Programme of Events

Annual Conference 2018 Programme

Think 25 – Looking ahead for Irish Business

Wednesday 21st November CityWest Hotel, Dublin

Conference Chairman: Conall Ó Moráin

8.00 am – 8.50 am: 

  • Registration, breakfast, exhibition & networking

9.00 am – 10.30 am   

  • Chairman’s Address: Ciaran Murtagh
  • Opening the conference: Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Keynote speech: Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse
  • Theme speech – Looking at the next 25 years – technology, data and business: Professor Alan Smeaton, Professor of Computing , Dublin City University & Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics


  • Mid-morning refreshment break, exhibition & networking


  • Simplify Compliance and Build a Trusted Workplace of the Future, John Popolizio, Co-Founder & CEO, Sovy
  • Presentation of the Sean Hannick SME Award
  • In Conversation with David Cox, Managing Director, Fragrances of Ireland

The Great DebateWhat have we learned to inspire the next 25 years?

  • Jess Kelly, Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent
  • Jim Power, Economist & Lecturer, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD
  • Christopher Paye, General Manager,
  • Tom Lyons, Executive Editor, Sunday Business Post



  • Lunch, exhibition & networking


  • Breakout Sessions – 30 mins each

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