The people behind the IBN

Paul Cahill


Chapter head NRW



Paul has been living in Düsseldorf for over 30 years, where he runs his own company, Global Team. The company provides a range of corporate language services throughout Germany and beyond. He is also founder and President of the consultancy company Global Team Associates based in Delaware.  

Paul Cahill

IBN President

Chapter Head NRW - Düsseldorf

Originally from Howth, Co. Dublin, Paul retains strong ties with Howth yacht club and his alma mater, NUI, Maynooth. He is also active in his adopted home, Düsseldorf, where he is a member of the Düsseldorf Jonges e.V., the largest ‘Heimat Verein’ in Germany. Paul is a founding member of the IBN e.V. in 2011 and has been President since 2015.  

Jody Gannon


Chapter head bERLIN


Jody is the founder and CEO of the Big B animation co. GmbH in Berlin. One of the most experienced animation professionals in Europe, he has been involved in developing a number of successful European co-productions and is a partner in the New Delhi based services company WordSword Media & Communications.

Jody Gannon

IBN Vice-President

Chapter Head Berlin

Originally from Blackrock, Jody has been based in Berlin since 2008 and has been chair of the Berlin and North-East Germany chapter and Vice-president of the IBN since 2015. 

Róisín Russ

IBN Secretary

Chapter head Frankfurt


With a background in work as well as health psychology Roisin is involved in training and development for organisations throughout Gemany. She is the founder of Akademie42, offering training and coaching in the area of work and well-being.

Roisin Russ

IBN Secretary

Chapter Head Frankfurt

Roisin hails from the original Barrytown in Dublin and has been living in Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt for more than 30 years. She has been the chair of IBN Frankfurt since 2016 and national secretary since 2018.

Mark Ennis

IBN Treasurer


Mark has been living in the Düsseldorf region for 30 years and is the Transactions Director for Vonovia, the largest listed European Residential Real Estate Company.

Mark Ennis

Originally from Baldoyle, Dublin and a Chartered Accountant by training, Mark now lives with his family in Krefeld, in NRW.

David Hegarty

Chapter head Stuttgart


David is a director and marketing consultant at KPUNKT Technology Marketing in Stuttgart. His background is engineering and he is enthusiastic about technology. 

David Hegarty

Chapter Head Stuttgart

David is originally from Dublin and has been living in Germany since 1989. David has been Chair of IBN Stuttgart since the very early days of IBN.

Joanne Galvin

Liaison Officer


Joanne is based in Munich; she has worked in various countries in Europe and Asia. Her expertise is in the automobile industry with a focus on developing global wholesale and retail organisations.

A native of the Kingdom and a graduate of the University of Limerick, Joanne has lived in Germany for 20 years. 

Joanne Galvin

Liason Officer

Chapter Head Munich

She has been actively involved in the IBN Stuttgart and joined the board as Liaison Officer in 2021. Joanne has been Chair of the Munich Chapter since 2023.  She is involved in various Not for Profit organisations. A keen hiker (having the Alps in her backyard) she has successfully completed the München Mammutmarsch twice!