Speakers

Dr Ciara Kelly 
Dr Ciara Kelly  General Practitioner, TV-Radio Broadcaster and Columnist

Dr Ciara Kelly is a GP, Broadcaster and Award-Winning Columnist. She currently presents ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ with Shane Coleman from 7am – 9am weekdays on Newstalk. She qualified as a Doctor in 1997 from UCD and was a medal winner in her graduation class and achieved First Class Honours in General Practice. She is a partner in Carrig Clinic, Family Practice, in Greystones. She also teaches General practice, to medical students and Post Graduate Doctors for UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Previously, she was the Former Assistant Director of GP Training in UCD.

Ciara was previously the Medical Expert on RTÉ's Operation Transformation for five seasons. The series followed the weight loss journey of five people who attempted to reshape their lives. In 2014, Ciara and the team won an IFTA for the popular show which had a viewership in excess of 600,000. She was also a presenter on RTE's Doctors on Call which featured a specialised team of doctors, medical professionals and reporters who brought the ultimate guide to health and wellness. In 2017, Ciara presented a three-part documentary series on RTÉ called Body Shopping. The show explored the highs and lows of cosmetic surgery and delved into the reasons why people want to undergo such procedures.

Previously she was the Resident GP on Virgin Media’s The Morning Show for three years. She is also a regular contributor to other TV shows including Ireland AM on Virgin Media One and Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One. She also joined Brendan O’Connor on the Saturday Night Show and on Cutting Edge. In 2018, Ciara also put her kitchen skills to the test on Virgin Media One’s The Restaurant. Ciara has presented a number of episodes of ‘The Sunday Show’ on Virgin Media.

Ciara also presented her show Alive and Kicking on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10am on Newstalk and also Lunchtime Live from 12 noon to 2pm. She spent a year and a half as a resident weekly panellist on its anarchic current affairs show The Friday Right Hook and went on from there to have her own weekly slot on Monday evenings, The Right Hook Health Check, has been described in The Irish Times Radio Review by Mick Heaney as 'so good it deserves cult status.'

Ciara writes a popular weekly column in LIFE Magazine and she previously wrote a weekly column in The Sunday Independent. She first started to write for the Sunday Independent in 2008 and her debut article won a Medical Journalism Award. Not solely focused on medical topics and issues, Ciara also contributes to the paper on a wider variety of topics including Finance, Politics, Social Justice, Pop Culture and more.

Ciara is a regular keynote speaker for health conferences, public speaking engagements and corporate events. She is outspoken on many health issues in the media to highlight patient issues and rights advocate.

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Lisa and Alana MacFarlane (The Mac Twins)
Lisa and Alana MacFarlane (The Mac Twins) Co-Founder , The Gut Stuff

The Gut Stuff was born in 2017 by co-founders Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (The Mac Twins). Twins are a great constant for medical research and Alana and Lisa became the “chief guinea pigs” for Prof Tim Spector and the Twin Research department at Kings College, where they discovered that despite having 100% the same DNA their guts have only 30/40% the same microbiota, which could explain why their bodies behave so differently. They made it their mission to bring the exciting information they were learning, to the masses (not just the “wellbeing aware” middle classes).

From here they started www.thegutstuff.com with the aim to empower gut health in everyone, they've grown an expert team of scientists, nutritionists, dieticians and doctors to keep us all on the right side of the tracks when it comes to bull sh*t Vs the real sh*t when it comes to everything gut health. This year has seen them launch a range of exciting new products to help support them on their mission.

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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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Jennifer Petriglieri
Jennifer Petriglieri Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD

Jennifer Petriglieri is an associate professor of organisational behaviour at INSEAD. She directs the Executive Education Management Acceleration Programme, the Women Leaders
Programme and the INSEAD Gender Diversity Programme.
An award-winning researcher and teacher, Petriglieri was shortlisted for the Talent award in 2017 and shortlisted for the Radar New Thinker award in 2015 by Thinkers50, the ranking of the most influential management authors in the world. She was also included among the world’s best 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets & Quants.

Petriglieri’s research investigates how individuals craft and sustain their personal and
professional identities in contexts characterised by high uncertainty, such as mobile careers or organisations and professions in crisis. Her writing has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. It has also been featured in the Business Week and the Harvard Business Review. She is the author of a book entitled “Couples That Work” (HBR Press, 2019), which explores how working couples can thrive in love and in work.

Petriglieri has long been involved in experiential leadership development initiatives for
multinationals from a variety of industries. Her work in this domain pays particular attention to the interplay between individuals’ life stories and group memberships and their decision-making and professional style in leadership roles.

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