• Registration to DataCentre Ireland 2019 is now open 19 - 20 November

Simon MacAllister is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services team at EY, and is the Brexit Lead for EY in Ireland. He leads the Valuation, Modelling & Economics team in Ireland, which is a team of 35 professionals providing advisory services to clients across all sectors. He has been with the firm since 2002 and has also worked in London and on a number of client secondments.

Graeme McWilliams, COO, Echelon Data Centres, is a project manager with over 20 years experience delivering complex business and technical projects on behalf of organisations such as First Data, Bank of Ireland, AIB Merchant Services, AIG and Aviva.

Graeme holds an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD and a Masters of Business Studies degree from the UCD graduate school of business.

Dr. David Connolly is CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association, representing over 100 different organisations. IWEA works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of Irish wind and renewable energy, and to ensure that Irish wind energy continues to provide clean, cost effective electricity to communities, businesses, factories and homes across Ireland. Previously, David served as Head of Policy in IWEA from May 2017 to March 2018, where he developed policies that promoted wind energy in Ireland, engaged with external stakeholders, managed IWEA’s policy committees, and represented the wind industry’s views at events. His responsibilities at the time related to electricity markets, electricity networks, wind farm planning, and strategic energy policy. Before that, David was an Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen where his research focused on the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems for electricity, heat, and transport. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 2007 and completed a PhD in energy modelling in 2011, both at the University of Limerick. More information is available on his website:

Paul has spent more than 30 years managing and growing business in the telecoms and data centre sector. He was sales director for two FTSE 100 companies, COLT and THUS and spent time as Director of Corporate Broking for ABN AMRO Hoare Govett in their technology client practice. Most recently Paul has led the sales effort for Geo (now Zayo), Vtesse (now Interoute) and datacentre giant, Global Switch where he was responsible for the sales and customer management of their 1 million square foot, 75MVA datacentre campus in Central London. Paul has been aware of the Northern Ireland development for several years and joined 5NINES to be part of this exciting opportunity in July 2016.

Since joining 5NINES, Paul is working to oversee the construction and development of Northern Irelands datacentre, development of the product portfolio, driving the sales and marketing activity and has responsibility for the successful operation of the data centre.

5NINES is a leading independent global co-location data centre operator and developer. Co-location services are available from our network of owned and operated data centres across the globe. We are now building Northern Ireland’s first ever enterprise grade, carrier neutral, colocation data centre, which will be operational during Q1 2018.

Dr Bashroush is the Director of the Enterprise Computing research group ( at the University of East London. Before joining UEL, he spent 10 years at the Queen’s University Belfast in various roles. He held visiting scientist positions at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Philips Research Labs (Netherlands), and Danfoss Power Electronics (Denmark). In 2016, he was appointed as the coordinator of the EU Commission DG CONNECT Smart Cities Research Cluster ( on Energy Efficiency in Data Centers. He serves on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centers; the BSI TCT/7/3 Telecommunications; Installation requirements: Facilities and infrastructures – CEN/CENELEC TC215; and the BSI ST/46 ISO SC 39 Sustainability For and By IT standardisation committees. He served on the EU Commission Expert Working Group for Best Environmental Practice in the Telecommunication and ICT services sector and the EU Consultation Forum for the EcoDesign legislation for energy efficient Servers.



David established Bitpower in 2017 in response to the increasing demand for independent advice on power options for data centres. His background in energy technology research and sustainability with Irish and EU policymakers provides a unique position from which to advise data operators. David has supported Host In Ireland on their Advisory Council for since January 2016, and is currently preparing a report on the sustainability of the Irish data hosting industry for Host In Ireland with the support of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. David is a mechanical engineer with 20 years experience across various industries and has represented Ireland at the EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 energy research programme, as well as being a leader in the development of Irish energy research and energy efficiency policies. He understands the Irish energy landscape and is keen to help address the energy challenges posed by Ireland’s increasing digital success.

With over 20 years’ experience of working across the telecoms, data centre, managed services and cloud sector across Europe, Gary Watson was appointed as the GM in 2016 for Keppel Data Centre REIT in Ireland. Keppel DC REIT is the first data centre real estate investment trust (DC REIT) to be listed in Asia with facilities spanning across APAC and Europe.

Watson’s flourishing career began in the early-nineties and joined TeleCity during the early start-up phase in 1998. Having spent a number of years rolling out new facilities across Europe, he then moved to Ireland to establish and run the Irish business.

After the merger between Telecity, Redbus and Globix UK, he was appointed as Senior Operations Manager in 2006, based in London UK. Watson led and managed seven key data centres and the integration of the three newly merged businesses before moving to Sungard Availability Services as the Country Manager for Ireland. Here, Watson focused on the growth and strategic direction of the Irish unit whilst also being a key member of the European Leadership Team. He was also appointed as the European Director of Consulting, leading a large consulting team across Europe delivering Business Continuity, IT/DC transformation and Security engagements to the enterprise.

This experience has led to Watson becoming an expert, well-regarded stakeholder and influencer in the Cloud and DC marketplace today.

Garry is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. He was the winner of the Think Global Forum 2017 Community award. A sought-after speaker, panellist, and moderator at industry events, Garry appears in conferences throughout the U.S, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dublin, London, Monaco and Costa Rica.

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