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Robin Steinbrecher is a former Intel principal engineer with more than thirty years of experience at Intel and IBM in computer thermal design, silicon power and thermal management, and data center cooling integration.  He has designed and developed cooling systems for air- and liquid-cooling IT equipment while ensuring industry readiness for future compute technologies.

He is the past chair and research chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9, and has co-authored many of the ASHRAE Datacom series of publications including ‘Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments’, ‘Power Trends and Cooling Applications’ and ‘IT Equipment Design Impact on Data Center Solutions’.

LINX is a world leading Internet Exchange Point (IXP), running multiple exchanges across the UK and North America. We have over 20Tb of connected capacity, over 800 members across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America and we see over 75% of the global Internet prefixes at LINX.

I have been with LINX for the last 3 years, heading up technology and engineering. Working to deliver world class peering platforms, supporting an ever-increasing volume of Internet traffic, regional peering initiatives and driving through a full end to end network automation platform that works with both, fully integrated network solutions as well as network disaggregated solutions. Previously I have held various technology centric positions within the telecoms and financial services industries, including Colt Technology Services and Bloomberg.

John is a well known figure in EU data centre circles, primarily for his role as reviewer for the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) (EUCOC) programme and his work with the Certified Energy Efficiency Data Centre Award which assesses data centres to a subset of the EUCOC best practices.

He is also the chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Energy Efficiency & Sustainability steering group, shaping the DCA’s policy on these topics as well as providing support to the DCA in other steering groups and the Alliance’s wider activities.

He is the V Chair of the BCS Green IT and the Treasurer of the Data Centre specialist groups.

He also represents the BCS on the BSI IST/46 Sustainability, for and by, ICT which works on the Data Centre KPI’s, and for the DCA and Carbon3IT Ltd on the TCT7/3 committee that works upon the EN50600 Data Centres Design and Build Standards.

He runs his own Green IT consultancy, providing support to organisations that are preparing to adopt various data centre standards including the more general standards such as Quality, Environment, Business Continuity, Information Security, and Energy Management.

John is a lead auditor for ISO50001 and is a ESOS registered Assessor.

Fran McFadden is the Commercial Connections Manager with Gas Networks Ireland and is responsible for the connection of all industrial and commercial customers to the natural gas network nationwide.  Fran’s team is focused on growing the number of commercial customers on the Gas Networks Ireland natural gas network and driving existing natural gas customers towards more efficient and more environmentally-friendly use of energy in their business.  Fran has worked in Gas Networks Ireland for over ten years and prior to this held various sales management positions in the telecommunications sector.

Minister Breen was appointed Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection on 20th June, 2017 having previously served as Minister for Employment and Small Business since the 19th May 2016.

The Minister was first elected to Dail Eireann in 2002 and he has successfully retained his seat in each subsequent Election, in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

In the last Dail, Minister Breen served as Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade from 22nd June 2011 to 3rd February 2016.

The Minister has also served as Chairman of the Dail Sub-Committee on Overseas development 2010-2011.

Prior to his Party being in Government, Minister Breen served in various portfolios for Fine Gael and was his Party’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs with responsibility for human rights and overseas development from 2007 to 2011.

Minister Breen was a member of the Council of Europe from 24th January 2005 to 24th January 2011 and Deputy Leader of the Irish Delegation.  He was a member of key committees including monitor the obligations and commitments of members states, developing economic affairs and overseeing relations with non-member countries. Minister Breen was appointed Rapporteur by the Council of Europe on a report entitled “The European civil aviation industry confronted with the global financial and economic crisis”, which undertook an in-depth analysis of the effects that the global financial crisis had on the European Civil Aviation Industry.

Prior to Minister Breen’s election to Dail Eireann, he was a member of Clare County Council and the Vocational Educational Committee from June 1999 to 2002.

Linda is a Data Protection specialist and employment lawyer heading up the Employment Law & Data Protection team in Leman Solicitors. Linda is an ambassador for the GDPR Awareness Coalition. Linda advises on all data protection and employment law matters. Linda trained with Landwell Solicitors (correspondent law firm to PwC) in Dublin. Linda then worked in-house for several years with Coca-Cola, where she advised on all employment law and data protection matters, compensation and benefit matters and dispute resolution. Linda advises on all aspects of data protection compliance with a particular focus on policies, data access requests, retention periods, managing data breaches and getting ready for GDPR. Linda is currently busy assisting clients with GDPR readiness audits and implementation plans.