Speakers for EWB-Annual Conference

 Session 1: Smart Shelter Lecture in Conference Room

3:00pm – 5:00pm


Martijn Schildkamp, Founder & Executive Director of Smart Shelter

Understanding the Seismic Behaviour of Non-Engineered Building Techniques for Nepal.

 5:00pm – 6:00pm Break
 6:00pm – 6:30pm  Conference Registration and Networking
 Session 2: Main Conference in Lecture Theatre
 6:30pm – 6:45pm


John Byrne, Managing Director of Byrne Looby

Elaine Doyle, Head of Overseas Placements, EWB-Ireland

 6:45pm – 7:30pm  Martin Schildkamp, Founder & Executive Director of   Smart Shelter

Martijn is an architect and engineer who specialises in building with alternative materials and methods, particularly low-tech earthquake resistant principles. Martijn will speak about his experience of having researched, designed and built numerous projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Indonesia. Martijn is a former finalist for the largest design award in the world; Index Award.

 7:30pm – 8:00pm  Dominic McSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide

During his 30 years of experience with Concern Worldwide Dominic has led or helped lead Concern’s responses to the world’s most devastating humanitarian emergencies and crises in countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.

 8:00pm – 8:20pm  Tom Oldfield, Director of ORBAS

Tom has worked as a humanitarian professional working managing a refugee camp for Rohingha refugees in Bangladesh, and in the response to cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and is currently researching the environmental impact of recovering nutrients from agri-food resources.

 8:20pm – 8:30pm  Sean Byrne, Member of the winning team of Where There is No Engineer 2015

An update on the team’s recent trip to Marsabit, North Kenya, to implement their winning “Modified Airdrop System” project.

 8:30pm – 8:45pm  Declan Alcock, Director of Engineers Without Borders Ireland.

Review of 2015 activities and upcoming projects and initiatives.

 8:45pm – 8:50pm

Closing Remarks

Elaine Doyle, Head of Overseas Placements, EWB-Ireland

 8:50pm – 10:00pm Reception and Networking in Café Clyde