Speakers – Food Safety & Innovation

    • Jens Bleiel - Food for Health Ireland

      Jens Bleiel – Food for Health Ireland 

      Jens Bleiel became the Chief Executive Officer for Food for Health Ireland in August 2009. Jens is a business economist by training. His past assigments have brought him from Germany (his home country) to the Netherlands and Argentina. After five years at a management consultancy in Germany, he joined Dutch company Numico where he held several management and executive functions in the baby food branch of the company (Cow&Gate, amongst other brands). After 10 years in this business with the nicest customers of the world – babies – Jens Bleiel joined Dutch multinational DSM, world. ...

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    • Prof. Brian McKenna - University College Dublin (UCD)

      Prof. Brian McKenna – University College Dublin (UCD) 

      Prof. Brian McKenna Emeritus Professor of Food Science, UCD UCD - University College Dublin, Ireland Born, 20th July 1945 Primary discipline: Chemical Engineering, UCD 1966 Career Research Engineer, National Dairy Research Centre, - 1969 Lecturer in Agricultural & Food Engineering, UCD, 1969-1989 Professor of Food Science and Chairman of Department of Food Science, 1989-2008 Dean of Postgraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies, UCD, 1995-2000 Vice President of UCD for Academic Planni...

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    • Dr Fiona Lalor - Food for Health Ireland (FHI)

      Dr Fiona Lalor – Food for Health Ireland (FHI) 

      Dr Fiona Lalor is the Regulatory and Consumer Insights Manager for FHI. Having completed an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen, she began her career at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. She then moved to Food and Drink Industry Ireland in IBEC where she was the Regulatory Affairs Manager. In this position, Fiona represented the food industry to government agencies, particularly in terms of food safety, food labelling and food additive legislation. Fiona then took up a research position in University College Dublin and in 2010 completed her PhD in Food Regulatory Affairs...

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    • Denis O'Brien - GS1

      Denis O’Brien – GS1 

      Denis O'Brien joined GS1 in Spring 2012, bringing with him a wealth of industry experience in IT systems, traceability solutions and GS1 Standards implementation. Denis has immense expertise in the use of GS1 standards to enable supply chain visibility and business automation and has worked alongside GS1 for over 15 years. Denis was the key developer of the Kepak-Musgrave Beef Traceability System in 2005. In his role as Director of Standards and Solutions Denis heads upGS1 Ireland's professional services team, leading the design, specification and implementation of GS1 standards-based solut...

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    • Declan Troy - Teagasc

      Declan Troy – Teagasc 

      Declan Troy is the Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority with special responsibility for science based knowledge transfer to the food sector. He is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and completed his post graduate studies at University College Dublin in 1986. Later Troy became Head of the Meat Science Department in The National Food Centre, Dublin. During this time he has published over 100 scientific peer reviewed publications, book chapters and scientific articles, mainly in the area of food quality. He has coordi...

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    • Ashley Sage - AB Sciex

      Ashley Sage – AB Sciex 

      Ashley Sage PhD is Sr. Manager for the EMEA Food & Environmental Business at SCIEX. Ashley has over 20 years of technical and commercial experience in the analytical science industry, primarily focussed on the life science sector As a global leader on mass spectrometry technologies, SCIEX continues to develop innovative solutions to ensure food safety and food quality and Ashley manages the technical and commercial development of the products & solutions. Topic: "Food Fraud Prevention" Following the melamine in milk scandal in 2008, and the recent horsemeat in the food chain prob...

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    • Dr Wayne Anderson - Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

      Dr Wayne Anderson – Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) 

      Director of Food Science and Standards Food Safety Authority of Ireland Dr Wayne Anderson joined the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in 1999 as Chief Specialist: Food Science, after 11 years service in the food industry, ten of which were with Unilever.  Dr Anderson is now Director of the Food Science and Standards Division.  This Division develops and advises on best practice guides for the industry, co-ordinates the national HACCP strategy and conducts food safety risk assessment.  Dr. Anderson created the FSAI Retail Forum and Food Service Forum and chairs the Artisan Forum.  Th...

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    • Maree Gallagher - Maree Gallagher Associates (MGA)

      Maree Gallagher – Maree Gallagher Associates (MGA) 

      With offices in Dublin and Brussels, Maree Gallagher has been advising the Food and Drink sector on compliance with EU and Irish food law for over 20 years. Her practice spans the breadth of food law covering everything from primary production, labelling, food safety, product composition and classifications through to retail and catering. Regarded as one of Europe’s most experienced food lawyers, Maree has particular expertise in crisis management and product recall and has successfully managed many significant product issues for Irish and international clients. She was recently described by a...

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    • Jim Fitzsimons – Riverwest Management

      Jim Fitzsimons – Riverwest Management 

      Jim Fitzsimons is current President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim has worked in written and broadcast journalism, and held research, technical, marketing, sales and general management roles in food and agribusiness firms in Ireland, UK and all over the World. He runs an international consultancy, Riverwest Management based in Wicklow with an office in Winnipeg, Canada.

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    • Niall Rooney - Partner with FP Logue Solicitors

      Niall Rooney – Partner with FP Logue Solicitors 

      Niall Rooney is a solicitor specialising in intellectual property law, working with domestic and international clients in sectors including technology, media, healthcare, retail, food and drink. Niall is a partner with FP Logue Solicitors. Topic: "Protecting Innovation with IP" "Intellectual property (IP) rights are a valuable stimulus for innovation. Securing IP rights is vitally important to protect invention, creativity and identity for products, processes and brands and to enable further innovation. This presentation provides an introduction to IP relevant to the f...

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    • Keith Thornhill- Siemens

      Keith Thornhill- Siemens 

      Siemens, the leading global engineering and technology services company, has been active in the United Kingdom & Ireland for over 170 years and is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly automation and drive technology, industry software and technology-based services for the food & beverage industry. Siemens comprehensive portfolio covers the entire industrial value chain, from product design, engineering and production to services Siemens' innovated products, solutions and services help to use energy, water and resources more efficiently, implement r...

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    • Sarah Keogh- Eatwell

      Sarah Keogh- Eatwell 

      Sarah Keogh, MSc., BSc., MINDI has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College and a Masters in European Food Regulation. She runs a food and nutrition consultancy giving one-to-one advice on nutrition and diet as well as working with some of Irelands leading food companies. Sarah recently launched the Early Feeding Clinic in Dublin which looks at nutrition from pre-conception, through pregnancy and into early childhood. Sarah writes for Easyparenting and Maternity & Infant magazines and is a regular on TV and Radio. Sarah is an outstanding speaker on nutrition and s...

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    • Ruth Charles - NutriKids

      Ruth Charles – NutriKids 

      Ruth is a qualified Dietitian and member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute since 1992. Ruth became a registered Dietitian with Coru in February 2015. Ruth has experience treating a broad range of childhood conditions with dietary therapy. Significant experience with Food Allergy & Intolerance, Growth Faltering & Food Aversion, Childhood Obesity and Dietary deficiencies Qualifications and experience include: Registered Dietitian DI007508 with Coru Honours BSc. Human Nutrition & Dietetics, Trinity College Dublin1992. Honours Diploma Human Nutrition & Die...

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    • Michael Steele – Roomex

      Michael Steele – Roomex 

      Michael Steele, Sales Director at Roomex.com, has almost 20 years’ experience in the online travel sector.  With Roomex, Michael works with over 300 corporates to save time and money on their work-related hotel spend.  Michael has overseen the recent launch of the service in the UK which has seen Roomex become the preferred hotel booking partner of some of the biggest names in British business.  The no cost and no contract model offered by Roomex has proven as attractive to UK companies as it has to leading Irish companies such as Musgrave, Laya Healthcare, Sisk, Compass, Cuisine de France, Or...

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    • Darragh Reynolds, Codico Distributors Ltd.

      Darragh Reynolds, Codico Distributors Ltd. 

      Darragh is a successful sales & marketing professional with experience in medical device, electrical, plumbing, manufacturing and consumer products. Darragh holds a Hons Degree in Business Studies with specialization for Marketing Management and a Hons Masters Degree in Business & Management (HRM). Topic: Promotional Coding for Brand Engagement and Loyalty

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    • James Costello – Label Tech.

      James Costello – Label Tech. 

      James Costello is the owner and director of award winning self adhesive label printing company Laber Tech. Label Tech designs & manufactures custom labels for all kinds of industries across Ireland & the UK.

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    • Andrew Clarke – Certification Europe Ltd.

      Andrew Clarke – Certification Europe Ltd. 

      Andrew is a marketing professional with experience in direct selling environments and proven capabilities across digital, direct and web marketing. Andrew has experience in strategic market analysis & developing / executing ROI based marketing initiatives to meet key deliverables. Andrew has demonstrated intercultural communication & negotiation skills & appreciation of differing dynamics in international markets. Andrew has also eveloped & drove successful FMCG foreign market entries. Andrew has completed B.Comm., M.B.S., M.Sc. & speak fluent Japanese. Undertaking a Diploma in Strateg...

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    • Michael Carroll – Sika

      Michael Carroll – Sika 

      Michael has spent many years as a professional sportsperson and is now works in Technical Sales for Sika. Sika is the worlds largest producer of specialist building chemicals, has a very strong track record in Ireland, dating back to the 1920's when Sika 1 waterproofer was used to prevent water ingress in the Shannon Dam Scheme, The Liffey Tunnel and the Currency Commission in Dublin. Sika Ireland supplies a complete range of innovative products for problem solving in all aspects of building construction and refurbishment.

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    • Gene Leonard- Managing Director and Principal Consultant, LBS Partners

      Gene Leonard- Managing Director and Principal Consultant, LBS Partners 

      Speaker Bio: Gene Leonard is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of LBSPartners (formerly Lean Business Systems). He specialises in Lean Policy Deployment, Leadership Development and Lean Programme Design. As a thought-leader in the Lean sector, Gene develops professional services and training programmes for national and international clients and supports continuous professional education of consultants and trainers. Gene also manages all LBSPartners’ strategic alliances with like-minded companies interested in the propagation of operational excellence in Ireland.

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