UA Global Summit Speakers

2013 Speakers

Andreas Schleicher, Division Head of OECD Programme for International Student Assessment

A researcher of education and statistician who states that “learning is not a place but an activity”, Andreas studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. Andreas is the Division Head of OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the OECD Indicators of Education Systems programs (INES) His latest initiative with PISA is a test to measure the knowledge and skills of 15 years olds using data from schools around the world. The use of PISA data is also used to identify the impact of policy changes related to teacher pay, extended educational time, and professional development and changes in educational performance. You can watch Andreas’s TED talk here.

 

Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Watch Majora speak here.

Emile Simpson, Author of ‘War from the Ground Up: Combat as Politics’

Emile Simpson, author of War from the Ground Up: Combat as Politics served in the British Army from 2006-12 as an infantry officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles. He previously read history at Oxford University and was a visiting defence fellow there in 2011 on the Changing Character of War Programme. Emile writes from experience as a frontline soldier who completed three tours in Afghanistan and as a visiting fellow at Oxford University. He suggests that war has moved “towards becoming a direct extension of political activity” but that the political infrastructure underpinning it has not transformed to adjust to this reality.

Elyn Saks, Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry at University of South Carolina

Elyn R. Saks specialises in mental health law, criminal law, and children and the law. Her recent research focused on ethical dimensions of psychiatric research and forced treatment of the mentally ill. Prof. Saks was a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and in fall 2010 announced she is using funds from the “genius grant” to create the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. Elyn is an inspirational speaker, who not only lives with schizophrenia but is also a cancer survivor. Watch Elyn’s TED talk on her personal experience of mental health here.

 

Cindy Gallop, Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn and IfWeRanTheWorld

An Oxford and Warwick University graduate, Cindy Gallop launched MakeLoveNotPorn at TED2009, which tackles the myths of hardcore pornography and encourages the dialogue about how real people have sex. She is an English advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn companies. You can watch her speak about the effects of pornography at TED 2009 here.

 

Dr Mae Jemison, Physician & Astronaut

Mae Jemison is an American physician and retired NASA astronaut. She was the first black woman to travel into space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She left NASA in 1993 to set up her own company, which researched the application of technology to daily life. Prior to this, Dr Jemison practised medicine as a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee camp and with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Jemison has received nine honorary doctorates, the 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement Award in 1992 and a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993.

Willie White, Artistic Director of Dublin Theatre Festival

Willie White is Artistic Director of Dublin Theatre Festival and Chair of IETM (the international network of contemporary artists). From 2002-2011 he was Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Willie was a founding member of Loose Cannon Theatre company and that he worked as a researcher on the precursor of The View on RTE. Willie read for Master’s degrees in English at University College Dublin and in Irish Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. He is co-editor of No More Drama and he is an avid cyclist, technophile and recipient of the Clore Leadership Fellow of 2008/9.

 

Hannes Klöpper, Founder of iversity

Hannes Klöpper is the co-founder and Managing Director of iversity, a Berlin-based higher education startup. He recently co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century in collaboration with Professor Yehuda Elkana, a distinguished philosopher of science. In 2010/11 he was an associate at the Stiftung Neue Verant-wort Ung working on a project that explored the impact of digitalization on education. He holds a Dual-Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden.

 

Malcolm Byrne, Head of Communications @ HEA Ireland

Malcolm Byrne is Head of Communications with the Higher Education Authority, the state agency that advises the government on Higher Education and allocates funding to higher education institutions. The HEA also manages a range of educational programmes in Ireland, including Erasmus. A graduate in law and in arbitration from University College Dublin, Malcolm is a former Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland, a former Executive member of the European Students’ Union and a former Vice President of the National Youth Council of Ireland. He is a local councillor and has served three terms as mayor of his home town.

Marielle van der Meer, Managing Director for Europe @ Minerva Schools

Marielle is the Managing Director for Europe at Minerva Schools at KGI, a reinvented university experience for the brightest, most motivated students from around the world. With a passion for international Higher Education, Marielle has worked in the field for over 10 years for universities in the Netherlands, UK, US and China. She has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the Universiteit van Amsterdam obtained after a period of fieldwork in Australia, specialising in areas of cultural and national identity as well as intercultural communication.

 

Marie Duffy, Editor at SpunOut.ie

Marie Duffy,  is a freelance journalist, mental health activist and blogger from Co. Donegal. Marie says, “ In my opinion, it is only through talking and writing about mental health can we break down the stigma associated with mental health illness.” Marie also runs two of Irelands’s most active ‘Mental Wellness’ websites: unwindyourmind.ie and spunout.ie, websites that provide a platform for young people to have their voices heard on all issues that affect them, including health, employment, education, college, life. In 2010 Marie spoke at Spunout.ie’s Possibilities Conference 2011 about her work as a mental health activist alongside Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson and the Dalai Lama.

Erin Fornoff, Venture Manager at Ashoka Ireland

Erin has worked at Ashoka in various capacities and locations, currently managing Venture among other responsibilities at Ashoka Ireland/Scandinavia. She served as a Field Organiser for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign in Georgia and North Carolina, founded a community teaching garden, won a social entrepreneurship fellowship, and runs a rooftop garden at a homeless shelter in Dublin.

 

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist & Founder of Science Innovation Ltd.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock studied at Imperial College London where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Since then she has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. Until recently Maggie worked at Astrium Ltd. where she led the optical instrumentation group. Here she managed a range of projects, making satellite sub-systems designed to monitor variables in the Earth’s atmosphere. Maggie has since set up her own company, Science Innovation Ltd., through which she conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults the wonders of space. To date, she has given these talks to 150,000 people across the globe.


2014 Speakers

Lord David Puttnam, British film producer and Educator

Lord David Puttnam is a British film-maker, educator and member of the British House of Lords. He is best known in the film world for working on such pictures as Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and Chariots of Fire. He has previously served as the Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and currently serves as Chancellor of the Open University. Lord Puttnam is also Ireland’s Digital Champion.

 

Patricia O’Brien, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

Patricia O’Brien is an Irish barrister who served as United Nations Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs from 2008-2013. She is a world-renowned expert on legal issues pertaining to foreign policy, having gained extensive experience in the area serving as Legal Advisor to the Office of the Irish Attorney General, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Permanent Mission to the European Union. She is currently the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations and other International Organisations at Geneva.

 

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist & Founder of Science Innovation Ltd.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock studied at Imperial College London where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Since then she has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. Until recently Maggie worked at Astrium Ltd. where she led the optical instrumentation group. Here she managed a range of projects, making satellite sub-systems designed to monitor variables in the Earth’s atmosphere. Maggie has since set up her own company, Science Innovation Ltd., through which she conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults the wonders of space. To date, she has given these talks to 150,000 people across the globe.

 

Kyle Abraham

2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham is a 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient and 2012 USA Ford Fellow. In 2010, he received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography. In 2009 he was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch. OUT Magazine labelled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama”.

 

Ariane Koek

Ariane Koek is a renowned cultural producer and strategist. She is currently head of International Arts Development at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, located outside Geneva. She created and implemented the laboratory’s first arts policy. She has previously worked as a producer and director for BBC Radio and TV, as well as the CEO of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing.

 

Ingrid Vanderveldt

Ingrid Vanderveldt is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, where she created and manages Dell’s $100 million credit fund. Ms Vanderveldt is also a member of the UN Global Entrepreneurship Council and is the leading person behind “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020.”

 

 

Prof Joseph Roche

Prof Joseph Roche is an astrophysicist at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked at NASA and used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe symbiotic stars. While at Trinity’s School of Physics he helped bring the European Space Expo to Dublin and has also served as Education and Learning Manager for Science Gallery Dublin. He has just taken up a lectureship in Trinity’s School of Education and his research now includes citizen science and STEM education. He is a candidate for the Mars One mission that aims to establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2024.


Helen Shenton

As the former Executive Director of Harvard Library in the US and the current Librarian and Archivist at Trinity College Dublin, Helen Shenton is passionate about the power of collections and the role of information in people’s lives in this new digital landscape.

 

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate

Mairead was awarded the l976 Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to end the deep ethnic/political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. She co-founded & currently serves as Hon. President of the Peace People, a movement committed to building a nonviolent society in Northern Ireland. The author of ‘The Vision of Peace: Faith & Hope in Northern Ireland’, Patron of the Methodist Theological College & Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, Mairead has worked extensively in the Middle East believing we can all do something to bring about peace & justice.

 

Dr Ruth Freeman

Dr Freeman is Director of Programmes, Enterprise and International Affairs at Science Foundation Ireland. She holds a PhD in population genetics in hybrid zones from TCD & ILRI, Nairobi which was funded by the Wellcome Trust. During her time there as a student, she was awarded a Trinity scholarship, the Eli Lilly Chemistry Prize and the Roberts Prize for Biology. She was a founding member of the Trinity Research Staff Association; the first Irish association representing contract researchers.

John Egan

John Egan is an economist, anthropologist, and “Futurebank” expert. He is the CEO of Archipelago and sits on UCD Innovation Academy board of studies. He has worked in finance in the US and Europe and has previously started and sold businesses in the engineering sector. He is the Dublin ambassador of Sandbox, the Irish ambassador to ICUE and the Dublin curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

 

Erin Fornoff, Venture Manager at Ashoka Ireland

Erin has worked at Ashoka in various capacities and locations, currently managing Venture among other responsibilities at Ashoka Ireland/Scandinavia. She served as a Field Organiser for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign in Georgia and North Carolina, founded a community teaching garden, won a social entrepreneurship fellowship, and runs a rooftop garden at a homeless shelter in Dublin.

 

Jane Murphy

Jane manages Google’s University Programs team in EMEA, who deliver innovative and creative student programs to potential future Googlers while developing relationships with universities and diversity organisations throughout the region. Jane joined Google in 2011 having worked previously in business development for one of Ireland’s professional accountancy bodies.

 

Dan Hayden

Dan Hayden is an entrepreneurial specialist at the UCD Innovation Academy. He is currently completing a PhD in European Law and Governance at University College Dublin and is a Government of Ireland Scholar. His field of research is regulation, specialising in competition and advertising. He was a presidential rapporteur during the term of President Mary McAleese and continues to act as a consultant to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland.

 

Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach

Enda Kenny was first elected to the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) in 1975, where he has held a seat since. As such, he is the longest continuously serving TD in the current Dáil and therefore enjoys the informal title of ‘Father of the Dáil’. In 2011 Kenny led the Fine Gael party to election success, in coalition with Labour, and became Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister).

 

Lucy Masterson

Lucy Masterson is Head of Development in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. In fact, she is a previous Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee as head of Hireland, the national movement. Lucy lectures on social and not-for-profit marketing and is an in-house entrepreneur with the UCD Innovation Academy. She has a track record of engaging communities around a big idea, building support and getting people on board.

 

Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Strategist & Co-Founder of Red Thread

Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a member of the Summit Series Network. She writes about technology and innovation at The Mark News, Techonomy and The Next Web. Rahaf is a Digital Foresight Strategist and Author who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work and play. She is the co-founder of Red Thread, a consulting agency that provides clients with out-of-the-box thinking to tackle strategic challenges.

 

Paul Adams

Paul is the Vice President of Product and Design at Intercom. He previously worked as Global Head of Brand Design for Facebook. Paul is internationally recognised as one of leading thinkers in social design and technology. His work on social networks and brand design has been widely published and cited.

 

 

Dr Rachel Armstrong

Dr Armstrong is an Applied Scientist and Sustainability Innovator, who creates new materials that possess some of the properties of living systems. She is a huge advocate of inter-disciplinary cooperation – both within the sciences, but also across the arts and humanities. Dr Armstrong is a TED Fellow.

 

 


2015 Speakers

Anthony Grayling, Philosopher

Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects and is perhaps best known for The Good Book: A Secular Bible, which compiles the greatest non-religious wisdom and consolations from across the centuries. He is Vice President of the British Humanist Association and his main academic interests lie in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophical logic. He has described himself as “a man of the left” and is associated in Britain with the new atheism movement. He appears regularly in the British media discussing philosophy.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. Whilst completing her PhD in Radio Astronomy at Cambridge she was involved in the discovery of pulsars, opening up a new branch of astrophysics – work which was recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She was made a CBE in 1999 and from 2008-2011 she was the first female President of the Institute of Physics of the UK and Ireland. Her appointment at the Open University doubled the number of female professors of physics in the UK. She hopes that her presence as a senior woman in science will encourage more women to consider a career in science.

Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

President Michael D. Higgins became President of Ireland in 2011, after being elected with over 40% of the first-preference votes – a record in Irish history. President Higgins was the Labour party candidate in that Presidential election and had previously been a passionate voice for social justice, campaigning for the rights of the poorer sections of society for over thirty years in the Irish Parliament. President Higgins is also a renowned poet, writer and broadcaster. The Undergraduate Awards is honoured to enjoy the patronage of the President.

 

Professor Mary Aiken, Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre

Professor Mary Aiken is Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability (AIRS) anchored at Swansea University and Hawaii Pacific University. She is the Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol. Mary’s research focuses on cyber behavioural analysis. She is currently leading an international research project in conjunction with INTERPOL and a number of international police forces. Mary is recognised as an expert at a national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour.

Dr Alia Sabur

Alia holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s youngest university professor. She was appointed a full-time faculty professor at Konkuk University, Seoul South Korea as Research Liaison with Stony Brook University (New York, USA) at the age of 18. She went straight from fourth grade to college, earning a BSc in Applied Mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University at the age of 14. She then earned an MSc and PhD (ABD) in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University.

 

Dr Andrea Nanetti

Andrea’s university education is in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Italy, France, Germany, Greece, USA). His main research project is EHM-Engineering Historical Memory at the intersections of humanities and data science/visualisation. He first theorised EHM as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007 and further developed it when he was Visiting Full Professor at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari in 2012. The project was awarded Best Conference Paper at 2013 Culture and Computing (Kyoto, Japan), and has been funded by Microsoft Research (2014-2016). He lives with his family in Singapore where he is Associate Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media.

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Robtel is an activist and writer who was recognised as one of ’25 Africans to Watch’ by the Financial Times in 2015. In 2014 she was named a Bellagio/PopTech Fellow and in 2013 she made the list of ’99 under 33′ influential foreign policy leaders. A graduate of Howard and Oxford Universities, she recently completed her PhD in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), specialising in Migration, Mobility, and Development, as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship Recipient.

 

Professor James Etim

James is the Chair of the Education judging panel for The Undergraduate Awards. He is a Professor of Education at Winston Salem State University and, until recently, was Program Coordinator for both the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Middle Grades) and the undergraduate Middle Grades Education Program. He has received two Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards, one to Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (2010) and the second to the Polytechnic of Nambia (2012).

 

Professor Nathaniel Stern

Nathaniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His research is focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nanoscale materials, and magnetism, with a current emphasis on nanofabrication of low-dimensional materials. During his research career, his awards have included the US Department of Energy Early Career Research Award (2014), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2013-) and Richard C. Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2011).

 

Dr Dana Vackova

Dana is a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong where she coordinates undergraduate programmes at the School of Public Health. She is responsible for MBBS, BChinMed, BBioMedCs and BPharm curricula planning and development, students assessment and programme evaluation. She is a member of numerous LKS Faculty of Medicine MBBS committees and an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives. Her main research interests include media education and health economics. Aside from her MD degree, she also has an MBA degree from the University of London.

Dr Batoul Khalifa, Qatar University

Dr Batoul Khalifa is an Associate Professor in Mental Health and Coordinator for B. E. D. in Special Education in Qatar University. Dr Khalifa completed her PhD in Educational Philosophy (Mental health), from Ain Shams University. Dr Khalifa has engaged in research for over 21 years in Psychology of Women and Family, Child abuse, Creativity of Youth, Special Education, and Quality Assurance in Higher Education. She served as chairperson for Quality Assurance and for the Program Enhancement Committee at College of Education, Qatar as well as serving as board member and member at large at the Division of International of Special Education services (DISES), CEC. Khalifa is a scientific reviewer at International Journal Multicultural Learning and Teaching. She was awarded the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Shield of higher appreciation by KSU President Daniel Papp for her efforts in the field of special education and academic work and an award from the Gulf Disability Society for her efforts and work with the scientific committee of the Forum of GDS.

Dr Rama Venkatasawmy

Rama is a lecturer in the Discipline of Communication and Media. He currently teaches in the Bachelor of Communication program at the Singapore campus of the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a member of the Communication and Media Research Group in the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT) Research Centre. He is the author of The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood’s Coming of Age and co-author of The Traditional Kayan Wedding: Pelah Hawa. Rama is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award and of a Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the University of Newcastle.

Dr Cynthia Mannion

Cynthia is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1979 and completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from McGill University in 1985. In Quebec, Canada she worked in Infant Medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, in the Newborn Nursery and Postpartum Units at the Royal Victoria Hospital and taught prenatal classes at St. Mary’s Hospital Montreal and later with the Calgary Health Region. She completed her PhD in 2004 in Human Nutrition and Dietetics focusing on maternal dietary intake and birth outcome.

 

Professor Joel Faflak

Joel Faflak is a Professor of English and Theory and Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University, Canada. He has published numerous books and articles on literature, culture, and psychology. A former business person, he has received Canada’s Governor General’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence and the Polanyi Prize for Literature.

 

Dr Craig Venter

Craig is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome. He founded Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), and is now working at JCVI to create synthetic biological organisms. He was listed in Time magazine’s 2007 and 2008 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

 

Carly Minsky

Carly is the Student Content Editor for the Times Higher Education and World University Rankings, where she writes and commissions advice and news for prospective students, mostly driven by data. Before turning to journalism, she completed an undergraduate degree in Physics (from University of Nottingham) and a Master’s degree in Philosophy (from University of Oxford). Carly has lived and worked in India and Sri Lanka, finally settling down in London. Her wide-ranging interests include literature, logic and gender theory.

 

Dr Nick Robinson

Nick is an Associate Professor in Politics/Videogames research. He has published widely in journals such as Political Studies, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Quarterly and Journal of Power. He is presently working on a book for the Popular Culture and World Politics book series (Routledge) entitled Videogames, Popular Culture and World Politics. He is also working as part of an international research team on a four-year Framework Grant from The Swedish Research Council.

 


2016 Speakers

Dr Mae Jemison, Physician & Astronaut

Mae Jemison is an American physician and retired NASA astronaut. She was the first black woman to travel into space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She left NASA in 1993 to set up her own company, which researched the application of technology to daily life. Prior to this, Dr Jemison practised medicine as a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee camp and with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Jemison has received nine honorary doctorates, the 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement Award in 1992 and a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993.

Dr Ruth Casey, Dublin Institute of Technology

Ruth is a lecturer in EU Affairs and Communications in the College of Business in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the DIT in 2016 and has been responsible for the creation and development of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. During the course of her teaching career, Ruth has taught on international politics and EU institutions in educational institutions in Belgium and in Ireland and has contributed to panel discussions on national radio stations in Ireland. She was a member of the Ireland in Europe project coordinated by the Institute of International and European Affairs and has worked on border issues in Northern Ireland. Ruth’s current research has two main strands: intelligence cooperation and the decision-making process of EU foreign policy in relation to European security, and Russian foreign policy.

Ms Stephanie Duhaime, Privy Council Office

Stephanie Duhaime grew up in Ontario, Canada – born in Elliot Lake and raised in Sudbury. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Since joining Canada’s Foreign Service in 2004, Ms Duhaime has worked to advance Canadian policies and interests in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Prior to her current assignment in the Privy Council Office, she completed assignments in Beirut (Lebanon), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kandahar (Afghanistan) and Damascus (Syria). In 2013, She established Canada’s diplomatic mission in Iraq where she served as Charge D’Affaires until 2014. Ms Duhaime is the recipient of the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award, the Government of Canada’s Operational Service Medal and the General Service Medal. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Joel Faflak, Western University

Joel Faflak is Professor of English and Theory in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he is Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. He is author of Romantic Psychoanalysis (SUNY, 2008), co-author of Revelation and Knowledge (Toronto, 2012), editor of De Quincey’s Confessions (Broadview, 2009), and editor or co-editor of ten volumes, including The Handbook to Romanticism Studies (Blackwell, 2012), The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (Toronto, 2013), and Romanticism and the Emotions (Cambridge, 2014). He is former North American Editor (Romanticism) for Literature Compass, co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism, and has won the Polanyi Prize for Literature (2002) and the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence (1999). He is currently working on two books: “Romantic Psychiatry: The Psychopathology of Happiness” and “Get Happy! Utopianism and the American Film Musical.”

Dr Batoul Khalifa, Qatar University

Dr Batoul Khalifa is an Associate Professor in Mental Health and Coordinator for B. E. D. in Special Education in Qatar University. Dr Khalifa completed her PhD in Educational Philosophy (Mental health), from Ain Shams University. Dr Khalifa has engaged in research for over 21 years in Psychology of Women and Family, Child abuse, Creativity of Youth, Special Education, and Quality Assurance in Higher Education. She served as chairperson for Quality Assurance and for the Program Enhancement Committee at College of Education, Qatar as well as serving as board member and member at large at the Division of International of Special Education services (DISES), CEC. Khalifa is a scientific reviewer at International Journal Multicultural Learning and Teaching. She was awarded the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Shield of higher appreciation by KSU President Daniel Papp for her efforts in the field of special education and academic work and an award from the Gulf Disability Society for her efforts and work with the scientific committee of the Forum of GDS.

Dr Rhona Mahony, National Maternity Hospital

Dr Rhona Mahony graduated from University College Dublin and is now an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a Specialist in Maternal and Fetal medicine, she has over 70 publications in the national and international academic press. Dr Mahony is currently Master/CEO of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin, one of Europe’s largest maternity hospitals, and is the first woman to be elected Master in Ireland. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists and works with the Minister and Department of health. In 2013 Dr Mahony founded the National Maternity Foundation and is a member of the Young Presidents Association, the Institute of Directors Ireland. In 2014 Dr Mahony became an Eisenhower Fellow spending 7 weeks in the USA as part of a Multi-Nation Programme, visiting institutions looking at Hospital Design and the Role of Philanthropy in Capital Development.

Rob Mather, founder & CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation

Rob Mather is the founder and CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation. Rob’s business background is in strategy consulting, event management and publishing. He studied at Cambridge University and has an MBA from Harvard. The Against Malaria Foundation provides long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to populations at high risk of malaria, primarily in Africa. As of July 2016, the foundation has distributed or committed to fund 19.3 million LLINs since its founding in 2004. Rob started World Swim Against Malaria by persuading twenty people to get him 5,000 swimmers each. Eventually, 250,000 people swam in 160 countries.

Kris Nelson, Dublin Fringe Festival

Kris Nelson is Festival Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival. Before moving to Dublin in 2013, Kris was based in Montreal. Throughout his career, he has been devoted to enabling artists mobility and the delivery of ambitious and ground-breaking projects. In 2009 he founded Antonym, a producing and touring agency working with some of Canada’s most acclaimed experimental dance, theatre and interdisciplinary artists. Together, they toured works to Australia, Asia, South America, Europe and across North America. From 2011-13, he initiated and curated three editions of PushOFF with Joyce Rosario in Vancouver. Kris was curator the Encounters Series at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa) from 2010-12. As a dramaturg, Kris has worked with leading theatre companies across Canada and on several award-winning plays by emerging writers. He is a graduate of Langara College’s Studio 58 Conservatory (Vancouver).

Prof. Brian Norton, Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Brian Norton has been President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) since September 2003. He is the author or co-author of nine books, over 420 papers principally in solar energy research including 170 in major international learned journals & he has been awarded over €10 million in research grants. He has chaired the World Renewable Energy Network, the BSI Technical Committee on Solar Heating and currently Chairs Action Renewables. He is a Director of Ireland’s first green technology corridor and Vice-President of the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance.He has been awarded the Napier Shaw Medal of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and the Roscoe Award of the Institute of Energy.

Professor Danne Ojeda, Nanyang Technological University

Danné Ojeda is Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Danné Ojeda’ s work engages contemporary communication design, art practice and theory. In 2003, she founded d-file Graphic Design Studio from which she has mainly worked for and collaborated with cultural institutions like the Singapore Art Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore); the National Institute of Fine Arts (Mexico), Perpetuum Foundation and Bimaris Editions (The Netherlands). Danné has published, lectured on and curated exhibitions related to contemporary art and design.

Professor Colm O’Gorman, Dublin City University

Colm O’Gorman is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Dublin City University Business School. He has studied the growth strategies of SMEs, the nature of managerial work in high growth SMEs, mission statements in SMEs, and internationalisation processes and in International New Ventures. He has explored the emergence of high-tech firms in the context of cluster dynamics, including a study of the factors that led to the rapid emergence of the software industry in Ireland. He is the co-author of ‘Enterprise in Action’, a text book on entrepreneurship for Irish students. He has co-authored eight teaching cases studies on entrepreneurship published by the European Case Clearing House, including several awards winning cases.

Professor Owen P. Priest, Northwestern University

Owen Priest is presently a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. As a member of the Hoye group, Professor Priest trained as a natural products synthetic organic chemist and was a member of the team that was one of the first to carry out the total synthesis of Michellamines A, B, & C. After serving as the Director of Undergraduate Organic Laboratories, Priest continues to teach organic chemistry classes as well as upper-level courses for chemistry majors. He has been recognised for his teaching, has served on executive committees within the American Chemical Society (ACS), and has served as the Committee Chair for the American Chemical Society’s LGBT Chemists and Allies committee. He has served on committees that have written exams for the ACS Exams Institute, including a term as the Committee Chair for the American Chemical Society’s 2014 First-Term Organic Chemistry Exam.

Professor Ian Robertson

Professor Ian Robertson is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute which is a joint programme of Trinity College Dublin and the University of California at San Francisco. He is also Visiting Professor at University College London and was formerly a Fellow at Hughes Hall, Cambridge University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his published research on the human brain. His popular writing has included regular features in the London Times and The Daily Telegraph and four books aimed at the general reader: Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind’s Eye (2003), Stay Sharp (2005) The Winner Effect (2012) and The Stress Test (2016), all of which have been widely translated.

Kevin Roland, Teneo Strategy

Kevin Roland is a Managing Director of Teneo Strategy. Mr Roland has had an impressive international career and most recently served as the acting Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he led U.S. efforts in support of Northern Ireland’s peace process. He has also worked as the Trade and Investment Team Leader at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and as First Secretary for Economic Affairs in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Tuomas Tahko, University of Helsinki

Tuomas Tahko is University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Academy Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of An Introduction to Metametaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and editor of Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Before coming to Helsinki, Tahko completed his PhD at Durham University in 2008.

 

Professor Una Beagon, Dublin Institute of Technology

Una Beagon is a Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer who worked in the industry for many years before joining the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013. She is currently Assistant Head of School in the School of Civil and Structural Engineering. She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2014/15 and a Learning and Teaching Award for the implementation of a Problem Based Learning module entitled “Bridging the gap between teaching and learning- a constructivist initiative to engage and retain our first-year students”. Her research interests lie in the pedagogies which prepare graduates for employment with an emphasis on professional skills.

Dr Martine Cuypers, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Cuypers is Lecturer in Greek at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD from Leiden University and has previously worked as a lecturer and research fellow in Hamburg, Leiden, Groningen, Chicago and Washington DC. Her research focuses on Greek epics and the Greek literature and culture of the Hellenistic period and Empire. Dr Cuypers also previously served as the former Chairperson for TENI, the Transgender Equality Network Ireland.

 

Professor Fiona De Londras

Professor Fiona de Londras studied law at University College Cork, lectured at University College Dublin before becoming a full professor, at the University of Durham, at the age of 31. In 2015 she became the inaugural Professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham and is now also Deputy Head of School of Birmingham Law School. She founded the blog www.humanrights.ie which has welcomed contributions from scholars, NGOs and government ministers. She is a regular media commentator, has published dozens of academic articles, chapters and books (mostly on comparative human rights law, counter-terrorism, and abortion law reform). Her current work focuses on increasing accountability and effectiveness in counter-terrorism, and on achieving constitutional change in Ireland for the purposes of ensuring protection and respect for women’s reproductive autonomy.

Dr David Irwin, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Dr Irwin is a Senior Lecturer who established and headed the Department of Humanities at Institute of Technology Tallaght from 2000-2014. Since 2014 he has worked on the largest change management project in Irish higher education to establish a technological university in Dublin. He is a graduate of UCC (MA), UUJ (D. Phil), GCD (LLB), and UCD (Prof Dip in Professional Regulation). He is currently a member of the Mental Health Commission (Tribunals), and a Member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU). In the past, he has also served as a member of the Governing Body of DCU and as a member of Development Education Committee (Dept. of Foreign Affairs). His research interests have focussed on Foucaultian discourses of power, and change management in higher education. He has been a judging member of various Undergraduate Awards panels since 2011.

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