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Charles Dowd

Charles Dowd

Developer Relations, EMEA, Facebook


Charles Dowd is based at the Facbeook EMEA HQ, in Dublin, where he manages Facebook Developer Relations. Charles is a veteran of the Irish tech industry and long-time developer on Facebook. He has a long history of connecting business with innovative technology to create new opportunities for success online. His experience spans CRM software, eProcurement, Payments, Online Travel and more recently Facebook application development for the travel and rewards.


Tony Mannix

Tony Mannix

Managing Director, Clipper Logistics


Tony joined the Clipper business in 2006 after a career in retail logistics which spans 25 years. After graduating as an Architectural Engineer, he worked in the construction industry for 3 years before moving into logistics where he developed an overnight passion for “the supply chain”. Tony is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics & Transport has a wealth of experience of complex retail/multi-channel logistics, including the design and specification of distribution centres, warehouse management systems and the use of rail within the supply chain. He is a member of Leaders in Supply Chain, and sits on the logistics advisory committee for the Hull University logistics institute. His career has encompassed both “in-house” retail operations as well as providing 3rd party solutions. Tony believes this offers a unique insight within the Clipper business to the challenges faced by retail customers and helps to create empathy/common understanding, which into turn leads to a true partnership approach to business.


Dave Barnett

Dave Barnett

Director of Security Strategy, Symantec


Dave Barnett has worked in the IT industry for 14 years starting his career in connectivity with Attachmate, moving into data Analytics and then into Security with McAfee where he ran the Central Government business. Dave then ran the Government business for nCipher through the acquisition by Thales building amongst other things the UK’s PKI system for the next generation passports. Dave is a part time angel investor focusing in the security and new media space most recently helping yoobug.com. Dave is part of the EMEA wide Security Strategy team working with Symantec’s customers to understand their business priorities and providing guidance on security and risk management and leading Symantec’s security engagements with customers.


Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Director of Business Development, e-Celtic


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Brian is a director with e-Celtic and one of the leading analysts in online marketing. He has driven growth and international expansion for e-Celtic since 2006 and graduated from TCD with a gold medal for business student of the year. An enthusiast for digital marketing, he has recently set-up the company’s London office to cater to a growing UK client base. Over the years, Brian has overseen the execution of campaigns in 66 countries for government tourism bodies, global healthcare, hospitality, retail and financial companies. The company’s client base now covers over 10 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Switzerland, UK, and USA. He is an advocate of SEO and passionate about how online channels can be utilised to maximise sales. Having worked on campaigns for a number of ecommerce sites, Brian has a deep understanding on how to organically grow sites in competitive markets.


Paul McGurran

Paul McGurran

Director of eCommerce, Magico


Since 1995 Paul has advised both national and international clients on how to extract commercial benefits and gains from trading online. Today he works closely with Magico’s extensive range of Online Retailers to improve performance. As e-Commerce Marketing Manager with a Mail Order business he helped to significantly grow online sales from the North American market. For over three years he had a “hands on” role in running a busy Online Store. He was responsible for online product merchandising, email marketing campaigns, affiliate marketing, interactive catalogue and e-commerce strategies.


Kristal Ireland

Kristal Ireland

Head of Digital, Propaganda


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Ian Dodson

Ian Dodson

Director, Digital Marketing Institute & Managing Director, Webkitchen.ie


Ian Dodson has been at the forefront of the Irish Digital Industry for the past 10 years. He specialises in strategic guidance for organisations bringing products to market through the internet and has been instrumental in the set up of some ground breaking online businesses including WeddingsOnline.ie and EMail Marketing.ie; He is currently MD of WebKitchen.ie a leading digital agency. Ian is co-founder and Course Director for the Digital Marketing Institute. He lectures extensively on digital marketing institute postgraduate and professional diploma programmes, speaks at both local and international conferences and writes for various digital / marketing journals on all topics digital.


John Fitchett

John Fitchett

Channel Manager, Sage Pay UK


Sage Pay is a division of FTSE 100 business software company Sage. It is the UK and Ireland’s fastest growing independent payment service provider and one of the most trusted e-commerce brands. Sage Pay processes millions of secure payments for its 33,000 customers each year and makes the process of accepting payments simpler, faster, safer and more profitable for businesses of all sizes. Our success lies in unrivalled 24/7 customer support – going the extra mile for our customers has earned us their frequent recommendation. With no hidden costs and flat-rate fees, we pride ourselves on being completely transparent and fair. What’s more, we ease the headache of starting up an online business by offering a one-stop solution, including a merchant services account, so that businesses can get online sooner.   With over 7 years experience within the card payments arena John Fitchett has worked on a number of payments initiatives including the deployment of the first fully integrated “chip & pin” solution for the parking industry whilst at 3C International.  Having also worked within ecommerce payments for PayPal, John is now Channel Manager at Sage Pay, the UK’s leading independent payment service provider, responsible for strategic partnerships with 3rd party vendors and software developers.


Martin Casey

Martin Casey

Co-founder and Managing Director, Arekibo


Martin is co-founder and Managing Director of Arekibo, a digital media company dedicated to helping organisations understand and maximise the true potential of digital communications.

Martin has been working in the industry for over 15 years, he has advised and delivered solutions to clients such as America Online, Bank of Ireland, Credit Suisse, Citco, Department of Taoiseach, eircom, Enterprise Ireland, Ernst & Young, Euromoney PLC, Fáilte Ireland, Fyffes, Irish Aid, KBC Bank, RTÉ, Oireachtas, Today Fm, Trócaire, VHI and Waterford Crystal.

Martin is active in promoting digital media in Ireland and Europe. He is the Irish representative for the World Summit Awards (WSA), a global competition which promotes the best in global e-Content solutions and ICT applications. He is also a regular juror for the Europrix awards, a Europe wide multimedia competition for under 30s. In Ireland, Martin created the Graduate Category for the Golden Spiders, Ireland’s most prestigious internet awards.

Martin is also a celebrated interactive designer having won numerous awards for his works, including several for Born with a Broken Tongue, a personal project about living with a stutter.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is actively involved in a number of business angel networks. Prior to co-founding Arekibo, Martin was a co-founder of Zartis.com an ebusiness consultancy that was acquired in 2000 by the then Nasdaq listed Breakaway solutions.


James Higgins

James Higgins

Online Store Manager, Evergreen Healthfood Stores


James Higgins is Online Store Manager with Ireland’s biggest online health shop – Evergreen.ie. Having worked in Evergreen for almost 4 years, James started the online channel from scratch and has seen it grow and prosper in that time. A large focus currently is on getting qualified traffic to the website as well as improving conversion rates and increasing average order values. James previously worked in the car rental industry for Budget Car Rental Ireland, initially as Affiliate Manager and then as Online Marketing Executive with responsibility for driving sales through online Marketing techniques. James was also involved in establishing a global online car rental brokerage. Prior to that James held various sales/marketing positions with Eircom.



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