Derek graduated for the University of Limerick with a degree in Business Studies. His career in the watercooler industry began in 2001 when he joined Oasis Ireland as their Sales Manager for Central & Eastern Europe. From there he joined SIP Technologies as their European Sales Director and after ten successful years with SIP he joined ICON Technology Services in May 2016 to head up their EMEA Water Filtration business.

Throughout his time in the industry Derek has been very active with WE and it’s previous incarnation EBWA, chairing the Suppliers Committee for many years as well as being the Suppliers representative on the Execo.

Dear friends and colleagues,

Following on from the enormous success of our 2017 event in Krakow our attention turns to 2018 and our next event.

It is my great honour to welcome you all to my home country of Ireland and the city of Dublin where we will convene for the first time in the history of our organization. I am sure that this exciting venue will enable us to exceed the incredible attendance records set during the conference, workshops, gala dinner and trade fair that we enjoyed in Poland.


Ireland, famous for its culture and hospitality, is the home of “cead míle fàilte” (one hundred thousand welcomes) and you will be certain to enjoy the programme that we have laid out for you for this latest event.

Our event will be held in the wonderful surroundings of the City West Country Club & Conference Centre where we will be able to mix business with a round of golf should you wish to make the most of the facilities.

The undoubted highlight of the event will be the Gala Dinner and Aqua Awards Ceremony held in the world-famous Guinness Brewery where you will be able to include a glass or two of the black stuff as you celebrate with the Aqua Award winners of 2018.

Our Conference and Workshop Programme will offer valuable insights into the current trends and issues relating to our industry and beyond. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from the experiences and success of others.


On behalf of all at Watercoolers Europe, I look forward to seeing you all in Dublin where business and pleasure will be mixed in equal measures.


Derek Callaghan
WE-Chairman