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Sam Knox is a Business Development Executive in the Strategy Team at Invest Northern Ireland. He is an Energy Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the sector and has delivered new business opportunities in the technology areas of energy efficiency, bio-energy, offshore wind, water and waste water. He is presently responsible for the development of opportunities associated with smart grid including energy storage and the provision of power to data centres.

Valerie Walsh is the Vice President of Asset Management for Digital Realty in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Ms Walsh joined Digital Realty as one of the first employees in Europe, through an acquisition in 2006. As Head of Asset Management, Valerie has responsibility for the financial performance of the portfolio of thirty-five properties in EMEA, ensuring the Company maintains continued growth, through successful new signings, on-going control of expenses and retaining our required returns on capital invested in the region.
Over the course of her 10+ years’ experience with Digital Realty, she has been actively involved in financial management of each property from inception to full occupancy which included the development of sixteen new data centres, ten ground up new developments and six redeveloped properties and the integration of large acquired portfolios (Sentrum in 2012 and Cheetah in 2016).
Valerie forms an integral part of the Leadership team in EMEA today. Prior to Digital Realty, Valerie worked in Project Management roles in the IT Industry; she holds a B.A Hons and Master’s degree in business and a post grad in Finance (ACCA).

Barry Shambrook has been involved in the data center industry for over 25 years and holds both the BICSI RCDD credential and the ISEB Intermediate Certificate in EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

Originally a HVAC engineer, Barry has worked on prestigious projects for contractors and consultants including hospitals, hotels, high-rise offices and data centers.

From the mid-1980s he took a wider role in design and project management of all MEP systems for Tucker Associates – which later became Tuckers Consultancy.

In 1998 Barry was appointed a director of Tuckers Consultancy Ltd and took over as managing director and owner in 2000.

Having taken a keen interest in the integration of IT with other facilities technology in buildings, and presenting on this subject to the annual conferences of BICSi Europe and BIFM, he is now principle of the Data Center and Information Transport System divison – TCL Data.

Barry’s ideas have been applied to practical designs on data centers and other recent high specification projects such as airports and football stadia, where he has been the design team leader for the facilities technology – which includes power supplies, environmental control, information transport, safety and security systems.

He was recently appointed as chair of the BICSi UK steering committee with a mandate to expand the membership base and promote IP integration.

Barry has been an instructor for DCProfessional Development since 2010 and has provided input to the Data Center Design Awareness, Energy Efficiency and Data Center Cooling Professional course materials and exercises.

As Director of EMEA Sales, James Stuart is responsible for sales development and growth and business partner liaison across the EMEA region.

With over ten years experience of Data Centre and Enterprise Software experience, having begun his Data Centre career with Avocent in 2007, James has since held a range of Sales and Development positions for companies including Avocent, Emerson Network Power, Aperture, Server Technology and Trackit Solutions.

James has a BSc in Business Economics from Kingston University, London.

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