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Mark Roden, Founder and CEO of ding celebrates third business recognition of the month

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 novembre 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADublin, Ireland –ding*, the world’s largest international top-up provider, has been awarded the number two spot in Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years and ding* posted growth of 1073%. This is the third year in a row that ding* has featured prominently on the list having brought home the top prize in both 2012 & 2013 and was also named Deloitte’s Rising Star in 2011.Founder & CEO Mark Roden commented: “It’s an honour to be recognised in Deloitte’s Fast 50 for a third time. Not only does this award recognise our successful growth to date but it is also a wonderful validation of all the hard work and long hours put in to building the business by all the team at ding*.” He also congratulated Inhance Technology, a Cork based company that develop white-label mobile applications who were awarded the top spot. ding, formerly ezetop, enables people living abroad to top-up the mobile phones of their friends and family back home, making it easier for them to stay connected and empowering the receiver to get the most out of their mobile phone. Since its inception in 2006, ding* has built a network that spans half the world and is partnered with over 300 mobile operators in 130 countries with a total reach of a staggering 3.5 billion phones. Through, the ding* mobile apps and its 500,000 retail outlets, the company delivers a top-up every second of every day.It’s been a great month for Founder & CEO Mark Roden, who was awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 on the 23rd October and was also named ‘Business Person of the Month’ by Business and Finance last week.
Fundamental rights at the EU’s borders: FRA reports reveal challenges aheadTwo new reports by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) present the human rights situation at the EU’s air and land borders where asylum seekers as well as victims of trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation and for organ extraction may also first enter the EU. The reports are based on research at five airports and six major land border crossing points, and demonstrate the potential for fundamental rights infringements at the EU’s borders. Together with FRA’s earlier report on fundamental rights at the EU’s southern sea borders, these studies describe the treatment of people entering the EU and make suggestions to improve respect for their human rights. “The EU’s borders are its first point of contact with the external world. This is where the EU’s fundamental rights’ obligation begins,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “Any action taken by the EU to help manage its external borders must comply with fundamental rights. Making fundamental rights part of the Schengen border control evaluations is already a step in the right direction. Security concerns at the borders must not overrule fundamental rights, which must be at the core of modern and integrated border management.” The two new reports reveal a number of issues that affect the fundamental rights of non-EU citizens arriving in the EU. In the light of these findings, FRA makes a number of proposals to improve fundamental rights safeguards at the EU’s borders, aimed at EU and national policy makers, the EU borders Agency Frontex, and operative officers working at border check posts. For example: Although border guards receive instructions on professional and respectful treatment, some passengers found border guards to be unhelpful, unresponsive and hostile verbally. EU Member States should therefore take effective action to address serious forms of disrespectful conduct towards travellers; Less than half of border guards at airports said they informed people undergoing detailed border checks why they were being examined. Over two thirds also said they would not tell people who are refused entry into the EU where to get legal assistance. Border guards must provide all travellers with timely and adequate information when they are subjected to detailed checks or if they are refused entry. Member States should also be more active in promoting language learning by border guards and put in place effective interpretation mechanisms at border crossing points;At the land border crossing points, two out of three border guards said they would not start an asylum procedure even if the traveller said that their lives or freedom would be at risk if they were returned to the country they had left. At airports, only 22% of border guards had received written guidance on identifying potential victims of trafficking. Border guards therefore need to be better trained and sensitised to recognise asylum seekers or migrants who have been trafficked. Border management authorities should also ensure there are procedures in place and training available for border guards who deal with children. Facilities for migrants who have been refused entry or who have arrived without papers are often insufficiently equipped, even though people can be held there for several hours; at some airports they were held for several days. Member States must ensure that the facilities in which people whose entry to the EU has been denied are held meet basic needs, including the provision of food and water.FRA’s annual Fundamental Rights Conference, which begins today, is devoted this year to the topic of fundamental rights and migration to the EU. As well as border management, the conference will debate issues such as the protection of children, migrant integration and the growing racism in some places against migrants. Participants will also discuss the challenges posed by the recent pressures at the EU’s external borders for receiving countries, and ways of responding to the situation. Visit the conference site for the programme and list of participants.Fundamental rights at airports: border checks at five international airports in the European Union. Fundamental rights at land borders: findings from selected European Union border crossing points.

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Mark Roden named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 ottobre 2014

markDublin, Ireland Mark Roden has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Mark is Founder & CEO of ding*, a company which enables people from emerging markets working abroad to send top-up directly to the mobile phones of their family and friends back home. Mark was presented with the award at a gala dinner in Citywest Hotel on Thursday night by Mike McKerr from Ernst & Young. “I am absolutely delighted and completely overwhelmed. It’s been an incredible journey growing ding* to where it is today and this is great recognition of all the hard work and dedication put in by everyone at ding* over the past 8 years. I’m grateful to so many people who have played a part in this achievement but special thanks must go to my wife and family who have remained so incredibly supportive over the years,” said Roden.In addition to being selected as overall winner, Mark Roden was named International EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winning the international category in recognition of the global nature of the network he has built with ding*. John Purdy of Ergo, a leading consultative IT services partner to corporate and enterprise organisations, picked up the award for EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year; while Terry Fox of bespoke paper cup manufacturer, Cupprint, was named as the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year. Speaking of his fellow finalists, Mark commented: “It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know so many terrific individuals throughout the process; it shows how innovative we can be here in Ireland.” Also recognised at the ceremony was Peter Sutherland Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and former Attorney General of Ireland who received The Special Award given to a person who has make a profound contribution to Ireland. Speaking of the EY competition as a whole, Mark praised Ernst & Young on their fantastic programme and commented on the other finalists: “The whole experience has been fantastic. Beyond getting to know inspiring individuals, being part of the programme has really put ding* and all the companies involved on the global map.”Established in 2006, ding* has built an unrivalled global network and is connected to 300 mobile operators in 130 emerging markets with a reach of 3.5 billion phones. People can send top-up to these phones on, the ding* app and in 500,000 retail locations around the world. The real power is in what a topped-up mobile phone means to individuals in emerging markets. ding* leverages the power of the mobile which not only helps people stay connected to loved ones, but also allows them access to data and a wealth of information at their fingertips. To date, ding* has sent over 80 million top-ups all from advanced technology built in Dublin.“I am truly commitment to our vision of connecting billions of people through the power of mobile top-up. It is extremely rewarding to receive this sort of acknowledgment from such an incredible group of people.” says Mark. (mark)

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