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Andy has enjoyed a senior level corporate career that has spanned Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He recently ompleted a four year assignment in the UAE for a well known Manufacturing Group. Prior to his consultancy role, he spent 15 years working for Canon Inc Japan – joining in 1991 as President of Canon Audio, where he oversaw the research, design, manufacture and marketing of audio and electronics products from its inception.


Six years later, Andy became Vice President of Canon Europa, responsible for all of Canon’s activities across the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa. In this role, his responsibilities extended to establishing new business and country operations for Canon in the Middle East and in Africa.


Andy moved on to become President of Canon Inc’s Research and New Business Development Centre in Europe. In that role he was responsible for all new European business opportunities generated from the innovative technologies developed at Canon’s research centres in the UK and France. Before joining Canon.


Andy was Managing Director at Harman UK, part of the large US owned company, Harman International manufacturers of Audio and Electronics products worldwide. Andy was educated in the UK and attended the IMD in Switzerland.




Has worked as a consultant and in senior management roles to many leading global brands including BP Plc and Xerox Corporation. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to global businesses and governmental organisations in Technology, Communications and Energy.

Pól represents the Private Sector in Ireland as a Member of the Irish Government's Export Trade Council. He is a Board Member of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN); and a member of the Advisory Board at Bradford University's School of Management. He previously served as a Volunteer and Board Member (UK) of the American Field Service (AFS).


At Xerox Corporation, Pól managed the UK operation of the corporate venture fund. In that role he was responsible for the creation of new technology businesses based on intellectual property emanating from Xerox’s global research operations incuding Grenoble (France), Cambridge (UK) and PARC (US). At BP he worked as Strategic Projects Manager for Northern Europe with the BP Lubricants business based at the companies head office in the UK.


He previously headed up the European consulting business at a US strategy consulting firm whose clients consisted the major global technology vendors. Pól acts as an advisor to a number of international firms in sectors ranging from software to engineering, and spanning Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. He is qualified with an MBA in International Business from Bradford University; and in Business Analysis from Lancaster University.




Dr James Shanahan has spent the last 20 years developing and researching cutting-edge information management systems to harness information retrieval, linguistics and machine learning. He recently founded the Church and Duncan Group (CDG), a data consultancy firm whose clients include some of the leading search firms in the US.


More recently James was Chief Scientist at Turn Inc. where he focused on the development and deployment of an online ad targeting system (CPA/CPC/CPM-based) in a principled and measured way that leveraged advanced statistical and machine learning techniques. These responsibilities included leveraging the entire reservoir of data assets in order to develop methods for identifying key optimizations, deploying relevant analytical tools and improving the user experience.


Earlier James was Principal Research Scientist at Clairvoyance Corporation where he led the Knowledge Discovery from Text Group. Before that he was a Research Scientist at Xerox Research Center Europe, where, as a member of the Co-ordination Technologies Group, he developed Document Souls, a patented document-centric approach to information access. In the early 90s, he worked on the AI Team within the Mitsubishi Group in Tokyo.


James has published 6 books and over 50 research publications in the area of machine learning and information processing. He received his Ph.D. in engineering mathematics from the University of Bristol, U. K. and holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Limerick, Ireland.





An Organisation Development exponent by education, Richard started his career with responsibility in Xerox (UK) for Management and Leadership Development where he ran Assessment Centres,designing and conducted effectiveness modelling on several management roles. He then moved to a Personnel Management role, piloting the use of Psychometric Testing to professionalise Sales recruitment skills and managing field sales inducion and training.


Richard gained international experience as Human Resource Development Manager covering Africa, Eastern Europe, and India. As part of the Xerox expansion into Eastern Europe as the Berlin Wall collapsed Richard initiated strategic development programmes centred around succession planning and skill building in a unique campaign recruiting 10 multi-lingual expatriate Country General Managers.


In 1991 he became responsible for Business Assessment and Strategic Benchmarking for Xerox Europe. In this period along with co-founder David Venables he designed and deployed an internal Best Practice Process featured in Fortune magazine as well as making a key contribution to the successfull Xerox application for the first ever European Quality Award.


Richard worked externally with a wide variety of leading organisations including several Quality Award winners. He conducted an action research project in licencing TQM techniques to China and Hong Kong SME's. He then progressed to responsibility for Knowledge Mangement as part of Xerox Global Services where he also specialised in Change Management support to Sysyems Integration Projects.


Richard's core interests are in helping organisations adjust to the connectivity challenges and collaboration opportunities afforded by technology and the increasingly invisible hand of networks.





  • Market Research
  • Strategy
  • Go-to-Market
  • New Business Development
  • Market and Business Advisory
  • New Market Entry
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer
  • Technology Demonstrations and Verification
  • Effecting Strategic Partnerships
  • Provision of Interim Management Resources


Corporate / Private Sector


Governmental / Public Sector


Innovation and





Britain, Ireland, Europe, US, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Asia.



Our Team provide Advisory and Mentoring to a range of organisations including Government, Business and Education.


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