CIO Dialogue Ireland

Killashee Hotel, Kildare - Ireland

22 January 2018 - 23 January 2018

Today’s CIO is a major driving force behind business strategy, with technology taking the lead in expansion and development. Now more than ever the CIO is intrinsic to an organisation's success, and need to deliver real value. As the role takes on this more strategic dimension, CIOs have to adapt and ensure they are at the forefront of technological innovation, driving growth and meeting critical business objectives.

Join us to meet other executive level market practitioners to discuss, debate, and benchmark against your peers’ strategies to drive innovation and deliver real value to your business; covering topics including:  Cloud, Information Security, Analytics and Digitalisation.

The 5th Annual CIO Dialogue Ireland is the exclusive invite only event tailored specifically for C-Level IT executives from Irish enterprise companies. Join the dialogue through a value driven 2-day programme designed by CIOs for CIOs and leave with actionable insights to help drive forward your business’ objectives.

Through practical case studies, interactive workshops and open roundtable discussions, you will;

  • Evaluate the latest developments in cyber security and benchmark your strategy against your peers
  • Gain critical insight into what a successful cloud transformation programme looks like
  • Leverage your analytics and business intelligence platforms to drive growth and boost revenue
  • Drive digital transformation and move toward a more customer centric model of service
  • Assess the developing responsibilities and challenges faced by Irish CIOs
  • Debate and network with industry thought-leaders and experts and benefit from pre-matched one-to-one meetings


“One of a few events to meet and discuss real world issues with my peers and get insights on how they approach issue in their organisations.”

CIO, Noonan

 “Great event, excellent presentations, fantastic opportunity to understand challenges faced in other organisations around IT.” 

Director of IT, Ingersoll Rand

“Excellent insights on topics such as cyber security and cloud implementation from others in the industry.”  

 Director of IT & Transformation, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Past Speakers

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Joan Mulvihill

Irish Internet Association


Joan previously has 8 years of retail experience within the Kingfisher Group in London and Amsterdam, she returned to Dublin in 2002 and joined Becton Dickinson's global sourcing team with procurement responsibilities for car leasing and marketing spend across Europe and the US. Three years later Joan moved to a senior consulting role within leading international professional services firm, BDO International, as Head of Family Business consulting services. She was appointed CEO of the Irish Internet Association in November 2009 and is privileged to work with the best and brightest of technology start-ups as well as supporting traditional businesses in the adoption of web-based technologies. Over the past three years, the IIA has led new initiatives such as Digitise the Nation to bridge the digital divide, policy papers addressing the Digital Skills Shortage and Open-Data and driving business growth through Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Cloud Computing.

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Barry Byrne

Chief Information and Knowledge Officers
Irish Defence Forces


Commandant Barry Byrne serves as the Information and Knowledge Management Officer for the Irish Defence Forces, Headquartered in Dublin. Barry is leading an internationally acclaimed programme developing policies, procedures and technological solutions to improve Information and Knowledge Management in the Irish Defence Forces.  The technical platform, delivered through SharePoint 2013 provides full EDRMS capabilities, enterprise social, innovative knowledge management solutions, and has been recognised by international military and corporate organisations.  The project team were awarded IT professionals of the year and Intellectual and Knowledge Management programme of the year. Barry has served in a variety of roles in overseas missions; Logistics in Liberia in 2006, chief ICT officer in 2007 in Lebanon and civil-military coordination and operations officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2011.

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Vincent McGrath

Info and knowledge management officer
Irish Defence Forces

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Vincent Nolan

Group Head IT


A senior executive with a proven track record, at board level, for the successful delivery of large scale business transformation and turnaround programs in the following business sectors: Financial Services, Retail, Telecommunications and IT software development.  A key strength is an unique ability is to understand the complexities of Information Technology from a commercial perspective and undertake significant change and transformation programs while ensuring business continuity.  An unique differentiator is an unblemished track record of being able to cross industry verticals seamlessly and deliver on challenging objectives.    

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Lavinia Morris

SVP Information Technology
SMBC Aviation Capital

Driving major IT transformation


Lavinia Morris is Head of IT for the aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital where she has responsibility for the establishment and running of their IT Department, together with the delivery of major Business Change programmes. Lavinia has spent the past 18 months delivering a large business transformation project across the group. With a background in Electronic Engineering, Lavinia has worked in the IT sector for over 20 years and has spent much of her IT Leadership career working in the Financial Services sector, previously heading up IT Operations for the Life Assurance company Friends First.
Lavinia is also a regular commentator in the area of Cloud Computing and is the current chair of the Irish Internet Associations Working Group for Cloud Computing. She has been a member of the ISO National Mirror Committee (Ireland) with responsibility for standards setting in the area of Cloud Computing and was involved in the development of a national standard for Cloud procurement in conjunction with the NSAI.

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Pearse Ryan

Technology & Innovation Group Partner
Arthur Cox

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Eddie Doyle

Head IT
Tesco Ireland


Eddie started his career with UK High Street retailer, Storehouse, as a Corporate Treasury accountant. In 1992, he joined Philips Electronics in the UK as a Business controller and moved in 1998 to the Dutch multinationals HQ to take up the position of Finance Director EMEA for the TV Business. From 2004 to 2006, he led a Finance Transformation Programme which focused on implementing best in class systems and processes in the area of business planning for Philips Group.

Returning to Ireland to join Tesco in 2007, he took up the position of Head of IT in 2008.As Head of IT, Eddie’s role is focused on

aligning IT activities with business priorities which are orientated around serving our Customers better and helping Tesco Colleagues to work more efficiently and effectively through new and better Technology.

Eddie is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).


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Martin Curley

Vice President & Director
Intel Labs Europe, Intel Corp


Martin Curley is a vice president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe, the company's network of more than 40 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spanning the European region. He also serves as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe, which is charged with helping to advance both Intel research and Europe's ability to compete in the global society. Curley leads Intel's research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. He is also a co-director of the Innovation Value Institute, an industry-academic open innovation consortium that strives to promote structural change in the way companies and governments achieve value through information technology.

Before assuming his current position in 2009, Curley was global director of IT innovation at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior IT management and automation positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. Before joining Intel in 1992, he held management and research positions at General Electric in Ireland and at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands.

Curley is the author or co-author of three books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship and has published multiple papers in the area of IT, entrepreneurship and innovation management. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society, the Irish Computer Society and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He currently chairs the European Union Open Innovation Strategy and Policy group, an industry-led group advising on strategic priorities for open and service innovation.

Curley has a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering and a master's degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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David O'Sullivan

Head of IT
Aurivo Co-operative Society Limited, Sligo


David is the Head of IT for Aurivo Co-operative Society Limited since January 2014.  In that time, he has partnered with Aurivo’s business leaders to transform processes and systems and to renew all aspects of the IT landscape.   In David’s previous role, he was responsible for transforming and managing IT services in seven countries including the US, UK and Indonesia for the start-up Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton (WWRD) organisation following the demise of Waterford Wedgwood Plc in 2009.  Before WWRD, he was Head of Divisional IT for Waterford Crystal Limited, transforming IT services in the US and Ireland to align them to organisational needs.   David’s business and IT experience is as broad as it is deep and spans everything from SAP ERP to Cloud DR and Office 365 and supply chain and process reengineering to change management.

David holds a BSc in Applied Computing and an MSc in Business Innovation and has been a member of the IEEE Computer Society for the last 17 years

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Bill Hanafin

PCH International

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Derek Wilson

Director of Technology
Irish Times


Derek is the Technology Director with The Irish Times.  Established in 1859, The Irish Times is a leading independent media organisation producing top quality news, opinion and analysis across its digital and print platforms.  In 2016, The Irish Times won The National Journalism Award for Digital Innovation in addition to three other awards.

Derek leads the ongoing development and implementation of the technology and innovation strategy to ensure The Irish Times is well positioned for transformation and growth.   

Previously Derek was the first Group CIO of European agri-business Origin Enterprises Plc where he led an award winning technology-enabled transformation programme in a dynamic M&A environment.  Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Siemens Business Services, leading that business through a turnaround process to a position of sustained profitability and growth.  He has also held senior consulting positions with Version 1, KPMG and JBA.  

Derek studied in the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University of Hertfordshire.  He is an elected member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Council and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.  In 2014 he was recognised by Microsoft on their EMEA Business Visionary shortlist.    

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Michael O’Reilly

IT Director
KBC Bank Ireland

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Ashling Cunningham


Digital leadership: Reinventing the business to operate successfully in the digital space


Ashling Cunningham is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia with responsibility across all areas of ICT.  Ashling has an established track record implementing state-of-the-art, technology based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering.  A dynamic leader with excellent analytical, organizational and management skills who thrives on challenges,  Ashling has outstanding leadership and technology skills as demonstrated by delivery success in a challenging and fast changing organization.

Ashling is a highly able Business and IT Executive with an IT and Finance background.  She holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specializing in the implementation of financial software systems.  Having held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies she will provide a valuable insight into the key challenges faced by IT leaders today. 

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George Jackson

Head IT
Irish Prison Service



George has worked as the Head of ICT (CIO) of the Irish Prison Service for the last fourteen years. George has previously worked in ICT in Systems Analysis, Programming, ICT Training, Databases, Operations and Networks over his career and has an Honours Degree in Information Technology from Trinity College Dublin.

George has been involved in a significant number of large projects including the PULSE project in the Irish Police Force (An Garda Siochana) as well as the Prisoner Information Management System, Prisoner Account Management System and Prisoner Healthcare Management Systems in his current position. He has a detailed knowledge of infrastructure as well as systems having delivered a number of large infrastructure projects including Data Centre setup, Disaster Recovery, large scale phone systems and Wide Area Networks. George has also delivered shared services across the Irish Department of Justice Sector including Wi-Fi, Video Conferencing, Unified Communications and Managed Print Service. George and his team also deliver an ICT disposal service to the entire Irish Public sector.

Since 2015 year George has become chairperson of the EuroPris ICT Expert Group which is responsible for providing expert ICT advice to prison ICT staff and for organising prisons ICT technical workshops across Europe.

George has day to day responsibility for 3,500 users (covering 21 sites) with a team of 38 technical staff.

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Rory Donnelly

Nissan Ireland


Rory has spent over fifteen years as CIO of Nissan Ireland, where he is responsible for all technology, information systems and innovation, as well as facilities management and contracts management.  He is responsible for the introduction of VoIP, Virtualisation, Clustering, Business Continuity, and is also responsible for security and systems availability, and company relocations.  Prior to joining Nissan, he was the Head of I.T. for the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin for three years, where he oversaw the transition from tracking share prices on blackboards to a fully online trading system hosted on the Deutsche Börse Xetra platform in Frankfort – a project that was completed in just five months.  He is a past board member and President of the Association of Information Managers in Ireland (AIMI), is a member of ITSMF Ireland, IASA Global, and the Irish Computer Society.  He also spent eleven years working in the cable TV industry.”

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Phillip Tierney

Infrastructure Programme Director


Phillip is currently the Infrastructure Programme Director for CRH in Europe, which has seen him, create & successfully deliver the CRH Common Information Technology Infrastructure (CITI) Managed Service Programme across CRH Europe & Asia. Prior to joining CRH, he worked with IBM focused on the area of Technical Architecture, Managed IT Services & Strategic Outsourcing, working with many leading Irish & international blue chip organisations. Prior to IBM Phillip worked as a Technical Services Manager & IT Manager for a number of organisations. Phillip holds a BSc. in Information Systems, a Master of Business Studies in Business Practice and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

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Steve Kelly


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Kevin Conlon

Head IT
Department of Health

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Seamus Doyle

Northern Ireland Water


Seamus is currently CIO at NI Water. NI Water provides one of the essential services for customers throughout Northern Ireland supporting and protecting the health and wellbeing of customers, protecting and enhancing the local environment and supporting and contributing to the local economy. Seamus has also served as IT Director with BT Ireland and Programme Director for BT Group. He is a skilled and experienced IT professional whose responsibilities include IT operations and security, information systems development, systems design, and information assurance. Seamus has a B.Sc. degree in aeronautical engineering and a M.Sc. degree in computer science, both from Queens University Belfast, Ireland. 

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Amit Varma

VP Information Technology
Citibank Ireland


Amit Varma is Vice President - Technology at CitiGroup Ireland. In his role as Head of eBanking Channels Product Technology within Citi, Amit is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Citi's Risk Management Platform and Client Interface Platform. Over his career spanning 20 years, Amit has pioneered technology innovation and execution across Big Data, Cloud, Machine-Learning, Biometric, Omnichannel Interface and Web technologies for firms, such as Citi, Fidelity Investments, Verizon, IBM and American Express. Amit has a Masters in Business Administration from Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD Dublin and a Bachelors in Engineering from Mumbai University.

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Michael Winterson

Managing Director
Equinix Services Ltd

Interview Nissan: Our journey to full cloud implementation


Michael Winterson join Equinix in September 2007 when the company acquired London AIM listed IXEurope. At Equinix, he held the position of VP of Marketing adn VP of Sales before his current role. Joining IXEurope as part of the startup management team in January 2000, he brings over 14 years of datacenter services experience and held senior positions in country management, sales and marketing. Before IXEurope, Michael was involved in two other technology startups in Europe that were eventually solde to US and Japanese companies. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and French from Northwestern University and a master's degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute - Geneva. An itinerant American, Michael fell in love with Europe at an early age and has never looked back. 

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Martina Costelloe

SMBC Aviation Captial


Martina is a Security / Risk Professional with more than 20 years’ experience in all areas of Information Security in Financial Services. Having previously filled a number of roles in Information Technology with AIB, she joined SMBC Aviation Capital as Information Security Manager in 2014. Martina was responsible for establishing the Information Security function during a major business transformation project, which involved re-platforming all applications and rebuilding the core IT infrastructure. In her current role she is responsible for all aspects of Information Security in SMBC Aviation Capital across the globe. Areas of specialisation include risk assessment, standards and good practice as well as cybercrime prevention and user awareness. Martina has a particular interest in the human dimension with regard to embedding good information security and when designing control frameworks. Martina holds a Bachelor of Financial Services from UCD and is a fellow of the Irish Information Security forum. As well as CISSP, CISM and CISA, she also holds a qualification in Advertising.

Please find below the 2017 programme

Please see below for a list of CIO Dialogue Ireland 2015 partners.

To become a solution partner, please send an email to Chris Hugall at

Current Partners


Brocade® networking solutions empower the world’s leading organizations to transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. By delivering agility and innovation for cloud-based environments, Brocade helps organizations modernize their networks and accelerate their journey to the New IP.

In particular, Brocade solutions for storage networking, data center routing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) give organizations the power to capitalize on the unique business opportunities driven by virtualization and the cloud.

To deliver a best-in-class solution, Brocade partners with world-class IT companies around the globe.


Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 40 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. In a digital economy where enterprise business models are increasingly interdependent, interconnection is essential to success. Equinix operates the only global interconnection platform, sparking new opportunities that are only possible when companies come together.

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks enables its customers true advantage over their competition, whether that’s bringing new, revenue-generating services to market in minutes instead of months, reducing network costs, or providing security and protection for their most valuable assets. Juniper’s routing, switching, security, SDN, NFV and other software solutions can be used to meet your networking requirements in the following areas:

  • Data Center: all of the networking components for a Data Center from a few racks to the largest in the world
  • Wide Area Network: routing and security for all size sizes from a single branch to a high speed core network
  • Campus & branch: build a secure and reliable network right out to your employee
  • Security: moving beyond a perimeter based approach to a software defined secure network

The world’s biggest financial services organizations, wired and wireless service providers, cloud and data center providers run on Juniper Networks.

Why Juniper Networks? Quite simply, because we provide the kind of innovative thinking, performance, automation and commitment that enable the world’s best networks. If your business depends on the network to deliver mission-critical transactions, applications, and services, you do business with Juniper Networks. Now more than ever, the world relies on secure, high-performance networks that can scale to meet ever-changing business demands. And now more than ever, the world needs network innovation to unleash our full potential


Do you want to make a complex enterprise business process simpler, leaner and more efficient while delivering better value to the business? Do you have experienced project led business transformation teams willing to embrace new technologies and skillsets for better results? If so, opensky wants to work with you. 

opensky Data Systems is an award winning digital services, enterprise information management and custom software partner to some of the most innovative government and enterprise business teams in Ireland and the UK.

From strategy to delivery, the Enterprise Information Management practice offers services to identify and combine the types of data available within and without your organisation. In tandem with selecting the appropriate information management model needed to ensure best information governance in the future.

opensky engineers build comprehensive custom line of business software for enterprise clients with advanced security, scalability and complexity needs delivered. opensky teams are experts at turning a complex business process with many touch-points inside and outside an organisation into a unified software system which works all the time, every time.

opensky’s expertise extends across Architecture, Analysis, User Interface, Software, Data, Security, Mobility and Integration skill-sets.  With ISO27001 certification, TOGAF® Architecture modelling and Microsoft certified software and data experts, opensky develops and supports world-class solutions that produce accountable value to the client.

opensky also offer Microsoft technologies advisory and development services. Combining the power of Microsofts Dynamics CRM / XRM, Predictive & Power BI Analytics, Sharepoint and Enterprise Mobility into on premise and cloud applications that provide organisations with critical tools to engage with their customers, monitor and predict performance and produce collaborative results. 

The Kildare based company, with offices in Poland, also provides a range of out of the box niche software products that manage real time public waste, transport and health data.  

Client portfolio includes Lloyds Pharmacy UK & Ireland, Irish Life, University of Ireland Maynooth, Allianz, HSE, DJEI, SEAI, Essex County Council, Irelands National Transport Authority & North London Waste Authority


PhishMe® is the leading provider of threat management for organizations concerned about human susceptibility to targeted attacks. PhishMe’s intelligence-driven solutions empower employees to be an active line of defense by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. PhishMe integrates into the security technology stack, delivering measurable results to help inform and adapt an organization’s security programs. PhishMe’s customers include the defense industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand changing user security behavior improves security, aids incident response, and reduces the risk of compromise.


Planview enables organizations to get the most out of their resources and achieve their goals.

We are the global leader in Work and Resource Management, with the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions for strategic planning, portfolio and resource management, work collaboration, and enterprise architecture.

Our solutions span every class of work, resource, and organization; addressing the needs of teams, departments, and entire organizations, from the mid-market to global enterprises.

We know that getting work done is hard and delivering on strategy is an uphill battle with ever-mounting stakes. So, how do we help you overcome your toughest challenges?


  • By providing you with an entire suite of solutions that create a unified vision so work and resources can be leveraged to realize your organization's full potential. Get the latest Work and Resource Management blogs and resources to expand your knowledge of this emerging market.
  • By showing you how to “Be That PMO” that exceeds customer expectations, controls operating spend, and delivers strategic value. Watch our webinar series to learn more about how continuous planning can drive prioritization – while ensuring you have the capacity to cope with shifting demand.
  • By helping you integrate strategy and execution across all your work and resources to deliver business outcomes. Watch our demo to learn how you can seamlessly align your IT project portfolios, resources, and spend with business strategy.





Planview is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Our 700 employees serve more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide through a culture of product leadership, deep market expertise, and highly engaged customer communities.

Pure Storage

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) accelerates possible, transforming businesses in ways previously unimagined. The company’s disruptive, software-driven storage technology combined with a customer-friendly business model drives business and IT transformation for customers through dramatic increases in performance and efficiency at lower costs. Pure Storage FlashArray//m is simpler, faster and more elegant than any other technology in the datacenter. FlashArray //m is ideal for the move toward big data and for performance-intensive workloads such as cloud computing, database systems, desktop virtualization, real-time analytics and server virtualization. With Pure's industry leading Satmetrix-certified NPS score of 79, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include large and mid-size organizations across a range of industries: cloud-based software and service providers, consumer web, education, energy, financial services, governments, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail and telecommunications. With Pure Storage, companies push the boundaries of what's possible to become faster, smarter and more innovative.


Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100.

Business connections: a strong catalyst for success!

At the Noord Group, we understand the power of face-to-face interactions and their ability to inspire, drive change and do better business.

With this in mind, we individually approach all of our delegates to fully understand their expectations and participation goals. Based on the information collected, our dedicated business matching team devises a personalised itinerary featuring a variety of powerful business interactions such as:

  • One-to-one meetings with our Solution Partners so as to be introduced to the products and services most relevant to energise business growth
  • Quality interactions with other delegates during the frequent time-slots dedicated to participant networking

The event will also provide ample opportunities to mingle with peers in a casual set-up, including during:

  • Coffee breaks
  • Gala dinner
  • Luncheons

These relaxed, informal and interactive networking sessions will guarantee that you make enduring and mutually beneficial connections which will help you expand your network of contacts as well as your sphere of influence.

Ultimately, it is all about making you and your business thrive.