2023 Event Speakers

2023 Event Speakers

Larry Donnelly

Larry Donnelly is a Boston born and educated attorney who holds both American and Irish passports.  Larry relocated to his ancestral Ireland to take up

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Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed ROOM, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best

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Joan Nolan

Being part of a family business Joan has been involved in logistics for almost 30 years. Starting in finance as a qualified ACCA accountant, and

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Brian O’Flynn

Brian O’Flynn has been the Head of Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland since March 2020. He has spent much of his career working overseas,

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Jason Sherlock

Jason Sherlock is a well-known Irish sports personality having represented Ireland underage in soccer and basketball and also played for the Dublin Senior Football Team

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Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton is a barrister, former Irish Minister for European Affairs and Member of the Irish Parliament. She is the founder and CEO of leading

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Patrick Prendergast

Patrick Prendergast is Chairperson of the Governing Body of South East Technological University and a Research Professor in Trinity College Dublin where he served as

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Ruth McAvinia

Ruth McAvinia worked as a news and sport reporter in broadcast media before re-training in science communication. She has worked on contract at the European

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Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Kathryn Cramer Brownell is associate professor of history at Purdue University. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of media, politics, and popular culture,

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Sharon Clancy

Professionally trained singer and actress Sharon Clancy will thrill guests at the afternoon tea party with popular jazz songs and hits from musicals. Hailing from

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Sinead McSweeney

A native of Midleton, Co. Cork, Sinéad studied law at University College Cork and qualified as a barrister in 1993. She began her working life

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James Carville

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected

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Elaine Mahon

Elaine Mahon is Assistant Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies and Editor of the Journal of Franco-Irish Studies. She lectures in gastronomy and

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Veronica Campbell

President, South East Technological University (SETU) Prof Veronica Campbell is a Pharmacology graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was awarded her PhD from the

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Dermot Murnaghan

Award winning journalist, Dermot Murnaghan has spent 40 years in broadcast news in the UK, presenting all the major network news programmes for Channel 4,

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Aisling Brady

Aisling is a media professional with over ten years experience in broadcast media and public relations having worked for Oireachtas TV and RTÉ. At Oireachtas

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Suzanne Lynch

Suzanne Lynch is Chief Brussels Correspondent of POLITICO Europe. Based in Brussels, she leads coverage of EU affairs and is also host of the weekly

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Frank McNally

Frank McNally is a newspaper reporter and columnist. Born in County Monaghan, near the Irish Border, he moved to Dublin in his late teens, working

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Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey is a columnist, broadcaster and Communications Consultant. She writes for The Irish Independent each Saturday and has previously written for The Sunday Times

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Dr. Ciarán Seoighe

Deputy Director General Dr Ciarán Seoighe joined SFI as Deputy Director General in January 2018.  In his role, Ciarán is responsible for Organisational Strategy, Corporate

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Renee Chenault Fattah

Renee Chenault Fattah is the Executive Director of the not for profit Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) which provides Pro Bono criminal record clearing

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Eamonn Hore

Eamonn Hore studied Civil Engineering at University College Dublin graduating with a B.E. in 1979. He then studied Computers for Engineers at Trinity College Dublin

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William Keilthy

William Keilthy, a native of New Ross, is a retired business executive who held senior management roles in Glanbia Foods  before setting up his own

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Vasileios Madouros

Vasileios Madouros was appointed Central Bank of Ireland Deputy Governor, Monetary and Financial Stability in November 2022. In this role, he oversees the Economics &

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Terry Prone

Terry Prone was one of the founders of The Communications Clinic, having previously been one of the founders of Carr Communications, which she drove to

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Sean McCormack

Sean McCormack is a unique blend of entrepreneurial and large company (McKesson, Pfizer) experience. In either setting, his ability to recognize and seize new business

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Ken Murray

Multi award-winning journalist Ken Murray covers the island of Ireland for Euronews TV. A political and parliamentary correspondent in Dáil Eireann for 17 years, he

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Gerard Howlin

Gerard has practised as a public affairs consultant since 2008, working for a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. He is

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Fiacre O’Cairbre

Fiacre O’Cairbre is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Maynooth University. He received his Ph.D in mathematics from Berkeley in California. Fiacre has many publications in

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Patrick Honohan

Patrick Honohan was Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from September 2009 to November 2015. He is an honorary professor of economics at Trinity

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Seán Connick

Sean Connick is the current Chief Executive Officer of the John F Kennedy Trust, where he leads the daily operation of one of Irelands premier

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Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union. The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring

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David Carson

David Carson is a Chartered Accountant and Executive Coach. He was a corporate finance partner in Deloitte Ireland specialising in M&A, Restructuring and Forensic and

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Dr Matthew Jebb

Matthew Jebb undertook his primary degree and D.Phil at Oxford University. His Ph.D. looked at the taxonomy and tuber morphology of the rubiaceous ant-plants. Following

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Ali Watkins

Ali Watkins, of Brooklyn, NY, is a journalist at the New York Times. She was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting

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Patricia L. Gatling

Patricia L. Gatling has a broad practice that focuses on transportation law, employment law and employee benefits, government relations, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and general

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Rose Conway-Walsh

Rose Conway-Walsh TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson Public Expenditure and Reform was elected to Dáil Eireann in 2020 after leading the Sinn Féin team in the

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Dr Miriam Grey Nyhan

Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey has been affiliated with New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House in various roles since 2008, having completed her doctorate at the

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James Lawless TD

James was elected to the Dáil to represent Kildare North in 2016 and 2020 and prior to that was a member of Kildare County Council.

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Gary Gannon TD

Gary Gannon is the Social Democrats spokesperson for Education, Higher Education, Arts, Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Social Protection. A graduate of Trinity College, where he

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Dr Ray Bassett

Dr Ray Bassett Dr Ray Bassett is a former senior Irish diplomat who held the position of Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas

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Gary Murphy

Gary Murphy is Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He has held visiting professorships at the University

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Laura Brien

CEO Maritime Area Regulatory Authority Laura Brien has recently been appointed as CEO of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA). MARA is a new state

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Dr Brian Murphy

Dr Brian Murphy is a director of the Kennedy Summer School. He earned his doctorate in Modern Irish History from the School of History and

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Jim Bergin

Jim Bergin is chief executive of Tirlán, a world-class food and nutrition business, with 11 high-tech processing facilities, more than 2,300 employees, over 11,000 members

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Eileen Dunne

Dubliner Eileen Dunne has been involved with the Kennedy Summer School for a number of years now. A recent retiree, she spent 42 years working

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Greg Swenson

Greg Swenson is a founding partner of Brigg Macadam Ltd, an emerging market investment banking firm in London. He has over twenty years of banking,

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Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill is a household name in professional football. Born in Derry, he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest, playing under the

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