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Biographies of all the speakers at the 'Doing Business in the East' mini-conference held at Dublin City University on the 22nd March 2010. Organised by the DCU Business School

Biographies of all the speakers at the 'Doing Business in the East' mini-conference held at Dublin City University on the 22nd March 2010. Organised by the DCU Business School



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  • DCU BUSINESS SCHOOL NEXT GENERATION MANAGEMENT: MINI- DOING BUSINESS IN THE EAST’’ MINI -CONFERNCE MONDAY, 22ND MARCH 2010, 1PM – 6PM SPEAKER BIOS (DCU Dr. Theo Lynn (DCU Business School) Plenary Introduction – The Helix, 1300 Introduction Introduction to the Arab World – Business School Q122, 1530 Dr. Theo Lynn is Director of the DCU Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre and is a Lecturer in Management in the DCU Business School where he teaches strategy at postgraduate level. Previously, he has taught Corporate Finance Law at UCD School of Law and Information Systems and Database Design at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. Dr. Lynn holds a PhD in Law from UCD. The title of his thesis was "The Irish Corporate Governance System and the Role of Irish Occupational Pension Funds as Institutional Monitors". After receiving his BBLS degree from UCD in 1996, he graduated from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business with an MBS degree specialising in MIS. Dr. Lynn has established and sold a number of companies including Enki Information Systems, Educational Multimedia Group and most recently Atomic Assets. He advises a number of domestic and international companies. Pat Ivory (IBEC) Plenary: International Relations Issues in China, India, Russia and the Arabian Gulf – The Helix, 1310 Pat Ivory provides strategic advice to IBEC member companies from a broad range of business sectors including the computer and software, pharmaceutical and medical devices, food and drink, industrial products and financial services sectors. He has extensive experience in promoting the interests of business internationally, including being the official Irish business delegate to major WTO Ministerial Conferences and participating in global business missions to Geneva. Pat has successfully testified before a hearing of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington DC. Pat is the author of several IBEC reports focused on developing trade and investment opportunities for Irish business e.g., Internationally Traded Services – emerging business opportunities, Russia – Europe’s largest emerging market, ‘Opening Doors to Asia’ prepared for the Government’s high level Asia strategy group . Pat is responsible for an e-publication dedicated to helping business understand developments in the US – the ‘US Quarterly Monitor’.
  • Pat is a member of the International Relations Committee of BUSINESSEUROPE, meeting regularly with top level officials in the EU Commission and Members of the EU Parliament. He is also a member of the Policy Committee of the European Services Forum (ESF). Pat holds an honours degree in economics and a Masters degree in International trade from Trinity College Dublin. He has completed leadership programs in the Management Centre Europe and the UCD Smurfit Business School. He is currently completing a PhD in Dublin City University; his research focuses on clusters initiatives for competitiveness and innovation involving collaboration between Irish industry, state agencies and research institutions. Peppe Santoro (Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney) Plenary: Common legal themes in doing business internationally – The Helix, 1340 Peppe Santoro is a Corporate Partner in Eversheds O'Donnell Sweeney. He has advised Irish businesses and multi-nationals on inbound and outbound investments and dealings abroad in countries ranging from Korea to Russia and from Japan to Turkey. He focuses particularly on the Information Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors. (DCU Tony Foley (DCU Business School) Plenary: Ireland: The Export Driven Economy – The Helix, 1400 Tony Foley is a senior lecturer and is head of the economics finance and entrepreneurship group in DCUBS. He was formerly the Director of the Local Government MBA programme and executive MBA in DCU Business School. He is also formerly executive dean and head of executive education. He lectures on the topics of international trade, industrial development and Irish economic analysis. He received his primary degree in economics and politics from UCD and also received a masters in economics (first class honours) from UCD. Tony has extensive professional involvement with the Irish and international public and private sectors. Prior to joining DCU, he worked in the Department of Finance, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), Dublin Corporation, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the IDA. He has also undertaken a wide range of advisory and consultancy projects for the public sector, including the following: Review of Regional Airports for the Department of Transport; Advisor to Eastern Regional Health Authority on Mental Health Plan (2001); Policy Advisor on indigenous industry to Forfás (1999-2000) and Review of healthcare funding for the North Western Health Board (1995).
  • Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev (Global Centre for Economic Development, IBM) Plenary: Global Business and Investment Opportunities in Russia and CIS – The Helix, 1420 Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev is the Head of Macroeconomics, Global Centre for Economic Development, IBM and the Adjunct Lecturer in Finance with Trinity College, Dublin. He serves as a Chairman of the Ireland-Russia Business Association and Chief Economist of the Irish Exporters Association. He is a Fellow of a number of academic associations and a member of the Editorial Board of nine international academic journals in the fields of Economics, Law and Business. Dr Gurdgiev also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Essential Innovation Forum and a member of the Executive Panel of the McKinsey&Co. He writes regular columns for Business & Finance magazine, Village magazine and frequently contributes to the Irish edition of the Sunday Times. He writes a daily economics and finance blog Dr Gurdgiev holds PhD in Macroeconomics and Finance from Trinity College, Dublin, MA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and MA in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the recipient of the Millennium Scholar Award from the University of Chicago, 1997-1999 and the Johns Hopkins University Award 1998-2000, as well as Whatley Award from the Trinity College, Dublin in 2000-2003. Dr Gurdgiev's book on international debt and development, co-edited with Professor Colm Kearney and Sharon Jackson, Perspectives on International Debt, was published by Trinity College, Dublin in 2007. In the past, Dr Gurdgiev served as a Group Editor and Director of Business & Finance Publications, Head of Global Strategy and Research with Heinz Associates, and Director of Research with NCB Stockbrokers, Ltd. (DCU Professor Bernard Pierce ( DCU Business School) Plenary: Close – The Helix, 1500 Bernard Pierce is Dean and Professor of Accounting at Dublin City University Business School. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He previously held positions as general practice manager at KPMG, Chartered Accountants, Dublin, as Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Zambia, Central Africa, and as Irish Life Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Dublin City University. He graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class Honours B.Comm degree and completed PhD studies at Lancaster University, England. He is a former chairman, secretary and council member of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association and is a member of the editorial board of The Irish Accounting Review.
  • Bernice Paolozzi India: India, Culture and Society – Business School Q119, 1530 Bernice Maria Paolozzi, Irish born with an Italian father, Ezio Paolozzi and Irish mother, is a unique and dynamic, internationally acclaimed Creative Mind Thinker and Futurist Entrepreneur. She specialises in Asia with a focus on the value of an ethics based approach in dealing with today’s challenges in the global re-mix. She is a recipient of the Special Judges Award for Ethnic Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of her dynamic, positive, solutions driven projects and her initiatives to increase trade between East and West earned her the title of “Best Entrepreneur in Europe, Middle East & Africa” with the International Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Bernice combines her background in Montessori teaching, extensive training in psychology and experience of enterprise, innovation, social enterprise and human resources together with over ten years extensive corporate cultural experience of Eastern and Western enterprise, to develop a new, sustainable and dynamic approach to business development and trade and tourism relations. She is a leading advocate of building bridges between East and West through education, culture, entertainment, tourism, trade and IT and is currently writing a series of health and commerce guide books, "Each one of us here ARE the pioneers to build bridges to bring Human Values and Ethics into the corporate business world today, so let’s get moving together!" quotes Ms. Paolozzi In Ireland and internationally, she has developed many major successful social commerce enterprise models and projects, raising in excess of 1 million Euro, ranging from governmental support for Irish youth projects, to philanthropist engagement in health and education projects in the Asia. She continues to attract support of the highest order from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, President of Ireland, Mrs. Mary McAleese, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Lord Diljit Rana and Professor Ringu Tulku, amongst others. - Prashant Shukra (Ireland India Council) India: Doing Business in India – Business School Q119, 1610 Mr. Prashant Kumar Shukla has an extensive background in organisational and individual development in a variety of Industries, inter-state agencies, and non-governmental sector at Senior Management level. As a dynamic and skilled professional and facilitator, he has made
  • significant contributions to team performance in a wide variety of companies and institutions. His extensive expertise covers a broad set of interpersonal and leadership skills, programme design, group facilitation, and leadership motivation. Mr. Prashant’s qualifications are in International Law & Diplomacy, Developmental Studies, and Business. Prashant also holds degree in Science and a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar. Prashant has arranged and participated in international and national conferences and presented papers in the sessions related to his profession. Mr. Shukla is a one of the founding member of the Ireland India Council. Prashant is also partner of the East West Commercial Enterprises Limited, it is a growing company doing business in Health and Medical Tourism and provide consultancy services to European Companies, Universities and Colleges in their operations in India & Asia. It is Prashant’s perspective that the continuing development of the individual is integral to the effectiveness of organisations and their ability to continue to anticipate, evolve, and meet the changing requirements of the global economy. Professional Further Professional Experience: Beyond the significant amount of time Mr. Shukla has invested time in cross community integration dialog, he has also engaged in a number of other professional ventures. He has been a member of several committees in Europe and also in Ireland. Following are select examples of Mr. Prashant Shukla’s other professional experiences. • Partner East West Commercial Enterprises Ltd. • Board Member of Ireland-India Council • Board Member of PARTAS • Board Member of The Integration Centre • Immigrant Council of Ireland-Policy Committee Visiting lecturer Abigail St. John Kennedy (Eversheds O’Donnell Sweeney) India: Ireland, India and the Law – Business School Q119, 1635 Abigail St. John Kennedy is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Eversheds O'Donnell Sweeney. She has significant Irish and international experience in cross border transactions and investment, with a particular focus on the Financial Services and Education sectors. Vikas Sahni (Softedge Systems) India: The Softedge Systems Experience – Business School Q119, 1705 Vikas is a versatile technical consultant whose knowledge and experience ranges from products
  • to projects, from .net to IBM Mainframe Assembler. He has lead and mentored people on different technical platforms, and has focused on new technologies from Microsoft for the past few years. He also takes keen interest in Methodologies, Quality and Processes. Vikas has dual Masters, the first one is in Physics, specialization in Electronics. He started off his career as a Lecturer in Electronics, teaching at the third level in India for a number of years. During this phase of his career, he also provided consultancy to some of the earliest software outsourcing providers in India. Over the years, he gradually shifted from academics to industry and from hardware to software. Vikas relocated to Dublin and completed the shift to the corporate sector in 1998. Michelle Dervan (Enterprise Ireland) Russia: Doing Business in Russia Business School Q121, 1530 Russia– Michelle Dervan is Senior Market Advisor for Russia in the High Growth Markets Department at Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is the state agency responsible for Irish Industry. Its mission is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to achieve strong positions in global markets. In her role, Michelle works closely with a range of indigenous Irish technology and engineering companies to create and implement market entry and expansion strategies for the Russian market. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland in 2008, Michelle worked as Client Relationship Manager at i- conX solutions, an Irish software company specialising in interconnect billing for the global telecoms industry. Michelle had responsibility for managing Russian speaking clients and worked on pre-sales and implementation projects with operators in Russia, Georgia and Moldova. She also provided sales and marketing support for the markets of the Middle East. Michelle has a BA in European Studies, Russian and French from Trinity College and was awarded the Kamensky Prize for spoken Russian in 2006. She spent a year studying Russian at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Moscow and during this time, also interned with Ernst & Young Russia & CIS. Michelle is a member of the Ireland Russia Business Association. Ekaterina Zavershinskaya (DCU Business School) Russia: Living and Working in Russia Business School Q121, 1630 Russia– Katia Zavershinskaya is originally from Moscow, Russia. She moved to Ireland at the age of 14 and since then lived and studied in Dublin. Katia has graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in International Business and Languages (French and Spanish) and has continued her studies in DCU until present, graduating in September 2010 with a Masters degree in Marketing.
  • Eamon Foley (Aer Rianta International) Russia: Aer Rianta International – The Russian Experience – Business School Q121, 1650 Eamon Foley joined Aer Rianta International in 1992 as Group Finance Manager and was subsequently appointed Director General. Previously held senior finance positions in the international construction and property development sector working for private and publicly listed companies. Is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, has an MBA from The Smurfit Business School (UCD) and a BSc from University College Cork. Has spent most of his career working for international companies and worked for periods in Bahrain, Portugal and the USA. Aer Rianta International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dublin Airport Authority and is responsible for all overseas operations. The company has extensive business interests in airport retailing, airport management and consultancy, and airport investment. It currently has operations in Europe (Cyprus, Kosovo, Russia, Ukraine), Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar), India and North America and the Caribbean (Barbados, Canada). Deirdre Walsh (ChinaGreen) China: China: Introduction to doing business in China - Business School QG21, 1530 Deirdre Walsh is a graduate of UCD Business & Legal Studies as well as Strathclyde University were she graduated with an MBA. In 2005, returning to Ireland after almost 10 years working overseas including China, Deirdre founded ChinaGreen. ChinaGreen, with expert staff in Dublin and Shanghai, helps Irish clients find the best local companies to do business with in China. ChinaGreen clients then deal directly with matched Chinese companies, fully supported by ChinaGreen’s range of analysis, support and engagement services. For many Irish businesses, the prospects of even starting to think about dealing with China can be daunting. There is real value and opportunity to be had in China but sometimes fear of the potential risks prevents Irish companies taking action - we aim to reduce the risk and uncertainty for our clients so that they can capitalise on a China advantage. ChinaGreen has positioned itself to be the first call for these businesses to assist developing an approach plan for these companies in their assault on China, to identify and evaluate prospective buyers, suppliers & supporters in China and then providing the ongoing support these companies require from first visit through to building long term relationships and eventually agreeing contracts. ChinaGreen deals with a broad range of Irish companies operating in almost every key sector of Irish business – design, entertainment, manufacturing, engineering, food, technology, chemicals, construction and professional services. These companies vary in size from small family owned businesses to large Irish based multinationals. Deirdre is vice chairperson of the Ireland China Association and is a regular speaker on the topic of Doing Business in China – in the past year having provided seminars to more than 1,000 Irish business people.
  • Marie Heraughty (DCU International Office) China: Marketing in China – The DCU Experience - Business School QG21, 1630 Marie Heraughty joined DCU as Head of International Affairs in April 2007. She graduated from UCD with an Honours’ Degree in Languages and later received a Masters from NUIG in 1987 and has worked in the field of international education since then. Before joining DCU, she worked as Operations and Marketing Manager for the Language Centre in the University of Limerick, as Project Manager for the European Year of Languages in Ireland in 2001, and later managed EU Education Programmes for Leargas in Dublin. She worked with the European Commission on the development of the Lifelong Learning Programme (formerly known as Socrates) of DG Education & Culture and Council of Europe on the European Centre for Modern Languages. She is currently an evaluator for Lifelong Learning Programme. John Dennehy (AssemblyPoint) China: Doing Business in China – the Upstart Games Experience - Business School QG21, 1700 John Dennehy has established a background in building and selling successful software companies over the past 15 years. He is currently managing director of HR Locker, an online service for SMEs to generate staff handbooks and employment contracts. Previously he co- founded Upstart Games Ltd, a mobile phone game developer and publisher. After growing the business and establishing offices in Dublin, Cork, Tokyo and New York the company was sold in November 2006 to Sun3C, an AIM-listed company. Upstart developed leading edge software and applications used by some of the worlds top tier entertainment companies including “Finding Nemo” and “Beyonce Fashion Diva” for Disney, “Stealth” and “Bond Trivia” for Sony Pictures. He founded and was CEO of, an internet professional services company which he sold to a Nasdaq-listed Internet company in 2000. He is also a director of, a US company providing prepaid mobile services and content. He holds a BA from Dublin City University and a post-graduate diploma from Rhodes University, South Africa. Arab- Ahmad Younis (The Joint Arab - Irish Chamber of Commerce) Arabian Gulf: The Joint Arab - Irish Chamber of Commerce - Business School Q122, 1550 Arab- Ahmad Younis is the secretary general of the joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce. He has years of experience in banking as well as a higher national diploma in HR, a diploma as a qualified financial adviser and a BA in Business Studies.
  •   Ab Mohammed Sindi, Ab dulrahman Nagro, Wafa Aluhamma (DCU Business School) Arabian Gulf: Arab Culture and Etiquette: some pointers - Business School Q122, 1600 pointers- Mohammed Sindi, Adbulrhman Nagro, Wafa Aluhamma are Masters students at DCU Business School. Mohammed will graduate in September 2010 with an M.B.S. in Marketing, while Abdulrhman and Wafa will graduate with an M.Sc. in Electronic Commerce (Business). John Halpin (AVT International) Arabian Gulf: Living and Working in the Arabian Gulf- Business School Q122, 1620 Gulf- John has almost twenty years experience within the International Supply Chain arena working with clients recruiting for Supply Chain personnel in Ireland, the UK, the United States and the Middle East. John has worked closely with some of the worlds leading companies on their recruitment and general business requirements. John’s extensive experience covers a range of Industry sectors from FMCG, Logistics, Warehousing & Transport, Engineering, IT & Telecoms, Retail, to Pharmaceutical and Government Agencies. John has worked closely with business representative associations in Ireland and Dubai and is a representative on a number of committees. He is European President of the prestigious Supply Chain Logistics Group, and is VP of Marketing on the Executive Committee SCLG in Dubai. His roles utilise his wide range of skills from sales & marketing, client consultancy, development of bespoke customer solutions to public relations, promotions, advertising and event management. The majority of his client dealing is at CEO and Managing Director level and he is equally comfortable working throughout an organisation with personnel from the operations floor to the boardroom. A native of Dublin, John has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in the United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. John is a committed, dedicated, ambitious, business professional with a proven ability to manage complex, resource-intensive projects both domestically and internationally. He is equipped with powerful communication skills and is well versed in all aspects of customer care and account development. John is fully committed to providing and implementing dynamic, compelling solutions to the ongoing objectives of his customers.
  • Ken Owens (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) Arabian Gulf: Sh aria Law and the Funds Industry – Business School Q122, 1700 Sharia Ken is an Audit Partner in the Asset Management Group and has extensive knowledge and 16 years experience in advising and auditing asset management clients including mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds administered in Ireland. Ken also works with asset managers and administrators based in Ireland. He provides a range of services to his clients including fund and corporate audit services, and regulatory advisory services. Over the years Ken has assisted clients in structuring new funds and advised on various accounting, tax and operational matters. Ken has been involved with the Irish Funds Industry Association (“IFIA”) for a number of years and is a member of the IFIA's Governing Council. Ken has lectured on auditing and accounting issues to the asset management industry in Ireland on behalf of the IFIA and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and sits on the Institute’s Audit and Assurance Committee. Ken is also a member of the Investment Funds Listing Committee of the Irish Stock Exchange. Ken is the leader of PwC Ireland’s Islamic Finance Group which has been recently established to assist clients in the Islamic Finance area. He is also a partner on a number of investment funds targeted at the Islamic Market which are currently administered out of Ireland. Ken is the author of several articles on Islamic Finance in Irish/European publications. Ken was the key driver of the implementation of a service offering around advice and support on the set up of Shariah Fund Administration in Ireland - Gap Assessment. He has also advised on set up of various Islamic fund structures in Ireland. 