A cross sector food, tourism and
culture global forum

April 24th 2018 – One Day Forum Programme, Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG
Meet The

Speakers 2018

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Noel

Toolan

Noel has an acknowledged international expertise across multiple sectors in strategic marketing, corporate transformation, break-though techniques, nation & place branding and ‘marketing for non-marketers’. Follow Noel on Twitter @noeltoolan





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Fia

Gulliksson

Food and sustainability advocate Fia Gulliksson has put Jämtland, in the heart of Sweden, on the global culinary map. Fia is a serial entrepreneur and a self-trained chef focused on creative gastronomy. Follow Fia on Twitter @FiaGulliksson





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John

Hart

John Hart is Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia, Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism and on the Board of the Western Unlimited, the Australian Business Register and more. Follow John on Twitter @restncat


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Sinead

Hennessy

Sinead’s role with Fáilte Ireland includes responsibility for the implementation of Food and Drink Strategy, as well as delivery of the national food activity plan for Ireland including the acclaimed Food Champion’s programme. Follow Sinead on Twitter @SineadFailte


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Eoghan

O’Mara Walsh

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh is CEO of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), having previously managed; O’Mara Travel Ltd, a leading tour operator; Heritage Island Ltd, a marketing company for visitor attractions; and O’Mara Consultancy Ltd, a tourism consultancy business. Follow Eoghan on Twitter @EoghanOMW







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Stefan

Griesbach

Entrepreneur and MD of Gannet Fish, Stefan Griesbach has been strengthening this relationship with fish in Ireland since 2002. But with the recent development of the online platform www.eatmorefish.ie, people from all across Ireland can now shop and order their fish online. Follow Stefan on Twitter @GannetFish






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Dearbhaill

Standún

Dearbhaill Standún is co-founder and co-owner of Cnoc Suain, an international award-winning cultural retreat near An Spidéal in the Conamara Gaeltacht. A qualified teacher, a native Gaelic speaker and a member of the Irish traditional & Baroque music group ‘Dordán’, Dearbhaill is also a graduate of Ballymaloe Cookery School. Follow Cnoc Suain on Twitter @cnocsuain



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Joe

Healy

Joe Healy is President of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Chairman of the COPA Food Chain Working Party, Member of the COPA Praesidium, Board Member of Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board & Board Member of FBD Plc. Follow Joe on Twitter @joehealyfarmer















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Peter

Ward

Peter Ward is owner of Country Choice, an independent delicatessen, café and supply business established by Peter and Mary Ward in 1982. Follow Peter on Twitter @CountryChoice_



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Niall

Rochford

Niall Rochford is General Manager of Ashford Castle, the luxurious five-star resort hotel on the banks of Lough Corrib in the West of Ireland. Follow Niall on Twitter @RochfordNiall


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Jack

Teeling

The Teeling family have deep roots within the Irish whiskey industry dating back to 1782 when Walter Teeling had a craft distillery in the heart of Dublin City. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackTeeling
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Bruce

MacMillan

Bruce MacMillan CA is founder of BANDWIDTH, a strategy and business activation consultancy that finds opportunity in disruption for destination marketers. Follow Bruce on Twitter @BMACDFW
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Mark

Murphy

Recently Mark has taken over The Little Cheese Shop in Dingle and is very excited to be able to provide great cheese as well as promoting Irish cheese and cheesemakers.




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Una

FitzGibbon

Una FitzGibbon is Bord Bia’s Marketing Director, responsible for effective marketing communications to consumer and business audiences at home and abroad.




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Niall

Tracey

Niall is Director of Marketing for Fáilte Ireland. As well as being responsible for research and insight, the role includes promoting Ireland to a local audience that drove 10.5 million domestic visitors in 2017.

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Judy

Murphy

Judy Murphy is features writer and arts editor with the Connacht Tribune. A graduate of NUIG and DCU, she previously worked as a freelance journalist for organisations including RTÉ, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Sunday Times and TG4.
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Birgitta

Hedin-Curtin

Birgitta Hedin-Curtin is Founder & co-director of the Burren Smokehouse 1989 which now employs 25 people in the village of Lisdoonvarna with a turnover of €2.1 M. Birgitta is also a Founder member of and chairperson of Slow Food Clare. Follow Birgitta on Twitter @BurrenSalmon





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Robb

Walsh

Robb Walsh is a three-time James Beard Journalism Award winner. He has written for newspapers including the Washington Post and magazines including Saveur. Walsh produces short films on folk foodways, and is the author of a dozen food books including Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook, the Tex-Mex Cookbook, and Sex, Death & Oysters. Follow Robb on Twitter @robbwalsh ‏
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Helen

King

Helen is the Director of Strategic Insight and Planning in Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. With a background in Economics and client – side consumer marketing, she brings a strategic, consumer-centred approach to business, turning cutting edge insight into actionable plans for Irish companies. Follow Bord Bia on Twitter @Bordbia



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John

Crumlish

Donegal native John Crumlish is the CEO of Galway International Arts Festival which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks. Follow Galway Int Arts Fest on Twitter @GalwayIntArts

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Zack

Gallagher

Zack Gallagher is a chef, Irish food promoter. He is founder of the website, www.IrishFoodGuide.ie which highlights food events and promotes artisan Irish food producers & places to eat.








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Jacinta

Dalton

Jacinta Dalton is Head of Department for Culinary Arts & Service Industies at the Galway International Hotel School, GMIT. Jacinta was a member of faculty in GMIT for the past seven years lecturing in Management, Marketing Principles and Food & Beverage Skills & Service. Follow Jacinta on Twitter @jcdal

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Kevin

Shannon

Kevin Shannon, originally from west Cork, is the founder of Odyssey International Incentives & Meetings Ltd. Kevin has served as President of the Irish Tour Operators Association for three terms and was a member of the Tourism Council of Ireland under three Governments.







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Eve-Anne

Cullinan

A co-founder of M.CO, and of Arran Street East. Eve-Anne’s experience is in leading multidisciplinary teams on strategy, cluster development and cross-sectoral innovation projects. Follow Eve-Anne on Twitter @EACullinan






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Lidia

Varbanova

Dr. Lidia Varbanova has professional experience in over 60 countries in Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Asia and the Caucasus with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries. Follow Lidia on Twitter @lidia_varbanova

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Carlos

Fernandes

Carlos Fernandes is a founding board member of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy Culture, Arts and Tourism) and Associate Professor in Tourism Studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.


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Anna

Lardi Fogarty

Anna Lardi Fogarty, Programme Manager for Music for Galway, was born in Switzerland where she studied two semesters of Art History and Musicology. Follow Anna on Twitter @musicforgalway


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Ciaran

OGaora

Ciarán is the founder of Zero-G, a Dublin based brand strategy and design studio. Ciarán is recognised as a leading design practitioner in the area of Irish national identity. Follow Zero-G on Twitter @zerogstudio


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Tarja

Silvani

Tarja Silvani is the Head Chef at 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen, Maddox Street. Hailing from Finland, Tarja is a pioneering chef with over 15 years’ culinary experience in restaurants across Europe.
Follow Tarja on Twitter @TSilvani

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Rachel

Collins

Rachel Collins is editor of The Irish Times Magazine. She is also Food & Drink editor and Travel editor for The Irish Times. Follow Rachel on Twitter @OrrCollins







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Ronnie

Counihan

Ronnie Counihan, CEO Renvyle House Hotel. Ronnie started his career training in the Hotel & Catering School in Athenry which subsequently moved to The Regional Technical College in Galway – known today as the G.M.I.T. Follow Ronnie on Twitter @RonnieCounihan
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Aoibheann

MacNamara

Aoibheann MacNamara of Ard Bia at Nimmo’s Restaurant in the heart of Galway city is interested in slow food – ard bia
and slow fashion – the tweed project and a slow life … Follow Ard Bia on Twitter @ArdBiaNimmos




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Tim

Husbands

With strong strategic expertise and a proven track-record, Tim has been working in the economic development and tourism industry for over 30 years, initially in London and Edinburgh, then in Belfast and now in Westport, Co. Mayo. Follow Westport House on Twitter @WestportHouse
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H.E. Carmen McEvoy,

Ambassador of Peru

Appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Peru to Ireland on 26th July 2017, by Supreme Decree Nº 183-2017-RE. Mrs Mc Evoy is a renowned Peruvian historian, expert on 19th century Peru and Chile and has written extensively on these subjects.

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Colman

Andrews

Colman Andrews, editorial director and vice-president of TheDailyMeal.com, is an internationally known food writer and editor and award-winning cookbook author. He was the co-founder of Saveur, hailed as “the ultimate food magazine“. Follow Colman on Twitter @Colmanandrews


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Elaine

Donohue

Programme Co-Ordinator for the Galway and West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy for 2018, skilled in Negotiation, Retail, Category and Business Development. Follow Elaine on Twitter @DonohueElaine




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Jim

Power

Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy. The company carries out consultancy projects, public speaking, and training for a variety of public and private sector entities. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimPowerEcon

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Julia

Cosgrove

Vice President & Editor in Chief, AFAR Media, Julia is an award-winning editorial leader with extensive experience launching new brands, building teams from the ground up, and developing and implementing content strategies across print, digital, mobile, email, and social. Follow Julia on Twitter @jules_afar

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Mark

Henry

Mark is an insight-driven, strategic marketer and is an established leader in deploying new media marketing. He leads the Central Marketing Division of Tourism Ireland – the public body responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas. Follow Mark on Twitter @Mark_J_Henry


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Karen

Hennessy

Karen Hennessy is the Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI). Since her appointment in 2011, she has been at the forefront of developing and strategically positioning Ireland’s dynamic design and craft sector as a key component of the Irish economy. Follow Karen on Twitter @KHennessyDCCoI

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Matt

Percival

Matt Percival is Executive Producer & Commissioning Editor at CNN Vision. Culinary Journeys is a sumptuous and colourful series that gives CNN viewers a fresh perspective on global cuisines.Follow Matt on Twitter @matt_percival72





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