WIP Voices – Ireland 2040
** EVENT REPORT WILL BE ONLINE SHORTLY**
27th September 2017, Registration from 9am. Event 930am – 1pm
NEW VENUE: O’Connell House, University of Notre Dame, 58 Merrion Square S, Dublin
If the future were a book, would you read it or write it?
Join the WIP Class of 2017 as they share a vision for Northern Ireland and Ireland in 2040.
The students will share their reflections after a summer of debates in the US on the economy, issues of identity and managing migration.
They will be joined by guest panelists from business, government and the arts.
We are delighted to share that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Alumus of WIP Class of 2000, will be opening the event.
The event will also be addressed by Jake Sullivan, Senior fellow in Carnegie’s Geoeconomics and Strategy Program. Jake was a senior advisor and head of policy for the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign. Jake also served as former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. He represented the US during the initial secret negotiations with Iran on their nuclear agreement.
We will also be joined by panels of invited guests to join the conversation with the students.
Senior fellow in Carnegie’s Geoeconomics and Strategy Program and a Martin R. Flug Visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School.
New Speakers Announced
Born in Sligo, Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford in County Mayo. A graduate of NUIG and TCD, his poetry has received a number of honours, including the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001.
His debut collection, Maiden Names, published by Arlen House, was shortlisted for the 2014 Piggott Prize. He has received two Arts Council Literature Bursary Awards, the most recent in 2013.
Global Product Policy team at Google
Emma Swift is part of Google’s Global Product Policy team, working across products on policies concerning ad content and abuse, controversial content, user safety and developing policies for new products.
Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media (INM plc)
A global Eisenhower Fellow, the journalist, author and broadcaster is the 2017 recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media.
Earlier this year Dearbhail received an inaugural alumni Special Achievement award from Dublin City University and is Irish Tatler’s Media Woman of the Year (2016).
Dearbhail serves on the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing centre, and is a director of the St Stephen’s Green Trust.
A member of the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law, she also serves on the board of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett and Lughnasa International Friel Festivals. Dearbhail holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.
Trevor Ringland MBE
Partner, Macaulay & Ritchie Solicitors, Belfast
Trevor Ringland MBE is a Partner in the firm of Macaulay & Ritchie, Solicitors, in Belfast having studied law at Queen’s University Belfast.
He is currently Chairman of PeacePlayers-NI which uses sport and primarily basketball to promote good relations in Northern Ireland.
He is a member of the British Irish Association and a founder member of the pro Union Group Re-Union which promoted a positive vision of Unionism and was a former member of the East Belfast Ulster Unionist Association and Co-Chairman of the One Small Step Campaign, promoting a shared future for the people of Northern Ireland and a Director of the Ireland Funds, Co-operation Ireland, BCSDN and Peace Players International (NI) (Chairman).
Married to Colleen with three children. He was awarded the MBE in recognition of his cross-community work.
Researcher and Policy Advisor
Maeve Glavey is a researcher and policy advisor, specialising in human rights, social issues and migration.
Dr Mary C. Murphy
Lecturer in Politics, Department of Government, University College Cork
Dr Mary C. Murphy is a lecturer in politics with the Department of Government, University College Cork.
In 2015, Mary was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship and was based at George Mason University, Virginia. She was also recently awarded a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration by the European Commission. Mary’s secondary research interest is in first-time TDs and processes of parliamentary socialisation. In July 2013, her report At Home in the New House? A Study of First-Time TDs was published by the Hansard Society and launched in Leinster House by the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett TD, and the Chief Whip, Paul Kehoe TD. Mary has also conducted research on MPs in Myanmar/Burma with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In late 2014, Mary was appointed to the Seanad Reform Working Group by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
In 2015, Mary was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship and was based at George Mason University, Virginia. She was also recently awarded a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration by the European Commission. Mary’s secondary research interest is in first-time TDs and processes of parliamentary socialisation. In July 2013, her report At Home in the New House? A Study of First-Time TDs was published by the Hansard Society and launched in Leinster House by the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett TD, and the Chief Whip, Paul Kehoe TD. Mary has also conducted research on MPs in Myanmar/Burma with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
In late 2014, Mary was appointed to the Seanad Reform Working Group by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
Head of Communications and Information at Áras an Uachtaráin
Hans was the first Chief Executive of Dóchas, the Irish national platform of Development NGOs, having also worked at Concern Worldwide and as Country Director of EIRENE-Tchad, a Human Rights and Rural Development organisation based in N’Djamena.
Mr. Zomer is a political scientist by training, having studied in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. He is married with three children.
Priorities for Next Administration
Business Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post
Jack Horgan-Jones is Business Correspondent with The Sunday Business Post. A regular contributor to current affairs broadcasting in Ireland, he has extensively covered issues surrounding taxation, Foreign Direct Investment, the legacy of the economic collapse, and all aspects of the business environment in Ireland.
Washington Correspondent, RTE
Caitríona Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist. She’s worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently Washington Correspondent for Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ, where she works across television, radio and digital platforms.
Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Limerick
Donal Donovan is adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick. He holds a B.A ( Mod) from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia, with a speciality in monetary and international economics. Dr. Donovan has spent almost 30 years with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dealing with country specific policy issues in many regions of the world.
Master of Ceremonies:
Marketing Manager at Accenture Centre for Innovation
Heather is an experienced sales & marketing manager who has worked at Accenture since 2011 in a variety of roles. She is currently Marketing Manager at their Centre for Innovation based in Dublin, Ireland.
A member of the WIP Class of 2008, she returned to DC as part of our Management Team in 2011. She has been a Board Member since 2012. She also sits on the Board of the London non-profit Dress for Success.
Heather graduated with a first class honours degree in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.