• Shibumi was founded by Heike and Tony Owens

Heike Owens

Heike Owens

  • Heike’s main expertise lies in developing and implementing market entry and growth strategies, based on robust market information and insights.
  • Heike has 20+ years experience in market insight, innovation and exporting across diverse sectors and markets
  • As Bord Bia German Market Advisor, Heike focussed on maximising opportunities for Irish food and drink businesses in Germany and Austria.
  • On behalf of the Irish Exporters Association Heike managed an EU funded INTERREG Programme, with a budget of €1.2m, that supported 25 Irish food and drink SMEs with NDP and export projects.
  • Heike holds degrees in Business from U. Saarbrücken Germany, and U. Leicester UK, and a Masters degree in International Marketing Practice from Smurfit UCD.
  • German national, Bilingual English/German.

“There are no short-cuts, assume nothing, in-depth market knowledge is key to building sustainable export success as is 100% commitment”

Tony Owens

Tony Owens

  • An ideas man, Tony solves technical and organisation problems in innovative ways.
  • Lead inventor on 20+ patent applications.
  • Tony is one of a small number of experienced Systematic Innovation practitioners operating in Ireland.
  • 25+ years experience in Engineering, NPD, management consulting, patent research.
  • Interim CEO/CTO/COO engagements.
  • Tony holds degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and Masters degrees in engineering from Trinity College, and in manufacturing management from U. Hertfordshire UK.

“All aspects of your offer need to be unique; strive for differentiation and capability, never compete directly with others, be the only voice, not just a voice”