IIBN Conference 2018


We are delighted that the 7th Annual IIBN Global Conference “War Stories” will return to Dublin this year, taking place on Friday 9th November 2018 in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal College of Physicians, No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Our Global sponsors, Grant Thornton, will host an exclusive Launch Reception on Thursday evening, the 8th of November, at their Irish Headquarters at City Quay in Dublin 2. Grant Thornton have secured two inspirational guests for this event: Easkey Britton as guest speaker and Darragh Maloney to facilitate the Q&A.

Join us for high level networking opportunities, top class Guest presentations and a multitude of opportunities to promote your own business on Friday the 9th November.

Our Keynote Presentation will be Eamon Dunphy. We are also delighted to confirm the following Speakers – Ray Nolan, founder & CEO, XSellco and Ultimate Rugby; Chupi Sweetmen, Managing Director of Chupi; Paddy Power, Head of Communications, Paddy Power Plc; Fiona McEntee, Founding & Managing Partner of McEntee Law Group; Samantha Kelly Tweeting Goddess; and Gemma O’Doherty, Investigative Journalist.

Don’t miss this opportunity to organise an invaluable business trip and access some of the most successful and exciting business talent associated with Ireland in decades.

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Our Keynote Presentation will be Eamon Dunphy. We are also delighted to confirm the following Speakers – Ray Nolan, founder & CEO, XSellco and Ultimate Rugby; Chupi Sweetmen, Managing Director of Chupi; Paddy Power, Head of Communications, Paddy Power Plc; Fiona McEntee, Founding & Managing Partner of McEntee Law Group; Samantha Kelly Tweeting Goddess; Draven McConville, CEO at Klipboard, Gemma O’Doherty, Investigative Journalist, Vanessa Tierney’s Co-Founder Abadoo, and Constantin Gurdgiev, Economist

Eamon dunphy

Ex-footballer & Journalist

Ray Nolan

Founder & CEO, XSellco and Ultimate Rugby

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An I.T. entrepreneur, Ray has been instrumental in the success of a number of companies in the Irish technology sector.

Ray founded Hostelworld.com in 1999 when he identified an opportunity to introduce online bookings to youth and tourist hostels. As CEO, Ray grew the company to become a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray continues to build web-based brands. He is founder and CEO at leading eCommerce company, xSellco and founded Ultimate Rugby - the world’s most popular Rugby app.

Paddy Power

Head of Communications, Paddy Power Plc;

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Paddy Power is Director of Communications for Ireland’s largest bookmaking company of the same name. They operate 160 shops in Ireland and 60 in London along with the countries largest online & phone betting operations.
Paddy is the latest in a long line of bookmakers carrying the Power name which can be traced back to Paddy’s Great Grandfather who became a bookmaker in the 1860s. Last year the company turned over €1.3 billion and continues to go from strength to strength.

The Paddy Power brand is unique within the betting industry and promotes the message of betting as entertainment and fun rather than a means of becoming wealthy. Through this uniquely honest positioning the company is regarded as the most customer orientated & “friendly” bookmaker in the sector.

Paddy Power is an honours graduate of Dublin City University and has worked in all facets of the business including risk control, operations and marketing. He is now responsible for the companies Communications strategy.

Fiona McEntee

Founding & Managing Partner of McEntee Law Group;

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Fiona McEntee is the Founding and Managing Attorney of McEntee Law Group. She first moved to Chicago from Dublin, Ireland, back in 2002 as an international exchange student at DePaul University’s College of Law. Having fallen in love with Chicago, Fiona returned to study at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor in 2007. Little did she know that a few years later, she would be on the front lines of advocacy as a leading U.S. immigration attorney for immigrants' rights.

As a proud Irish immigrant and U.S. citizen, Fiona has dedicated her 10 plus years of practice to the advancement of immigrants’ rights for individuals, families, and businesses. As a fearless immigration lawyer, Fiona’s advocacy efforts for immigrants range from regularly giving interviews to suing the Administration in federal court over the controversial Travel Ban. As a mother of two young children, Fiona has vowed to zealously represent immigrant children and parents who face immense obstacles in their quest for a better life in the United States.

Fiona has been nationally recognized for her expertise in immigration law. Fiona has been selected for the ISBA's 2018 Elmer Gertz Award; the 2018 Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers; the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyer List, Rising Star; the Irish Legal Top 100; and the Irish Echo's 40 Under 40. She regularly provides immigration-specific commentary live on MSNBC, CBS, and RTE TV and Radio. Fiona has also been quoted in major media, including the Chicago Tribune, Politico, Inc. Magazine, and the Irish American News.

McEntee Law Group is an established law firm that exclusively handles U.S. immigration matters, from business, entertainment, and family-based immigration to deportation defense and citizenship cases. McEntee Law Group’s clients range from technology CEOs to rock stars, and its satellite offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Quito, Ecuador, ensure great accessibility to its international clients.

Samantha Kelly

Tweeting Goddess;

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Gemma O’Doherty

Investigative Journalist.

Draven Mc Conville

Klipboard CEO,

Constantin Gurdgiev

Associate Professor of Finance with Middlebury Institute of International studies (Calfornia, USA)

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Constantin Gurdgiev is the Associate Professor of Finance with Middlebury Institute of International Studies (California, USA) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance with Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). His expertise and research are concentrated in the fields of investment markets, and geopolitical and macro risk, uncertainty and complexity analysis. Prof. Gurdgiev is a co-Founder and the Board Member of two charities working with the issues of financial empowerment in Ireland. He advises a range of institutional and professional clients in the areas of macro and political risks and uncertainty analysis through his consulting practice, www.macroview.eu.

In the past, Prof. Gurdgiev served as the Head of Research and Partner with St Columbanus AG (Switzerland), the Head of Macroeconomics with the Institute for Business Value, IBM (U.S.), the Director of Research with NCB Stockbrokers, Ltd (Ireland), and the Editor of the Business & Finance magazine (Ireland).

Prof. Gurdgiev writes regular column for the Cayman Financial Review, and frequently contributes to a range of international financial publications.

Vanessa Tierney

Founder of Abodoo

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Vanessa is co- founder of Abodoo the Smart Working Career Platform with powerful matching technology that is enabling companies to hire exceptional professional talent fast and accurately from every corner of the the UK and Ireland and soon globally. Launched from Gorey, Wexford where Vanessa and co-founder husband Ben Wainwright live, Abodoo has been described as the "LinkedIn for Smart Workers" giving companies access to great talent for reduced cost and time than using traditional job sites.

SmartWorking is the combined use of technology with the flexibility and agility for employees to work remotely, co-work or use hybrid (part-office, part-remote) models. It enables companies to grow by hiring and retaining top talent based on skills rather than location, and people to achieve a true work-life harmony.

Vanessa holds a BCOMM in International Business and has been listed in the Top 100 All Ireland Female Entrepreneurs having first started working in Technology for Fortune 500 companies in their talent acquisition needs internationally. Vanessa is a passionate advocate for SmartWorking and how it helps increase diversity and inclusion in companies through the elimination of unconscious bias and the positive impact it has on people’s health, lives and well being.

Easkey Britton, PHD.,

Scientist, Academic and Social activist

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A scientist, academic and social activist, with a PhD in Environment and Society, Easkey’s curiosity and passion for fairness and gender equality are the qualities that define her. Easkey is the first Irish woman to be nominated for the Global WSL Big Wave Awards, she is co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for social change and spear-headed the world’s first global Surf for Social Good Summit in Bali, Indonesia. A recent graduate from THNK’s Creative School of Leadership, Easkey is an inspirational public speaker and published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Daragh Maloney

Sports Presenter, RTE

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Darragh Maloney is an Irish sports presenter, working primarily on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) radio and television. He joined RTÉ in 1995 from local Dublin radio station, FM104 and was the current studio host of weekly show Premier Soccer Saturday on RTÉ Two. He has also commentated on two FIFA World Cups, three European Football Championships and numerous UEFA Champions League games. During the summer months he is also a regular commentator on GAA for television and radio coverage on RTÉ. He was also one of the studio presenters for RTÉ's day coverage of the 2012 Olympics.

Chupi Sweetmen

Fashion Designer.

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Brought up in the garden of Ireland I was 21 when I was scouted by Topshop from my first year in university, the youngest designer to work with the brand. After six years in fast fashion I wanted to create something that would celebrate Ireland’s design heritage & become future heirlooms. I now run a jewellery brand called of course Chupi, we are based in Ireland and export into 60 plus countries around the world.
I’ve always been fascinated by how precious jewellery marks a moment in your life and has such magic to it. With our brilliant team of 25 we tell the story of previous pieces in a digital world.

Conference Programme

Thursday, 8th November, 6.00pm – 9.00pm. Grant Thornton New Offices

(By invitation only for confirmed attendees)

Time Title Speaker
6.00pm Registration
6.30pm Welcome from IIBN Conall O’Morain:

Co-Chair of IIBN Dublin

6.40pm Welcome from Dignitaries GT – Welcome,

Minister etc..

7.00pm Women in Sport Easkey Britton – Interview with

Darragh Moloney, RTE Sports Presenter

7.45pm Drinks Reception / Networking

Friday, 9th November, 2018 – Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare St Dublin 2

Time Title Speaker
8.30am Registration, Coffee

and Pastries

Exhibition Zone
9.00am Welcome Remarks Conor Foley, CEO, IIBN
9.15am Welcome Remarks Minister

Paddy Power, Head of Communications, Paddy Power Plc



Vanessa Tierney, Abodoo, Founder and CEO


Fiona McEntee, McEntee Law Firm, Chicago


Gemma O’Doherty,Irish investigative journalist

11.00am-11.30am Coffee Break & Networking


An Appreciation of the Global Success of Irish Sport’  

 Eamon Dunphy   Irish media personality and  former professional footballer


12.30am -2.00pm Lunch & Networking  


2.00pm- 3.00pm


Draven McConville, CEO Klipboard


Constantin Gurdgiev


Samantha Kelly, Tweeting Goddess

3.00pm -3.20pm Coffee Break
3.20pm –



Chupi Sweetman, Founder & Designer, CHUPI

Ray Nolan, CEO, xSellco& Ultimate Rugby




4.30pm Closing Remarks IIBN Global Chair
4.45.00pm Drink Reception