SFA Annual Conference 2018 | May 24 | O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD

Agenda 2018


8:00
Registration and exhibition
8:30
Welcome
Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director, SFA
8:35
Opening remarks
Colette Fitzpatrick, Broadcaster, TV3 and Conference Moderator
Session 1 – IRELAND’S COMPETITIVENESS CHALLENGES
8:40
Chair’s address
Sue O’Neill, SFA Chair and Managing Director, Shellcove AMC
8:55
Political keynote
Micheál Martin TD, L eader, Fianna Fáil
9:20
The cost of doing business in Ireland
Professor Peter Clinch, Chair, National Competitiveness Council of Ireland
9:35
Indigenous Ireland Inc: Redefining Ireland’s industrial policy
Ian Kehoe, Editor, Sunday Business Post
9:45
The role for banks in helping SMEs to compete and succeed
Eddie Cullen, Managing Director of Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank
9:55
Panel discussion
• Sue O’Neill, Shellcove AMC
• Professor Peter Clinch, National Competitiveness Council of Ireland
• Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post
• Eddie Cullen, Ulster Bank
Spotlight on success
10:15
The Cocoa Brown story
Marissa Carter, CEO and Founder, Cocoa Brown
10:30
Networking break and exhibition
Session 2 - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR
11:00
Digital transformation, the next industrial revolution
Colin Chapman, Director and Digital Transformation Consultant, Digigrow
11:20
Focussed success in an always connected world
Aidan Healy, Head of Learning and Development, Unplug
11:35
Panel discussion
• Marissa Carter, Cocoa Brown
• Colin Chapman, Digigrow
• Aidan Healy, Unplug
• Keith Mahon, Founder and Managing Director, TheTaste.ie
SESSION 3 – GDPR: PITFALLS AND POSSIBILITIES
12:00
A view from the regulator on the eve of GDPR
John Keyes, Assistant Commissioner, Ofce of the Data Protection Commissioner
12:30
Panel discussion
Fiona O’Carroll, Chief Operating Ofcer, Gifts Direct
• Jock Jordan, Group Sales Director, One4all Gift Cards
• John Carney, Financial Controller, Butler Technologies
Closing session – Time to transform
13:00
From prey to predator
Kevin McManamon, GAA Star and Mental Skills Coach
13:25
Closing remarks
Colette Fitzpatrick, Conference Moderator
13:30
Lunch, networking and exhibition
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