Speakers

    • 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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    • Melody Chadamoyo- Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute, Ireland

      Melody Chadamoyo- Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute, Ireland 

      Melody is a Relationship Coach and Speaker who helps women & men discover exactly how to have long lasting relationships using a tender strength that harnesses grace and radiance, vulnerability and courage. “My vision is to inspire my clients to pursue individual growth building trust, rich communication skills, connections and understanding for maximum benefit. Talk Title- Evolving relationships with customers to increase profits. Synopsis: How can you get loyalty from customers? Connect-learn about them & build trust Communicate ...

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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

      Dr. Houssem Jerbi-Data Science and Analytics Consultant 

      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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    • 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

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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 manufactuiring 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 investmen...

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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)

      9 ***NO FEE PIC *** 22/04/2016 Pictured at the Irish Franchise Awards in association with AIB at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin was Joanne Gilson, Business Development Manager, Sage presenting the award for Best Irish Franchise trading internationally to John MacNamara from BCM Business Cost Management ltd Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

      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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    • Matthew Aldridge-Managing Director, igus ®

      Matthew Aldridge-Managing Director, igus ® 

      Matthew Aldridge joined igus® in 1996 taking responsibility for developing the bearings area of the business. He was promoted to product manager and then director of that division in 2004, becoming UK managing director in 2013. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and started his engineering career as a graduate apprentice in the defence industry. Presentation Title: Smart plastics for industry 4.0 The isense family of igus® products consists of various intellgent sensors and monitoring modules. They measure wear during the operation and alarm the user ...

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    • John Horsey-Technical Manager, BOFA International

      John Horsey-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 systemsand 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 cu...

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

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

      Presentation Title:"How to Digitise your Shopfloor Data?" Brief Synopsis: Would you like to leverage machine data to make real-time production decisions? How about combine your machine data with facilities data or even external data resources like weather? This session will take you down the path of how to digitise your data to create meaningful actionable results for the shopfloor. It will also look at the benefits achieved after Nestle worked alongside B&R to develop a solution using these concepts.

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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 present a case study of a useful diagnostic Use Case for IoT using an embedded system linked to the Microsoft Azure Cloud which lev...

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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 – “Turning over a New Leaf” Brief Synopsis of Pr...

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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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    • exhibitor - 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, UpThinkInnovation Agency

      Mary Cronin-Founder, UpThinkInnovation 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’stransformation of ideas drives the creationof sustainable and scalable growth strategies. Mary is atechnologist 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 th...

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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 Servicesin 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 opportunit...

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

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

      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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    • exhibitor - 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

      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, reducingcost 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 the...

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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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    • 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 acrossall sectors improve productivity and profits. In the last 2 years 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 business and getting the resulting improvements in productivity and profits can happen very quick...

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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 ...

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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 to adapt continuously to new a...

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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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    • Ciaran McGrath- Managing Director, Threefold Systems

      Ciaran McGrath- Managing Director, Threefold Systems 

      Ciaran is the managing director of Threefold Systems, a specialist consultancy that provide solutions for clients all over the world. Ciaran has been working on the web for almost 20 years and strength is an ability to bridge the gap between strategic business needs and technical solutions. Presentation: Why User Experience Design Is Critical to Your Website User Experience, or UX design is a popular buzzword but why should you care about it, and what does it mean to your business in the online space? In this presentation Ciaran will discuss a simple, pragmatic approa...

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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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    • Louise Murphy-Sales Director/Founder, Cyc-lok

      Louise Murphy-Sales Director/Founder, Cyc-lok 

      Louise Murphy qualified with an honours Bachelors degree in Business Studies from GMIT in 1997.  Her career started in Marketing in the pharmaceutical industry and after two years moved quickly into a senior sales role managing large accounts for big pharma in Ireland.  She worked in many disciplines at many stages covering the whole of Ireland.  Business development and relationship management was key to her strength in excelling in her field against competitors.  After spending 17 years in Sales and Marketing in this Industry working for large and small pharma, in September 2014 she decided ...

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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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    • Daniel Stephen Lawrence Danso-Evaluation Officer, Ohakk 2 Consults

      Daniel Stephen Lawrence Danso-Evaluation Officer, Ohakk 2 Consults 

      Daniel Stephen Lawrence Danso holds MBA, he is currently the Evaluation Officer of Programs for the Food production for Ohakk 2 Consults, where he manages Commercial farmers’ projects and government sponsored flagship’s portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him nearly a decade years’ experience in project management, community based development and humanitarian work. Before joining Ohakk 2 Consults, Mr. Danso was the Senior Officer for food security and livelihoods with VIM Circles, a large, commodity purchasing company. While at VIM Circle, Mr. Danso led a team responsible for...

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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 Smith is MD of Local Power Ltd and Joint Chair of the Micro Renewable Energy Federation MREF. Pat  will give his views on the opportunity solar technology combined with battery storage is going to present to the homes and businesses in Ireland going forward . He will outline the issues that home owners, businesses and farmers need to consider with roof top solar/ battery storage installations and he will give his opinion on how National policy needs to evolve to support the development of the sector in Ireland.

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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. http://greenbusiness.ie/   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...

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    • Lisa Zimmermann- Researcher and Conscious Communication Designer

      Lisa Zimmermann- Researcher and Conscious Communication Designer 

      Having worked as a Graphic and Web Designer for many years, Lisa focused on sustainable business practice and design not just in her work but also in her research at Dublin Institute of Technology, with which she produced her last thesis termed “Sustainable Graphic Design in Ireland”. Her current research as an Environmental Sciences student at Trinity College Dublin focuses on sustainable printing methods and recyclability of design products and advertising materials.   Presentation title and synopsis: Sustainable Graphic Design in practice The presentation wil...

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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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    • Mary Daniels-Director of Global Trade, WebPort Global- World Trade Centre Dublin

      Mary Daniels-Director of Global Trade, WebPort Global- World Trade Centre Dublin 

      Mary is currently leading Global Trade Development for World Trade Centre Dublin. World Trade Center’s association is a powerful global network with 715,000 business members in over 80 countries. She is passionate about simplifying Global trade,allowing SMEs understand how to unlock their International trading opportunities and maximize their ambitions. ‘Why make it hard when it can be easy’ World Trade Dublin is successfully providing business and trade organizations across Ireland with a gateway to new International opportunities collaboration, and education. Mary is at the helm of Webpo...

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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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    • Gráinne Clancy- Counsellor/Psychotherapist

      Gráinne Clancy- Counsellor/Psychotherapist 

      Born in County Antrim at the height of "The Troubles" Grainne trained as a Staff Nurse in Scotland. Relationship difficulties at the time resulted in moving back to County Antrim and the lasting effect of having not dealt with underlying anxiety resulted in burn-out.   Talk Title- Caring for you. Synopsis: Everyone is unique in how they care for themselves. This talk will focus on the practical aspect of self-care and the benefits of caring for employees, managers and SMEs.

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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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    • Thomas Gilligan-Director of Services, Mayo County Council

      Thomas 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 integrated management sys...

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    • Martina Caplice-Environmental Ecologist/North Bull Island Volunteer

      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: Are you still trying to sell products? For the...

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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, Solutions PT

      Tony Mannion- Sales Development Manager, Solutions PT 

      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

      Trevor Montague- Environmental Consultant 

      Trevor Montague is an environmental consultant who specilaises 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 Operations Manager

      Eddie McNally-Experienced Operations Manager 

      Eddie has 17 years manufacturing experience with 13 in management across Food and 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 has studied this topic and it was the title for my thesis for my masters. As...

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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 le...

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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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    • John Watmore-Growth & Sustainability Coordinator, Scouting Ireland

      John Watmore-Growth & Sustainability Coordinator, Scouting Ireland 

      I have extensive people management experience in this volunteer, youth led, movement at every level from local to national level and am the originator of the QSE (Quality Scouting Experience) Scout Group Development plan workshop toolbox.   The presentation title is; Dynamic Planning for Growth and Sustainability.   Recently Scouting Ireland as part of it's overarching strategy introduced the appointment of GSC, to further it’s understanding and implementation of this strategy throughout a voluntary membership association with a 50,000+ population made up...

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