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Briga is Programme Director for the Masters in International Entrepreneurship Management. Briga's teaching extends the area of entrepreneurship and small business development to include Enterprise Development, Business Consulting, Managing International Business Growth and Internationalising Small Firms. Building on her industry experience of advising small firms in business planning and market development she continues to work with and contribute to the development of small firms in the region and works with a range of national development agencies and community groups to this end. Briga has successfully secured a number of EU research grants; the most recent is for an assessment of the usage and application of ICT in female owner-managed firms.

She was appointed to become a member of the Management Development Council of Ireland (Forfas) which was established to advise Government on the adequacy and relevance of management development provision in Ireland for the SME sector.

Stephen is a highly experienced consultant and mentor with Enterprise Ireland. He was formerly CEO, of Vodafone, Cable & Wireless and Digicel and previously CCO at O2 and Orange France. While working with Eircell he oversaw the sale of the company to Vodafone a deal worth €3.5 billion at the time. His roles have focused on sales and customer service within B2C and B2B in the technology, digital, communications, retail, business services and distribution sectors. Additionally he has planned and delivered major infrastructure projects in the UK, France, Ireland and the West Indies. A true entrepreneur prior to his roles as CEO, he secured the UK distribution rights for Apple Computer later selling the business to become Apple Computer UK where he served on the Board.

Bryan’s record of entrepreneurship, executive management, international business and value creation is proven over many years. He established Bibio Consultants Ltd in 2012. Bibio works with Ambitious technology-oriented businesses targeting exponential growth, third-level institutes commercializing academic invention and innovation and companies/senior executives seeking strategic advice to innovate and manage change. Previously Bryan was Director of Mobile Services at Roamware Inc. following its 2009 acquisition of Macalla Software Ltd where he was Executive Director and co-founder. Prior to that he was Director of Business Development with Quay Financial Software, acquired by Japan’s CSK Corporation.

Bryan’s non-executive positions include chairman at risk management software company Ci3 for several years through to its acquisition by Wolters Kluwer. His memberships include the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab, Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups Mentoring for Scale, Enterprise Ireland Business Partners Program, HBAN/Halo Network, Irish Management Institute, Institute of Directors and Trinity Business Alumni. Bryan holds a growing portfolio of shareholdings in high growth software/ICT companies. He was shortlisted in the EY ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ program in 2001.

Susan is chairman of the Ireland China Business Association, a membership organisation set up in 2000 with the main aim of promoting greater economic ties between Ireland and China. The association works closely with the Chinese Embassy to promote stronger trade links and with the Irish and Chinese state bodies in meeting a significant number of trade groups from China. Susan is also CEO of Select Ireland, which offers a one stop solution for business development, sales, marketing, destination, education and event management needs with a focus on Business Tourism, Education, the Equestrian industry and the Immigrant Investor programme.

Donald is the founder and CEO of Dublin-based micro-multinational business Brandtone, which uses mobile and Big Data to help some of the world’s largest brands, including Mondelēz, PepsiCo and Unilever, build sustainable relationships with consumers in emerging markets. Founded in 2010, Brandtone conducts data-driven marketing campaigns via mobile, driving and measuring superior engagement by ensuring that consumers receive a tangible benefit in return for taking part and sharing information. In the process, Brandtone has amassed a vast database of consumers across the world’s fastest-growing markets, which it can engage with on a regular basis.

In his role as company CEO and founder, Donald has grown the business from one office in 2010 to a total of 10 offices worldwide today, backed by investment from Unilever Ventures, Syngenta Ventures and family investment company Verlinvest. Today, Brandtone’s clients span across a number of business sectors, from FMCG through to agriculture and financial services.