helping individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed.

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    • Ian Patrick McEvoy-Systems Implementer, OSSM

      Ian Patrick McEvoy-Systems Implementer, OSSM 

      Over the years, equally at home on the factory floor or running a large design and manufacturing multinational, Ian McEvoy has become a passionate Systems and Cloud advocate. During his career, he has implemented 15 ERP systems of different flavours and all bar the last two, in his own companies. The last four have been cloud based multinational and by far the simplest and most enjoyable implementations. A Civil Engineer by profession, he has morphed into a software engineer, via Electro-mechanical to becoming a very content generalist in all things. Integrity and making work fun and a fact...

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    • David Hanlon- Team lead on the Change Management team, PAYE modernisation project

      David Hanlon- Team lead on the Change Management team, PAYE modernisation project 

      David Hanlon is a team lead on the Change Management team for the PAYE modernisation project.  He is a Revenue professional with extensive experience in the practical application of tax and audit. As an auditor in Large Cases division his knowledge spans across multiple economic sectors including manufacturing, life sciences, food, financial and ICT. Presentation Title: PAYE Modernisation In his Budget statement of 11 October 2016, the Minister for Finance announced the launch of Revenue’s PAYE Modernisation project. The objective of PAYE Modernisation is that Revenue, empl...

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    • Sinead Sweeney- Change and Communications manager , PAYE modernisation project

      Sinead Sweeney- Change and Communications manager , PAYE modernisation project 

      Sinead Sweeney is the Change and Communications manager for the PAYE modernisation project. Sinead is a qualified Revenue professional with over 20 years tax experience. Prior to this role Sinead was the PREM audit manager for LCD with responsibility for audit and compliance across the division. She has extensive experience across diverse functions within the Revenue organisation. Presentation Title: PAYE Modernisation In his Budget statement of 11 October 2016, the Minister for Finance announced the launch of Revenue’s PAYE Modernisation project. The objective of PAYE Mode...

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    • Claire Byrne- International Contracting Sustainability Lead, Mace Group

      Claire Byrne- International Contracting Sustainability Lead, Mace Group 

      Claire Byrne is the Sustainability Lead for International Construction Unit of Mace Group, promoting and integrating sustainability in the construction of datacenters for two of the world’s leading Technology companies, including the largest construction project in Ireland receiving awards for top environmental management from British Safety Council. Claire has a number of years’ experience working in a variety of industries including transaction services and oil and gas. Her experience has been focussed on engaging key stakeholders and governmental bodies on environmental strategy and innovat...

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    • Conor O'Donoghue-Director of Operations, Juku Gear, Dublin

      Conor O’Donoghue-Director of Operations, Juku Gear, Dublin 

      Conor has over 25 years’ experience in Operations Management and Manufacturing Engineering in electronics manufacturing, both in Ireland and California. Conor set up and ran manufacturing operations and other businesses. He is currently the Director of Operations for Juku Gear, an Irish mobile accessories brand, sourcing products in China and selling products in Ireland and the UK. Presentation Title: How to successfully source products in China by yourself Synopsis of Talk: Finding Products and Sources Getting Prices and Mini...

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    • Niamh Sterling-Consultant, HBAN

      Niamh Sterling-Consultant, HBAN 

      Niamh is a Consultant for the Halo Business Angel Network.  HBAN actively develops business angel syndicates & increases the number of angel investors investing in early stage technology, MedTech, AgriTech & food companies.  They support the early stage entrepreneurial community. Niamh is also Board Member of several high performing export driven companies. Presentation Title-  Raising angel investment funds for early stage companies Presentation Synopsis- At present we have 7 investor syndicates actively looking for new investme...

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    • David Casey, Wellness & Health Promotion Manager/Dental Professional at DeCare

      David Casey, Wellness & Health Promotion Manager/Dental Professional at DeCare 

      David Casey RDN holds a national certificate in biology and a specialist certificate in oral health with health promotion. David has over 9 years clinical experience in healthcare and has worked over the last 6 years designing, building and implementing wellness and education programs for over 500 companies across Ireland and the UK. He has also completed courses in essentials in palliative care training and essentials in Dementia care training. In June 2014, Dave was awarded the Annual Special Care Dental Professional Award from the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health and most recent...

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    • Desmond Savage-MESA Ireland Chairperson and MOM Consultant ATS Global

      Desmond Savage-MESA Ireland Chairperson and MOM Consultant ATS Global 

      Desmond is an MOM/MES Consultant with ATS Applied Tech Systems Ltd., Ireland. He has been working in the area of MOM for over 15 years as a consultant, manufacturing engineer and validation specialist. Since 2004 focus has been on promoting and deploying MOM solutions across industry sectors. Desmond is the chairperson for MESA Ireland and sits on the board of MESA EMEA. Desmond is qualified with a Masters in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (1999) from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Title of Pr...

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    • Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement, National College of Art & Design

      Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement, National College of Art & Design 

      Derek McGarry has worked in design education for more than 25 years. His research has been presented and published internationally.  His design work has won numerous awards and has been purchased for significant international collections.  In 2016, McGarry was awarded President Emeritus of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.  He is a former board member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and current board member at the Rediscovery Centre. Throughout his teaching career McGarry has focused on working with external partners in business and the community to ensure his students build necessary...

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    • Karl Thomas-Innovation Consultant, Creatovation

      Karl Thomas-Innovation Consultant, Creatovation 

      Dr. Karl Thomas holds a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin and has lectured at Trinity, D.I.T and is currently a consultant and guest lecturer with Athlone Institute of Technology on their Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses. Karl’s company, Creatovation, provides innovation consultancy and training for organisations and entrepreneurs.   Presentation Title Innovation: That Art of Not Standing Still Synopsis: Innovation has become something of a buzzword and this has led to organisations engaging with a very diluted rep...

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    • Alan McMahon-Senior Analytics Consultant, Presidion

      Alan McMahon-Senior Analytics Consultant, Presidion 

      Alan has more than 12 years’ experience of the design and implementation of applied predictive analytics. He has expertise as a solutions architect, helping customers identify their main business objectives and designing effective advanced analytics solutions to achieve these.  Presentation title: Reduce inventory levels and optimise spare part reorder points with Presidion Inventory Insights. Brief synopsis of talk: Balancing inventory holding levels and service levels is never an easy task. Further, few organisations have t...

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    • Chris Dawkins-Quality Manager,Cartamundi Ireland

      Chris Dawkins-Quality Manager,Cartamundi Ireland 

      Chris Dawkins B.Sc MBA MBS is the Quality Manager with Cartamundi Ireland, one of the largest manufacturers of board games in Europe. His career, spanning 30 years in the UK and Ireland includes, building and electrical services design, contract management, project management, R & D, and quality management. Presentation title: ISO9001:2015 – A User’s Perspective Synopsis: ISO9001:2015 is now the required quality standard. Looking at the new standard from the perspective of a user, what does it offer? The new standard represents several improvements which will be discussed during this...

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    • Kieran O'Byrne-Managing Director, ECCL

      Kieran O’Byrne-Managing Director, ECCL 

      Kieran runs a specialist Communications Consultancy, ECCL that offers stakeholder engagement, PR, communications and crisis management. He has a Degree in Zoology and has spent the last 28 years, as a communications consultant advising organisations such as; Gaeltech, BNRG, Irish Water, Xstrata Mining, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Greyhound Recycling, and ERP. Presentation Title Stakeholder engagement / community liaison – or how to get your project through the planning process. Brief Synopsis How to bring stakeholders on the journey “wi...

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    • Malte Schlueter-Director for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods,Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Factory Automation – European Business Group

      Malte Schlueter-Director for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods,Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Factory Automation – European Business Group 

      Early 2016, Malte Schlüter was appointed as Director for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) of the Factory Automation - European Business Group at Mitsubishi Electric Europe. His role is a  multifaceted one and includes taking care of global customers in this fast moving, highly competitive and demanding sector and supporting the regional sales team within their key account business. Most of Mr. Schlüter’s career has been in the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods automation sector working with well-known automation and motion control companies in technical, business ...

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    • Brian Handcock-Head of Sustainability, John Sisk & Son

      Brian Handcock-Head of Sustainability, John Sisk & Son 

      Brian is the Head of Sustainability for Ireland's leading construction contractor John Sisk & Son. He has responsibility for delivering the sustainability and environmental strategy for the business. Brian draws on a 28 year carrier working across manufacturing, consulting, waste management and construction businesses. He is a recognised industry leader in the sustainability field and is currently a board member of the Irish Green Building Council and Chair of the Environmental Committee of CECA in the UK amongst other activities. Talk Title: Delivering sustainability Through Constructi...

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    • Bernard Chanliau-Executive Leadership and Team Coach,BC & Associates Leadership Team Coaching

      Bernard Chanliau-Executive Leadership and Team Coach,BC & Associates Leadership Team Coaching 

      Bernard Chanliau is the owner of BC Team Leadership Coaching (http://www.teamleadership.ie/) and a registered European Business Innovation Coach with the SME instrument managed by EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) in Brussels.   As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission is hand-picking potentially disruptive businesses to invest and support as part of the SME Instrument. Businesses can receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business coaching. A PCC (Professional Certified Coach – I...

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    • Paula O Reilly-Associate Director – Procurement Recruitment, Capital Markets Search

      Paula O Reilly-Associate Director – Procurement Recruitment, Capital Markets Search 

      Paula has focused on the recruitment of procurement professionals for over 14 years. Having delivered roles from Buyer through to Head of Procurement and Procurement Directors on a global basis within a range of industry sectors, she has built an extensive network of the highest calibre procurement professionals. With a thorough understanding of the dynamics of procurement, Paula understands not only the technical requirements for the role but the interpersonal and cultural fit needed to guarantee that the right person joins the right organisation. Presentation Title How To...

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    • Laura Foley-Industry Liaison, Limerick Institute of Technology

      Laura Foley-Industry Liaison, Limerick Institute of Technology 

      Laura Foley is the project manager of the European Hub for Digital Innovation in Manufacturing based in Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). The hub works with manufacturing SME’s in the Mid-West Region, developing their digital transformation in line with Industry 4.0 technologies. Laura has been working with LIT on developing an Industry led apprenticeship in the area data integration and manufacturing ICT which aims to be Irelands first Degree in Industry 4.0.   Presentation Title: Addressing the Skills Gap in Industry 4.0: Presentation Synopsis ...

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    • Callum Poole- Senior Business Development Manager, Herbst Software

      Callum Poole- Senior Business Development Manager, Herbst Software 

      Callum is a Senior Business Development Manager with Herbst Software. Callum has a wealth of knowledge of the software industry with a focus on ERP software. Prior to joining Herbst Software, Callum worked in network security. Callum and the team at Herbst Software are committed to enabling all clients and potential clients to achieve profitable growth and organisational efficiencies  through the implementation of Herbst Insight. Herbst Insight is a modular ERP system with all of the functionality required for your business. Herbst Insight is the most complete business management solution ...

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    • Carmel O’Dwyer -Commercial Director, BPS Crowthorne.

      Carmel O’Dwyer -Commercial Director, BPS Crowthorne. 

      With over 15 years experience in the Pharma Industry collaborating with industry to offer innovative solutions to entities here in ireland. Vast experience in assisting in the transition of UK companies into the Irish Region, in particular with the evolution of the Brexit negotiations. Presentation Title – BPS Crowthorne Satisfying the demands of the Biopharma industry in Ireland Detailing BPS Crowthorne’s offering of  a unique combination of solutions ranging from freeze drying and process equipment, R&D/ lab consultancy to containment and cleanroom/ air facilities validat...

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    • Mary White - Business Development Standards Manager,  NSAI

      Mary White – Business Development Standards Manager, NSAI 

      Mary White manages the Standards Business Development Department in NSAI. This department was established in 2014 to support and promote the relevance, importance and impact of standardization to Irish businesses as a tool in gaining competitive advantage in the market place. It also educates researchers and academia on the benefits of standards, the role of standards in research funding and encourages more companies to engage with the standards process. Prior to this role, Mary established the Temperature and Humidity Laboratory in the National Metrology Laboratory in NSAI. Title o...

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    • Colm O’Rourke - Business Development Officer, NSAI Medical Devices

      Colm O’Rourke – Business Development Officer, NSAI Medical Devices 

      Colm O’Rourke is the Business Development Officer for NSAI Medical Devices. Colm joined the NSAI in 2016 and works in the organisation’s new offices in Galway. Colm is a trained medical scientist and has worked in hospital laboratories in Ireland and Australia. He worked for a number of years with a Point of Care diagnostics company in both the sales and applications side of the business. Colm is a graduate of UCC with a BSc in Biomedical Science. Title of presentation: ‘Notified Body Update on new Regulatory Landscape’ Synopsis: Colm will discuss the la...

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    • Tony Kerins – Head of New Business, Peninsula Business Services Ireland & Graphite HRM.

      Tony Kerins – Head of New Business, Peninsula Business Services Ireland & Graphite HRM. 

      Tony Kerins is Head of New Business for Peninsula Business Service (Ireland) and its sister company Graphite HRM for the past 10 years. He has 30 years’ experience in both Private and Public sector HRM. During this time he has gained a vast amount of experience of teaching commenting and advising – as Ah RM specialist and H&S lecturer. His career path has helped him to have a very distinctive and extensive insight. This is beneficial when required to deliver talks which are required to be comprehensive, unambiguous and concise. Tony has managed to create his own definitive style of d...

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    • Brian O'Kennedy-Executive Director of Verego and CEO of Clearstream Solutions

      Brian O’Kennedy-Executive Director of Verego and CEO of Clearstream Solutions 

      Brian is Executive Director of Verego and CEO of Clearstream Solutions, a leading independent supply chain consultancy which he founded in 2008. Clearstream’s services help its clients to manage and report supply chainsustainability and compliance. Current global clients include Microsoft, Symantec, Honeywell, Verego, Teleplan, Arvato, Veritas and Vodafone. Brian has 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management, particularly in the areas of Electronics, Media, Print & Packaging.He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, a Certificate in Sustainable Management from B...

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    • Professor Dr. Richard Keegan BE, Ceng, MComm, Phd, FIEI- Manager, Competitiveness Department, Enterprise Ireland, encompassing Lean Business, Benchmarking and Sustainability, Trinity Business School,Trinity College Dublin

      Professor Dr. Richard Keegan BE, Ceng, MComm, Phd, FIEI- Manager, Competitiveness Department, Enterprise Ireland, encompassing Lean Business, Benchmarking and Sustainability, Trinity Business School,Trinity College Dublin 

      Richard Keegan is a specialist in the areas of Lean/World Class Business and Benchmarking with Enterprise Ireland. His concept of developing a three tier approach to company development has been adopted as a national approach to support the development of competitiveness in Irish industry. To date over 970 company projcets have been supported for Enterprise Ireland clients. The Lean Programme supports indigeneous clients from many sectors on their improvement journeys, based on their current stage of capability and ambition. His approach has been adopted by the Industrial Development Authority...

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    • Uri Zilberman- Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Priority Software

      Uri Zilberman- Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Priority Software 

      Uri is an experienced IT software sales and business development professional with close to 20 years of experience in the industry. Market-savvy, his track record includes senior positions at several software companies where he successfully led the introduction of new technology, products and services to the market. Presentation Title- True Digital Transformation Inside Your Organisation Presentation Synopsis- As we move further into an all-digital, all-things-connected world, one way or another, we're all becoming a new generation of budding...

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    • Lindsey Buchet-Financial Director, Trident Safety Group

      Lindsey Buchet-Financial Director, Trident Safety Group 

      Lindsey Buchet is the Financial Director of Trident Safety Group and was appointed in 2003.  She is a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Expert and consults to some of the largest companies on the international stage. As a Category 6 air Instructor, Lindsey has trained many delegates to successfully achieving certification. Talk Title: “Dangerous Goods skills gap limits your liability” Brief synopsis: “Effective Dangerous Goods Management requires deep knowledge of complex regulations and solid experienc...

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    • Charles Robinson-Associate Director, Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions

      Charles Robinson-Associate Director, Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions 

      Charles is a sustainability professional with extensive experience, who has delivered projects in over 20 countries globally. The focus is always the same; cutting costs, while simplifying complex sustainability challenges into digestible information that truly adds business value. Charles can help companies with energy efficiency, CSR, sustainability maturity assessment & roadmapping, carbon reduction programmes and renewable energy integration. Talk Title: Bridging Lean & Sustainability - Value add for Manufacturers Talk synopsis: Charles will illustrate the close relationship b...

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    • Alan Hendry-Director of Sustainability - Sustainability Centre of Excellence, Jacobs

      Alan Hendry-Director of Sustainability – Sustainability Centre of Excellence, Jacobs 

      Alan is Jacobs’ Director of Sustainability, based in Jacobs Sustainability Centre of Excellence, he experience in both the public and private sector working on a wide variety of initiatives, including: transport, planning, construction and programme delivery, and he is the Chair of the Scottish Branch of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development. Presentation Title Delivering and Reporting Value through Sustainability Synopsis The talk will be about Jacobs unique Sustainability+ Programme which we use to capture how we deliver value for c...

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    • Harald Scherner- General Manager, Festo Hungary

      Harald Scherner- General Manager, Festo Hungary 

      Harald is the General Manager for Festo AM Kft Hungary production plant since beginning of 2011, subsidiary of the renowned German Automation company Festo AG&Co.KG. After his study of mechanical engineering and economics he started his career at Mercedes Benz Stuttgart as a production engineer in several operational rules. Afterwards he joined Festo for a international project to build up a worldwide production and logistic network. In that time he lead several international projects in South America, Asia and East Europe. Later on he took over the responsibility for all the technical ar...

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    • Howard Knott- Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association

      Howard Knott- Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association 

      Thirty years experience in the shipping and Forwarding Industry followed by ten years with the Irish Exporters Association developing the organisation’s Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain capability. Has represented the organisation in a number of EU backed Logistics projects and at a number of Oireachtas Transport Committee hearings. Has spoken at a number of international  Conferences on intermodal transport. Columnist with “Fleet Transport”, compiles “Fleet Maritime” and has contributed to a number of other leading publications. Passionate Sailor.   Look beyond the British Marke...

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    • Conall Laverty-Founder & CEO, Wia

      Conall Laverty-Founder & CEO, Wia 

      Conall Laverty (28) is the Founder & CEO of Wia, one of the world’s leading Internet of Things cloud platforms. Wia provides a simple way for people and things to talk to each other with just a few lines of code. The platform is now being used by developers in more than 85 countries and has attracted over €1m in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. He is a key figure in the Irish Internet of Things ecosystem. Previously Conall was CTO of Big Motive, a creative technology company based in London and Belfast. There ...

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    • Sinead Moore-Teacher/Social Justice Advocate

      Sinead Moore-Teacher/Social Justice Advocate 

      Sinead is a secondary school teacher and social justice advocate with a keen interest in sustainable development. She is a member of Comhlamh Trade Justice Group who create awareness of the impact of trade deals. Sinead actively campaigns on the issue of conflict minerals and the need for fair trade technology. Talk Title- The importance of and possibility of Fair Trade Technology. Talk Synopsis- Outline some key legislation that is addressing this issue of supply chains, such as the Frank Dodd act 2010. I will allude to the work of ‘The Enough Project’, an American based charity t...

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    • Dr. Con Sheahan- PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, UL

      Dr. Con Sheahan- PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, UL 

      Dr. Con Sheahan, from UL, has a PhD in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Optimisation, a B.Eng. in Production Engineering and an MBA. He has extensive experience in coordinating EU funded projects, in FP7 and H2020, specifically collaborative research projects aimed at meeting the needs of industrial partners. Dr. Sheahan also has extensive experience in Supply Chain Management. He is Director of two Masters in Supply Chain Management, run online for Dell Computers and Infineon. Con has ten years industrial experience before joining academia. Title: iBUS -  A...

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    • Prof. Conor McCarthy - Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick

      Prof. Conor McCarthy – Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick 

      Prof. Conor McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Limerick and the Centre Director for the new SFI Confirm – Smart Manufacturing research centre (www.confirm.ie), with 8 academic Institutions and 42 industrial partners.  Prof. McCarthy’s main area of research is in joining lightweight materials, mostly for high performance structural applications, where he has published over 120 papers and four book chapters. He currently leads a large research group looking at novel joining methods (see ...

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    • Jim Fitzsimons - Technical Consultant, Helix Innovation Partnerships

      Jim Fitzsimons – Technical Consultant, Helix Innovation Partnerships 

        Jim Fitzsimons is a Technical Consultant with Helix Innovation Partnerships who specialize in technical assessments for funding bodies, HMRC and the Revenue Commissioners. He is a Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim set up and is also Lead Partner in Riverwest Management, a company focussed entirely on funding for Innovation and growth. He has also worked as a Technical Consultant with Helix Innovations Partnerships and  Intertrade Ireland’s Innovation programmes for 14 years. In th...

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    • Eoin Christian - Managing Director, GRENKE

      Eoin Christian – Managing Director, GRENKE 

      Eoin Christian who is the MD of GRENKE Invoice Finance who can talk about alternative forms of finance available to the industry,. Eoin is head of GRENKE Invoice Finance but also was previously head of the Leasing division and is currently chair of the IFP (www.ifpireland.ie) which is the umbrella body for independent finance providers in Ireland so he very experienced and knowledgeable of the opportunities and providers of smart finance options available to businesses. I will send on a bio & pic shortly The title will be ‘Smart Finance for Smart B...

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    • exhibitor - William Jones - eLearning Programme Manager, One World Learning Ltd

      William Jones – eLearning Programme Manager, One World Learning Ltd 

      William Jones is an eLearning Programme Manager with One World Learning Ltd. He started out his career as a Manufacturing Engineer with Apple Computers, General Instrument, Motorola BV and later with Dell Computers amongst others. William completed a Masters in Advanced Manufacturing and a Post Grad in Applied Computing. He is author of "The Handbook of Modern Manufacturing Techniques" published by Oaktree press. He has been very fortunate to work with some great people and he talks about some of the things he learnt along the way. Presentation Title- Sharing knowledge Synopsis The ta...

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    • Oonagh McNerney - Co-Founder and CEO, Sapenta

      Oonagh McNerney – Co-Founder and CEO, Sapenta 

      Passionate about all things Digital Transformation. Co-Founder & CEO @ Sapenta: a simple, social and smart Digital Workplace platform that powers the flexible modern workplace driving employee engagement and productivity. Co-founder @ IRIS Technology Solutions: creating and integrating real-time process monitoring and control solutions for transitioning industry to 4.0.   Smartworking: the Future of Work. The Future of Work has been coined as one of the hot topics for 2018. The workplace of the future needs to be centred on the Digital Workplace. ...

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    • Colum Foley B.Comm. MSc - Programme Director Open Education Postgraduate Programmes, DCU

      Colum Foley B.Comm. MSc – Programme Director Open Education Postgraduate Programmes, DCU 

      Colum Foley has over twenty five years Industrial Management experience in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Customer Service and Managing Change. His teaching experience has been with the Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, The Institute of Technology in Tallaght, City and Guilds European Headquarters, The Communication and Management Institute and with Oscail and Open Education in DCU. He has lectured in Operations Management, Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Strategic Management,Marketing, Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics. He hold...

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    • Rebecca Kavanagh - Recent Graduate, Marine Planning for Sustainable Development

      Rebecca Kavanagh – Recent Graduate, Marine Planning for Sustainable Development 

      I am motivated, recent graduate in Marine Planning for Sustainable Development.I specialize in the areas of Environmental Policy, Ocean Governance & Marine Management, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy Development. I am passionate about the growing demands for the development of Renewable Energy projects, sustainable growth and continuation of both traditional and upcoming marine activities, whilst safeguarding the environment.   Presentation Title: Lessons Learned from the Marine Spatial Planning Process: Taking a closer look at the ro...

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    • Barry Wadding - Business Development Manager, Lightsource

      Barry Wadding – Business Development Manager, Lightsource 

      Barry joined Lightsource in 2016, following 12+ years of international experience working on utility scale projects. He has been instrumental in the development and promotion of a range of utility scale and power purchase agreement solar projects across the Republic of Ireland. His extensive experience in business development and the management of acquisitions has been a key asset in Lightsource’s expansion into the Republic of Ireland. As part of the ongoing push to diversify the energy mix, Barry is also working on the development of solar and battery installations on new and existing windfa...

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    • Gerry Stockil - Chair, Tallaght Community Council

      Gerry Stockil – Chair, Tallaght Community Council 

      Gerry  is a lecturer in Electronic Engineering in the Institute of Technology Tallaght. He is  currently voluntary chair of Tallaght Community Council one of the oldest community group in Tallaght, and one of the PPN ( Public Participation Network ) members in the  Local Community Development Committee, a statutory derived body. .  He is interested in the role that technology enhanced public participation can play in an improved plan...

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    • Sergey Sobolev - Agile Coach

      Sergey Sobolev – Agile Coach 

      Sergey Sobolev, Agile coach. Sergey helps small businesses to improve productivity and processes and to transition to more agile way of working. He draws on his experience from IT industry to create positive change in teamwork and collaboration.”   The talk title “Starting with respect - the key to successful improvement” The talk will cover: * What does “respect for people” mean * Why respect is important for successful improvement * Unconscious assumptions we make about employees and how they result in disrespect * Common patterns of disrespect and what to do about ...

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    • Chris Chapmann - Lead Facilitator, The Change Exploratory

      Chris Chapmann – Lead Facilitator, The Change Exploratory 

      Chris Chapman is a leading creative facilitator both in Ireland and internationally., with a particular interest in complex change and how society can transition towards greater sustainability. His career has focused on the interfaces between personal, organisational and societal change in fields including climate, energy, green buildings and education. Presentation Title : 'Making Complex Change Easier' Brief Synopsis : When we have a challenge (such as sustainability) that has lots of elements to it and large degrees of unpredictability, what can we do to make to make ...

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    • Ann Sheahan - Co-Founder, entellexi

      Ann Sheahan – Co-Founder, entellexi 

      Ann Sheahan holds a BSc, and MBA. She has over 25 years experience in both multinational and SME organisations in the field of Business Process Optimisation. She co-founded and currently manages ManOPT Systems Ltd. trading as Entellexi, a software development company specialiseing in enterprise performance optimisation and visualisation. Ann has also facilitated a number of Lean Transformation projects for Enterprise Ireland Clients as well as ‘Lean for Micro’ projects for Local Enterprise Office clients. Stream: Lean Productivity and Continuous Improvement Title: ...

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    • Scott McInnes - Founder & Director, Inspiring Change

      Scott McInnes – Founder & Director, Inspiring Change 

      For over 20 years Scott McInnes has worked in-agency and client-side with brands including PA Consulting Group, Hewlett-Packard, Ulster Bank, AIB and London 2012.  Based on a strongly held belief that a business's success is driven by its people, Scott founded Inspiring Change to help organisations connect with their people in a way that’s clear, memorable, inspiring and authentic.  This leads to better staff engagement, more openness to change and, as a result, better business performance Presentation Title Bringing your people thro...

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    • Shane McCarthy - CEO, BlueChief Social

      Shane McCarthy – CEO, BlueChief Social 

      Shane is the CEO of BlueChief, a leading social media & content production agency. A guest lecturer on social media advertising & strategy in UL. Shane is a social media strategist who handles the online marketing strategies for some of Ireland's leading companies. His focus is brand awareness, lead generation & online advertising. Presentation Title: Social Media in supply chain management in worth $1 Trillion dollars yearly. Synopsis: The purpose of this talk is to give The Largest Gathering of Key Decision Makers in Irish Manufacturing Supply Chain a deeper understand...

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    • Chris Deans- Managing Director, Crane Worldwide Logistics Irl Ltd

      Chris Deans- Managing Director, Crane Worldwide Logistics Irl Ltd 

      A successful, Director within the Global Logistics & Supply Chain Industry. Accountable for leading, directing and managing a team of Professionals across all functions for results throughout the full portfolio of services 3PL, 4PL, Freight Forwarding and Logistics & Distribution.  A key focus of my role is concentrated on empowering people to build strong dynamic teams both for the sales department and across all other business functions. Experience in driving strategy & change management both locally in Ireland and on a global platform. Presentation Title- Ch...

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    • Declan J Allen - Assistant Head of School in the School of Management, College of Business , DIT

      Declan J Allen – Assistant Head of School in the School of Management, College of Business , DIT 

      Declan is the Assistant Head of School in the School of Management, College of Business DIT, where he is Programme Chair of the BSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree programme. He has published various articles in journals and international conferences in logistics and supply chain management. Presentation title: An Evaluation of Risks associated with Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Logistics Synopsis: This paper will identify the risks associated with cold chain transportation within the Pharmaceutical industry and establish if they truly can be mi...

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    • Mike McGrath - Managing Director, ARVO

      Mike McGrath – Managing Director, ARVO 

      Mike McGrath is Managing Director of Arvo, a Procurement Consultancy which helps organisations to achieve procurement objectives, business efficiencies and commercial savings. Mike is an European Commission eTEG Expert, where the e-tendering Expert Group (eTEG) are defining a blueprint for public procurement within the EU to ensure wide accessibility including cross-border, SME inclusiveness, wide interoperability, transparency, traceability and accountability. Prior to this, Mike founded supply.ie, which is an eProcurement platform and business which helps compa...

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    • Senan O Riain- Business Development Manager, IDA

      Senan O Riain- Business Development Manager, IDA 

      As part of the Product Development & Transformation team in IDA Ireland, Senan is responsible for developing new and innovative products that allow IDA clients achieve operational excellence. The goal of the team is to support companies to continue to develop their operations in Ireland in a meaningful and sustainable way.  

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    • Maggie Farrell - Lecturer and Researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Business.

      Maggie Farrell – Lecturer and Researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Business. 

      Maggie is a researcher and lecturer with the DIT, in the area of strategic operations & international supply management, for industry and on academic graduate and postgraduate programmes. She is completing her doctoral thesis with the WBS, University of Warwick on "Developing and Managing Shared Service Relationships across the Public-Private Dyad". Her previous work as a Civil Engineer, Production Engineer, Industrial Engineering Manager and Operations Manager have given her the ability to critically analyse the business environment, an organisation's strategy and to develop an appropriat...

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    • Jack O'Sullivan - Director, Zero Waste Alliance Ireland and Managing Director, Environmental Management Services

      Jack O’Sullivan – Director, Zero Waste Alliance Ireland and Managing Director, Environmental Management Services 

      Jack O’Sullivan has practised as an independent environmental consultant since 1977, and in 1981, he established Environmental Management Services (EMS) as one of the first environmental consultancies in Ireland. He is a founder member and a Director of Zero Waste Alliance Ireland, and he is also a founder member of the Climate Change Committee of An Taisce.  Jack is widely experienced in the fields of environmental policy and strategy; eco-auditing and environmental management systems; application of EU environmental Directiv...

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    • Aoife Stafford - Environmental Officer on N25 New Ross Bypass and Climate Ambassador , An Taisce

      Aoife Stafford – Environmental Officer on N25 New Ross Bypass and Climate Ambassador , An Taisce 

      Aoife Stafford is a keen environmentalist. Aoife was awardedboth a BA in Geography and a Masters degree in Environmental Resource Management from UCD. She has held various environmental roles, most recently, Environmental Officer for the N25 Bypass. She has been chosen to be a Climate Ambassador for An Taisce. Presentation - Sustainable Water Management Water is integral to maintaining the quality of our natural and built environment. Protecting our water and natural environments through better water management is crucial in adapting to changing demography, reso...

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    • Vijay Ramachandran- Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Managing Director, Synovos Europe

      Vijay Ramachandran- Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Managing Director, Synovos Europe 

      An accomplished executive, Vijay has a 25-year track record in transforming major supply chains across diverse industries. Since joining the company in 2012, he has successfully led the Synovos corporate strategy and expansion into new markets and product and service offerings. Those include DynamicSupply™ e-procurement tool, asset management, Master Data LeadershipSM, catalog management, inventory optimization, and CMMS. He currently leads the company’s international expansion and operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Vijay holds a B.S. in Biology and a degree in Busines...

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    • Dr Baljit Singh - Senior Business Developer (Innovation & Business), Institute of Technology Tallaght

      Dr Baljit Singh – Senior Business Developer (Innovation & Business), Institute of Technology Tallaght 

      Presently working as Senior Business Developer at MiCRA Biodiagnostics; one of Enterprise Ireland supported and industry-led technology gateways at IT Tallaght. MiCRA client focus lies within chemical and biosensor technologies for application in human and animal diagnostics, dairy and agri-food production, environmental and water testing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, materials/nanomaterials and industry contract services. I have led the development of a number of successful collaborative projects with dairy and food companies. My responsibilities include; research an...

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    • Sarah O’Neill - Communication Manager, Kellogg’s EMEA

      Sarah O’Neill – Communication Manager, Kellogg’s EMEA 

      Sarah is a Communication Manager for Kellogg’s, with responsibility for communications in both the cereal and snacks business units across Europe. She has over 12 years’ international experience in both the telecommunications and FMCG sectors. Her work has centred on the external communication of company news with a specific focus on the areas of CSR and Sustainability. Presentation title: Sustainability communications in food production: an area of growth - Synopsis: To keep pace with consumer demand it is increasingly important for companies, e...

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    • exhibitor - Stuart Nelson - Principal Consultant,  Jigsaw Consulting

      Stuart Nelson – Principal Consultant, Jigsaw Consulting 

      Stuart is principal consultant with Jigsaw Consulting and works with organisations to solve problems and enable them to develop a Growth Mindset.  Stuart bring over 20 years’ experience managing teams, coaching, training, and consulting, to the analysis and improvement work he carries out.  Using tools from Lean, Six Sigma, and Design Thinking, and techniques such as coaching, mentoring and training, he is in a unique position to guide the person and the process through the change cycle.  Stuart holds 3rd level qualifications in Psychology, Innovation, Lean, and Six Sigma and has re...

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    • Fergal Power - Head of Procurement, IT&T and Security daa

      Fergal Power – Head of Procurement, IT&T and Security daa 

      With a background in Blue-chip multi-nationals, new technology start-ups and 20 years+ Procurement experience, Fergal brings extensive strategic sourcing and cost transformation expertise across global, local, centralized and decentralized Procurement functions, managing annual 3rd party spends of €1bn+ with aggressive cost savings and margin growth challenges from demanding CFOs.   Presentation title: “The age of simple price reduction is over, Procurement-led Cost transformation must now begin”    Synopsis: “Procurement has t...

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    • Darragh Gaffney- Research & Development Manager, Monaghan Biosciences Ltd

      Darragh Gaffney- Research & Development Manager, Monaghan Biosciences Ltd 

      In his role as R&D Manager for Monaghan Biosciences, Dr Gaffney develops and implements the R&D strategy for the industrial enzyme development company. He manages a team of more than 20 multidisciplinary research and development scientists across Fermentation & Process Technology, Applications Development, Molecular Biology and Analytical Development groups. Monaghan Biosciences has recently been awarded two multimillion euro projects under the H2020 funded Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking. Darragh holds a PhD from the University of Limerick on the activity and immobilisation...

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    • Dr Phil Mulvaney - Head of Strategic Projects, Institute of Technology Tallaght

      Dr Phil Mulvaney – Head of Strategic Projects, Institute of Technology Tallaght 

      Dr. Phil Mulvaney is Head of Strategic Projects at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Her role is to lead and work on designated strategic projects for the Institute, including the Institute’s Strategic Plan and HEA Performance Management  Reviews.  She is also engaged in a number of projects relating to the application of the Institute for Technological University designation - in partner with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB).  Previously, Dr. Mulvaney was Head Department of Management at IT Tallaght, responsible for leading and managing...

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    • Jim Dowdall - Director, Enviroguide Consulting

      Jim Dowdall – Director, Enviroguide Consulting 

      Jim Dowdall is a Director of Enviroguide Consulting with over 25 years’ experience in the environmental and waste management sector. Jim has an MSc in Inorganic Chemistry and. Jim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) and also has a Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law and is a member of the Irish Environmental Law Association.   Presentation topic: ‘Environmental Liability and Risk’

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    • James Cogan - Engineer and Senior Consultant, EERL

      James Cogan – Engineer and Senior Consultant, EERL 

      James is an industry and policy analyst expert in EU climate, innovation and economic development policy. He’s a member of the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security and of the Council for Innovation in photonics in Italy. He has worked for the European Commission and its partners on innovation finance and innovation project development. He advises Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd on innovation, biofuels polocy and the bioeconomy. James has a degree in electronics engineering from UCD and an MBA from TCD.   Presentation title:  Sustainable Transport Fuels and Bio...

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    • Pádraic Fogarty - Managing Director, Openfield Ecological Services. Campaign Officer, Irish Wildlife Trust

      Pádraic Fogarty – Managing Director, Openfield Ecological Services. Campaign Officer, Irish Wildlife Trust 

      Pádraic Fogarty is an ecologist and environmental scientist. He has served as chairman of the Irish Wildlife Trust, an environmental charity, and is currently their campaign officer and (until recently) editor of ‘Irish Wildlife’ magazine. He is author of ‘Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’, which was published in 2017. Presentation Title: Sustainability is dead Synopsis: ‘Sustainability’ has failed to reverse the decline of the natural world – the life support system upon which humanity depends. More often, it is a meaningless marketing tool which serves as a fig leaf for busin...

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    • David Kelly - QEHS Consultant and Trainer, CG Business Consulting

      David Kelly – QEHS Consultant and Trainer, CG Business Consulting 

      A multi-skilled, highly qualified consultant, with experience in Quality Management Systems, Environmental Management Systems, Occupational Health and Safety Management systems.  FMCG Manufacturing, Food and Drink Manufacturing. HACCP implementation and international auditing and support. David is a member of both the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the International Register of Certified Auditors. His areas of expertise are food manufacturing businesses, technical training delivery, Root Cause Analysis, Business Risk Management and supplier auditing / evaluation. ...

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    • Oliver Kelly - Managing Director, AcclivityCRM

      Oliver Kelly – Managing Director, AcclivityCRM 

      Oliver is the Managing Director of AcclivityCRM.   AcclivityCRM deliver Customer Relationship Management and Process Management software solutions.    Oliver is an experienced, successful and resilient manager with a proved track record of delivering IT solutions and a strong interest in the latest technology trends.   With Oliver’s project management background, he emphasises a structured, goal oriented approach to delivery, but understands the importance of customer relationships and works hard to keep Customer Service at the heart of everything AcclivityCRM does. Oliver has 20+ years’ ex...

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    • John Whelan – International Trade Consultant, Former CEO, Irish Exporters Association, Chairman's presentations

      John Whelan – International Trade Consultant, Former CEO, Irish Exporters Association, Chairman’s presentations 

      John F. Whelan BSc. MB John is a leading international trade consultant and export industry adviser to the Allied Irish Bank group.   He is chairman of the Aeolus International Ltd, a commercial jet services company, based at City West Campus and vice chairman of Swiss Irish Business association .  He is also chairman of the RDS  Entrepreneurs Club. He is the international trade columnist with the Irish Examiner and has published many books and articles nationally and internationally on global  trade natters . He lectures in DCU and UCD on business acceleration and  e...

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    • Micheál Cassidy - CTO, Irish Manufacturing Research

      Micheál Cassidy – CTO, Irish Manufacturing Research 

      Micheál Cassidy is founder and CTO of Irish Manufacturing Research since its formation in 2014.  Prior to this, he has had a number of management and engineering roles in large multinationals including Philips and TDK and manufacturing start-ups and SMEs.  Micheal is responsible for the strategic technical roadmap and managing diverse high performing technical teams in areas such as Knowledge Management, Energy Efficiency, Augmented Reality and IoT.  He also directs company operations and has raised over €20M in public and private R&D funding.

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    • Caroline Ashe – Commercial Director, KORE Insulation

      Caroline Ashe – Commercial Director, KORE Insulation 

      Caroline Ashe has been the Commercial Director for KORE Insulation for the past 14 years. As Commercial Director, Caroline is responsible for ensuring the company supplies customers with the products and services they need to meet their insulation requirements. Caroline is passionate about quality, a key aspect of the business, and continues to be motivated and excited by the opportunities that exist to construct super energy efficient buildings in Ireland. A graduate of DCU, Caroline has obtained a MSc in Strategic Procurement, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Fitzwilliam I...

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    • Dr. Owen Clarkin - Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, DCU

      Dr. Owen Clarkin – Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, DCU 

      Currently Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Principle Investigator of the Biomaterials Research Group at DCU, Dr. Clarkin was awarded a BSc in Material Science (2005) and a PhD in Biomaterials (2009) from the University of Limerick. His research has focused on orthopaedic and dental biomaterials, with current interests in composite-hydrogels for treatment of vascular defects.   Title: EnduraGel™: Closing the Gap between Expected and Observed Outcomes in the Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms

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    • Dr Fiona Gilchrist - Project Manager, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), University of Limerick

      Dr Fiona Gilchrist – Project Manager, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), University of Limerick 

      Fiona is an experienced Project Manager who has held management & commercialisation positions within the University of Cambridge in the UK, University College Cork, Pharma-Bio Serv, Cork and the University of Limerick. Fiona is responsible for the overall project management of Enterprise Ireland Core Funded Research Projects across three different RPOs in addition to a large Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Cleaning Manufacturing Consortium. Fiona takes a leadership role in fostering pharmaceutical manufacturing research at a national and international level, in conjunction with i...

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    • Patrick Ward - Principle Solution Specialist IoT, Microsoft

      Patrick Ward – Principle Solution Specialist IoT, Microsoft 

      Patrick Ward is Principle Solution Specialist, IoT for Microsoft. His role is to help Microsoft’s customers across EMEA to leverage the power of IoT and Advanced Analytics to transform their businesses. Patrick began his career in Product Development at Nortel and has led various management roles in UK, Canada and Ireland across telecoms, internet, financial services and cloud computing. Patrick has held a number of roles in Microsoft, including Head of Audience Marketing and Director of Evangelism in Microsoft Ireland. As Windows Business Group Lead, he launched Windows 8, Windows 10 an...

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    • Dr Paddy Barrett - Consultant Cardiologist, The Blackrock Clinic, Dublin

      Dr Paddy Barrett – Consultant Cardiologist, The Blackrock Clinic, Dublin 

      Dr Paddy Barrett is a Consultant Cardiologist at The Blackrock Clinic, Dublin with a special interest in how novel technologies will shape the future of medicine. Having trained in San Diego, California at the Scripps Translational Science Institute his research has focused on digital medicine technologies in healthcare, the physiology of microgravity during NASA parabolic flight campaigns and the biometric signatures of emotional states. In addition to hosting the internationally acclaimed podcast series ‘The Doctor Paradox’, his work has featured in Time Health, The New York Academy of Scien...

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    • Graeme Treadwell BSc MBA - Head of Supply Chain, Procurement & Development, Standard Brands (part of the SHS Group)

      Graeme Treadwell BSc MBA – Head of Supply Chain, Procurement & Development, Standard Brands (part of the SHS Group) 

      Graeme is a commercially and analytically astute, well-organised strategic business leader with fifteen years' Senior Management and Board level experience in FMCG, with a proven track record in steering rapid growth businesses, acquisitions, integrations and global supply development for many household brands. He has a proven track record in developing business agility as a competitive advantage on a global scale.   Title: Supply Chain Agility as a Platform for Growth

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    • Derek Dunne FICS - Customs Compliance Manager, Manifests Ireland Custom Compliance Manager, Irish International Freight Association

      Derek Dunne FICS – Customs Compliance Manager, Manifests Ireland Custom Compliance Manager, Irish International Freight Association 

      Derek Dunne is the Customs Compliance Manager for Manifests Ireland . Having worked with Customs issues for over thirty years he is well placed to evaluate and navigate the potential challenges of Customs compliance post Brexit. Derek has worked with several companies successfully helping them to achieve Customs Approved Economic Operator status over the past number of year.   Title: The Benefits of Customs Approved Economic Operator status post Brexit   Synopsis: The Talk intends to highlight the importance for importers and exporters of...

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    • Brian Evans - Head of Manufacturing Sector, Bank of Ireland

      Brian Evans – Head of Manufacturing Sector, Bank of Ireland 

      Brian is Head of Manufacturing Sector for Bank of Ireland. In his own words “I help manufacturers to tell their story to the Bank and I help the Bank to understand the manufacturer’s story”. Brian primarily works with SME’s in Ireland. Brian has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry with an electronics engineering background. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, he worked for 3 and half years in China with PCH International developing products for Fortune 100 companies and small SME’s and developing supply chains for these companies out of China. Brian has a mix of engineer...

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    • Peter Brady - CFO, InvoiceFair

      Peter Brady – CFO, InvoiceFair 

      Peter Brady CFO - a Chartered accountant with over 25 years experience in building and leading successful business both domestically and on the international stage. Peter’s financial & technical expertise along with his extensive commercial experience across range of Manufacturing industries and functions including General Management, Human Resources, Operations and International Business Development has given him an in-depth understanding of the challenges of managing working capital and the importance of having a range of funding options available to fund future growth.   ...

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    • Joe McCall, SM (NRCM) - Technical Service Specialist, STERIS Life Sciences

      Joe McCall, SM (NRCM) – Technical Service Specialist, STERIS Life Sciences 

      Joe is a Technical Service Specialist with STERIS Life Sciences.  He specializes in microbial control, environmental monitoring, excursion investigation and cleanroom issues.  Joe has over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, specializing in aseptic processing, cleanroom qualification, environmental monitoring, and risk management.  He is based in South Carolina USA and provides global technical support and expert consultation services for Critical Environments.  Joe is an invited conference speaker on pharmaceutical microbiology topics at Pharmaceutic...

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    • Eoin O'Neill-President, British Irish Chamber Commerce

      Eoin O’Neill-President, British Irish Chamber Commerce 

      Eoin is the President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce , a founding member in 2011 . Eoin has extensive Senior management experience in financial services , he has worked for Aviva for twenty nine years and earlier this year finished off nine years as Director of Sales and Customer Care . Eoin is passionate about the development of trade and has worked extensively to drive a cooperative approach , developing relationships to drive sustainable trade links. A keen sports fan he was responsible for Aviva’s sponsorship of the Aviva stadium and is active in many sporting organisations. Eoin...

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    • Ollan Herr - Founding Member, Zero Waste Alliance Ireland (ZWAI)

      Ollan Herr – Founding Member, Zero Waste Alliance Ireland (ZWAI) 

      Ollan Herr established Herr ltd a waste water treatment business in 1992. The wasting of nutrients into aquifers, rivers and seas is becoming an increasing issue. Herr Ltd products now has a particular focus on nitrogen and phosphorus separation and recycling as a way to sustainably grow food. Ollan is also a founding member of Zero Waste Alliance Ireland. The theme of nutrient recycling and the conservation of resources is the common theme for both organizations. The community food composting systems of Zero Waste Alliance Ireland is complementary to  the Herr ltd products for phosphorus recy...

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    • Dr. Ian Jones - Founder, CEO, Innopharma Labs

      Dr. Ian Jones – Founder, CEO, Innopharma Labs 

      Dr. Ian Jones is the Founder and CEO of Innopharma Labs – a technology and education company. He has worked for the past 20 years within the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing sectors where he has become a global leader in particle science, process robustness and control. He has a PhD in Process Analytical Technologies from Dublin Institute of Technology and has studied Strategy, Leadership and Innovation within the Pharmaceutical Industry at the Harvard Business School, Boston and finally Accelerated Growth Strategies at Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK.

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    • Milenko Alcin - Business Development Manager, Comtrade Digital Services

      Milenko Alcin – Business Development Manager, Comtrade Digital Services 

      Milenko Alcin is professional with nearly 30 years of experience in design, sales and delivery of complex IT solutions. Milenko is focused on digital transformation and the disruption potential of new technologies in broad range of industries. One of Milenko’s main interests is renewable energy, with emphasis on the use of IoT and machine learning for optimizing operations and maintenance of renewable energy systems.    

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    • Ingo Sternitzke- Global Business Manager, Scientific Surface Solutions, Trespa International BV

      Ingo Sternitzke- Global Business Manager, Scientific Surface Solutions, Trespa International BV 

      Ingo Sternitzke is graduated  from University of Architecture and Construction Weimar (Bauhaus University) in Germany. He is Global Business Manager at Trespa International BV and is working for Trespa in several positions more than 17 years. Trespa International B.V., Netherlands, is a premier developer of high quality panels for exterior cladding, decorative façades, and scientific surface solutions. Ingo Sternitzke is responsible for the global sales and marketing for scientific application; clean rooms, laboratories and healthcare. Ingo Sternitzke is also vice president at the board of dir...

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    • Clare Flynn - QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting

      Clare Flynn – QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting 

      Clare holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Health from Dublin Institute of Technology and further certifications in Health and Safety through both, SOLAS and IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) With an extensive portfolio working with local government and health authorities, Clare’s expertise has been merited with opportunities to work across an array of industries including, environmental, construction and civil engineering. Through a committed and diligent approach to best practice, Clare has worked with many multi-disciplinary teams to ensure tha...

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    • Noel Conaty - QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting

      Noel Conaty – QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting 

      Noel Holds an MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety from Dublin Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from University College Dublin and has also obtained his Lead Auditor certification. Having worked in many industries ranging from electrical, engineering, manufacturing, construction and agriculture Noel combines his area of knowledge, eagerness to learn and his strong communication skills to provide high quality solutions. Noel believes in a collaborative approach when working with clients by providing ideas and offering solutions to best meet each organisatio...

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    • Tom Davis - Computer Systems Specialist,  Hovione

      Tom Davis – Computer Systems Specialist, Hovione 

      Over the past 37 years I have worked with a number Pharmaceutical companies in different position starting in the Technical Services area and then moving into Production / Quality Assurance  / IT &  Automation Team Leader roles. Current working as a consultant in Computer System Validation & Data Integrity for Hovione who are a Contract Development Manufacturing operation for both drug substance & particle engineering.

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    • Dr. Patrick Lynch- Co-founder and Director of RIKON

      Dr. Patrick Lynch- Co-founder and Director of RIKON 

      Dr. Patrick Lynch; a Co-founder and Director of RIKON, WIT obtained his PhD in innovation and new product development and has extensive commercial experience including the creation and growth of early-stage companies. As Director of RIKON, Patrick has amassed considerable industry, consultancy and applied innovation research experience in both management and delivery capacities spanning innovation processes and framework development, market and business research and analysis, new product and service development and business modelling and development and market development. Patrick has been res...

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    • Vivienne Murtagh - QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting

      Vivienne Murtagh – QEHS Consultant, CG Business Consulting 

      Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety &Health from the Sligo Institute of Technology and is Graduate member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health)for continuous improvement and commitment to health and safety practice and procedures. Vivienne’s prudent approach to her own professional development in the Quality, Environment, and Health & Safetyindustry is pertinent to the quality of work she produces when implementing organisation standards for ISO certification. With considerable experience working across diverse industry sectors, V...

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    • Mark Meehan- Site Training & Learning Head, Novartis

      Mark Meehan- Site Training & Learning Head, Novartis 

      Mark Meehan is the Site Training & Learning Head in Novartis Ringaskiddy. He views Training & Skills competence as a key enabler for organisational competitive advantage and a key enabler for proactive workforce planning, passionate about people Mark’s role is to marry the organisations training & learning plan to the overall Site strategy creating engagement among employees resulting in clearly measurable  business outputs.

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    • Charlie Sheridan- Director of Internet of things (IoT) systems research Lab, Intel Labs Europe

      Charlie Sheridan- Director of Internet of things (IoT) systems research Lab, Intel Labs Europe 

      Charlie is the Director of Internet of things (IoT) systems research Lab in Intel Labs Europe, he leads a team of researchers focused on the application of IoT Edge computing technologies across industry verticals such as Smart Cities, Autonomous Driving and Industry 4.0. Together with his team he leads an extensive research portfolio partnering with Intel business units, external academic and industry partners focused on the key technology challenges addressing IoT adoption. He has participated in several European Commission research projects and consulted with the EU Commission on IoT challe...

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    • Clyde Genie - Brand & Digital Consultant, Bradley Brand & Design

      Clyde Genie – Brand & Digital Consultant, Bradley Brand & Design 

      Clyde is a Brand & Digital Consultant who works with Bradley Brand & Design helping Irish SMEs differentiate themselves from a crowded market. Clyde believes strong brands are not about mastering the new marketing trend of the week, but how well they connect with the customers they are trying to help and communicate their understanding back to them. After helping to launch several successful local, regional and national brands, Clyde knows good branding creates dynamic, ever evolving and meaningful relationships with customers. It is these positive connections that help to foster...

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    • Dr Denise Croker -  General Manager, Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC)

      Dr Denise Croker – General Manager, Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) 

      Denise Croker is a University of Limerick industrial chemist graduate, and completed an industrial PhD in process engineering with Aughinish Alumina Ltd under the supervision of Prof Kieran Hodnett. After a period working with Aughinish as a process engineer, Denise returned to the first iteration of the SSPC in 2008, then the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster, as a postdoctoral researcher. The first PDRA in the Centre, Denise took responsibility for the PDRA working group, targeted industrial projects and co-supervised 2 PhD students, ultimately generating 22 published articles. In 2011, Den...

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    • Emmet Kearney - Business Development Manager, TWi

      Emmet Kearney – Business Development Manager, TWi 

      Enabling businesses to further reduce Human Error rates and improve the efficiency of their staff training! Emmet is responsible for Business Development at Technically Write IT (TWi), a leading provider of technical writing and information design solutions, serving some of the largest companies in ICT, Life Sciences, Utilities and more. We focus on understanding your business needs and producing user-friendly documentation that has a positive impact on your business and manufacturing processes. We work on deliverables like user manuals, technical guides, online help, training material, and...

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    • Conor Murray- Principal, Contamination Control Expert

      Conor Murray- Principal, Contamination Control Expert 

      Conor Murray, 3dimension Cleanrooms, is an independent Subject Matter Expert in contamination control specialising in GMP Cleanrooms and Biosafety labs.  Conor has over 30 years experience in the design and construction of specialist cleanrooms and biosafety labs and since 2007, independently as 3dimension Cleanrooms. Conor represents NSAI as Head of Delegation at ISO TC 209 on cleanroom standardisation.  Conor is Convenor of the Biocontamination Working Group, WG-05 in CEN TC243. Conor is the Cleanrooms Convenor on the Health Care Standards Consultative Committee, (HCSC) of the National...

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    • Aidan Daly- Business Development Manager, Finol Oils

      Aidan Daly- Business Development Manager, Finol Oils 

      Aidan Daly is a technical engineer and business development manager at Finol Oils. A seasoned professional, Aidan has been operating within the lubricants industry for over 32 years’ and has developed a wealth of expertise on industrial and food grade lubricants. Aidan will be speaking about the importance of food-grade lubricants in health and safety with the presentation “ Food for thought - stay safe with Total's Food Grade Lubricants.

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    • Anthony Collins- Group CEO, Topflight Travel Group

      Anthony Collins- Group CEO, Topflight Travel Group 

      Anthony Collins was an early adopter of Lean Management processes, which have enabled Topflight Travel Group to achieve substantial improvements in efficiency and customer satisfaction and cost reductions of over €1m per year. The company employs about 80 staff in its offices in Dublin, Brighton and the French Alps (including a Chief Lean Officer and two Continuous Improvement Mangers) and a further 150 seasonal staff overseas. Topflight Travel Group has hosted Lean Best Practice visits for Enterprise Ireland and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation where it showcased its appli...

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    • David Gibson - Head of Sales Siemens DF & PD Ireland

      1st September 2017. Siemens Headshots. Picture: Aidan Oliver

      David Gibson – Head of Sales Siemens DF & PD Ireland 

      A sales professional with over 25 years experience providing insight to manufacturing companies to unlock the potential of Digitalisation for improvements in efficiency, productivity, quality whilst reducing costs.

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    • Denis Gorey, Vice President of Operations at PACIV Ireland

      Denis Gorey, Vice President of Operations at PACIV Ireland 

      Denis has over thirty (30) years of industrial automation experience in the areas of automation strategy, automation project management and automation design, for the Biopharma, Energy, Food & Beverage and process sectors. Prior to joining PACIV, Denis served for over ten (10) years as Automation Manager Life Science Application Centre for Rockwell Automation in Cork, Ireland. Denis is PMP certified. Instruments Receipt Verification Enjoy a presentation where you will learn about the requirement for Instrument Receipt Verification. We will look at the curren...

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    • Damian Costello- Head of Innovation, Synecco Limited

      Damian Costello- Head of Innovation, Synecco Limited 

      Damian Costello is head of innovation at Synecco and leads the group’s innovation and long-term strategy business; Decode Innovation.Damian specialises in Disruptive Innovation and the changing market dynamics facing the Medtech sector.A prolific speaker on the topic of digital disruption, the digitisation of healthcare and how the Internet of things is driving both,Damian is passionate about helping Ireland become an even more pivotal player in the global Medtech economy. Damian has almost 25 years of consulting experienceacross global multi-nationals to local start-ups in the Medical Devi...

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