Anton Savage
Anton Savage Summit MC and broadcaster

Anton is long established on both radio and television and has proven himself to be a highly versatile broadcaster and, most importantly, a firm favourite with audiences across the country. His Savage Sunday show took that slot to its highest ever ratings with 110,000 listeners. Anton is Managing Director of The Communications Clinic, one of Ireland’s leading communications training and advisory companies which he co-founded in 2008.

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Deirdre Gavin
Deirdre Gavin HR Director & Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Bank of Ireland

Deirdre Gavin is HR Director for Corporate Banking and Markets in Bank of Ireland. Deirdre is passionate about creating a workplace where colleagues can bring their whole selves to work and was appointed Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the Group in July 2019.

As well as her role as HR Director, Deirdre is responsible for driving the Inclusion and Diversity agenda across the Group, leading a team of passionate colleagues, strongly supported by employee networks and Group leadership alike. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, Deirdre was a practicing barrister, specialising in employment law.

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Frank Gleeson
Frank Gleeson CEO, Aramark, Northern Europe, Aramark

Frank Gleeson is President and CEO of Aramark Northern Europe. Aramark is one of the largest integrated providers of food services, facilities management, retail operations, and property services in the region.

In his current role, Frank serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council of Aramark Corporation. He is responsible for operations that span Ireland, the UK, and a Global Offshore business in the North Sea, Middle East, and Mexican Gulf – encompassing a workforce in excess of 15,000 people at any one time.

Frank joined Aramark in 2013 from Topaz Energy Group where he was Retail Director. Prior to that, he served in senior leadership positions for Statoil, O’Brien’s Off-Licenses, and began his retail operations career in Xtra-Vision Ireland.

Since starting out as a teenager in family restaurant and cafés, Frank has always placed a significant focus on the hospitality and customer-service side of business. He truly believes in the power of terrific customer experience, as well as the importance of on-the-job learning and development.

A graduate of the Irish Management Institute, Frank has long been a board member of IBEC, and earlier this year was re-appointed to Government’s Labour Market Advisory Council, chairing its employers’ sub-group. He is a former Chairman of Retail Ireland; a former board member of the National Transport Authority, and was elected Chairman of NACS, the international trade association of convenience stores.

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Filip Moriau
Filip Moriau CEO and Founder, Stragilon

Future Back strategy and disrupting innovation are Filip’s passion and focus. This led to the founding of Stragilon, an acronym for Strategic Agile Innovation, in 2015.

Filip Moriau is the CEO and Founder of Stragilon. created in 2015 as a Consultancy focusing on strategic agile innovation. With more than 25 years of experience in offering business and innovation advisory support, he understands technology-enabled transformation and the development of businesses that thrive. He works closely with executives to develop transformation strategies and implement them to build future proof businesses. Filip has worked with global banks, international foundations and has a broad experience in medtech, energy and service sectors.

To make transformations successful, Filip works to inspire organizational change. He believes that while designing future blueprints is important, it may be even more crucial to change the way people think across an organisation. Filip’s projects typically include future back strategy, leading to strategic opportunity drivers, building new value and helping clients to work across functions by crafting jobs and identifying future skills. Throughout the journey, he advises senior-executive teams and seeks to function as the glue that brings different business views together.

Before starting Stragilon, Filip has worked in primarily corporate roles such as corporate development, legal counsel, and Head of Innovation for companies like Cisco Systems, BiogenIdec & Tosoh. Filip has long-standing collaborations with industry associations such as Medtech Europe, Hertie School of Governance and Hacking HR.

He is a Lecturer in Innovation at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and runs the innovation faculty of the MBA for Collège des Ingénieurs in Turin & Paris.

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Joanne Morrissey
Joanne Morrissey HR Director, Microsoft Ireland

Joanne Morrissey is the HR Director for Microsoft Ireland.  In this role, she provides strategic HR Partnership to Microsoft’s Governance Team in Ireland, delivering on Business Transformation, Culture Change, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development across multiple disciplines. She plays a pivotal role in coaching senior leaders to accelerate the transformation of their business to position Microsoft to uniquely deliver for customers. Joanne joined Microsoft in 2013 where she initially worked as a HR business partner for the engineering community in Dublin.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Joanne held a number of HR positions at Kellogg Europe, Standard Life, Telefonica O2 and Diageo Ireland.  She has a master’s degree in Organizational & Business Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast and is a graduate from University College Dublin. In addition, to her role at Microsoft, Joanne is a member of the Board of Directors for FIT (Fast Track to Information Technology), an organisation that is committed to developing Ireland’s technical talent pipeline by creating routes and training options for job seekers and career changers wishing to pursue opportunities in Ireland’s digital economy.

Outside of work, Joanne is a mum of three children and enjoys swimming in her free time.

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Maeve McElwee
Maeve McElwee Director of Employer Relations, Ibec

“Being open to different approaches and ways of thinking is critical in employer relations as the pace of change in our workplaces accelerates driven by new technology, increasing diversity and globalisation.”

Director of Employer Relations (2015 to date). With Ibec since 2000 in senior positions including Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Traded Services, and Director of the North East Region. A graduate of Trinity College, prior to joining Ibec, Maeve McElwee worked with the World Bank in Washington DC.

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Noah Askin
Noah Askin Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD

Noah Askin is an award-winning case writer and teacher, Noah directs two Executive Education programs—Leading for Results and the Product Management Executive Programme—in addition to teaching the organisational design and leadership core course in INSEAD's MBA program. His teaching focuses primarily on firms’ organisational-strategic alignment, understanding and utilizing social networks, the what and the how of networking, driving organisational change, managing corporate culture, and fostering creativity in organisations.

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Paul Reid
Paul Reid CEO, HSE

Paul Reid has led large organisations in the private, not for profit, central and local Government sectors. In May 2019 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Health Service Executive. Paul has the privilege of leading over 130,000 dedicated staff who deliver a wide range of health services across Ireland. Paul is a passionate public servant whose vision for the health service was to introduce longer-term reform via Sláintecare, in delivering effective quality services within the resources available. In conjunction with this, Paul has safely navigated the health service through the largest public health crisis and subsequent vaccination programme, of the modern era.

From 2014 to 2019 he was Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, one of the largest Local Authorities in the state. Under his leadership, Fingal was the leading local authority in terms of social and private housing development. It also led the way in terms of attracting Foreign Direct Investment and job creation across all sectors, through active land management and working with National State Agencies.

Between 2011 and 2014, Paul worked as the Chief Operations Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform. He was responsible for leading a whole set of reforms across the public service. In this role he negotiated the Haddington Road Agreement, with the 26 Public Service Trade Unions, to reduce the public service pay bill by €1BN.

From 2010 to 2011, Paul worked as Head of Corporate Affairs with Trócaire, the Irish International Aid Agency. Whilst there, he worked on an agenda to strengthen the overall governance of the organisation and on the implementation of best practice in HR, Finance, Risk Management and Communications.

Paul’s previous career was as the Executive Director of Networks & Operations with Eircom, the leading Irish telecommunications organisation. He carried out a number of other roles within Eircom in Sales, Marketing and Contact Centre Management.
Paul holds a Masters in Business Administration from Trinity College, a BA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the National College Ireland and is also an honorary fellow of the National College of Ireland.

Paul is committed to building confidence and trust in our health service by supporting staff to deliver quality patient care through a new model of integrated services.

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Tesdal Neeley
Tesdal Neeley Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

Tsedal heads and teaches in the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision. With Bill George and Krishna Palepu she co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as Harvard Business Analytics Program.

Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Brown Capital Management, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc.

Her  book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere (2021, Harper Collins Business), provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations. Her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years.  

She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.

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Dave Malone
Dave Malone Performance Director, Paralympics Ireland

Dave became Head of Paralympic Swimming in July 2009. Prior to this, he competed for Ireland at four Paralympic Games, winning medals in his favoured 100m backstroke event at Atlanta 1996 (silver), Sydney 2000 (gold) and Athens 2004 (silver). As team manager at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Dave led a team of six swimmers to two gold medals and several Personal Bests. Dave was appointed Performance Director of Paralympics Ireland in early 2015 and is now the operational lead of Paralympics Ireland’s Sport Department. Dave recently helped Team Ireland to a superbly successful Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with the team returning home from Tokyo with seven Paralympic medals including four Paralympic gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal.

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Miriam Malone
Miriam Malone CEO, Paralympics Ireland 

Miriam Malone took up the position of CEO with Paralympics Ireland in May 2017. Miriam had been the Business Partnerships Director with the Football Association of Ireland with whom she had worked for 11 years. Prior to working with the FAI Miriam had headed up the Kilkenny Sports Partnership and she also worked in a development role with Special Olympics. Miriam led Paralympics Ireland through the Covid-19 global pandemic, postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

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John Costello
John Costello Director of Product Management, Cisco Galway

John’s a Galway native with almost 30 years years experience in the Unified Communications and Collaboration space with 20 years in Product Management and Business Development roles. John was a major contributor to Cisco Ireland’s rise to Ireland’s #1 position as Ireland’s Greatest Place to Work. When not on Cisco Webex video calls he’s a keen golfer and President of his local Cregmore Park Golf Club in Galway.

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Patrick Flanagan
Patrick Flanagan Swimmer, Paralympics Ireland

Patrick Flanagan achieved his life long dream of becoming a Paralympian when he competed at the Tokyo National Aquatics Centre at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Patrick grew up in Longford Town (his family only moved to Sligo in 2016) where he developed with the local swimming club which has also produced Tokyo Olympian Darragh Green. While in college in Dublin he moved to train with the national elite squad in Abbottstown. He was pipped for a medal in the 400m IM at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin in 2018.

Patrick competed in two events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the S6 100m Backstroke and the S6 400m Freestyle.

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Tim Good
Tim Good Managing Director, Accenture

Tim Good is a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy & Consulting and leads Accenture’s Talent & Organization / Human Potential practice in Europe. He works closely with business executives around the world to design global talent and HR strategies, transform HR and other business functions, and create workforce experiences that engage and inspire. Born in the UK, Tim now lives with his family in Heidelberg, Germany.

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