APIBF Speakers – Growing China and Ireland Links

This year’s Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum is entitled Growing China and Ireland Links. The forum will be hosted in Shanghai on October 23rd with over 150 business leaders expected to attend. Speakers and guests include representative of the Government of Ireland with market experts and leaders in e-commerce, investment, innovation and branding.

The final programme is available here with some speakers bios listed below.

To register please email events@irishchamberchina.com with the following completed registration form.

Tickets are 300RMB and 150 for students, register ASAP to guarantee a place.

Speakers  –

Jen Loong  (China Brand Manager) TOMS

Jen Loong 龙晓灵is the China Brand Lead at TOMS, the pioneering lifestyle brand out of LA, where for every pair of shoes sold, TOMS will donate a pair to those in need. One for One. By day, Jen is a cultural bridge for western brands in China; by night, she is an avid promoter for global citizenship and women empowerment. At 27, Jen leads by example in how millennial can make a difference in communities around the world.   Campaign Asia most recently nodded her as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Asia,” crediting Jen for both her career and personal pursuits.


Christine Wang  (COO) Bysoft China

Christine oversees operations for Bysoft China including digital marketing and marketplace operations. She is an expert in digital marketing and content marketing platforms in China. Based in Shanghai, she has been COO at Bysoft China since early 2011. Prior to this, she was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte (China), and an executive at a few MNC’s. Christine can comment on China’s e-commerce sector in terms of development trends, growth outlook, and operations of major players (Tmall, JS, YHD, and others). Privately held, Bysoft China is a leading digital e-commerce agency that provides a full range of services for e-commerce merchants, brands and retailers: from e-commerce strategy consulting, setting up the platform as a standalone website or on major marketplaces in China, to digital marketing, social media, and daily operations.


Ted Hopkins  (Strategic Business Manager) Behr Paint

Ted Hopkins received his China focused International MBA (IMBA) from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. After graduating, Ted was hired by the Home Depot as part of the go-forward team tasked to determine the Home Depot’s future in China.  In 2013, Ted launched homedepot.tmall.com. 7 months after launch, the entire Home Depot China business was sold to Behr Process Corporation. Ted chose to remain in China as Behr China’s Strategic Business Manager, Ecommerce and Digital Marketing Lead.


Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups

Niamh Bushnell is Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups, a role created as a result of the Activating Dublin report spearheaded by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Council. The position has been funded privately through the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs. At the highest level, Niamh’s mission as Commissioner is to develop a voice, an image and a platform for Dublin as a great startup city, nationally and internationally. She will work in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin’s universities and Local Enterprise Offices to promote and maximise the potential of the city’s startup ecosystem. Niamh is the co-founder of IDIRUS, a purpose-built peer to peer networking and mentor matching platform. Niamh co-founded her first company, Pan Research, in Dublin in 1996.


Brendan O’ Connell Jennings

Brendan Jennings, General Manager for China International Exhibitions (CIE) a Member of Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, has worked for the group in Europe, Asia and Middle East for 35 years. Allworld is Asia’s largest private association of international trade show organisers, managers and consultants. Allworld and affiliate companies organise some 120 trade shows in 13 countries from the Middle East to Asia. Exhibition subjects cover a variety of industries from mining and infrastructure to industrial engineering; oil & gas to communications and broadcasting; food processing and packaging technology to food and wine. Currently the CIE calendar includes shows in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Mr Jennings has lived in Shanghai for 18 years. He started Allworld’s China business in 1993 based from London, moving to Shanghai with his family of three children in 1997. Mr. Jennings was 2003-2005 Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai.


Mark Tanner – CEO, China Skinny

Mark Tanner is the Founder and Managing Director of Shanghai-based marketing, research and digital agency China Skinny.  It is one of China’s best-known agencies, regularly quoted in media including Bloomberg and Reuters and publishing the most-read newsletter about marketing in China.  China Skinny’s clients include Colgate, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Tourism Malaysia, House of Fraser, Tom Tailor, ANZ and Westpac Banks, Fonterra, Sydney Airport and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Bringing perspective from working in China, Ireland and Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa, Mark is a regular China commentator and keynote speaker at events from Shanghai to Sydney, Hong Kong to Helsinki. On a personal front, Mark has a love for travel and adventure, which has seen him lead the world’s first paddle down the Nile River, hunt for ancient Viking treasure in Iceland and cycle across Canada mid-winter.


Dr. Cormac O’Muircheartaigh

Dr.Cormac O’Muircheartaigh is currently the Director of the Sports Medicine Lab. He completed his undergraduate medical training in University College Dublin (Ireland) (MB,Bch, BAO) in 1998 and pursued a postgraduate Masters in Physiology (M.Sc Physiology) in 2000. Obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) and a Fellowship of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland) in 2003. Successfully completed a Dip. Sports & Exercise (Great Britain & Ireland) in 2003 and subsequently a postgraduate diploma in Acupuncture from the Singapore Traditional Chinese Medicine College in 2006.Commenced with the Singapore Sports Council(SSC) in September 2004 and became Medical Director of the Singapore Sports Institute(SSI) in 2008. In this role he was responsible for the medical care of Team Singapore athletes and managed all aspects of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of elite athletes in Singapore and internationally. Dr. Cormac O’Muircheartaigh has worked with the SSC and subsequently the SSI for two Olympic cycles and has directly supported the Team Singapore athletes during this period. His new role with the Sports Medicine Lab provides unique tailored sports medicine diagnostic and interventional services to elite athletes, from developmental to senior level, both nationally and regionally.


Mark Graham

Mark Graham is a retired hurler. Managed by Brian Cody, he showed great promise at Under 12’s in St. Patrick’s National School, Kilkenny.  Alas, the sturdy full backs hurling career never developed to its full potential…. Mark changed his focus and now leads the international payroll and global mobility tax department at Taxback. The teams at Taxback provide a full suite of services to ensure compliance and reduce costs for companies who operate across borders. Mark has worked to develop cutting edge technology to deliver this market leading solution. He hasn’t hurled in over 20 years.


Brian Mullins  – Director of Sport at University College Dublin,

Brian has been in in his current position in Ireland since May 2000. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects across the sport and health sphere since taking up this post at UCD. In the last 3 years a significant element of the development of facilities at UCD has been the delivery and operation of a €52m infrastructure of sport and leisure – includes a 50m swimming pool, cinema, debating chamber, drama theatre as well as numberous additional gyms and exercise spaces for a wide variety of physical activity pursuits – at the campus which is generating a cash income in excess of €2.5m per annum. Recently the development of a Health Promoting University model has been undertaken by UCD and the Working Group to advance this project is chaired by Brian.

Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum 2015


The Irish Chamber of Commerce in China have announced details of the Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum (APIBF) 2015.

Supported by Fexco, Invest Northern Ireland, the Consulate General of Ireland in Shanghai and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, the APIBF is the leading annual business event for Irish professionals based in the Asian region. The forum plays an important role in supporting the promotion of Irish business interests in Asia and is a valuable access point to Ireland for businesses in the region.

This year’s forum is entitled The New Business Landscape in China.

The forum will be hosted in Shanghai on October 23rd with over 150 business leaders expected to attend.

Speakers and guests include a representative of the Government of Ireland, H.E. Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland to China, together with his colleagues based in the region, a number of high profile Irish sports personalities including Nicky English, Tadhg Kennelly and Micheal O Muircheartaigh and leading Irish business people in Asia Liam Casey CEO of PCH Intl. Patron of the APIBF.

“This is a great opportunity for the Irish across Asia to better understand the current business landscape in China. We are welcoming some fantastic speakers and delegates to make for an enlightening and entertaining day. The forum is a perfect opportunity to network amongst peers and leaders within the Chinese business community.” Jonathan Egan, Chairperson of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

More information email events@irishchamberchina.com

Registration details are also available on the Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum website – www.apibf.com