Speakers 2015


Registration from 8.15am


Conor Molloy – Authentic Energy – Event Chairman


Conor Molloy is an independent energy advisor, accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO

With an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. 

In recent times, he has trained ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing at the request of the UK Government’s Environment Agency, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

Since 2005, Conor’s day job has been helping business’ save fuel and manage their energy usage for profit and reduced emissions.


Minister Tom Hayes – Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine

Tom HayesOn the 5th June 2013, Tom Hayes was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Tom Hayes began his career in politics when he was elected to Tipperary South Riding County Council in 1991. In 1997 he became a member of Seanad Éireann and acted as the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture.

Tom was elected to represent Tipperary South Riding in Dáil Éireann in July 2001. Deputy Hayes was Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party from September 2002 to March 2010. He has served as the Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on the Environment, with Special Responsibility for Heritage and Rural Affairs, and was subsequently appointed Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food.

Tom is married to Marian and has three sons. He is a drystock farmer. As an avid GAA fan, he regularly attends Tipperary Hurling matches. Tom is a keen reader and he recently read The Governor by John Lonergan which he thoroughly enjoyed. He loves eating fish and his favourite is Lemon Sole.


David Hourihane – MD – SDCL Ireland (Investment advisor to Ireland Energy Efficiency Fund)

David Hourihane300dpiDavid heads up SDCL’s Ireland investments’ business, having opened the Dublin office in September 2013. SDCL was procured by the NTMA and Minister for Energy to run the Ireland Energy Efficiency Fund, following a competitive procurement process.  The €75 million Ireland Energy Efficiency Fund was established in March 2014 to structure, fund and deliver energy efficiency projects across the Irish public and private sector. The cornerstone investor in the fund is the Minister for Energy, who has committed €35 million to capitalise the Fund, along with leading private sector institutional and corporate investors such as London & Regional Properties, Glen Dimplex Group, and the Representative Church Body (Church of Ireland pension fund). One of the fund’s key sectoral focuses is the agri-food and beverage sector, where the fund is currently collaborating with a number of agri-food clients to deliver best in class fully-funded energy efficiency projects.  Prior to joining SDCL, David was recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost cleantech lawyers and, as a former partner in a number of top law firms, worked with leading clients in the energy, energy efficiency and cleantech sectors.


Dairygold – Dave Fitzgerald – Head of Sustainability

Dave FitzgeraldDave Fitzgerald heads the sustainability programme at Dairygold where he is responsible for development of group sustainability strategy, as well as driving and communicating sustainable business improvement. This includes responsibility for sustainability reporting and communications both internally and externally.

He has over 15 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector with extensive knowledge of production operations and technical development in brewing, distilling and dairy. He has previously led sustainability programmes in Europe and Africa delivering carbon emissions reduction, water and energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives.

Dave is also involved in regulatory and policy engagement at national and European level as chair of IBEC’s Water Working Group and a member of the European Dairy Association Sustainability Working Group.


Keelings – Wasim Haskiya – Energy Manager

Wasin 250Wasim Haskiya obtained his PhD in Robotics in the year 2000, and then worked as lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Also, worked in R & D of Micro/Nano-Robotics, Educational Modular Robots, and Nano Manufacturing include smart materials. In addition, Managed own IT company from 2006 to 2014.

In 2014 completed a MEng focused on energy, since then is employed in Keelings as Energy & Sustainability Engineer.

Achievement: Over 10 publications in journals, conferences and a book; 20% Energy reduction; Grants from SEAI, Enterprise Ireland, Horizon 2020 and energy credit;


Robin Lougee – IBM – Research Industry Lead – Consumer Products, Agriculture & Business Solutions

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Robin Lougee is the IBM Research Lead for Consumer Products & Agriculture.  She is an industrial research scientist with a strong track record of delivering innovation to IBM and its customers. Robin pioneered the creation of COIN-OR, an open-source foundry for computational operations research, and led its growth to an independent non-profit that has served the scientific and business community for over 10 years.  Robin serves on the Advisory Committee for the World Agritech Investment Summit and chairs the 2016 Syngenta Crop Challenge Award in Analytics prize committee.She was elected to the Board of INFORMS, the largest society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research, management science and analytics, Chair of the INFORMS Computing Society, and President of the Fora of Women in ORMS. She is an Associate Editor of Operations Researchand of Surveys in Operations Research.Robin earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University in 1993.


Diageo Ireland – Conor Browne – Head of Capital Strategy Global Beer

cbrowneConor Browne is senior Leader in the beverage industry with over 20 years’ experience. He has operated both at a European and Global level across a range of leadership roles. In recent years he has lead key programs in the area of Energy Management, both at an Operational and Capital Investment level.
Has a strong track record in alignment and delivering leading edge business strategies in the areas of  Engineering, Operational and Change management programmes.
Specialising in Project / Programme Management, Capital Engineering Investment Strategy and Management including Energy Management. He is also experience also in R&D Technology Development, Marketing Innovation and Brand Change.


Bord Bia – Padraig Brennan – Senior Business Analyst – Origin Green

padraigbrennanPadraig Brennan holds the position of Manager, Sustainability Development in Bord Bia.

Over recent years Padraig has led a number of Bord Bia research programmes examining Sustainability and its implications for the Irish food and drink industry. He has been part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme, which aims to demonstrate the commitment of the Irish food and drink industry at both farm and manufacturing level to producing in a sustainable manner and highlight the targets being set by the industry to deliver further improvements over time.

Padraig is from a farming background in Kilkenny and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Western Australia.


Aoife Gillen – Foyle Food Group – Environmental Coordinator

aoife gillenI co-ordinate all aspects of the Group’s environmental systems including; Carbon footprinting, IPPC licenses, sustainability performance, energy management projects etc. I am the nominated person responsible for Bord Bias Origin Green Charter. This involved writing up and submitting a comprehensive sustainability plan for the group and individual sites.
I conduct monthly site environmental audits.
One of my targets was zero waste to landfill by 2015 which involved waste mapping and redirection according to the waste hierarchy.
On a weekly basis I generate a detailed energy KPI for each site within the group to create awareness and encourage efficiency around electricity, water, gas, oil and waste.
I utilise both SiCa and ResourceKraft software for live energy monitoring and reporting.
Monthly projects are designed by myself for each site to improve our environmental performance and general sustainability. Examples of these projects include consumable reduction, supplier mapping and refrigeration efficiency regimes.
I have been directly involved in waste permitting more recently in the use of our Anaerobic digestor plant at Foyle Proteins.


Barry O’Donovan – ABP Food Group – Environment & Sustainability Officer

Barry O'DonovanI have worked for ABP Food Group for two years where I have been directly involved in all aspects of the company’s environmental and sustainability objectives.

This work has helped the Group achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, water usage, energy consumption and waste generation. As a result, I have dealt with:

– Carbon Trust, with four separate standards
– Community of Practice in water management
– European Water Partnership
– Federation House Commitment
– Green Business Ireland, through whom I have spoken at the Green Business Seminars
– National Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland
– National Standards Authority of Ireland in implementing ISO 50001
– Origin Green


Dr. John Ryan – Certification Europe – Director of Services

John RyanAs an expert and advisor in the area of energy/carbon management, John has delivered seminars, workshops and training courses internationally on sustainable energy management (ISO 50001); is co-author of energy management systems – an Implementation Guide & an Audit Guide and of “Energy Managment, Practices and Principles” a MEUC and British Gas publication.

With a background in science, John has been involved in arena of business risk management system design, implementation, maintenance and audit for the past 15 years. This has included the standards in the following areas:

  • Energy Management (IS 393; EN 16001, ISO 50001)
  • Environmental Management (ISO 14001; BS 8901; LCA; Eco-design; Due Diligence)
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001)
  • Corporate Governance (SWiFT 3000)


Tomás Cooper – Island Seafood – Engineer at BIM

Tomas Cooper1YgIsland Seafoods Ltd was established in 1986. It is a proudly Irish family owned and run business with a truly hands-on approach. Located in the popular fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal, its fish is fully traceable from net to fork. Their premium healthy catch ranges from mackerel, herring, horse mackerel, salmon, trout, sprat and blue whiting. Since its inception sustainability has been at the core of the business and this can be seen by the numerous projects undertaken over the years. As recognition for their exceptional work, Island Seafoods were crowned Green Business of the Year for 2015.

Tomás Cooper works on the BIM Green Seafood programme and will outline how Island Seafoods became Green Business of the year for 2015.


Richard Alexander – Calor Ireland – Industrial Manager

richardalexanderRichard Alexander is the Industrial & Commercial Sales Manager for Calor Gas and has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector in both sales and technical roles. He is a qualified mechanical engineer (Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), First Class) and an alumni of the globally renowned International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. Richard has travelled extensively with SHV Energy, and in doing so has gained knowledge in a wide range of industries so that he can deliver tailored energy solutions to Irish businesses who are off the natural gas grid. Richard heads up a team who focus on providing high efficiency and cleaner energy solutions to the Irish food production sector and illustrates how this has had a direct impact on their bottom line, and also reducing their carbon footprint.  He currently represents Calor Gas on the Sustainable Energy Authority for Ireland (SEAI) Governance Committee that aims to achieve energy savings in line with the agreed 2020 EU targets.


Brian O’Kennedy – Chairman – Carbon Disclosure Programme

Brian O'KennedtBrian O’Kennedy is Managing Director of Clearstream Solutions. He has over 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management and procurement particularly in the areas of IT, Media, Print & Packaging. Prior to setting up Clearstream, Brian previously worked for 10 years as Global Vice President at Arvato, a subsidiary of the global media group, Bertelsmann, providing global supply chain solutions to the world’s leading IT, Telco, media and publishing companies. Clearstream Solutions, the company Brian founded in 2009, is Ireland’s leading independent sustainability supply chain consultancy. Clearstream helps its clients to measure and report their sustainability performance and that of their products and supply chains. Current global clients include Microsoft, Symantec, Honeywell, Verego, Arvato, Teleplan and Vodafone as well as leading Irish organisations such as Croke Park, Butlers Chocolates, AIB, United Drug and Paddy Power.

Clearstream has been recognised for its achievements having been presented with a number of industry Green Awards and it is currently the Irish partner of the global best practice CDP global carbon reporting project. Brian is also a member of Steering Committee for the global Responsible Sourcing standard, Verego SRS. He is currently working with a number of leading global multinationals on the topical issues of Responsible and Impact Sourcing.



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