Kate Williams

CEO of 1% for the Planet

Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that inspires action and commitment so that our planet and future generations thrive. 1% for the Planet’s global network of thousands of businesses and individuals have given $100s of millions to environmental partners to date. Kate has led significant growth in the community’s scale and impact, as well as deep work on best practices for implementing high impact giving strategies, growing a network brand, and operating as an effective and innovative enterprise.

Tom Szaky

CEO of TerraCycle & Loop

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 20 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.In May 2019, TerraCycle launched Loop, a circular reuse platform that enables consumers to purchase products in durable, reusable packaging.

Mikaela Loach

Climate Justice Activist

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist, co-host of The Yikes Podcast, writer and 4th year medical student based in Edinburgh. Her work focuses on making the climate movement more inclusive, the intersections of the climate crisis with oppressive systems and dismantling white supremacy. Mikaela has been featured in major press outlets such as Forbes, Global Citizen, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and BBC Woman's Hour - where she was named as one of the most influential women in the UK climate movement.

Thomas Kolster

Founder of Goodvertising

Thomas Kolster is a marketing activist on a mission to make business put people and planet first. As a seasoned branding and sustainability professional of more than 18 years’ standing, he’s advised Fortune 500 companies, small start-ups, governments, agencies, and non-profits. He’s the founder of the global Goodvertising movement that’s inspired a shift for the better in advertising. He’s also the author of two books: ‘Goodvertising’ (Thames & Hudson 2012) and ‘The Hero Trap’ (2020)

Jamie Beck Alexander

Director, Drawdown Labs, Project Drawdown

Jamie Beck Alexander is a solutions-oriented corporate climate advocate, coalition builder, and founding Director of Drawdown Labs. Jamie joined the Project Drawdown team from Ceres, where she led corporate engagement on the west coast, working with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets and leveraging their influence in support of strong climate and clean energy policies. At Ceres, she launched a public-private partnership with the City of San Francisco and Bay Area companies to identify and deploy collaborative solutions to decarbonize the transportation sector.

Mathias Wikström

Founder of Doconomy

Mathias Wikström is a Sweden based renowned sustainability business leader and creative strategist who aims to innovate as well as making the complex communicate. He founded Doconomy together with Johan Pihl and spearheaded other globally awarded forefront projects in Finance, Sustainability and Human Rights. He has received an EMBA with honors at Stockholm School of Economics with focus on Leading Innovation, been educated at Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Mathias has served on several juries and is a high scoring speaker at industry summits in Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as with the UN and UNFCCC.

Lisa Hastings

Global Creative Director & Brand Strategist at SGK

Lisa Hastings is the Global Creative Director & Brand Strategist at SGK. She works with brands, businesses, and individuals to define and differentiate them. Globally experienced, with 20 years in Branding Agencies and run my own business, I’ve headed up teams around the globe - UK, Shanghai and now based in Sydney, Australia, I also work with clients in the USA & Europe. I co-host a podcast, called Shelf Impactors and do talks and one on one coaching for creatives also wanting to change the world.

Johan Phil

Johan Pihl is a Swedish award-winning creative director and innovation specialist. His work builds on service design at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, resulting in tangible solutions aligning with both long-term business value and world-improving purpose. Johan has successfully developed and launched innovation projects such as; The Natalia Project 2014, Baltic Sea Project / Åland Index 2016, The Humanium Metal Initiative 2016, DO Black 2019, and The 2030 Calculator 2020. In 2018 Johan founded Doconomy together with Mathias Wikström.

Cindy Forde

Founder, Planetari

Cindy Forde is founder of Planetari, an education platform aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that equips children be the innovators of a better world. As MD of the Blue Marine Foundation she helped form the Great British Oceans Coalition, persuading the UK government to establish the largest marine protected areas in the world. As CEO of Cambridge Science Centre she created hands-on discovery programmes for children to learn key skills needed for national development. Cindy has an MSc in Sustainability and Business Practice and is an award winning creative.

Dr Declan Bogan

CEO of innovate2zero, Senior Consultant Future of Work Institute, founder of sustHub

Declan’s has had the privilege to work with great people in over 150+ great organisations with interesting challenges over the last 25 years. He has worked with senior leaders, internationally, as they looked to evolve their people and customer propositions and strategies. Through the Future of Work Institute he is focused on employee value propositions and CSR, through innovate2zero, organizational sustainability strategy and through sustHub, learning and development of business leaders.

Amanda Skaar

SDG Partnerships, Google

Amanda is a SDG Partnerships Account Manager at Google responsible for Norwegian high-growth advertisers. She has worked with a number of startups in tech, education and renewable energy, and now focuses on challengers in e-commerce as a consultant on branding and export strategy. In addition to this, she runs point on EMEA partnerships in the Google for Startups program focused on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Barry Winkless

CSO Cpl & Head of the Future of Work Institute

Barry is a thought leader in strategic design, innovation and engagement with a particular focus on how society is changing and what that means to the world of work. He has a deep expertise in strategy, brand and engagement and over the past 23 years he has worked locally and globally with some of the world’s most respected organisations. He is a frequent author and speaker at numerous client and external events.

Penny Rafferty


Penny Rafferty leads Tourism Australia’s Sustainability approach, underpinning one of the organisation’s key strategic priorities for the future. The aim of the strategy is to articulate and elevate the many sustainability legacy stories of Australian tourism, meeting and growing consumer demand, and encouraging industry capability. Prior to this Penny led the development of Tourism Australia’s premium and luxury strategy 2017-2020. Penny's career includes 9 years in the UK and South Africa as well as Australia, honing her strategic, marketing and leadership skills in travel and tourism, wine, performing arts and festivals, events and publishing.

Glyn Griffiths


Glyn is a natural born innovator. In Design Partners, Glyn works with world-leading companies and ambitious start-ups helping them solve complex technical problems by prototyping future experiences. With a doctorate in Sustainability, in research contributing to CO2 mitigation technologies, Glyn also provides consultancy on life cycle analysis. By unearthing the inherent, but often hidden, aspects of product and service environmental impacts, Glyn helps clients find more innovative, sustainable solutions.

Louisa Ziane

COO, Toast Ale

Louisa co-founded Toast Ale in 2015. She is the Chief Operating Officer, managing the company's commitment to people, planet and profit, and ensuring the brand is true to its purpose: to end food waste over a cheeky pint. She is a certified management accountant with a background in sustainability consulting and marketing. She's passionate about social enterprise, the circular economy and the growing B Corp movement.

Steven Johnson


Steven is a writer, speaker and freelance consultant specializing in the practical application of behavioral science. Over the last decade he has been responsible for leading insight and design on a vast range of award-winning behavior change projects addressing health, sustainability and social housing issues. Operating across the UK, Europe and North America his work has received recognition from Cannes Lions, D&AD, IPA, AHC, How-Do and the German Design Council. He also served 3 years as an NED with global advertising body D&AD, working with the leadership team on sustainability, health and inequality.

Bianca Pitt


With a background in law, business, media and corporate finance Bianca Pitt is an advisor to the environmental charity sector, an activist and campaigner, and an environmental funder. She is the Co-Founder at SHE Changes Climate, on the Development Board of ClientEarth, Strategic Advisory Group of the Environmental Funders Network and the Advisory Group of The Sustainable Angle and Action Board of Action for Conservation. Bianca also founded and is curating the Women of the Environment Network. She and her husband endowed the first Chair for Environmental Sustainability at INSEAD, one of the leading business schools. She is a Fellow of the RSA and TEDx speaker.

Rónán O Dálaigh


Ronan is a social entrepreneur and activist. The enterprise he is currently leading, Thriftify (an e-commerce solution for charity shops), has been awarded the Best Social & Sustainable Start-Up and was recently recognized as a High Potential Start-Up by Enterprise Ireland as it raised substantial investment to scale its model internationally and signed up 95% of Ireland's charity shops to its platform. He was elected a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is a member of ChangemakerXChange, the world’s largest social enterprise collaboration network for young social entrepreneurs. In 2020 he was nominated as a leading 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur.

Alexis Eyre


Alexis is a sustainable marketing consultant and Founder of Green Eyre and the podcast inspiring sustainability in the marine industry, Future Blue. Having worked on all three sides of the marketing triangle – agency, client and media owner, she launched her own consultancy last year after being made redundant. She helps companies align their marketing with the rest of their sustainability initiatives from lowering the environmental footprint of their campaigns to embedding the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals throughout their strategies. She also advises a not-for-profit, JUST ONE Tree, in her free time.

Sebastian Africano

Executive Director of Trees, Water and People

Sebastian Africano is the Executive Director of Trees, Water and People where he oversees all aspects of the organization's work in Central America and on US Tribal Lands. In his 16 years with TWP, Sebastian has built a multicultural and multidisciplinary team that is addressing the overlapping challenges of climate change, sustainable economic development, and Indigenous sovereignty across North and Central America.

Jane McDaid


Jane founded THINKHOUSE 20 years ago, identifying a need for more culturally-led communications in the marketplace. She is a seasoned marketer – shaping the strategy of major brands through a relentless focus on creative innovation to help brands better understand and connect with younger generations. Jane was recently listed as one of the ‘Innovator25,’ a Holmes Report list of marketing communication leaders in EMEA that are ‘reshaping influence and engagement in an era of dramatic marketing and communications disruption.’ Jane’s unapologetic style, and vision, sets her apart from traditional marketeers as she embraces an anti-agency stance on many issues and workplace culture as well as her industry leading work advocating for climate action.

Jonathan Wise

Co-Founder, Purpose Disruptors

Jonathan combines 15 years experience as a strategist in creative agencies with a Masters degree in Sustainability. With this experience he asks "Can the advertising and communications industry meaningfully help address our climate emergency?" An answer was to help create the Purpose Disruptors, now a community of 1600+ of industry professionals concerned about climate. Together, they have created a number of initiatives, including Create&Strike and The Great Reset.

Moira Horgan


Moira joined Business in the Community- BITC Ireland in February 2007. She advises companies on communicating their sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She heads up the Marketing Team which promotes all aspects of the organisation and the impact of the network. A key focus is on leveraging digital marketing channels to promote us at the trusted adviser on CSR and sustainability in Ireland. Moira has over 20 years’ experience in marketing; specialising in communications, event management and PR. Moira sits on the board of Dublin City FM and has appeared in numerous media including Morning Ireland, RTE News, Sky News and The Ryan Tubridy Show.

Brian O’Kennedy

CEO of Clearstream Solutions, founder of sustHub

Brian is a passionate advocate in the positive impact business can have on sustainability. As founder and CEO of Clearstream Solutions, Irelands leading independent sustainability consulting company, his team has worked with over 200 companies on sustainability challenges, ESG, carbon footprinting, training and circular economy. He is a co-founder of sustHub, Ireland’s premier sustainability learning and education provider. He has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience in global supply chain management and procurement.

Anne-Marie Tomchak


Anne-Marie Tomchak is a social entrepreneur and digital executive who has worked at the top of fashion, technology and news. She is the founder and CEO of the tech company DesignTracker which spotlights design-led solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis through weekly service journalism and an annual index called the DesignTracker100. Anne-Marie is also a co-founder of the social enterprise ShareJoy which sells pre-loved and ethical fashion to support mental health charities.

Dr. CJ Palmer

Founder and CEO, Sustainable mPact™

Dr CJ Palmer is a Sustainability Business Executive who is also a Specialist Medical Doctor and an Award winning International Singer and Songwriter. CJ is a Successful Serial Entrepreneur in the field of Renewable Energy, Financial Solutions for Renewable Energy, and Sustainability. In addtion to 20+ years as a Medical Doctor, previous work also includes having founded and managed a Swedish Wind Power Company, Managing Wind Farm Capitalization, as well as having written, sung and performed hit songs around the world.

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle

Instigator & CEO of The B!G Idea

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle is the instigator and CEO of The B!G Idea. She is a creative advocate, an internationally recognised product designer and winner of multiple worldwide design awards. Kim is a firm believer in the power of creativity to effect positive change. As a former President and current Director of the Institute of Designers Ireland, she sits on the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs committee for Design Education.

Andrew Lowe

Senior Client Partner, Sustainability leader - KornFerry

Andrew is a Partner in the Global Sustainability practice for Korn Ferry International, and practice lead for EMEA. He specializes in Sustainability leadership assignments, as well specialist appointments in areas such as Circular Economy, Net Zero, Climate Analytics and ESG inter alia. Andrew has successfully partnered with global, European and UK clients across all industry sectors, with recent experience in Energy, Healthcare, FMCG, Financial Services, Business Services and Technology.

Martina L. Cheung

President, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Martina L. Cheung is President of S&P Global Market Intelligence, one of the four divisions within S&P Global, Inc. Ms. Cheung also serves as the Operating Committee executive sponsor for S&P Global Sustainable1, the single source of sustainability and ESG intelligence from S&P Global. Ms. Cheung is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and in 2019, was appointed to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) subcommittee on Climate-Related Market Risk.


VP, Sustainability, PCH. UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer

Alan Cuddihy is the VP of Sustainability at PCH International, the global product development and supply chain company. In 2021, Alan was announced as UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer for a Circular Economy. Alan is primarily interested in the intersection of technology and sustainability. Bringing new products and technologies to market at the right time while also maximizing positive social and environmental impact. Alan develops the global PCH sustainability strategy, which goes beyond compliance and focuses on the economic benefit of excellence in environmental and social performance.

Sandra Murphy

Founder & Creative Director, AFORE AFTER.

Sandra is a deep-set expert in fashion and textile design with over 20 years of experience working at an international level, including stints at global brands Victoria's Secret and Gap and multiple lecturing roles. Sandra’s hands-on experience working with sustainable materials began in 2005 while in New York but now based in Ireland, she has turned her focus towards fashion’s future under the circular economy. Sandra developed AFORE AFTER using only certified sustainable materials while also incorporating new innovative technologies, such as virtual try-on and resale.

Colin Ward

Head of Environment Health and Safety for Dublin Bus

Colin Ward is Head of Environment Health and Safety for Dublin Bus. In his current position he is responsible for the development and ongoing implementation of the Safety, Environmental and Energy Management and Corporate risk. Ensuring Safety and Sustainability are embedded and at the forefront of all decision-making processes. He first joined Dublin Bus as a project engineer in January 2016, working in the area of environmental and energy management; developing a number of key sustainability projects for Dublin Bus. Prior to this Colin worked in a number of engineering companies with clients like Google, Intel and EirGrid, focusing on renewable energy developments and safe delivery of construction projects.


co-founder and CEO, isla

Anna is the co-founder and CEO of isla - the independent industry body supporting the events sector transition to a more sustainable future. As the driving force behind isla, Anna articulates and leads the sustainability vision for the industry. Having worked with a plethora of agencies on large scale events for global clients, Anna knows just how capable the industry is in delivering huge projects under pressure and believes the same collaborative attitude is integral to addressing the climate crisis within the events sector.

David Thomas

Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland

David has worked with Volvo Cars for over 25 years, taking the helm as Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland in 2017. Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable, and safe way. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, as part of a long-term ambition to be climate-neutral by 2040, the company aims to be fully electric by 2030.

Dr. Geraldine Brennan

Head of Circular Economy at Irish Manufacturing Research

Within IMR’s Sustainable Manufacturing Division, Geraldine is responsible for the Circular Economy Unit and oversees the delivery of CIRCULÉIRE - the National Platform for Circular Manufacturing, Ireland’s first industry-led public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating the circular economy. Geraldine has spent over a decade exploring the barriers and enablers of industry adoption and implementation of circular and sustainable business models. Dr Brennan holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Imperial College London and has lectured, authored, and edited a range of thought leadership on the topic of scaling circular innovation.

Dan Bennett

Consulting Director at Ogilvy Behavioural Science Practice

Dan is a Practitioner, Speaker and Writer on the application of Behavioural Science to Marketing. Having published his scientific experiments on why it’s annoying to overhear mobile phone conversations, he left academia to join and establish Ogilvy’s Behavioural Science Practice in 2012. Since the practice began Dan has worked on a broad range of behavioural challenges from working with Unilever in Thailand to create products that reduce water consumption, to working with London Gatwick’s airport security to nudge people into being compliant with the liquid regulations.

Nina Prichard

Head of Sustainable and Ethical Sourcing, McDonald’s UK and Ireland

Nina is Head of Sustainable and Ethical Sourcing for McDonald’s UK and Ireland. She has over ten years’ experience with McDonald’s within the Supply Chain Department and currently leads the sustainability, agriculture and ethical sourcing function. Her role involves overseeing sustainability throughout the business, with a focus on agriculture, environment, climate and the sustainable sourcing of food and packaging which contributes to annual supply chain spend exceeding a billion a year.

Noel Cunniffe

CEO of Wind Energy Ireland

Noel is the CEO of Wind Energy Ireland and prior to that worked as Wind Energy Ireland’s Deputy CEO and Head of Policy. Wind Energy Ireland is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association and works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of wind and renewable energy, and to ensure that Irish wind energy continues to provide clean, cost effective electricity to communities, businesses, factories, and homes across Ireland.

Madeleine Murray

Director Change by Degrees

Madeleine Murray spent six years in academia tutoring, teaching, writing and researching as an Archaeologist in the School of Archaeology UCD and the National Museum of Ireland. She also worked for years as an Archaeological Manager in the private sector. She is expert in employee sustainability engagement, narrative crafting and messaging and is passionate about making complex information accessible, helping businesses to create and tell their sustainability stories. Madeleine uses her skills to create empowering, educational and fun Employee Training and Experience Programmes used by some of the biggest corporates in the country, and beyond.


CO FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, Change By Degrees

Dr Shine is co-founder and Director of Change by Degrees, an award-winning business that advises organisations on sustainability strategy and reporting, employee engagement and sustainability communications. Before setting up Change by Degrees in 2018, she spent 20 years as an international climate change negotiator and adviser to governments and world leaders on environment and development policy.



Iseult is co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud, a non-profit social enterprise with a vision of a world where no good food goes to waste. Launched in 2013 with co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud has established two solutions for food redistribution connecting food businesses with local charities and community groups, providing an environmentally-sensitive, socially-responsible, and economically-viable alternative to throwing away perfectly good food. Iseult was awarded Trinity Business Student of the Year in 2013, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact award and Green Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. She is a One Young World Ambassador and one of Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders.

Deirdre Ryan

Director of Origin Green & Quality Assurance programmes at Bord Bia

Deirdre Ryan is Bord Bia’s Director of the Origin Green and Quality Assurance programmes. She has extensive experience in the food industry with a strong track record of driving impact through embedding sustainability into business strategy. Origin Green plays a crucial role in driving continuous improvement across Ireland’s food and drink sector, with significant reductions achieved to date in carbon emissions on farm and in energy and water use in processing and manufacturing. The ultimate aim of the programme is to safeguard Ireland’s global reputation and competitive advantage as a producer of quality sustainable food.

Elisabeth Doherty

Irish Activist at Fridays For Future

Beth Doherty is an 18-year-old activist from Dublin. She has been involved in the climate movement since March 2019, beginning as an organiser of the climate strikes in Dublin as part of the Fridays for Future movement. Since then, she has worked to organise the strikes in Dublin and attended the FFF Europe summit in Lausanne in 2019. She worked on the Supreme Court case which brought the Irish government to court on their climate policy last summer, and has worked on education for sustainable development and empowering young people.

Juan Aguiriano

Group Head of Sustainability, Technology Ventures at Kerry Group

Juan Aguiriano is a corporate sustainability pioneer with over 25 years’ experience leading businesses and working at C-suite level at some of the world’s biggest food, chemical and fibers companies to provide strategic guidance in helping develop and implement innovative strategies to transform businesses and operations towards triple-bottom line sustainability. Currently leading the sustainability strategy at the Kerry Group, a world leader in Taste and Nutrition, Juan is focused on creating significant, positive impact on the environment and society, by driving businesses’ sustainability leadership.

Szilvia Szabó

Managing Editor, Business Spirit Platform | Profit with Purpose Magazine

Szilvia is the managing editor of the Business Spirit Platform digital news and collaboration site that aims to inspire innovators to build a sustainable and just economy. She is also managing the Profit with Purpose Magazine, a seasonal print publication that gives voice to changemakers and puts value-driven innovation in the spotlight. Szilvia enjoys transforming content from boring to engaging, from complicated to simple, from passive to active - leading to positive change

Kevin Cronin


Freefoam’s success can be attributed to its committed people and to a culture of continuous innovation and improvement. Kevin is responsible for the strategic development and deployment of Operational Excellence and Sustainability at Freefoam. Kevin has headed up many innovative and transformative circular projects during his time at Freefoam. Freefoam is a founding member of CirculÉire, which compliments its commitment to sustainability and being a force for good. Currently Kevin is heading up a CirculÉire funded innovation project that is focused on creating a closed loop recovery system between Freefoam and the end user of its products.

Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Correspondent, Sunday Independent

Geraldine is Contributing Editor and Correspondent with the Sunday Independent and is a regular contributor to Radio and TV including RTE, Virgin Media and the BBC. She has written about Transport and Motoring for over two decades. She is a graduate of the NUI and Trinity College

Conor Spacey

Sustainability Chef & Culinary Director, FoodSpace

Conor is one of the co-authors in collaboration with the United Nations sustainable development goals to implement change and putting chefs center to fixing a global food system. This has grown to over 700 chefs across 90 countries and work with many NGO’s to make real change. Conor has received many accolades for his work in sustainability including being the only 3-star catering company in Ireland with the sustainable restaurant association for all of foodspace kitchens and he has travelled all over Europe to share his work.

Pat Kane


Pat Kane is the founder and CEO of reuzi, Ireland's one-stop shop for eco-friendly lifestyle. Pat is an author, educator, speaker and coach on all things sustainable living. She is also a columnist for Mums & Tots magazine and contributes to several websites on a regular basis She has been widely featured in the Irish media and has presented to audiences at several businesses across the country.

Mary O’Sullivan

CEO and Co founder of Wasted Media and

Mary O’Sullivan has spent the last 20 years managing commercial, PR and marketing activities within the media industry. She insists that consumers are actively looking to engage with brands that are taking the sustainability of our planet seriously and that the growth of these brands need an experienced voice in a crowded media landscape. In 2019, she established the digital lifestyle magazine to encourage and educate this growing audience and the multi-media agency Wasted Media Group to help brands engage with that consumer base.

Sarah O’Farrell

Behavioural and Psychological Sciences Lead for Accenture Health

Sarah is the Behavioural and Psychological Sciences Lead for Accenture Health and has been working in the field of behaviour change for 10 years. She has won industry awards for her work on changing sustainability behaviours in corporate contexts and believes that a deep understanding of human psychology is the key to unlocking behaviour change at scale in every jurisdiction around the world.

Colette Henry

Strategy Director, ROTHCO

Colette Henry is passionate about using her skills to create positive change and has worked in the communications industry for 18 years powering brands across all 5 continents. She is Strategy Director and Sustainability Lead at Rothco : Accenture Interactive and on the Board of Directors for the environmental education NGO ‘Leave No Trace’. She has recently completed a Postgrad at Dublin City University in Sustainability Management and is one of the founding members of Purpose Disruptors in Ireland.

Dr. André Martinuzzi

Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business

For 20 years he has coordinated projects funded by the EU Framework Programmes, on behalf of six different EU DGs, Eurostat, UN organizations and for several national ministries. His current research activities focus on Responsible Innovation, Sustainability Management and Circular Economy. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia docendi) in environmental management and sustainable development policy.

Kathy Scott

founder and creative director of The Trailblazery

Kathy is a cultural activist and creative entrepreneur dedicated to creating provocative experiences that animate the spirit of our times. Her greatest mission in this life is to nudge humanity forward by inspiring people to rise and lift each other up along the way. She is the founder and creative director of The Trailblazery which was founded in 2011 as a response to a need for deeper human connection and belonging in our world.

Sophie Benson

Freelance Journalist

Sophie Benson is a freelance journalist working with a focus on sustainable fashion, the environment, workers' rights, and consumerism. She is a columnist for Dazed and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, and AnOther.

Rebecca Bennis

Implementation Project Manager, Diligent

With a background in Environmental Science and Sustainable Resource Management, Rebecca Bennis is an Implementation Project Manager at Accuvio (now Diligent), a Sustainability Reporting Software Solutions company. In her current role, Rebecca is responsible for working with organizations to find optimal solutions for analysing and reporting their Greenhouse Gas emissions, in order for them to reduce CO2 emissions and ultimately tackle the climate crisis.

Colin Barry

Founder, Brite Mobility Limited

Colin Barry is the Founder of Brite Mobility Limited. After years in the auto trade, his family sold their motor dealership business ‘Higgins Motorpark’ in 2018 where his family held multiple dealer contracts with Ford, BMW and Honda. Colin then decided it was time to change the vehicle transport game and launched Brite in 2019. Brite Mobility Limited, trading as Brite, supply commuter vehicle managed services for corporate and university campuses and provide ebike sharing for cities while also working with leading food delivery businesses in Ireland to deliver food in city centres in Ireland.


marine environmentalist and climate activist

Flossie Donnelly is a 14 year old marine environmentalist and climate activist. From the age of 7 Flossie started to notice plastic pollution in the sea and on the beaches, by 9 she had started her own beach cleaning club and raised €4000 to get the first 2 Seabins in Ireland. This then led to striking for the climate, Flossie did her first Climate Strike in December 2018 and has striked every Friday since, she will only stop when the world leaders take notice and climate change is turned around.

Joan Mulvihill

Digitalisation Lead for Siemens in Ireland

Digitalisation Lead for Siemens in Ireland, Joan Mulvihill is at the forefront of driving technology adoption in Ireland for the past decade. Having been CEO of the Irish Internet Association for for 7 years, followed by 2 years as Centre Director for the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing, Joan’s role in leading digitalisation for Siemens customers builds on her deep commitment to and understanding of the needs of Irish business to create sustainable value. The Siemens digitalisation team work with their customers leveraging domain expertise, creative thinking and problem solving to realise solutions that transform businesses and create all of our shared futures

Sue Kelsey

Executive Vice President, Global Consumer Products, Mastercard

Sue Kelsey is executive vice president, Global Consumer Products and is responsible for accelerating inclusive and sustainable digital economies. This includes delivering on Mastercard’s Financial Inclusion commitment to including 1Bn people into the world’s digital economy by 2025, focusing on both unbanked and underserved audiences. Additionally, she is accountable for Mastercard’s sustainability commitment to reforest 100M trees by 2025, driven by Mastercard’s Priceless Planet program which includes building sustainability solutions to serve customers and consumers in financial services.

Eva McDonnell

ISSU Cork City regional officer

Eva McDonnell is an 18 year old from county Cork in Ireland. For the past 9 months she has been the democratically elected representative of students in the Cork City region. As Climate change is an issue which students are very passionate about, she has worked tirelessly to amplify the youth voice on this issue. She has helped organise and facilitate events to help students understand the root causes of climate change and to put them in contact with politicians and decision makers so that they can make their views heard. It is her belief that it is imperative that young people's opinions are included in all mediums of communication surrounding the current climate catastrophe

Jessica Dunne

Student Activist, Fridays for Future

Jessica Dunne is a 17 year old student activist with Fridays for Future Ireland. She got involved in activism through Fridays for Future and since has branched into more general work. She is a strong believer in intersectionality within climate activism and other social movements and advocates for it whenever possible.


Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Eoin is a partner in our Construction, Infrastructure & Utilities department and a leading member of the Energy, Utilities and Projects team. Energy Law is a significant part of Eoin’s expertise. He has acted for developers, investors and funders on the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of a significant number of energy projects and portfolios in Ireland with a focus on renewables. Eoin is recognised as a leading practitioner in this sector. Eoin is the president of the Energy and Environment Commission in AIJA and has been recognised by Who’s Who as an expert lawyer on environmental matters.

Ann Claire Nolan

Founder, Chromatico

The founder of Chromatico, a research and innovation company, Ann Claire Nolan is a strategic planner and insights specialist who has worked with some of Ireland’s most iconic local, as well international brands. These include, An Post, Avonmore, Bacardi Group, Bayer, Davys, Diageo, Gas Networks Ireland, Glenisk, Gucci, HSE, Irish Independent News and Media, IRFU, Mars, SafeFood, Smurfit Kappa, Tourism Ireland and Vodafone Ireland. For the past three years Ann Claire has worked on a freelance basis with many of Ireland’s top creative agencies.


Partnerships and Strategy at Parley for the Oceans

Tony Verutti has been working at the intersection of business and purpose for the last five years. He is currently the head of global partnerships and strategy for Parley for the Oceans where he leads collaborations with pace-setting companies and governments around the world. In this role, he focuses on transforming brands towards the new economy which will make it more lucrative to protect the planet than to destroy it. Tony spent the first 10 years of his career working in management consulting in Silicon Valley before receiving an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Dr. Lina M. Valencia, PhD


Dr. Lina Valencia was born and raised in Colombia, the third most biodiverse country in the world. She grew up with parents who took her hiking, camping and fishing. One of her early memories is of a trip to Gorgona National Natural Park, an island in the Pacific coast of Colombia that used to host a jail, but allowed her to see dolphins, Capuchin monkeys, poison dart frogs, corals, and Humpback Whale migration. In fact, a whale breached near them, almost capsizing their boat. Little Lina was fascinated. Lina has spent the last 5 years working with and learning from indigenous and Afro-descent communities in South and Central America in our efforts to save the forests they call home.

Karen O Neill

Founder, BEEKON Batches

Over the past 20 years, Karen had the privilege to work with some exceptional individuals, companies, colleagues, brands and agency partners on challenging yet exciting consumer and business propositions both in Ireland and Internationally. This has helped shape her into the marketer she is today, who is passionate about releasing sustainable potential both in brands, companies, people and society. Hermarketing philosophy has evolved over these years where she places a heartfelt emphasis on creating a vision that not only secures commercial growth but holds a purposeful place in the hearts of consumers and customers; their lives are improved in some way as a result of her decisions and actions.


Board Member, IMMA

John Cunningham’s career has spanned nearly 35 years in marketing, management, client-relationship management, executive management and business development at organisations such as Irish Permanent Building Society, Friends First, Zurich Bank and Alexander Mann Solutions, among others. John is Founder/CEO at People Dynamic Solutions; a consulting business working with a wide range of organisations including SOVA, Lysis Financial, Compliance Ireland, Clare Co. Co. He is also a director and shareholder in CheckRisk.

Fionnuala Moran

Head Of Brand and Content Creation, 2GoCup

Fionnuala is a broadcaster and environmentalist. As Head of Brand and Content Creation for 2GoCup, she is working to eradicate single-use coffee cups in Ireland and progress the circular economy. While her environmental interests span back to her school days, New Year resolutions to go vegan and quit fast fashion in 2018 and 2019 respectively, spurred on her sustainability efforts. These efforts have now spread to every aspect of her life and led her to swap entertainment reporting for environmentally-focused work. In 2020 the communications graduate returned to DCU to study the MSc in Climate Change: Media, Policy and Society.


Head of Structuring & Solutions, Legal & General Capital

Doug joined Legal & General Capital (LGC) in August 2018 as Head of Structuring & Solutions, he is also a Non-Executive Director on Kao Data. Doug was previously Head of UK & Ireland, DCM, Finance & Risk Solutions within RBS Markets division where he had key responsibility for the RBS Group and subsidiaries global capital markets activity, as well as the other top tier clients. Working across investment banking, asset management and treasury for 20 years, Doug has advised companies and financial institutions on a broad range of capital markets solutions, funding, strategy, structuring, market execution and risk mitigation.


Commercial Manager, Sustainable Travel Ireland

Roisin Finlay joined the Sustainable Travel Ireland team in early 2020 fresh from running Outsider magazine for the last 15 years. As editor of Ireland’s leading outdoor and adventure publication. Roisin’s work involved many jaunts around Ireland and further afield. Her adventures included lung-busting hut-to-hut hiking trips in the Dolomites, swanky ski holidays in the French Alps and cold-water immersion therapy while attempting to surf Ireland’s wild waves. Roisin has in-depth experience of tourism products and a passion for the sustainable ones that both protect the planet and give back to the communities that host them.


Commercial Manager, Sustainable Travel Ireland

Roisin Finlay joined the Sustainable Travel Ireland team in early 2020 fresh from running Outsider magazine for the last 15 years. As editor of Ireland’s leading outdoor and adventure publication. Roisin’s work involved many jaunts around Ireland and further afield. Her adventures included lung-busting hut-to-hut hiking trips in the Dolomites, swanky ski holidays in the French Alps and cold-water immersion therapy while attempting to surf Ireland’s wild waves. Roisin has in-depth experience of tourism products and a passion for the sustainable ones that both protect the planet and give back to the communities that host them.

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