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Summit 2018 Speakers



This year’s summit, 'Investing in Marine Ireland', highlighted the immense opportunities that our marine sector has to offer companies and organisations in Ireland and beyond. This year's diverse programme reflected a strong collaboration between Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute with individual sessions addressing environmental, economic and societal opportunities and challenges to creating a sustainable ocean economy for Ireland.

OOW Summit 2018 – Official Opening

Watch video of the Opening Session

Maurice O’Gorman
Chairman, Port of Galway
Peter Heffernan
CEO, Marine Institute
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Declan McDonald
Advisory Partner, PwC

Brexit (Overview & Challenges for Irish Seafood Sector)

Cecil Beamish
Assistant Secretary General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Pim Visser
President, European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO)
Joost Paardekooper
DG MARE, European Commission
Panel Discussion
Cecil Beamish, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
Sean O’Donoghue, CEO, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO)
Hugo Boyle, CEO, Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO)
Lorcán Ó Cinnéide, National Secretary, Irish Fish Processing and Exporters Organisation (IFPEA)
Francis O’Donnell, CEO, Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO)
Patrick Murphy, CEO, Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO)

Challenges of Brexit for the Irish Seafood Sector: Investing in the Seafood Route to Market

Jim Power
Session Moderator
Jim O’Toole
CEO, Bord Iascaigh Mhara
David Carson
Partner, Deloitte Ireland
Richard Donnelly,
Salmon and Shellfish Development Manager, Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Tony Buckley
Former Assistant Secretary, Revenue Commissioners
Michael Keatinge
Director, Economics and Strategic Services Unit, Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Micheál O’Mahony
Authority Member, The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
Panel Discussion
Jim Power, Economist
Jim Egan, General Manager, Jenkinson Logistics Ltd
Mark Tierney, Co-founder & Chief Executive, Crabtree Capital Ltd
Laurence O’ Toole, Managing Director, O’Toole Transport Ltd
John O’Loughlin, Director, Customs & International Trade, PwC

Ministerial Address on Blue Growth

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Mission Possible – Future Proofing Our Ocean Economy

Olivia O’Leary
Session Moderator
Mary Robinson
7th President of Ireland
Orla Doherty
Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II
Panel Discussion
José Soares dos Santos, Chairman of Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal
Kathy Sullivan, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA
Mary Robinson, 7th President of Ireland
Galway@5: Celebrating the Success of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Canada-EU-USA Galway Statement 2013)
John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Former EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist / Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, NOAA
Wayne Moore, Director General, Strategic and Regulatory Science Directorate, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Investing in Offshore Renewables – Can We Capitalise on the Big Opportunity?

Olivia O’Leary
Session Moderator
Denis Naughton TD
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Marian Troy
Head of Corporate Affairs, SSE Ireland
Paul Doherty
Managing Director, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
Jill Tully
Investment Manager, Equinor (formerly Statoil)
The Immediate Opportunities for the Offshore Sector in Ireland and the Urgent Need to Unlock this
Jim Gannon, CEO, SEAI
Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs, SSE Ireland
Paul Doherty, Managing Director, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
Jill Tully, Investment Manager, Equinor (formerly Statoil)
Luke Redmond, Senior Manager, Advisory Consulting, PwC

Launch of Day 2

Damien English TD
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development
Seán Kyne TD
Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources
Níall Mc Nelis
Mayor of Galway City
Claire Jolly
Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans Unit, OECD
Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh
President, National University of Ireland, Galway

Integrated Digital Ocean: How will Technology and Data Transform our Future Relationship with the Ocean?

Olivia O’Leary
Session Moderator
Panel Discussion
James Ives, Founding CEO, XOcean
Noel O’Connor, DCU & Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Gordon Johnston, Vice-Chair, International Federation of Surveyors
Vincent McKey, Business Development Executive, IBM
Michael Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance, San Diego
Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit, Blue Economy Sectors, DG MARE, European Commission

Maritime Commerce, Brexit and Ireland’s Opportunity

Olivia O’Leary
Session Moderator
Panel Discussion
Mark Hutchinson, Professor of Finance, University College Cork
Catherine Duffy, Partner, A&L Goodbody
Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Cork
Timothy Loy, Director of Transport Finance, PwC
Will Purcell, Vice President, Aviation Finance, Macquarie Bank

Investing in Marine Research & Innovation: A Future Look at Funding and Impact

Olivia O’Leary
Session Moderator
Brian Ó’Gallachóir
Director, SFI MaREI Centre
Video - MaREI Marine Research
Overview of MaREI Marine Research Areas
Panel Discussion
Sigi Gruber, Head of the Marine Resources Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Gearóid Mooney, PDivisional Manager, Research & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland
Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
Niall McDonough, Director of Policy Innovation and Research Support Services, Marine Institute
Claire Jolly, Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans Unit, OECD