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Pádraic Gilligan

Managing Partner at SoolNua

Pádraic Gilligan is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a specialist agency working with destinations, hotels and venues on strategy, marketing and training for the events industry. He holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate qualification in Marketing from Boston College. He blogs at

Ruud Janssen

Founder of | co-founder Event Design Collective

Ruud is an international speaker, facilitator and designer of high stakes conferences & events. He is the founder of TNOC | The New Objective Collective and co-founder of Event Model Generation. He helps organisations innovate by thinking differently based on functional, social and technological advancements using business and event model innovation.

Michael Shapiro

Senior Editor of Meetings & Conventions Magazine (Northstar Meetings Group)

Michael has covered the transformative effects of technology on meetings and travel for 10-plus years at M&C. Previously, he was a founding editor of a pioneering digital-photography magazine, and has written for two decades about tech, travel, business, cameras and culture for a plethora of publications.

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