WIP Voices – Ireland 2040

27th September 2017, Registration from 8.30am.  Event 930am – 1pm

NEW VENUE: O’Connell House, University of Notre Dame, 58 Merrion Square S, Dublin

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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.

Jake Sullivan

Jake Sullivan

Senior fellow in Carnegie’s Geoeconomics and Strategy Program and a Martin R. Flug Visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School.

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Sullivan served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the senior policy adviser on Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and previously served as deputy policy director on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign and as a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama’s general election campaign.Sullivan has also been a senior policy adviser and chief counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar from his home state of Minnesota, worked as an associate for Faegre & Benson LLP, and taught at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He clerked for Judge Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.Sullivan holds undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and a master’s degree from Oxford.

New Speakers Announced

Martin Dyar

Martin Dyar

Poet

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.

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In 2010 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.  He has also been a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

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.

Emma Swift

Emma Swift

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. 

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She was previously Programme Development Lead at Tech City UK, working closely with the UK government on technology policy and leading Tech Nation, the leading analysis of the UK’s tech industry. She also held various roles with the strategic communications consulting firm Teneo Strategy in London and New York. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, and most importantly, her WIP internship in 2010 was on the hill with Rep. Tim Holden.
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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.

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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

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.

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He played rugby for Queen’s University Belfast, Ballymena, Ulster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.

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.

 

Maeve Glavey

Maeve Glavey

Researcher and Policy Advisor

Maeve Glavey is a researcher and policy advisor, specialising in human rights, social issues and migration. 

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Her first book ‘New Migration Realities: inclusive narratives’ was published by Rowman and Littlefield in August 2017 and explores the public and political reaction to recent migration trends in Europe.
Dr Mary C. Murphy

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.

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Mary specialises in the study of the EU and Northern Ireland politics. Her monograph Northern Ireland and the European Union: The Dynamics of a Changing Relationship was published by Manchester University Press in April 2014. She was also co-editor of a special issue of Administration in 2014 – ‘Reflections on Forty Years of Irish Membership of the EU’ – with John O’Brennan (NUIM).

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.

Hans Zomer

Hans Zomer

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.

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He also has experience as consultant for local and international organisations in Pakistan and in policy work for several Brussels-based NGO networks, such as the EU-NGDO Liaison Committee and APRODEV.

Mr. Zomer is a political scientist by training, having studied in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. He is married with three children.

Panel 2:

Priorities for Next Administration

Jack Horgan-Jones

Jack Horgan-Jones

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.

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He is also a lead contributor on Ireland for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to joining The Sunday Business Post, he led business coverage for national news website TheJournal.ie. A Dublin native, he holds a BA in History and an MA in Media and International Conflict from University College Dublin’s Clinton Institute.
Caitriona Perry

Caitriona Perry

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. 

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She has significant editorial experience and has previously worked as a news anchor, presenter,  documentary maker, producer, and programme editor.  She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including most recently a National Justice Media Merit Award for TV News in June 2015. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Journalism (2002) and a Masters Degree in International Relations (2010), both awarded by Dublin City University, which recently named her as one of the University’s distinguished alumni.
Donal Donovan

Donal Donovan

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. 

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Donal was a member of the team that prepared the report by the Governor of the Central Bank on the Irish Banking Crisis and was a Senior Expert to the Nyberg Commission dealing with the same subject. He has contributed widely in the Irish media on the current euro debt crisis and Irish bail out. In June 2011, Dr. Donovan was appointed by the Government as a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. He is the co author with Antoin E Murphy of The Fall of the Celtic Tiger: Ireland and the Euro Debt Crisis (2013, Oxford University Press.
 

Master of Ceremonies:

Heather McCormick

Heather McCormick

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.

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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.