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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Fiona Cottam

IBN Secretary

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.


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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Brendan McKittrick

IBN Committee Member

Brendan is the CEO and Founder Aeroband Limited. He brings 30 years of digital technology experience working at C-level in companies ranging from billion-dollar to high tech startups.

Brendan first worked in the Middle East in 1994 and spent many years in Saudi Arabia, Oman and now Dubai.


Roisin White Barrett

IBN Committee Member

Roisin is the Market Advisor MENA at Enterprise Ireland.

She has been in Dubai for the last 5 years working with Enterprise Ireland and supporting our Irish companies in the Consumer Retail and Clean Technology industries across the Gulf.

During this time, Roisin worked closely with the IBN through sector events and trade missions and have seen first-hand the benefits of such a network.


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)