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  • Facebook’s Niall McEntegart, EMEA DataCentre Site Operations Director to deliver Keynote address on the 20 November
  • Delivering the keynote address on the 21 November Minister Pat Breen

Colin Wallace is the VP Sales for Submarine, ICP and IXP EMEA for Ciena. Colin has been working in the Submarine Industry since 2010 when Ciena entered this market. Previous to this role, Colin worked as the Systems Engineering Director for Global Submarine Systems and has also held the position of PLM for EMEA. Prior to joining Ciena in July 2005, Colin held senior roles at Corning including, Systems Engineering Manager, Business Development Manager and Service Development Manager.

Colin holds a BSc in Physics; an MSc in Optical Electronics and a PhD in Fibre Optics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

James joined Suir Engineering ten years ago as its high voltage, HV manager following overseas work in the UK, Netherlands, Canada and Qatar. James is an accomplished professional in project design, execution and delivery with many years of project management experience in the power industry. In his current role James has overall responsibility for successful completion of projects to client satisfaction; the co-ordination of the specialist disciplines; ensuring specification is adhered to and responsibility for safety and quality control of the overall project.

John Dallas is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Projects & Infrastructure and Energy & Natural Resources groups. He has extensive experience advising sponsors, lenders and developers on the financing and construction of large scale infrastructure and energy projects, including data centres. John is a recognised expert in the energy sector and has advised in relation to the energy aspects of data centre development including on energy regulatory matters, grid connections and electricity supply arrangements.

Jason is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Environmental & Planning group. He previously worked as an environmental consultant and, as a result, has over 18 years’ experience in the field. Jason advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious environmental, planning and health & safety work. In particular, he has specialist experience advising in relation to the development, operation and funding of infrastructure and energy projects, including data centres. Jason also advises on environmental and regulatory risk in M&A, capital markets, lending and commercial property transactions, compliance with EU environmental and regulatory requirements and environmental disputes.

Russ McKay is a global solutions architect working in the IBM Watson IoT division. He works in automated data collection, advanced analytics and product & asset life-cycle management. He is an advocate and practitioner of BIM, BMS, predictive analytics and IoT integration.

His responsibilities include the analysis, design and development of solutions for the industrial sector. Russ works across all industries, including aerospace and defence, automotive, FM and construction, and throughout the whole product life-cycle, from concept through design, manufacture, in-service and into product retirement.

Russ has been working at IBM for 21 years – he has a background in industry, having spent 17 years working in the Aerospace Industry in a variety of roles, including data acquisition and measurement engineering, electronics and instrumentation, manufacturing engineering and electronic product definition.

Recently he has focused on business development – analysis of existing processes, defining new processes, and demonstrating the new processes and technology.

Specialties: Russ has spent most of his career working in high technology – both in hardware and software. He has worked with a number of customers to help them apply new technology (for example, RFID, pervasive devices, telematics, building information modelling, BMS .) to enhance their own businesses processes.

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