IUSA Conference 2015

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Leaders in Creativity & Innovation

The final run down order for the IUSA Annual Conference on the theme of Leaders in Creativity & Innovation has been announced.


2015 is the Year of Irish Design. Creativity and Innovation cuts across all sectors and generations and feeds into the design thinking methodology. Come and hear compelling Thought Leaders in, Public Policy, Business Innovation, Culture and Design, New Thinking on Citizen Engagement and he Universities role in promoting Scientific breakthrough leading to commercial application. Hear them speak about how they engage in the creative process and how it bears fruit in their particular discipline.

Where & When

24th January 2015 from 09:30 until 15:00 in the Four Seasons Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4

How much

Sign up before the 20th December 2014 for €50. Ticket prices rise to €75 from the 16th of January.

Sign up at http://www.irishusalumni.com/conference/

Speakers Lineup

Niamh Bushnell

Niamh Bushnell was recently appointed Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups, a role created as a result of the Activating Dublin report spearheaded by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Council. The position has been funded privately through the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs.

Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

Kevin F. O’Malley was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland on September 30, 2014.  An attorney, he was a partner at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in St. Louis, Missouri. Ambassador O’Malley is known as a talented leader, expert manager, and forthright public speaker and has been consistently chosen by the editors of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in medical negligence defence and white collar criminal defences.

Bryan Dobson

Bryan Dobson is an Irish newscaster with RTÉ in Ireland. He has presented RTÉ News: Six One since 1996. He previously presented RTÉ News: Nine O’Clock and occasionally presents RTÉ News: One O’Clock.

Sinead Burke

Sinéad Burke is currently a PhD Student within the School of Education in Trinity College, Dublin. Previously, Sinéad has worked as a primary school teacher within inner city Dublin and as a broadcaster on national and local airwaves. She is the Alternative Miss Ireland emeritus and writes about interesting people and interesting ‘things’ on her blog, ‘Minnie Mélange’

Ronan Foley

Ronan Foley is Chief Executive of IPB Insurance, the only wholly Irish owned non-life insurance company. In championing Corporate Philanthropy in Ireland, Ronan’s leadership in this area has been recognised by his appointment to the board of The Ireland Funds in 2012.

Brian MacCraith

Professor Brian MacCraith is the current president of Dublin City University in Ireland, a faculty which he joined in 1986. He is also the former director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute in Dublin.

Ruairi McKiernan

A multi-award winning social innovator, campaigner, writer, speaker. Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State. Founder of the SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a co-founder of Uplift, and a board member of the Soar Foundation and Gaisce.

The Young Folk

An alternative folk band from Dublin, The Young Folk have been named one of the most promising Irish bands of recent years by Dubliner Magazine and recently performed at the prestigious South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.  Hotpress describes them as “serious challengers for the area populated by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, and The Low Anthem.”