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Jack Bobo
Plenary Speaker

Jack Bobo is the Director of the University of Nottingham’s Food Systems Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Jack served as the Director of Global Food and Water Policy…

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Tara McCarthy

Tara McCarthy joined Alltech in 2022. She was previously Chief Executive of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and Chief Executive for Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development…

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Jim Bergin

Jim Bergin is chief executive of Tirlán, a food and nutrition business, with 11 processing facilities, more than 2,300 employees, over 11,000 members and sales revenue of over €3…

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Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan completed a PhD in Protein Chemistry at University College Cork. Following time as a research fellow at UCC and Cornell University, she was employed by Kerry Ingredients.…

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Bill Callanan

Bill Callanan is Chief Inspector at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).  He is responsible for the provision of advice on the practice of Agriculture and…

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Jeroen Dijkman

Dr. Jeroen Dijkman is the founding head of the Nestlé Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Nestlé Research. The Institute aims to translate agricultural science into concrete applications and to…

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Margaret Berry

Margaret Berry joined Kepak Group as Head of Sustainability in 2022. Kepak has 15 manufacturing plants in Ireland and the UK. The company has over 5,000 employees and a…

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William Minchin

William Minchin was appointed the CEO of the Agricultural Trust in 2023. The company is based in the Farm Centre and responsible for the Irish Farmers’ Journal, Irish Country…

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Gillian O’Sullivan

After graduating as a veterinary surgeon from UCD in 2007, Gillian worked in practice for a number of years before changing to dairy farming with her husband Neil. Sustainable,…

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Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Acorn Merchant Group. The Acorn brand represents a group of long established, independently owned, agri-business merchants. The group was set…

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Stan Lalor

Stan Lalor became Director of Knowledge Transfer with Teagasc in late 2020. This role includes being responsible for the Advisory and Education activities and programmes in Teagasc. He is…

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Minister Charlie McConalogue

Minister McConalogue was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on 2 September 2020. From farming background in Gleneely, Co Donegal, he was educated at Carndonagh Community School…

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Damien O’Reilly
Conference MC

Damien O’Reilly is the ICOS EU Affairs and Communications manager, based in Brussels. This year ICOS is celebrating 50 years operating at the heart of the EU having opened…

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Conference Partner

We would like to thank our Conference Partner, FBD Insurance, and our many other sponsors, without whom it would not be possible to organise this event as well as our Banquet Sponsor, Bord Bia and our main session sponsors, Tirlán, MSD and Alltech.

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