Dear friends and colleagues,

As we reflect on the success of our event in Paris our thoughts immediately move to our upcoming event in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland.

I am genuinely excited that we are back in Poland for the first time in ten years and to invite you all to one of my favourite European cities is a real honour for me as WE Chairman.

Krakow is Poland's former capital city from medieval times and its amazing architecture, that has endured over centuries, is a wonder to behold. Krakow is truly one of Europe's hidden cultural gems.

This event is the most ambitious event ever undertaken by Watercoolers Europe and will be held in the magnificent surroundings of the newly constructed ICE Kraków Congress Centre. ICE Kraków is a purpose built conference centre that WE will take over completely for the duration of our event.

For the first time ever, we will be holding our exhibition over two floors, one being exclusively reserved for our Polish colleagues who will be exhibiting the best that Poland has to offer to our industry.

The strength of the local Polish market is underlined by the embarrassment of options we have to offer our attendees in the plant tours. We will be visiting GREIF and OASIS.

Our Conference and Workshop Program 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.

Our Gala Dinner and Aqua Awards event is always one of the highlights of our event and this year will be no exception, as it will be held in the magnificent local brewery "Stara Zajednia" (Old Tram Depot).

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

Derek Callaghan

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.