Steptalks Ireland

Best Practices in Tech

What's up in the 2022 edition?

In recent years, the Irish market has become one of the most important technology centers in the world. Today, this sector faces challenges areas such as Information Security, Data Protection/ Privacy and Human Resources, which require companies to develop quality standards in order to achieve competitive advantages and better results.

Keeping up with the latest international laws and best practices is the best way to face the emerging adversities in the technology market. With 100% renewed energy after the pandemic, Steptalks is back for a new edition – Steptalks Dublin 2022 – with the aim to explore ideas and present solutions to meet these challenges. In partnership with the Embassy of Portugal and other experienced partners, we intend to bring together experts in a wide range of areas such as Human Resources, with focus on work-life balance and talent retention, Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity to share the latest trends on these topics with our audience.

The Speakers

Learn more about our specialists.

Bernardo Lucena
(Portuguese Embassy)

Key Note Speaker - Opening

Eddie Kilbane
(Kilon Holdings)

Eddie Kilbane is a seasoned Entrepreneur specialising in Data Centre Developments, in markets across Europe and the USA. Eddie is the Founder of the “Real Leaf Farm”, a new agri-tech company growing mixed leaf lettuce under glass 365 days of the year.

Denis Ryan

Denis Ryan has global responsibility for information security certification with NSAI. He is also a Lead auditor with over 20 years experience in Information Technology with clients across Europe, USA and Asia. Prior to working with N.S.A.I he has held several Engineering and development roles in the IT sector.

Russell Moore

Russell works as a Senior Account manager for some of Aspira’s largest Govt, Semi-State and private companies in Ireland and the Netherlands. More recently, he has supported the establishment of the Aspira nearshore SW development centre in Portugal, and promoted that offering to our European client base.

Bruna Batista

Bruna Batista is Consultant, Auditor and Trainner in Strongstep since 2020, with about 10 years of experience in ISO Management Systems standards related to Quality, Innovation, Information Security and Privacy. Prior to working with Strongstep she has held Quality Management roles in the IT sector and accredited laboratories.

João Nunes

João Nunes is the Chief Happiness Officer at the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) in Portugal, having worked in the Marketing & Communications department for the past 10 years. With over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, he has held multiple roles across several emergency and rescue services.

Hugo Colaço

Associate Partner of Deloitte Delivery Center with more than 20 years of experience in Insurance and Banking industries through the participation and leadership of IT development and maintenance teams responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, tests and operate of IT solutions. Currently managing several IT implementation and operate projects in different European countries

Luis Cunha

Luis works as Director, Security Architecture & Engineering for APTIV - a global company and leader in the autonomous driving solutions for cars. His focus has been on supporting business programs like factories of the future and smart vehicles infrastructure . Luis is certified in security strategy and leadership by SANS-GIAC.

Rui Faias

Rui Faias is WYgroup's Data Protection Officer and was designated since the GDPR came into force. With +20 years of experience in the telcoms and banking industries, he is experienced in managing digital transformation projects and preparing organizations to deal with changes.

Pedro Castro Henriques

Pedro Castro Henriques, Co-founder & CEO of Strongstep, consultant in software engineering, information security and service management. He has worked in over 10 countries in Europe, Africa and North America and has over 23 years of experience including telecom consulting and strategic planning of the information system in the healthcare sector.

The Promoters


Specialists in improving processes and implementing good practices in the areas of software engineering and information security.


The IPBN is an active business network comprised of more than 150 Member Companies based in Portugal and Ireland.

AICEP Portugal Global is an independent public entity of the Government of Portugal, with the goal of attracting foreign investment to Portugal and supporting the internationalization of Portuguese companies into the global economy.

TICE.PT is the national cluster for the ICTe Sector recognized by the Portuguese Government. TICE.PT engages and mobilizes relevant actors throughout Portugal, covering the entire value chain in the area of ICT.

NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s official standards body.

The Schedule

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Steptalks 2019 - Cocktail

Remember the best moments.

The end of the #STEPTALKS conference brought moments of relaxation. After a day of presentations, we refresh our spirit with a cocktail. 🍹😋