Dairymaster CEO Dr Edmond Harty will represent Ireland at the Ernst & Young 2013 World Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Monte Carlo this Saturday.

As winner of the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ireland, he will be inducted into the prestigious World Entrepreneur of the Year hall of fame at an awards gala, where 49 country winners will vie for the World Entrepreneur of the Year title.

Dr Harty, a mechanical engineer by profession, joined the family business in 1998 while studying for a PhD in University College Dublin, where he focused on the area of milking performance.

Dairymaster is now a world leader in the development and manufacture of dairy farm equipment, exporting a range of products including milking equipment, automatic scrapers and feeders, milk cooling tanks and heat detection systems to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Speakers at the event include former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, two-time Formula One world champion Mika Häkkinen and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and chairman of the The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.

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