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    • Andi Jarvis- Head of Strategy,The Tomorrow Lab

      Andi Jarvis- Head of Strategy,The Tomorrow Lab 

      Andi is the Head of Strategy at The Tomorrow Lab, a Belfast-based digital agency. Andi worked in professional sport marketing and TV before moving into the agency world in 2011. Since then, he has worked heavily in marketing of the drinks industry, working with Budweiser, Beck’s, Tennent’s, Blossom Hill, Yellow Tail and Corona. Andi also holds an MSc in Marketing.

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    • Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland

      Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland 

      Andrea is a commercial, finance and marketing professional with over 15 years of international experience across a range of products and services. She spent 10 years in the Middle East working on commercial and leisure development for the Omani Government and is now Commercial Director at GRID Finance providing finance to small and medium Irish businesses and wealth products for individuals. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Finance, is a Postgraduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, has an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA from Trinity College ...

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    • Eimear O’Donnell-Senior Marketing Specialist-Kerry, Ireland

      Eimear O’Donnell-Senior Marketing Specialist-Kerry, Ireland 

      Eimear O’Donnell is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Global Foodservice Chains in Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company. Having graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Food Science, Eimear spent some time working as a data analyst in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland before joining Kerry in 2014. Gaining experience across consumer insights, communications, and market analysis within the retail sector; Eimear began focusing on the out of home landscape in 2015. Her passion for all things related to the food and beverage industry, and her focus on leading with consumer i...

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    • Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland

      Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland 

      Co-founder of Flipdish, an online ordering platform designed for restaurants who want to take command of their brand presence online. Flipdish, founded in 2015, handled online ordering for 15% of Ireland’s restaurants – from standalone stores to some of Ireland’s largest chains.   Presentation Title:  Online Orders 101 - A practical guide to building online order volume   Presentation Synopsis: Conor will bring you through you getting your delivery / collection restaurant set up for taking online orders. Conor will show wh...

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    • Michael O’Dwyer-CEO, SwiftComply-Ireland

      Michael O’Dwyer-CEO, SwiftComply-Ireland 

      Michael O’Dwyer is CEO and founder of SwiftComply. SwiftComply makes restaurant compliance easy by connecting restaurants, cities and contractors through an easy to use web platform.  Michael is an expert in fat, oil and grease management in the hospitality sector and is a regular speaker and contributor at industry conferences and events.

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    • Joe Greaney-Director of WESTBIC

      Joe Greaney-Director of WESTBIC 

       Joe Greaney is the Director of WESTBIC, the EU Business Innovation Centre for Irelands BMW Region.  Joe is a regular policy contributor at both EU and National level on many aspects of applied Innovation Support Services in the SME market.  He has extensive experience in the Agri and Agri Food sector in the areas of strategy, marketing, innovation, finance and business development and plays a lead animation role in the development of new and established food producer clusters in the region.  His other areas of expertise include Transnational Innovation Transf...

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    • Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., Logistics Consultant, Irish Exporters Association

      Howard Knott – M.A., FCILT., 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. Presentation Title: Food and Drink Logi...

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    • Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland

      Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland 

      Lorraine Carter, Adv. Dip. Des. DIT, MMII, MIDI, MICAD, is founder and principal of Persona Branding and Design, a multi-disciplinary branding and design company leading their clients to become No. 1 in their target market. A winner of numerous awards over 20 plus years, she takes no-name companies and transforms them into highly recognised brand names amongst their primary audiences. She’s worked with brands from a multitude of sectors for both the national and international markets, many of which are household names.

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    • Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety

      Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety 

      Larry is a qualified Fire Risk Assessor and certified in the provision and maintenance of Fire Extinguishers to IS291.  Lead trainer at Guardian Fire & Safety, Larry is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive range of fire safety training programmes across all sectors of industry. Passionate about empowering employees and helping business owners/managers fulfil their obligations, Larry also holds a certificate in Training & Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Presentation Title: Right Extinguisher, Right Risk – Managing fire safety to minimise costs and downtime Prese...

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    • Fiona Uyema-Owner & Founder-Fused

      Fiona Uyema-Owner & Founder-Fused 

      Fiona Uyema is an award winning cook and author of cookbook "Japanese Food Made Easy". She provides consultancy to restaurants and gives talks/demos across Ireland. Inspired by her time in Japan, she created "Fused by Fiona Uyema" a healthy and tasty range of flavoured soy sauces to bring Japanese flavours to your everyday cooking.   Presentation Title: Unique Insights into Building a Successful Food Business in Ireland Presentation Synopsis: In her presentation Fiona Uyema will bring us on an unique journey telling us how...

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    • Gilmar Uyema-National Account Manager ROI & NI -SCA

      Gilmar Uyema-National Account Manager ROI & NI -SCA 

      Gilmar Uyema has over 10 years FMCG experience in Ireland working for companies including SCA Hygiene Products, Birds Eye, and Kerry Foods across functions from category management to sales. Gilmar has also worked overseas in distinct markets in retailing and manufacturing his vast and complex experience has given him the capability to generate strategic insights to fuel businesses and deliver sustainable growth. Gilmar Uyema has a BA in Business Management. Presentation Title: Market Disruptors.  

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    • Ingrid De Doncker-Managing Director, iDDea.

      Ingrid De Doncker-Managing Director, iDDea. 

      I am the founder of iDDea, previously known as IDD Consult and e-Quiddity, a company that increases the ROI and impact of procurement’s contribution to the bottom line of any business. We focus on delivering value beyond cost savings and on implementing best procurement practices upfront. We do this either by upskilling the competencies of your procurement professionals, by offering an outsourced buying team who will buy on your behalf and deliver savings upfront, or by designing fit for purpose “value beyond cost savings" transformation programs. I lecture in UCC, Procurement Management an...

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    • Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc

      Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc 

      Cormac McElhinney Ph.D, AMRSC is a post-doctoral researcher and laboratory manager at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Teagasc. Cormac specialises in the chemical analysis of food and animal feed and has extensive experience in the research of chemical contaminants in food and feed, including mycotoxins, pesticides and veterinarian drug residues. He has also conducted research on macro and micro nutrients in food and feed and is most passionate about food safety, sustainability and quality, from farm to fork.

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    • Jim Fitzsimons, Managing Director,Riverwest Management Ltd.

      Jim Fitzsimons, Managing Director,Riverwest Management Ltd. 

      Jim Fitzsimons 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 Lead Partner in Riverwest Management, a company focussed entirely on funding for Innovation and growth. He has also worked as a Consultant for Intertrade Ireland’s Innovation programmes for 12 years. In that time has been put together hundreds of Fusion projects across the island between SME’s and Third Level Colleges. Mostly he has worked partnering companies in Ireland with colleges in Northern  Ireland. Prior to that he ...

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    • Dr Justin Sinnott-Enterprise Programmes Manager, Irish Research Council.

      Dr Justin Sinnott-Enterprise Programmes Manager, Irish Research Council. 

      Dr Justin Sinnott is the Enterprise Programmes Manager with the Irish Research Council. Previously roles included managing European based research programmes. Justin has also worked with the Higher Education Authority in a range of higher education roles including ones in research policy, funding, apprenticeships and labour market activation initiatives including Springboard.

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    • Dr. Sabine Harrison Food Science & Nutrition Technologist UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science

      Dr. Sabine Harrison Food Science & Nutrition Technologist UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science 

      Sabine is a Food Science & Nutrition Technologist and lab manager at the UCD Institute of Food & Health. She previously received her MSc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria before obtaining her PhD. from UCD for her research on food authentication and diet reconstruction in lamb and cattle. Following the completion of her PhD, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry where she further developed her skills in the development and validation of analytical methods. She then brought this knowledge as well as her understanding of regulatory requirements back t...

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    • Anthony Beale- CEO, Anthony Beale & Associates Hospitality Specialists.

      Anthony Beale- CEO, Anthony Beale & Associates Hospitality Specialists. 

      Anthony is a consultant business coach and trainer that is a veteran of the hospitality industry having been in it since 1990. Since 2009 he has brought his experience systems tools and tactics to restaurant, hotel & gastro pub owners. Helping them : Attract Customers, Enhancing Service, Increasing Turnover,  Maximising Profit, Developing Teams. Topic- Fill your Venue. 3 part strategy to grow customers without spending a fortune on advertising.

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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. 2015 managed the successful Lean for Micro (LEOs) pilot and supported the roll out of the IDA lean initiative. Previously was the technical manager in accredited ecotoxicity laboratory. Talk Title- ‘Lean in Food’ Lean is a business improvement management system based on decreasing waste and maximizing y...

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    • John F Kelly- Managing Partner, FXL Ireland.

      John F Kelly- Managing Partner, FXL Ireland. 

      John has over 30 years experience working at a senior level with food and drink companies. Initially with C&C, (Sales & Marketing Director) before establishing FXL Ireland; working globally with clients such as Unilever and Tesco, and with a host of Irish companies including delivering the FDII 2016 grocery regulation workshops. PRESENTATION TITLE: Retailer / Supplier collaboration…Fact or Fantasy?A view from the 2016 Grocery Regulations   Synopsis: Retailer / Supplier collaboration…Fact or Fantasy?The 2016 Grocery Regulations came into ...

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    • Danny O'Brien-Chief Marketing Officer, BlueChief.

      Danny O’Brien-Chief Marketing Officer, BlueChief. 

      Danny is a social media strategist who has experience of growing a wide variety of brands in the food and drinks sector. From campaign creation and execution to utilising social media networks and analysing key insights he is at the forefront of all the latest trends in marketing.   Presentation Title: Wondering About Online? Look Around the Next Time You’re at Lunch

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    • Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland.

      Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland. 

      Pauline Fitzgerald, a director of Woof Stuff has a First-Class Honours Business in Entrepreneurship Degree and a Master’s in Public Cultures and Society. Woof Stuffcreates low fat dog treats, made in Ireland with fruit and vegetables. Food Academy participants and awarded FinalistAgri Business of the Year-Emerging 2016.

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    • Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods.

      Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods. 

      Erica Sheehan is founder of healthy food brand Homespun. Homespun makes Quinoa Crunch, a multi award-winning range of quinoa-based breakfast products, which are gluten, wheat and refined sugar free. Erica launched Homespun in 2016 after a career in television, journalism and public relations, latterly at Coca-Cola Ireland where she led the corporate communications team. She received a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Erica has participated in the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers program for Emerging Entrepreneurs and in the Supervalu  Food Academy Advance b...

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    • Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director SeaChange Ltd.

      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 unsafe behaviours in the work...

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    • James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd.

      James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd. 

      James Doyle qualified as an accountant in the 1980s and established Synergy Network Ltd over 20 years ago to implement accounting and stock control systems in SMEs; James is now heavily involved in implementing a cloud manufacturing solution, ExactOnline, for SMEs. Presentation Title     ExactOnline - Cloud Manufacturing system for small food & drink companies   Synopsis   Imagine a system where you can record all your customer interactions, new business opportunities, service requests so that all your ...

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    • Mary McCarthy-Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork.

      FREE IMAGE-NO REPRO FEE. Mary McCarthy, Food Business, UCC. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

      Mary McCarthy-Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork. 

      Mary McCarthy (BSc, MBA, PhD) is a Professor of Marketing at CUBS, UCC and is a PI in the HRB Centre for Diet and Health Research.  Mary’s research interests lie in the field of consumer behaviour with particular reference to food. She explores the social, cognitive and economic factors that influence consumer decision processes and behaviours. Presentation Title- A new media landscape: Implications for managing food supply chain crises

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    • Margaret Clancy -Commercial Director, TransferMate Global Payments.

      Margaret Clancy -Commercial Director, TransferMate Global Payments. 

      Margaret Clancy is the Commercial Director for one of Ireland’s most innovative FinTech companies specialising in international payments. Leading the change within the global payment FinTech sector, TransferMate offer client’s better exchange rates, eradicates bank fees and offers faster payment service when sending and receiving international payments. Margaret has been instrumental in the growth of TransferMate, which has processed in excess of $7 billion in transfers to date. In 2016, Margaret was named as Employee of the Year at the Kilkenny Business Awards and finalist in The Irish Ear...

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    • Jane Manzor-CEO, Manzor Marketing.

      Jane Manzor-CEO, Manzor Marketing. 

      With over 15 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector (Kepak, Unilever, Valeo Foods), Jane Manzor (CEO) brings a wealth of experience to her clients with a focus on the SME sector. Growing up in two family businesses Jane was immersed from a young age in a strong business culture. She has always had a strong interest in marketing and in particular in the food industry. A continuous learner, Jane has recently completed training courses in digital marketing (Masters DCU), event management & PR (The Fitzwilliam Institute) and train the trainer (Professional Development). She is...

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    • Drazen Toic -CEO, Surf’n’Fries, Ireland.

      Drazen Toic -CEO, Surf’n’Fries, Ireland. 

      Drazen Toic is an entrepreneur by heart. His lifetime experience in lunching and executing his own businesses brought him across the globe. He had travelled through his business life from his homelands in Croatia to the sunny Italy, South America and eventually - 6 years ago - to Ireland where he has become successful executive in one of the most progressive telecommunication corporation. That was when Drazen and his wife Ana learned about the massive potato consumption in Ireland.It didn't take long to make the decision that Ireland needs to be introduced to the re...

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    • Ryan Paetzold-Industrial Engineer, Chaosdesignorder

      Ryan Paetzold-Industrial Engineer, Chaosdesignorder 

      We are chaosdesignorder, powered by cute machines. We specialise in industrial design, packaging and product design and packaging and product visualization. We combine strategic and creative design thinking to deliver services and products engineered with people and for people. Our philosophy is simple; without design the world simply does not and would not make sense.

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    • Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks.

      Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks. 

      Tim is Country Manager for innocent drinks and has worked there since 2010. Prior to joining innocent Tim gained +20 years’ experience working within the FMCG sector, representing household brand names like KitKat, Nescafe, Kettle Crisps and San Pellegrino. In his role, with innocent drinks, Tim has played a key part in successfully developing the brand to be the number one Chilled Juice brand in the Irish marketplace*. He is proud to work with a great team, who share the same core values and who want to “leave things a little better than they find them” *Nielsen value sales Tot...

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    • Elmer Kerr-Managing Director, National Shopping Grid

      Elmer Kerr-Managing Director, National Shopping Grid 

      Elmer’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top retail specialists and experienced business development consultant has matured in his role as Senior Consultant to Cork County Council rolling out and delivering the successful Beacon Initiative Program. He has worked with 160+ businesses across nine major towns in Cork County in addition to engaging with key operators in the Food, Electrical, Hardware and Insurance sectors specialising in finance as a qualified accountant, sales & marketing with great emphasis on digital online marketing across all major social media platforms. In addition, Elmer...

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    • Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions.

      Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions. 

      Management Systems Consultant providing sustainable, value add solutions for quality, environmental and safety performance. Ruth has over 25 years’ experience implementing and operating ISO management systems in companies involved in manufacturing, logistics, waste management and service industries. She understands the need for a practical approach to ensure safety, quality and environmental systems and processes that work for the company in a positive way. Ruth provides services and support in Safety Management ISO Management systems ISO 9001, 14001...

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    • Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland

      Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland 

      Founder of Franchise Development Solutions International – a Wholly Irish owned Franchise Consultancy, Strategy & Media company. Working with some of the biggest brands in the world, FDSI offers advice and solutions to franchise investors and to the most credible, ethical and future focused franchise brands across the globe.  

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    • Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage  Division, Bord Bia.

      Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia. 

      Karen’s educational background is in food science.  She has worked in the UK food ingredients industry and in global key account management before returning to Ireland to work as a category and account manager for Mars Ireland.   Karen was the Superquinn senior food buyer, the Topaz food service buyer and a senior buyer in Tesco prior to joining Bord Bia in 2015.  Karen now works with prepared food and drink companies to identify new export business opportunities.    

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    • Stefano Messori-Design Strategist & Founder, Strategic Design Hub.

      Stefano Messori-Design Strategist & Founder, Strategic Design Hub. 

      Stefano’s aim is 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. Presentation title:   ...

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    • Dr Tim Yeomans- Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland.

      Dr Tim Yeomans- Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland. 

      Dr. Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management. Tim has worked in research and development for 20 years, both in industry and academia, and has worked closely with many food companies in Ireland. In his role in Shannon ABC, Tim is responsible for the scientific direction of the Centre, intellectual property management and business and technology...

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    • exhibitor - Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland,Rebel Kitchen.

      Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland,Rebel Kitchen. 

      For two years, Rosy worked with the pioneering UK organic food brand, Rebel Kitchen. Rosy developed sales in London. Having gained experience in managing wholesale and retail sectors and running a field sales team, Rosy made the move to return home to Ireland. Rosy is now establishing Rebel Kitchen in the Irish market.

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    • Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face.

      Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face. 

      Feargal Brady is co-founder of Blueface, the Cloud Communications company, which recently raised €10M to drive their global expansion. Blueface service a global customer base with their proprietary platform, providing cloud telephony and related services to businesses, government bodies, enterprises and carriers. Feargal holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from DIT, a BSc Eng from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from H.E.C. Paris. He is also an experienced keynote speaker, regularly contributing to events all over Europe including UCExpo, FutureScope, InnovActionLab, DLR Summi...

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