A cross sector food, tourism and
culture global forum

23 & 24 April 2018 – National University of Ireland, Galway
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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’.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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Ciaran

OGaora

Ciarán is a Designer, Brand Strategist and founder of Zero-G. Specialties: Brand Definition, Brand & Communication Strategy, Brand Creation & Engagement; Brand Identity Systems; Information Design; Idea Generation.
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2016 Speakers

Attendees heard from world class practitioners and niche experts from the worlds of food, tourism and culture. A unique exchange of experiences, expertise & learnings were shared from both within and across the sectors.
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Patrick

Whyte

Patrick is the UK Editor of Skift and is based in London where he covers the European travel industry. Prior to joining the company, he spent more than four years working at TTG, the world’s longest-running travel trade newspaper.
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Jean-Michel

Petit

The co-founder and CEO of VizEat, Europe largest social dining platform. The idea for VizEat was born on the shores of the Lake Titicaca in Peru, while Jean-Michel was sharing a traditional meal with the local Indians.
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Hillary

Smith

Hillary Smith is Insights Director at Condé Nast’s Food Innovation Group. Hillary has over 8 years of experience in insights & strategy, working on consultative projects with blue chip clients.
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MARIA JOSE

San Roman

A cook in constant development, who combines innovation with Mediterranean tradition in her recipes. In 2013 her restaurant Monastrell received a Michelin Star.
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Guy

Bigwood

Guy Bigwood is Group Sustainability Director of MCI, the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions. Guy leads MCI Sustainability Services.
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JP

McMahon

JP McMahon is a restaurateur, chef and educator. He has three popular restaurants under the brand Eat Galway – Aniar Restaurant, Cava Bodega and Eat Gastropub.
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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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Aran

Mc Mahon

Café Rua now run by Aran and Colleen, was opened by Ann McMahon in Castlebar over 10 years ago with the aim of producing uncomplicated food using seasonal and local ingredients.

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Catherine

Toolan

Managing Director Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall. General management in the conference, events and food service industry, including the Rio, London and Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

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Catherine

Keegan

Responsible for managing the brand immersion of over 1.5 million visitors to the Home of Guinness, Catherine has represented Guinness Storehouse at a number of high profile events.

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John

Mc Grillen

John is CEO of Tourism NI. Formerly a board member of Tourism NI and previously Director of Development at Belfast City Council & Chief Executive of Down District Council.

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Siobhán

McManamy

Siobhán McManamy is responsible for Tourism Ireland’s operations in more than 20 markets around the world.

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John

Mulcahy

Head of Food Tourism, Hospitality Education, & Standards at Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

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John

Concannon

Director Ireland 2016 working to develop and deliver a programme of activity for Ireland 2016 centenary.

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Fiona

Ross

In 2014 Fiona became the founding Director of EPIC Ireland Dublin’s newest museum following a career in financial services In Ireland the UK and the USA.

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Howard

Hastings

Howard Hastings is Managing Director of Northern Ireland’s largest locally-owned hotel group and respected member of the tourism industry.

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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.

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Dr Michael

Martin

Dr Michael Martin has over 20 years in the tourism industry and created Cobh’s internationally acclaimed Titanic Trail Guided Walking tour.

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Mark

Dorman

Mark has overall responsibility for Croke Park Meetings & Events, Premium, Suites and Match Day and Events Hospitality.

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Kay

Harte

Kay Hartes’ Farmgate Cafe produces dishes using produce from the historic gourmet Mecca The English Market below.

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Brian

Nevin

Head of Marketing, Sales & Reservations at Shannon Heritage Ltd gateway to Irish experiences on the Wild Atlantic way.

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Paul

Hayes

Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Communications at Beachhut PR offering a full service media outreach.