November 29, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin


Ade McCormack
Former Technologist and Financial Times Columnist

Ade McCormack is a former technologist who today is focused on helping organisations and individuals thrive in the post-industrial age. He is a sought-after professional speaker, who has spoken in around 30 countries. His perspectives on the convergence of technology and humanity provide a mind-moving framework for understanding how the world is changing, and how to capitalise on the changes. Ade is also a former Financial Times opinion columnist, who has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership. He continues to write for CIO magazine, and is a judge on the CIO 100. He has written a number of books, including ‘Beyond Nine to Five – Your career guide for the digital age’. He also wrote a book for the European Commission entitled – The e-Skills Manifesto – A Call to Arms, which included input from governmental ministers, industry leaders, academics and think tank thought leaders. Ade’s perspectives can be found at and on Twitter at @AdeMcCormack

All attendees will receive a free copy of Ade's book 'Beyond Nine to Five'.

Fiona Mullen
HR Director, Facebook

Fiona leads HR for all Facebook’s organization's based in EMEA.
Prior to joining, she spent the last nine years with Microsoft, and with them has held positions as Head of HR APAC, International Director of Staffing & HR Director Ireland. Before joining Microsoft, Fiona spent 7 years at Accenture both in the UK and in Ireland.

Peter Cosgrove
Director, CPL and Founder of the Future of Work Institute

Peter is a Director with Cpl the largest Recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Communication’s He founded the Future of Work Institute in Ireland which provides key insights and trends for organisations across the world. He is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of talent and the future of work and is on the steering committee of the 30% club, which promotes gender diversity

Kevin Empey
Director, Willis Towers Watson

Kevin has worked across many aspects of HR, Organisation Development and employment strategy over the last 25 years. He led the HR consulting practice in Willis Towers Watson from 2002 to 2015 and is now a Director in the firm’s Talent and Organisational Alignment practice. He was appointed to the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) in 2011 which advises Ministers and Government Departments on the selection of senior civil service appointments. Kevin is a member of the Labour Market Council and was also the founder of Worklink, a professional employment support network set up during the economic crisis to support the transition of unemployed jobseekers back into full time employment.

Mark Coleman
Research Director, Gartner

Mark Coleman is a Research Director with Gartner's CIO Research group, where he creates actionable, fact-based research focused on IT workforce and leadership. These include the drivers and trends related to IT staffing, skills, people leadership and talent management. Mr. Coleman specializes in advice for clients who have goals for significant organizational change, including the future IT workforce to support digital business or personal professional, leadership and career development. Much of his work is in helping clients to build and enhance world-class IT organizations through effective recruitment, retention, and the management and development of the workforce. Mr. Coleman's HR leadership experience covers HR business partnering, high potential and succession planning programs, integrating workforces through M&A, and managing and developing C-level resources. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Coleman spent 20 years at IBM, where he worked in Human Resources, Marketing and Client Management. During this time, he also completed an 18-month assignment as Head of HR to a department of the British Government. He is a professionally trained, experienced Executive Coach.

PJ Dwyer
Vice President, End-User Computing Sales & Marketing for Dell EMC in EMEA

PJ Dwyer leads End-User Computing Sales & Marketing for Dell EMC in EMEA. The End-User computing business unit provides devices, from PCs to Tablets, and solutions that enable users to connect to their networks and data. Dell’s end-user solutions are designed to meet the evolving needs of users in the different settings of the evolving workplace.

PJ leads strategy development, planning and execution for product marketing, brand management, pricing, demand planning, digital business & pre-sales specialist support in the region. Leading a team of 400+ people across EMEA. PJ reports to the global President of End-user solutions based in the USA and is a member of Dell’s EMEA Executive leadership team.

He has held a number of senior leadership positions in Dell’s European business

Including: General Manager UK Corporate sales division, Country Manager Poland, General Manager Ireland sales, and leader of the Public Sector segment Business in Europe.  He is currently based in our Cherrywood office, Dublin, Ireland.

PJ holds an Honours degree in business from University College Cork and a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate member of the Irish Marketing Institute of Ireland and is a member of the Irish Institute of Directors.


Gill Brennan
CEO, Irish Proshare Association

Gill Brennan is CEO of the Irish Proshare Association (IPSA) having joined the organisation as co-chair of the EFI committee in 2014. She was elected to the position of CEO the following year. Since becoming CEO Gill has helped to drive the renewal of IPSA and generate more awareness of the benefits of employee ownership in all its various forms. She carries out this role in a part-time capacity while also studying for a PhD in Organsational Behaviour in the Kemmy Business School in the University of Limerick. Prior to joining the Irish Proshare Association Gill worked across several sectors of the Irish economy including several start-ups and SMEs. She has a Masters in Strategic Management from the Smurfit Business School and B.A and H.Dip from UCD.

Annette Burns
Director, eumom

Annette began her career in magazine publishing in the UK and held a number of senior and business transformation roles in magazine and print publishing in both the UK and Ireland. After a period living abroad she returned to the UK and Ireland in the role of Consultant, Coach, Board Director and Advisor. In 2014 she took over eumom as Owner and Joint Managing Director. Eumom is Ireland’s Biggest Parenting Community and is a barometer for the issues and needs that concern irish moms.  In the last 2 years it has been supporting the position of moms in work with research, relevant content and events. Annette is a passionate proponent of the power of technology to enable flexible working and believes that industry and women should embrace all it has to offer.

Professor Anthony Staines

Anthony Staines is the Professor of Health Systems, in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU. A public health physician, and a former member of the Higher Education Authority, he works on public policy and futures for healthcare. He has worked on funding models for higher education, and on the education needs of healthcare staff.

Maeve McElwee
Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Ibec

Maeve McElwee is head of industrial relations and human resources in Ibec. Maeve is the chief Ibec spokesperson on IR and HR matters and represents employers' interests to the ICTU, the media and senior public service management. Prior to joining Ibec in 2000, she worked with the World Bank in Washington D.C. 

Professor Cathal O'Donoghue
Director, Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc

Prof. Cathal O’Donoghue is incoming Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway, has been since 2005, Head of Teagasc’s (Irelands Agriculture and Food Development Authority)  Rural Economy and Development Programme. He was a member of the Fund Council of CGIAR, a $1 billion a year International Agri-Food Research organisation. From 2012-2014, he was CEO of the Irish Government's Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas 2012-2014, Chairman of the Irish Sport Horse Strategy Committee 2013-2015, was President of the International Microsimulation Association and on the Executive of the UK Agricultural Economics Society. He is a UCC graduate, a Statistician and Economist by training, with post graduate degrees from Oxford, UCD, the LSE, and Warwick, having worked previously at the ESRI, UK Government Economics Service, the University of Cambridge and NUI Galway.  His personal research programme involves the development and use of policy simulation models, for which he holds a Chair (extra ordinary (adjunct)) at the University of Maastricht, as well as Adjunct positions in UCD and NUIG. He has published over 150 research papers, 4 books and supervised over 20 PhD students to completion. He has been an advisor to many international organisations and was a long term advisor to the UK Government's Department of Work and Pensions on policy modelling.

Kieran Dunne
Applications and Services Lead, Microsoft

Kieran Dunne is the Microsoft Applications and Services lead for Ireland managing a portfolio of products that includes Office 365, Office, Project & Visio.  In his role Kieran has end-to-end accountability for the ASG business in the geography including planning, revenue & P&L and business goals for the Microsoft Ireland.  Kieran has spent 18 years building, leading teams in US multinational companies (Citibank; Compaq, HP and Microsoft) and has held roles in Finance, IT and Operations and have worked in both Ireland and the US.

Eileen O Loughlin
Vice President of Human Resources, Virgin Media

Eileen O Loughlin is Vice President of Human Resources for Virgin Media and leads a talented people team locally who support both Virgin Media and TV3 in Ireland.   

She is passionate about people and the fulfilment of their potential.  She has worked as a HR professional for 20+ years in a variety of industries and been a pension trustee for 15+ years.  Prior to entering the multinational sector Eileen worked in Blackrock Clinic, Dunnes Stores and UCD.

During her 16 years in the Telco industry Eileen has been responsible for the evolution of the people strategy.  She has led organisational integration, transformation and cultural evolution, whilst driving strong employee engagement and performance. 

Working as part of the Liberty Global HR Leadership Team in the delivery of the People Agenda, she has played key roles in design and implementation of programmes, systems and solutions covering 37,000 employees across 16 countries including: Global Performance Management & Talent Solutions, Global Job Grading, Global Engagement, Establishment of Global HR Community and deployment of on line knowledge sharing portal and international job swap programme.

She is currently studying for a Master’s in Business & Leadership at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Mary Mitchell O`Connor
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Mary Mitchell O`Connor was appointed Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on the 6th of May 2016. She was elected to the Dail on her first attempt in the 2011 General Election when she topped the poll in the Dun Laoghaire Constituency. Since her appointment as Minister by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Mitchell O`Connor has assumed the role of Chair of the Retail Consultation Forum and Chair of the Departmental Coordination Group on Brexit. Minister Mitchell O`Connor also sits on the recently established Cabinet Committee on Brexit.

The Minister plays a key role in Europe representing Ireland at TTIP and CETA Negotiation on the Foreign Affairs and Trade Council and the Competitiveness Council. Minister Mitchell O`Connor is committed to supporting small businesses. She has begun review of company legislation with the needs of small enterprises very much to the fore. She has undertaken a review of the Action Plan for Jobs with a view to placing priority on.

Female Entrepreneurship

The Retail Sector

Youth unemployment

Small Business

Mary is also focused on rural and regional Ireland. Her commitment to successfully implementing The Regional Action Plan for Jobs is already beginning to show results. Minister Mitchell O`Connor’s works almost daily with IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland as her Department continues to drive the jobs agenda. For the first time in almost a decade 2 million people are employed in Ireland.

Mary also served as a County Councillor on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. She was elected for two consecutive terms in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009. Mary was School Principal in Scoil Cholmcille in Skryne, Co. Meath before taking the reins of The Harold School in Glasthule, Co. Dublin. She lives in Cabinteely and is a mother of two sons.






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