A cross sector food, tourism and
culture global forum
April 24th 2018 – One Day Forum Programme, Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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_
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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