Speaking at this year’s Internet Day…
We have a stellar line-up of Irish and international speakers planned for this year’s event. Read more about them below.
Emma Sinclair MBE
Emma Sinclair MBE is a serial entrepreneur. At 29, she was the youngest person to ever float a company on the London Stock Exchange. Her business, Target Parking, revolutionised the UK parking sector. Sinclair is now a Co Founder of global software company EnterpriseJungle, which helps businesses collaborate and solve business problems; she is also the UK’s first UNICEF Business Mentor.
Allister Frost is an award-winning Chartered Marketer who helps businesses adapt and thrive in our rapidly-changing, technology-driven world. Voted UK Digital Marketing Personality of the Year, he is an expert in improving marketing results by leveraging emerging digital technologies to inspire profitable customer actions.
Jorij Abraham has been part of the international e-commerce community since 1997. He has been e-commerce manager at Bijenkorf (an upmarket department store chain), TUI (Europe’s largest travel organization), online publisher at Sanoma Media (the largest media company in the Benelux) and Director of Consulting as Unic (a Europe wide e-commerce strategy and implementation firm). In parallel to these activities he (fellow) founded two companies, eVentures Europe and vZine.Since 2013, Jorij has been Director of Research & Advise at Thuiswinkel.org (the Dutch Ecommerce Association) and Ecommerce Europe (the European Ecommerce Association with 25.000+ members in 18 countries). He is also managing director of the Ecommerce Foundation, a research institute offering practical ecommerce research and benchmark services, and e-commerce professor at the University of Applies Sciences, TIO.
Sïmon Saneback is an award-winning entrepreneur and a well-recognised figure within the Scandinavian e-commerce industry and a frequent keynote speaker around Europe. He has held executive positions and advisory roles in global companies and has extensive experience within cross-border commerce and digital marketing. He founded his first start-up at 16 years of age and has since started over a dozen different companies.
Bobby Kerr is an Irish entrepreneur, businessman and broadcaster. Best known as chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company, Bobby has led Insomnia to become Ireland’s largest coffee house chain over a 16-year period. Bobby presents Saturday business breakfast show ‘Down to Business’ on Newstalk 106FM, and was a founding ‘Dragon’ on RTE’s Dragons’ Den. Bobby is one of the owners of the popular BANG Restaurant in Dublin, and has a variety of business interests in food and hospitality, technology, manufacturing and retail.
Niall Carson is the Head of Sales in Hailo (Ireland's favorite Taxi App) and was formerly Head of Sales & Operations in GoCar (Ireland's only car sharing company). A focus on Innovation as a way to improve how people move in an efficient, safe and cost effective way has driven Niall over the last decade. A marketing graduate and rugby coach, Niall's love of innovation, disruption and strategic thinking comes from being raised in a family business environment in rural Ireland in the 80's and 90's.
Co-owner and CEO of Horkan’s Group, John has over 30 years experience in business. His main responsibility is the strategic direction of Horkans Group. An important part of his role is leading the eCommerce development of the business. He is a past chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland’s e-Commerce Committee and he has participated in the Google Incubation Program for Irish Retailers. John is a founder member of DMiMayo Digital Marketing in Mayo network group. He represented Ireland at the Global E-commerce Summit in Barcelona in 2013. Horkan’s Group is a family business that operates 4 Horkan’s Garden & Lifestyle Centre’s and 8 Petworld stores in locations across Ireland along with two eCommerce sites Horkans.ie and Petworlddirect.ie
Ian Snipper is Head of Online for Avoca Handweavers. Ian is an experienced online business development consultant who has worked with a wide array of B2B and B2C businesses across many sectors, helping them to develop profitable online strategies in for global markets.
Oliver Hynes is Founder and CEO of HUB Controls. He has worked extensively in the heating industry throughout Europe for many years, successfully launching heating products and businesses in Europe for Quinn, Barlow, Irsap and Delonghi. Oliver holds M.SC (Int’l Bus), BBS (Mgt), BBS (Mktg) HDip (Computing).
Donald is the founder and CEO of Dublin-based micro-multinational business Brandtone.ie, which uses mobile and Big Data to help some of the world’s largest brands, including Mondelēz, PepsiCo and Unilever, build sustainable relationships with consumers in emerging markets.Founded in 2010, Brandtone conducts data-driven marketing campaigns via mobile, driving and measuring superior engagement by ensuring that consumers receive a tangible benefit in return for taking part and sharing information. In the process, Brandtone has amassed a vast database of consumers across the world’s fastest-growing markets, which it can engage with on a regular basis.In his role as company CEO and founder, Donald has grown the business from one office in 2010 to a total of 10 offices worldwide today, backed by investment from Unilever Ventures, Syngenta Ventures and family investment company Verlinvest. Today, Brandtone’s clients span across a number of business sectors, from FMCG through to agriculture and financial services.Donald has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and investor in early stage companies focused on opportunities in fast-growth developing and emerging markets. His previous role was as Executive Chairman of Invitation, the global leader in solar powered mobile handsets, meeting the needs of power-challenged users.Prior to this, he was a Partner with ePlanet Capital, recognized as a pioneer of the global venture capital business model, and before joining the business world was Professor of Nanochemistry at University College Dublin.
Darren Grant is the founder and Managing Director of the multi-award winning Organic Supermarket.ie, Ireland's first 100% organic supermarket. Using e-commerce, the company offers an extensive home delivery service to customers nationwide. Before founding The Organic Supermarket, he was a senior manager at Dell.
Evan Gray is the founder and CEO of laundr.ie, an online laundry service that allows users to send their clothes away for washing and dry cleaning at the touch of a button. His start-up is now seeking a €1 million investment and expansion into other European cities. Evan previously worked in the EMEA finance department at Dell's Dublin office.
Bernie Kinsella is the CEO of WorldBOX.ie, an international shipping service that allows customers to quickly and conveniently send items all over the world. She is also the Managing Director of Irish courier service "Wheels", which was acquired by An Post in 2000 — which she bought back in 2008.
Mikey Cannon is Co Founder and Head of Product at Bizimply. Bizimply is the all-in-one employee management platform, designed specifically for hospitality and retail businesses. They help businesses to manage scheduling, attendance and day to day reporting across multiple locations in one easy to use solution. The company has recently raised over €2 million in funding and has more than 10,000 users in 11 countries. It counts Wagamama, Insomnia and Mothercare among its clients.
Niall O'Neill is the CEO of Samm.ie, a new online service that allows SME owners, particularly those who aren't digitally savvy, to build their own e-commerce-enabled websites in a few easy steps, to receive payments and promote their service across multiple channels cohesively and cost effectively.
Philip Martin is the CEO of Appliancesdelivered.ie, Ireland’s first online-only appliances retailer. AppliancesDelivered.ie pride themselves in taking the hassle out of buying appliances, with an easy-to-use website, same and next day delivery options, and guaranteed lowest prices. Philip was previously Commercial Director at the company.
Oisin Kim is Co Founder and CEO at Webdoctor.ie, an online tele-medicine service that allows patients to apply for a repeat prescription anywhere, at any time. WebDoctor has over 12,000 Irish patients and has raised over €1 million in funding. He was previously an innovation consultant for American retailer JCPenney.
Rikke is the Founder and CEO of Borrow my Doggy and has +15 years of experience working mainly in financial services and entrepreneurship. She was born in Denmark, has lived in the US, the UK and Latin America, and moved to London 10 years ago. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and is passionate about making a difference. She came up with the concept for BorrowMyDoggy on a beautiful summer day in 2012, where she borrowed a brown labrador called Aston.