WPP chairman Philip Lader to launch Dublin Web Summit

16 Apr 2012

Philip Lader, chairman of communications services group WPP, will launch the Dublin Web Summit tomorrow at 6pm in Trinity College.

Lader is a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley and is a former US ambassador to the Court of St James’s. He previously worked in numerous senior executive roles in the US government, such as a member of the president’s cabinet and as White House deputy chief of staff.

He will be interviewed to mark the opening of this year’s Dublin Web Summit. The tech event will take place at the RDS from 16-18 October and will feature more than 100 speakers. Previous speakers include the founders of YouTube, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn and Rovio.

“We had over 1,500 attendees last year and some incredible speakers both from Ireland and abroad. October’s event will be our biggest yet,” said Dublin Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave.

“This year’s summit will have a real international focus as we work to show international start-ups why Dublin is a great place for tech companies,” he said.

The Web Summit after-party will turn Dublin pub Cafe En Seine into a technology village, offering a series of streets and squares dedicated to different tech communities in Dublin, including a start-up street, a social media square, a developers’ lane and an investor alley.