Cork at a Crossroads, Monday 25th May 2015.

In conjunction with it@cork, CIX is organising a breakfast meeting to discuss the opportunities for Cork, should it exploit its natural geographic advantage as a global IP transit switching centre. The venue is the Vertigo Restaurant on the 17th floor of the County Hall. Registration will commense at 7:30am and a full Irish breakfast will be served until 8:10am. All guests are requested to be seated by 8:15am. The event will be over by 10:00am.

Time Speaker Synopsis
8:15am to 8:20am Ronan Murphy
Ronan Murphy

Chairman it@cork

Chairman it@cork - Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy is Chairman of it@cork.

Ronan will welcome everyone and set the tone and agenda for the morning.

8:20am to 8:40am Minister Dara Murphy TD
Minister Dara Murphy TD

Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection - Dara Murphy

Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection

Dara Murphy is Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection at the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Justice and Equality. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Dáil Committee on European Union Affairs and as a Member of the Dáil Committee on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform. He also served as Chairman of the Fine Gael Committee on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Minister Murphy will outline the key significance for the region, and for Ireland as a whole, of improved connectivity to mainland Europe, the UK, the USA and potentially directly to Asia.

8:40am to 9:00am Bjarni Thorvardarson
Bjarni Thorvardarson

Hibernia Networks Inc. - CEO - Bjarni Thorvardarson

Mr. Bjarni Thorvardarson is the CEO of Hibernia Networks since January 2005. Mr. Thorvardarson joined CVC, Hibernia’s parent company, in 2002 from ISB bank where he launched and managed the publicly traded Talenta-Technology fund which focused on emerging communication and IT opportunities. Prior work experience includes investment banking at FBA bank, management of an MIS department and European Sales Director for Traffic Software. Mr. Thorvardarson holds an M.Sc. degree in Engineering from UW-Madison, an MBA from ISG in Paris and an M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School. Mr. Thorvardarson has also served on the board of various private and public portfolio companies of his fund and that of CVC, serving as Chairman of the publicly traded Vodafone Iceland.

Mr. Thorvardarson will outline the current staus of the Hibernia-Express project connecting Cork to New York and Cork to London. This project is scheduled to go on-net in September 2015.

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9:00am to 9:15pm Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham

Arctic Fibre
Arctic Fibre Inc. - Chief Executive Officer - Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham is Chief Executive Officer of Arctic Fibre, a company developing a subsea telecommunications network between Japan and the United Kingdom with spurs into 14 Arctic communities and into Cork, Ireland. The project is driven by the demand for high speed Internet in Alaska and Canada, and transoceanic capacity between Europe and Asia.

Previously, Mike served as Vice President of Windward Telecom, a wholesale voice and data carrier operating in the Caribbean and founded Speak Telecom, a Toronto-based telecommunications carrier that was acquired in 2008. Prior to 2004, he worked in the investment industry as a Research Analyst at Northern Rivers Capital Management. He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Finance degree from Queens University, and holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Mike Cunningham will describe Arctic Fibre’s progress in developing the project and how the network will enable connectivity between Cork and international markets.

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9:15am to 9:30am Doug Cunningham
Doug Cunningham

Ireland France Subsea Cable

Ireland-France Subsea Cable Limited - Chief Executive Officer - Doug Cunningham

Doug Cunningham is a serial telecommunications entrepreneur and is the founder of Arctic Fibre. Since 1998 he has served as President of Network Research Inc. which has provided advisory services to technology, media, telecommunications and energy utility sectors in more than a dozen countries. He has financed or managed seven telecommunications startups in Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

Prior to 1998 Doug Cunningham served as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of a number of leading investment dealers in Canada and was consistently a top-ranked analyst in the telecommunications and regulated sector between 1982 and 1993. He holds both HBA and MBA degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto.

Doug Cunningham will outline Ireland-France Subsea Cable's timetable to construct a direct subsea link between Cork and Lannion France which will obviate the need for signals to cross the United Kingdom to reach the continent and cables which connect Marseille France to the Middle East.

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9:30am to 9:50am Garry Connolly
Garry Connolly

Host In Ireland

Host In Ireland - President and Founder - Garry Connolly

Garry Connolly has over 20 years of both entrepreneurial and executive experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies to achieve global success. Garry currently serves as President and Founder of Host in Ireland, where he oversees the direction and promotion of the industry-led and sponsored initiative to further promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. He is also responsible for the recruitment and support of the initiative’s sponsors and partners.

Garry Connolly will explain how Host in Ireland is sustained by the “5 Ps” – Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power. Representing the most important aspects of digital asset hosting, Ireland’s integration of these five key elements provides a structured foundation for companies of all sizes and markets. With an understanding of how to meet needs across the board, Ireland has the ability to offer companies’ the support they need when hosting their digital assets in the EMEA region.

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