Board Members

Oliver Roche
Oliver graduated as a Quantity Surveyor from Limerick Institute of Technology in 1994 and immediately immigrated to Chicago in the USA.

After a short stint with an estimating firm he joined Turner Construction Company and worked for them in various capacities for 19 years in the following locations –

  • 1995 to 2003 – Chicago, USA on projects including Soldier Field Football Stadium,   Boeing World Headquarters and others.
  • 2004 to 2007 – Doha, Qatar on Museum of Islamic Arts.
  • 2008 to 2010 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the Bitexco Financial Tower
  • 2011 to 2013 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 118 storey Menara PNB.

In 2014 Oliver started his own business in Kuala Lumpur and currently has 20+ staff with completed or ongoing projects including HSBC Malaysia HQ at TRX, KL Sports City Development at Bukit Jalil, Air Asia HQ KLIA2, Menara Hap Seng 3 and others.  In 2017 Oliver became Chairman of ICCM. In December 2019 Oliver was appointed as Chairman of EUMCCI which has been rebranded as EUROCHAM and resigned from his role as Chairman of ICCM, although remaining as a board member. 

Michael Garvey (Chairman)
Michael has been working in business development in different markets across Asia for the past 35 years. He came to Asia in 1983, working with IDA Ireland to promote investment into Ireland, He joined Forbairt in 1996 and then Enterprise Ireland, when it was established in 1998 and he spent 15 years building up the Enterprise Ireland’s network of operations across the region and helping Irish companies to grow their exports to different markets across the region. After retiring in 2013, he spent three years working with Invest Northern Ireland to develop their Asian export and investment operations. Since he finished that contract in 2016, he has been working as an independent consultant, assisting and advising individual companies and helping them to grow their Asian business.

Over his career, Michael has initiated and developed business opportunities for companies in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam (and the other 5 ASEAN countries), Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.


Ts. Dr. Jeffrey Bannister (Treasurer)

Dr. Jeffrey Bannister is senior consultant and CTO at Orbitage. He received his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from Trinity College in Dublin. He has been a lecturer, research fellow and course developer with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, Trinity College in Dublin and with Philips Research Labs in the Netherlands and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities.
Over the past 20 years, Jeffrey has developed vast experience in the competence management and development arena having assisted a number of high profile organisations and Government Agencies in reskilling and upskilling their technical staff as these organisations implement their digital transformation plans. This has involved competence identification, job role profiling and competence gap analysis. He has developed numerous ‘competency based’ programs and assessment mechanisms in line with National standards to ensure that these organisations have a “structured development roadmap” that is in line with their organisational strategy.

He is an active member of the MOGSC Competency & Training Working Group (CTWG). He is also a member of the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum, and a regular contributor of articles & presentations regarding the communications & IT industry to several conferences & publications. In June 2015 he represented Malaysia at both the ITU-T focus group IMT-2020 on development of the “new” 5G  telecommunications standards and the ITU-R IMT Systems working group.

Jeffrey is co-author of the book “Convergence Technologies for 3G Networks: IP, UMTS, EGPRS and ATM”, published by John Wiley. It is a worldwide best seller, receiving excellent reviews from the IET and elsewhere.


Cormac Kavanagh
Cormac Kavanagh has been lived in Malaysia for 14 of the last 22 years.

Arrived in Malaysia in 1995 to teach on a joint programme between Dublin Business School and Kolej Polytech Mara. That programme is still on-going and Cormac is still engaged there on a part-time basis.

Cormac Represents Education in Ireland in South East Asia focusing on the Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand as potential markets for international students bound for study in Ireland.



Emer Ní Raghallaigh

Emer is a management and human resources professional.  She has extensive experience in financial services and was on the management team of Friends First, a life assurance company in Dublin which was sold to Aviva in 2018.  Previously she has held roles in business journalism, communication and international human resources. She moved to South East Asia in 2019. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Malaysian Institute of Human Resources Management.

Emer is from Dublin. She has qualifications in business from UCD and in journalism from DCU. She also has a Master in Management from UCD and is a qualified business coach. She is married to Karim, who is French, and they have one son, Mel. 


Dominika Szmanska
Dominika is originally from Krakow, Poland but moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2006 where she started her career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition. During her time in Dublin she has worked across many different business areas including ICT, Finance, R&D and her most recent role in Supply Chain Management. Her adventure with Asia began in 2015 when she moved to Singapore and then Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019. During her spare time she likes to travel, explore cultures, hike & meet new people. Dominika is also a fan of Art and loves to collect interesting objects on her travels.

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