Founder of Future Voices, an innovative award winning Irish youth human rights organisation, empowering the most at-risk young people in Ireland to transform their lives. Background in law, human rights, policy/research and youth empowerment. Experience working in the public sector for the European Commission, experience working in political policy working for a senior British politician and also working for NGOs in the social justice and public interest law sector, including representing Irish Travellers and Gypsies. Aside from legal/advocacy background, have been involved in policy development- authored high level reports and have appeared before the UN and EU bodies, including drafting a National country report with the London School of Economics which was commissioned for the European Commission and authoring the first ever report on Irish Travellers/Gypsies in the UK to the UN Committee on Race Discrimination, in which my recommendations were adopted by the UN. Board member of various organisations. Recent accolades include: -Newstalk/WMB Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015, -Ray Murphy CEO Award for leadership 2015. -Listed in Tatlers Most influential women in the media 2015, -Licensee of TEDx conference and awarded a TED scholarship to attend TED Global conference in Geneva in 2015. -Appointed an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 -Social Entrepreneur Ireland Awardee 2014, -Featured in Image Magazine Irish Women Game Changers 2014 -Finalist Image magazine Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 -Awardee for Bank of Ireland Social Enterprise Award 2014 Media contributor on inequality, youth and marginalized groups. Have appeared on many national shows including Prime Time, Morning Ireland, George Hook, Matt Cooper, RTE Drivetime etc. Regularly write columns for publications including The Irish Times and Journal.ie on issues of inequality, youth and diversity.
Head of Business Banking, AIB Bank
Catherine Moroney is an experienced and customer focussed financial and banking services executive, mainly in the Irish market (with UK, USA and European Client Corporate Banking experience). Experience includes leading large teams requiring excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills with a proven track record in delivering commercially focussed, customer centric results and developing talent. Areas of experience include; Corporate & Business Banking, Retail Banking, Finance and Deal Structuring, Leading Business Units responsible for Personal & Business Strategy, Propositions and Product Line development. Currently Head of Business Banking at AIB Bank; Chairman of AIB Corporate Finance, Council & Board Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and former Non-Executive Director of Aviva Health
Dr. Nora Khaldi
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer at Nuritas
Dr Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Nora?s revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognised by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the EU Commission.
After leaving her academic career in early 2014, Nora decided to focus exclusively on disrupting the way therapeutic molecules were being discovered. She thus created Nuritas?, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to the food arena with the aim of creating the future of food and personalised nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Nuritas? is revolutionising health and food systems through the accelerated discovery of therapeutic health-benefiting molecules from food.
The company has been described as having the exceedingly rare potential to become bigger than Facebook. Nuritas? was recently classified amongst the 21 most innovative startups in the world along with Uber. The company recently received record-breaking funding from international VC and angel investors based across three continents.
Over the next few years, Nora plans to lead the Nuritas? team in their goal of reaching 1 billion people with their life-changing ingredients.
20AChair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College in Dublin
Lizbeth is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at University College Dublin, where she is an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy. Lizbeth founded the SMARTlab in its first iteration in 1992, and has developed the award winning practice-based PhD Programme through the institute, along with the associated MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre and Gamelab, which Lizbeth designed with industry collaborators as a prime knowledge transfer space in the London docklands prior to moving the lab to Dublin in 2010-11. Lizbeth and her teams specialise in developing ground-up technology solutions for people of all levels of cognitive and physical ability, from mainstream learners of all ages to ?special? and ?gifted? learners and lifelong learners in the developed and developing worlds. In all her work, she applies a universal design method to practice-based innovation to transform lives through providing unlimited access to education and tools for creative expression. Prior to joining UCD, Lizbeth was Director of Research for Futurelab Education, working with David Puttnam?s team to establish innovative platforms for the future of education in a context of global change. In 2008 she was named ?Best Woman in Academia and the Public Sector? and also ?Best Woman in Technology? by the Blackberry Rim international awards panel. She was nominated to Chair the Royal Irish Academy?s Social Sciences Committee in 2012.She is the author/editor of 13 books and many peer-reviewed articles, and a prolific broadcast presenter on TV, Radio and Online. She is PI and co-PI of several major funded research projects, and also an evaluator and judge of numerous research council and EC evaluation panels. She is known as an expert in Digital Inclusion, including learning models for communities at risk. She is an award-winning advocate of community-based ethical learning and teaching models using interactive tools and games to inspire and engage learners of all ages. She specialises in working with people who do not have physical voices (whether due to disability, injury, illiteracy, or other social/political factors), enabling the use of new creative technologies for expression vocally, in writing, and with movement and music.
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