CoFounder & Lead
Breda McCague is Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Lean-In-Ireland organisation. Lean-In is an international organisation (founded by Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.Inc) that empowers Women to achieve their ambitions. The Lean-In model is one of peer mentorship for members that form small circles/groups.
Breda mentors women, and men, coaching women in particular, in the areas of networking, realising their value and accelerating their career paths. She is extremely passionate about the nature of her work and is determined to ensure an
She shares many tips and tools for working Mums & Dads to manage a quality work life balance. She is a seasoned musician playing with two different bands, has spent 20 years in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces having been the first female to be commissioned as an Officer in her unit. She is a full time worker, a Mum to three young boys, and enjoys networking & researching using social media platforms.
Chief Encouragement Officer
The Inspiration Box
Ramat is a multi-award winning woman in tech who proudly also identifies as the Chief Encouragement Officer of The Inspiration Box. Through The Inspiration Box, she is creating spaces online and offline to ignite curiosity and encourage people to keep on growing through the good and the bad times that life can throw at us. She calls herself a realistic optimist and through confidence coaching she acts as a pocket cheerleader for her clients whatever stage of life they may be at.
Ramat holds a BA (Hons) in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Consultancy and Organisational Change from Birkbeck, University of London.
To find out more about Ramat’s work on The Inspiration Box visit: https://www.theinspirationbox.com/
Dr Cara Antoine
President & Chairwoman
Women in Tech
Dr. Cara Antoine has seasoned Executive experiences in digitally transforming businesses and cultures across global industries from Polaroid to Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Royal Dutch Shell, and Microsoft. Her inclusive mindset and approach to diversity enables organizations and the individuals who work within them, to achieve more. She serves as Netherlands President and Executive Member of the Board of Global Women in Tech to excite future generations of female leaders to choose for a career in technology. Her Doctor Business Administration (DBA) research at Bradford University explored individual behaviours that explain a manifestation in relationships that influence collaboration in technology at scale.
Head of Capital Markets, Google Cloud Platform
Jasmine Arora leads Capital Markets for Google Cloud. She has 24 years experience in the Financial Services sector having worked in Capital Markets, Asset and Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS. Before joining Google she was Global Head of Customer Success for the Index business owned by Deutsche Boerse. She has also been an entrepreneur for 10 years having built a successful consulting business advising firms ranging from FTSE 100 to fintech start-ups. She is passionate about Sustainable Finance and Climate Change and believes we solve this problem in large part with the help of technology.
Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech & an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity & Inclusion in industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is the Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Peakon; Advisory Board Member, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes. Currently, she is writing “Demanding More” (with Kogan Page Publishing) – a book to help everyone be the change needed in creating a more inclusive society and workplace.
Sheree is a Global Diversity & Inclusion leader (ex. Deloitte and Monzo), having worked in many regions providing leadership and training to C-suite/Executive leadership to develop fully formed focused diversity and inclusion strategies, with clear goals and lines of accountability. As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the industry, in 2013, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (womenwhocode.com) the world’s largest non-profit globally dedicated to women in tech, where she now sits as an Advisory Board Member.
Co-Founder and Community Manager with Grow Remote. Rose came to the Grow Remote project from the perspective of community development and as a keen fan of remote working. It all got started in a Whatsapp group, with people up and down the country who wanted to see more vibrant communities and knowing that employment is key to that. Rose’s upbringing in a family pub at the center of a rural town (Athenry, Co. Galway) meant she has always had an interest in the health of a community, both socially and economically.
Global Managing Director
Kelly Bissell leads Accenture’s Global Security business, and in this role he spearheads Accenture’s commitment to help clients build resilience against cyber risks, accelerate digital business growths. With a commitment to help clients innovate—but securely —Kelly has a vision to help businesses embed security in everything they do. He also helps client boards understand “the new,” and think about security risks with a balance of cost and risk. With more than 30 years of security industry experience, Kelly specializes in breach incident response, identity management, privacy and data protection, secure software development, and cyber risk management.
Program Manager – Europe
Merchant Risk Council
Siobhain is the European Program Manager for the Merchant Risk Council. The MRC is a leading global trade association for eCommerce fraud and payments professionals to learn, collaborate, and share information. As Program Manager, Siobhain oversees the Global MRC Community Groups relating to Payments and Fraud, supports the content development for the MRC Conferences and networking events, is responsible for the Women In Payments and Fraud Program, and managers the delivery of the European weekly educational webinars. Prior to joining the MRC, Siobhain was Operations Manager for one of Ireland’s largest FinTech companies.
Having led numerous diversity initiatives, Siobhain is passionate and driven about all aspects of diversity and inclusion and currently leads a virtual Lean In circle to continuously support like-minded individuals who want to drive positive change.
Women in AI Ireland
Travel Product Lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Responsible AI Program Manager at Google with over 15 years experience spanning across Advertising, Retail, Not-For Profits and Tech. With a proven track record on business success and project management, Toju is the Project Manager for Women in AI Ireland and #Black and Brilliant AI solutions; Tech start-ups mentor and founder of Refyne. Toju is also a public speaker and advocates for transparent and bias free AI aimed at reducing systemic injustices and furthering equality.
Managing Director, Security Lead Ireland
Speaker information coming soon.
Bilal Harry Khan
Over the Bridge Podcast
Bilal Harry Khan is an international Diversity & Inclusion facilitator, award winning podcaster and host. On graduating the University of Cambridge he built a career in the youth sector designing social justice learning programmes on behalf of corporate partners and since then has gone on to facilitate workshops for clients such as the Metropolitan Police Service, UNICEF, and leading names across tech and law, law and banking industries. He believes in challenging ourselves through uncomfortable conversations and when not doing this, spends time with his kittens or at his allotment!
CEO & Inclusive Leadership Advisor
Furkan Karayel is an award winning inclusive leadership advisor, mentor and speaker. She developed Inclusive Intelligence conception, a new way to recognize and practice inclusive leadership in the workplace effectively. Furkan is an associate lecturer at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Her passion is leveraging women-in-tech leadership, diversity and empowering female founders globally and she serves as an advisory board member and judge for multiple organisations.
Furkan founded Diversein.com after 10 years of software engineering experience in multinational tech companies in Ireland. Additionally, she has been honoured with “Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in Business” and “Trailblazer” Awards.
Gillian leads Ronan Daly Jermyn Corporate department. She is a highly regarded deal lawyer known for her work in the healthcare and technology markets.
Gillian is a co-founder of the multi-award winning I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) social enterprise. I WISH is an initiative to inspire young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. www.iwish.ie.
I WISH is a showcase event run over 4 days in Ireland and to date has hosted over 22,000 girls from 26 counties, welcomes over 300 teachers per year and undertakes one of the largest surveys of young girls attitudes to STEM what influences them and limits them as they make subject and career choices.
Gillian is passionate about empowering the next generation of female leaders and innovators and ensuring we as a society enable these young women to participate in the economy of the future.
Gillian is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Law at University College Cork (UCC) and in 2017 received an Alumni Achievement Award from UCC for her work with I Wish.
SVP, European Finance
Women in AI Ireland
Gina Laverty, originally from Sligo is a Senior Vice President of European Finance for Global Payments, a leading payments technology company, headquartered in Atlanta. Gina is responsible for the financial performance of the company’s European business units in Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Russia.
In this role, Gina manages multi-jurisdictional finance teams where she oversees monthly financial performance and analysis of the region, consolidating an overall European picture for the European President to ensure that the region is meeting its strategic goals and targets. She also is charged with uplifting business performance for region-specific projects such as acquisitions, pricing, business disposals, budgets and preparation for Brexit, among others.
Gina is a Chartered Accountant (2006), a Chartered Tax Consultant (2013) and holds a BBS from Trinity College, Dublin (2002) and a mum of two busy kids!
Custom Solutions Inc
Michael Levin is President and CEO of Custom Solutions. He has launched numerous companies and built them into multi-million dollar entities.
He is a three-time #1 International Best-Selling author. His books include his #1 inspirational best-seller “Let Them See You Sweat” along with “Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling”. He is a co-author of Jack Canfield’s (Chicken Soup for the Soul), “The Road to Success”.
He has been on TV and radio shows around the country sharing his knowledge. He has appeared on Home Shopping Network and been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Chief Executive, Neon & Visiting Professor In Immersive Futures, Ulster University
Deepa is an award winning visual artist; author; Chief Executive of Neon a health technology company; Visiting Professor In Immersive Futures with Ulster University Northern Ireland and serves as a non-executive director across the UK. As a thought leader and TEDx speaker she keynotes at conferences on the intersection of creativity, technology, innovation, diversity, ethics, bias, culture, data, AI, health and wellbeing through compelling storytelling. Deepa is invited to speak at technology conferences and by multinational corporations to develop leadership future trends and tech capabilities.
Senior Director, Employee Success
Terri is Senior Director, Employee Success, with Salesforce.com. In this role, Terri leads the company’s efforts in Ireland to attract, develop, and retain the best talent.
Since joining Salesforce in 2015, Terri has placed a focus on creating a strong and engaged culture at Salesforce that has led to recognition as a Great Place to Work. Prior to joining Salesforce, Terri led human resources and employee development in various multi-national companies in Ireland, the USA, and UK.
Terri holds an MSc in Training & Performance Management and an MBA.
Neurodiversity Training International
Jude Morrow is an autistic author, social worker, motivational speaker and advocate for all things autism and neurodiversity. Jude is the author of the globally acclaimed ‘Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad?’ – published by Beyond Words, publisher of The Secret.
Jude has toured groups locally and internationally to show that autistic people can grow to live happy and successful lives. “As someone who people spent their time trying to change, I see it as my turn now! Attitudes, perceptions and prejudices need to change – not us!”.
Innovation Strategist & Startup Advisor
Áine Mulloy is an Innovation Strategist and frequently advises and mentors startups across various industries. With a background in the Humanities, Áine previously spent 5 years at GirCrew – an international startup for women – as co-founder and CMO. While there she had some incredible professional and personal experiences, such as being named a Forbes Top 100 EU Female Founders to Follow. An advocate for inclusion and diversity, in 2018, Áine delivered a TEDx talk on “Representation”, and is keenly interested in how technology and AI impacts society.
Digital Innovator & Founder
Máirín Murray is a highly creative digital innovator with a passion for creating technical products that produce a positive social impact. She is a TEDx speaker and the Co–Founder of Tech for Good Dublin – an inclusive community of techies, activists and others which has been growing rapidly since it launched in 2017.
Máirín has particular expertise in developing digital campaigns, games, apps, animations, videos and e-courses, and has worked across the media, education and not–for–profit sectors. She has an MSC in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College Dublin and is a certified in Data Science, UX Design and project management. As a Senior Digital Content Producer at the BBC, she headed up the digital team for a UK wide youth inclusion service, BLAST. She is an enthusiastic and dynamic leader who is highly collaborative and has founded her own digital innovation studio – Digital Doddle www.digitaldoddle.com Recently, Máirín initiated TechFoundHer.com to build solidarity between women leaders in tech locally and globally.
Leader & Founder
Speaker information coming soon.
An emerging name in Irish Tech, Sinéad has worked for over 3 years in areas including FashionTech, Remote Work, Social Innovation and ICT. After gaining her BA in Marketing, Digital Media and Cloud Computing, her active engagement in the startup community resulted in her being named on the ’30 Under 30 – One’s To Watch’ list in Irish Tech.
A global facilitator and mentor (with groups including Techstars and DCU) Sinéad also organised Ireland’s first national hackathon virtually, in a response to Covid19. Passionate about the intersection of technology and innovation, Sinéad continues this work in her role on the Kerry Groups’ ICT Business Readiness Team.
Co-Founder & CEO
Rafael Pagés is Co-founder and CEO of Volograms, a Trinity College Dublin spin-off that enables the capture of real people into volumetric holograms for all kinds of Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences and applications. Before co-founding Volograms, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Trinity College Dublin where he conducted his main research in volumetric video, 3D reconstruction and computer vision. In 2011, he founded and led another startup where he gained experience with telepresence and volumetric video. As Volograms co-founder, he was nominated for Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award in 2019.
Tech for Good Live
Bex has extensive experience of working in the design and digital industries, and has specialised in working on projects that create a positive social impact. She founded the social good service design studio, Reply and presents the weekly podcast, Tech for Good Live.
She wants to make a change in the world through the work that she does and believes in creating a fairer society that helps those who need it most.
Head of Digital Ethics & Tech for Good
Jen is Head of Digital Ethics & Tech for Good at Sopra Steria. Jen is responsible for defining and bringing to market new services that address societal concerns, including the company’s Digital Ethics services. Through Tech for Good, Jen also leads the Sopra Steria Community Impact programme, working with charities, social enterprises, small businesses and community organisations to build a better future using digital technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. With over 14 years of Sustainability and CSR consulting and leadership experience, and over a decade working in the technology sector, Jen is passionate about the power of business and technology to change the world for the better.
Chartered Accountant & Founder
Empower the Family
Deborah Somorin ACA – Chartered Accountant and Social Entrepreneur.
In 2018, after completing her accounting exams, Deborah founded a not for profit called Empower the Family (ETF). ETF plan to open student accommodation, in Dublin, with onsite quality childcare for single parents between 18-23 attending university. This social enterprise will support Ireland’s commitment to accomplishing 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Deborah’s work in this area earned her a spot on the prestigious 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 list alongside activists like Greta Thunberg. ETF was the only female-led organisation in Ireland to make the list in 2020.
Founder, Global Knowledge Community for D&I
Founder of Vessy.com (Strategic D&I and Culture Services), Mental Health & Anti-Racism Advocate
Originally Bulgarian and based out of Ireland, Vessy works with clients across Europe and North America such as Soundcloud, Contentful, Zalando, Reward Gateway and more.
She authored two editions of my independent international Diversity in the Workplace Report (2019 edition featuring 10 companies from 10 countries: vessy.com/diversity and 2020 edition featuring 10 companies from 10 industries: vessy.com/2020).
She was named by Hive Learning as one of 2019’s most influential D&I Leaders globally and as one of UK’s most influential D&I leaders in 2020.
In the last 11 years, prior to being a founder, Vessy has worked as Chief Strategy Officer of a talent tech startup, as well as in various roles across product, marketing, and culture in companies between 4 and 800 employees.
Intersectionality & Impact Specialist
Dr Arun Verma is a specialist in embedding intersectionality, diversity and inclusion into impact strategies. Arun completed his Master’s in Clinical Applications of Psychology and a PhD in intersectionality and health professions education in 2018 and has published and presented diversity and inclusion research at international conferences. He has shaped and informed diversity and inclusion policy and practice impact across higher education, government and third sectors. He holds two academic appointments at the University of Dundee as an Academic Tutor and member of the International Network of Transitions Researchers and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey.
Director, Enterprise Sales, EMEA
Al is a seasoned professional having gained varied experiences in a number of multi-national tech organisations for over 17 years and is a certified Executive and Life Coach. Al’s scholarship entails a BSc Degree in Literacy Studies, an MBA in International Business Management and a Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching.
Al’s mission is to positively impact as many people as possible in his sphere of contact through increased awareness, synthesis, and compassion. This is expressed through his philanthropic work with underrepresented groups as well as coaching and mentoring. Al is an impassioned advocate of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
With almost 25 years of experience, Debbie is a recognised leader in technology communications and was recently named the PRCA industry leader of the year. As the Founder and CEO of With, she has built one of the fastest-growing technology PR agencies in Europe (according to PRovoke 2020), Specialising in both B2B and B2C tech PR and marketing, Debbie has forged partnerships around the world with other expert tech PR agencies to create commercially successful campaigns for fast-growth scale-ups and multinationals alike. Debbie is frequently drawn on to speak on panels about tech and as a mentor for early-stage technology businesses.