Sinead El Sibai

IBN Chairwoman

Sinead has lived in Dubai now for 30 years, and has worked in a senior Marketing role for Dubai Duty Free for the past 18.

She was on the IBN committee for 5 years 2011-2016), 2 of which serving as Vice-Chair.


Aidan Dempsey


A hotelier by profession, Aidan moved to Dubai over 2 years ago to work with Marriott International as Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai and more recently as General Manager at The Courtyard by Marriott & Marriott Executive Apartments Green Community.

Originally from Greystones, Co. Wicklow Aidan graduated from Shannon College of Hotel Management and has spent the past 15 years working and living in the US, UK and Ireland for top hotel companies such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, The Westbury Dublin, The Shelbourne Dublin and Marriott International.

Aidan lives in Dubai with his wife and 3 children. 

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Cormac Sheedy

IBN Vice Chairman

Cormac been living in the Gulf for the past 17 years, with his wife and two sons. He has over 25 years’ experience in Financial Services, having worked at Invesco, Fidelity and Royal Bank of Canada. He is currently head of MENA region for Irish Regtech firm Fenergo.

Cormac has been an active member of IBN since it was formed, and previously held the role of Treasurer.
He was first elected to the committee in September 2016.

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Niamh Keohan

IBN Secretary

Niamh has lived in the UAE for ten years, working in marketing and PR in the hospitality industry, with IHG, Anantara and Jumeirah.

Niamh worked in marketing with P&G in Dublin, after graduating with an honors degree in Business Studies with Marketing.

For the last year and a half, she has run the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector with the IBN

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Terry Kane

IBN Committee Member

Terry is a core member of senior executive team at Facebook. Originating from Belfast, educated in leading schools in Ireland, England, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, professionally trained in major organisations and currently working as the Chief Marketing Officer for Facebook Inc. Middle East and Africa region.

He has been in the Middle East region for the past 13 years and involved in various capacities with the Irish Business Network since its inception. Terry has been actively involved with the GAA in Dubai and is a Committee and Non-Executive board-member for multiple regional and international industry bodies.

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Fiona Cottam

IBN Committee Member

An Arklow native working in Dubai since 2009, Fiona is the Principal at Hartland School.

Fiona is an an advisor for University of Brmingham in Dubai, a regular speaker and panellist at local and international conferences and radio, also writing for local publications.


Conor Hyland

IBN Committee Member

Conor has been in the UAE for the past 7 years, working across multiple sectors. He has worked with, Microsoft Ireland, Enterprise Ireland helping small medium enterprise’s export to the Middle East and North Africa (the Irish Government), trained leadership teams on public speaking and worked with “the ENTERTAINER” delivering loyalty platforms for customers and employees across the GCC.
Conor currently works for LinkedIn in UAE helping top executives to transform their corporate branding & recruiting strategies on LinkedIn

Conor strives to be creative and collaborative on his path to success and has a keen interest in Emotional Intelligence, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness and Technology.

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Amanda Gavin

IBN Administrator & Events Lead

Amanda has been working with the IBN since 2013 and is responsible for organising the IBN events and administration. Amanda is the first point of contact for members via the IBN website and emails. If you are interested in joining the IBN, sponsoring an event or would like to get involved in some capasity please contact us on the IBN email. Amanda is also the CEO of her own Public Relations and Event Company here in Dubai called AMG Consulting.

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A History of IBN Committees

  • IBN Committee: October 2017 – October 2018

  • IBN Committee: October 2017 – October 2018

    From left to right: William Moroney (Vice Chairman), Paul Mallee (Committee Member), Arthur Timlin (Committee Member), Aideen Hopkins (Committee Member), Gerald Lawless (Chairman), Scott Ellis (Committee Member) and Cormac Sheedy (Treasurer)
  • IBN Committee – October 2015 – October 2016

  • IBN Committee – October 2014 – October 2015

  • IBN Committee – October 2013 – October 2014

    From left to right: Conor Lawler (Treasurer), Gerald Lawless (Committee Member), Mahdi Al Mazim (Dubai Chamber of Commerce), H.E. Ambassador Patrick Hennessy, Bernard Creed (Chairman), Patrick Mulligan (Committee Member), Sinead El Sibai (Vice-Chair), Lorraine Martensson (Secretary), Michael Nugent (Committee Member)