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Speaker Biographies

Mr. Eamon Ryan T.D. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Eamon Ryan

Minister Eamon Ryan was first elected to Dail Eireann in 2002. Prior to his appointment as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, he was the Green Party spokesperson for Transport and Enterprise, Trade and Employment and opposition convenor to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Communication, Marine and Natural Resources.

Prior to his election to the Dáil he set up and ran two businesses, Irish Cycling Safaris and Belfield Bike shop. He was an active member and chairman of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, and from 1995 to 2002 he served on the Advisory Committee of the Dublin Transport Office.

He was educated in Gonzaga College and University College Dublin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He currently lives in Clonskeagh with his wife, the writer Victoria White, and their four young children.

Dr Christopher J Horn
President, Engineers Ireland
Chris Horn

Chris Horn is Co-founder, CEO, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of IONA Technologies, established in 1991. He was the initial developer of Orbix® and held the joint offices of IONA's president, chief executive officer and chairman from IONA's inception until May 2000.

Dr. Horn was an electronic engineering graduate in 1978 and received his PhD in Computer Science in 1983. From 1984 until 1994, he was a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at TCD, where he was involved in many pan-European IT research projects. He also worked in Brussels for the European Commission, and was an integral part of the ten-year "Esprit" program designed to improve Europe’s technology industry.

Dr Horn is a former member of the Board of TCD and has been a non-executive director of a number of privately held software companies and business associations and advisor to a number of venture capital firms. He is a former Director of Science Foundation Ireland, a former chair of the "Expert Group on Future Skills", a former chairman of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce eCity working group and a former chairman of the Irish Management Institute.

Dr Horn regularly contributes to debate on Ireland's high-tech industry, and was a member of the ICT working group at IBEC and was the founding chairman of the Ireland China Association. Dr Horn was also chairman of UNICEF Ireland until 2009. He currently serves as chairman of Cloudsmith (a cloud computing company); of Gridstore (a grid storage company); China Crest (a Beijing based consultancy firm); CTVR (an SFI and IDA co-funded CSET); and the Science Gallery (an outreach initiative). In 2001 he received an honorary Doctor of Science from TCD, became a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and received the RDS Gold Medal for Industry.

John Herlihy

Vice President, Global Ad Operations, GoogleJohn Herlihy

As vice president of Global Ad Operations, John drives Google's online advertising operations and support globally by providing small business solutions to advertisers. Based at our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters in Dublin, with teams across the globe.

John joined Google in 2005 and built its online sales and operations channels in new and existing markets across EMEA. Previously, John held senior management positions at several global technology companies including First Data, PeopleSoft, Adobe Systems, Inc. and Oracle Corporation.

John began his career as a Chartered Accountant at global accountancy practice KPMG in its Dublin office, before relocating to the U.S. in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from University College Dublin and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Colm Long Colm Long
Director of Online Operations at Facebook

Colm Long is director of online operations at Facebook in Ireland and is responsible for leading the company’s European operations from its new Dublin hub.

He has comprehensive experience with multinational companies and joins from Google, where he held several senior roles including director of online sales and operations for Northern Europe and director of sales operations for emerging markets.

He also was on the team that established Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin. 
Previously, Long worked in senior positions at Barclaycard International and French online stockbroker Self Trade. A native of Derry, he has a bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics from University of Brighton.

Martin Murphy
Managing Director, HP Ireland
Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy is Managing Director for HP Ireland, and is responsible for driving HP's business growth in the Irish market. Under his leadership, HP has experienced a strong and sustained commercial and financial performance and is now the largest IT and services provider in Ireland, employing 4,000 people across a range of operations.

In 2003, he successfully steered the Irish operation through the Compaq merger, one of the largest in the history of the state. In addition, Martin has spearheaded various global acquisitions locally, including the acquisition in 2008 of Electronic Data Systems, representing one of the biggest acquisitions ever made by a global ICT company.

In addition to Martin’s commitments as managing director of HP Ireland, he serves on the board of the Institute of Directors.

He holds a BA.BAI (Hons) in Engineering and Maths and a MSc in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Kim MajerusKimMajerus
Director - Ireland, Cisco UK & Ireland

Kim Majerus heads up the Irish Operation for Cisco. Kim has worked in the technology industry for over 20-years.

Kim has been with Cisco for over seven years, joining in the Channel organisation in the US. In 2006 she moved to the UK and Ireland operation she lead the Network Integrator team.

Prior to joining Cisco Kim held a variety of roles at Motorola and Harris Corporation. Kim was born and brought up in the Chicago area of the United States but now lives in Dublin.

Eamonn Fallon
Co founder, Daft.ie

Eamonn Fallon is a co-founder of Ireland's largest property website Daft.ie.
Daft is the first port of call for first-time-buyers, property investors and renters across Ireland.

Recently Daft was recognised as being the busiest website in Ireland.
It is accessed over 27 million times a month and has more than 46,000 properties available online in over 45 countries.

Daft has always been on the leading edge of innovation and has won numerous awards for its ease-of-use and its strong customer focus.

In 2006 over 43 billion euro of property was sold through Daft and over 800 million euro in rent was collected.

Damien MulleyDamien Mulley
Mulley Communications

Damien Mulley, owns Cork-based Mulley Communications and teaches organisations and enterprises how to communicate among themselves and with the greater world.

He is also the organiser of the Irish Blog Awards and Irish Web Awards.

Mulley Communications specialises in Media Training, Online Marketing Training, Online PR Training, Business Blogging and Presentation Training.

Dylan Collins
Jolt Online Gaming DylanCollins

Dylan is the CEO of Jolt Online Gaming, a leading online games publisher focused on North America and the UK. Jolt is the publisher of several hugely popular browser games including Legends of Zork (www.legendsofzork.com), Utopia Kingdoms (www.utopiakingdoms.com) and the upcoming Playboy Manager (www.playboymanager.com).

Founded in early 2008, the company acquired the Jolt name (one of the oldest games brands on the Internet) shortly after. It has also acquired several smaller gaming brands.

Prior to launching Jolt, Collins was CEO of DemonWare, the leading online games technology company, which powered multiplayer gaming for some of the biggest companies in the world including Ubisoft, Sega, Activision and THQ. DemonWare was acquired by Activision Blizzard. Bio to follow.

Dr. John Breslin
NUI Galway, Co Founder boards.ie JohnBreslin

John Breslin is currently a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway. He is also leader of the Social Software Unit at DERI, NUI Galway, where he is researching semantically-enabled social networks and community portals. He is the founder of the SIOC project, which aims to interlink online communities with semantic technologies.

He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at DERI from 2004 to 2008, and a lecturer at the University from 2000 to 2004. He has received a number of awards for website design, including a Golden Spider for the Irish community website boards.ie, which he co-founded in 2000. The Irish Internet Association presented him with Net Visionary awards in 2005 and 2006. Dr.
Breslin is a member of Engineers Ireland, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Prof. Damien McLoughlin
Professor of Marketing, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business SchoolDamienMcLoughlin

Damien is Professor of Marketing, Director of the Marketing Development Programme and Head of the Marketing subject area at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He has served on the faculty of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and Asia’s leading business school, the Indian School of Business.

Known as a Strategic Marketing specialist, Damien has published more than fifty papers in prestigious international journals and conferences including Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Strategic Marketing.

He has also published a book with David A. Aaker of UC Berkeley, Strategic Market Management: European Edition. Damien has worked with a number of the world’s leading firms including Alltech, Allianz, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. He designed and leads Alltech’s global Advanced Management Programme, Google’s Marketing Academy for the EMEA region and Bord Bia’s Marketing Fellowship Programme.

He is a former Dean of UCD Smurfit School. His work is highly regarded and has been recognised with a number of domestic and international awards and distinctions. A regular media contributor, he has contributed to a range of print and broadcast media outlets including Sky News, The Financial Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Independent and Newstalk 106.

Prof. Tom Begley
Dean, UCD School of Business

Prof. Tom Begley is currently the Dean of the UCD School of Business, which includes UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business.  He most recently held the Governor Hugh L. Carey Chair in Organisational Behaviour at UCD.  His primary teaching and consulting interests are in the areas of organisational change, cross-cultural management, and team development.  His consulting clients have included Fortune 500 companies, governments, and non-profit organizations in several countries. 

Prof. Begley has held visiting appointments at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the Prasetiya Mulya Graduate School of Management in Jakarta, Indonesia, Reims Management School in France, and Boston University.  As a faculty member in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University, he spent stints as Chair of the Human Resources Management department and Director of the Bachelor of Science in International Business programme.  He holds a Bachelor¿s degree from Seton Hall University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees are from Cornell University.

Prof. Begley has published numerous articles on organizational change, cross-cultural management, and global issues in human resource management in academic and practitioner-oriented sources. One of his articles was reprinted in The History of Management Thought.  He served as research director for ¿The International Entrepreneurship Project,¿ a 20-country investigation of factors contributing to entrepreneurial activity.  His practitioner-oriented articles have appeared in outlets such as the Sloan Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, Business Horizons, Human Resource Planning, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Mr Paul Haran
Principal of the College of Business and Law

Paul HaranPaul Haran, former Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, was instrumental in the development and implementation of policies that contributed directly to the creation of the Celtic Tiger. Haran is the first Principal of College to be appointed via open competition to this five-year office.

Haran’s policies as Secretary General contributed to the formation of the €600 million funded SFI (Science Foundation Ireland), the introduction of a single rate of corporation tax and the reform of Ireland’s labour markets.

Haran is a member of the Court of Directors of the Bank of Ireland, a member of the board of Glanbia and of the board of the Mater Private Hospital. He is also chair of the Irish Government’s Working Group on Legal Costs, a member of the Forum of the ESRI, a Council member of the IMI (Irish Management Institute), chair of Forfás Taxation Advisory Committee, a trustee of the Millennium Trust and a member of the board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business.

Haran holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Public Sector Analysis, both from University of Dublin, Trinity College.


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