Category 1 – Engineering & Innovation

Donal McDaid – Director at Arup

Donal McDaid manages Arup’s Transport and resources Group in Ireland, which is primarily focused on our Roads and Urban Streets, Rail, Aviation, Maritime, Energy and Water Businesses. There, he leads a diverse, highly motivated team of 300 professional planners, engineers and management consultants.

Since joining Arup in 1997, Donal has worked on and lead multi-disciplinary teams on transport planning and environmental studies, and large scale transport infrastructure project planning, design and implementation, both in Ireland and overseas.

Elaine Brick – Regional Director Transportation at AECOM

Elaine is a transport planner and Regional Director at AECOM. She is an experienced project manager with over fifteen years’ experience in delivering large and multi-disciplinary transportation projects.  Elaine has a specific interest and experience in behavioural change measures to influence modal shift.

Elaine has managed several behavioural change programmes in the UK and Ireland, and in Singapore where she led the delivery of a successful national scale pilot programme. Elaine also has a very comprehensive understanding and interest in the evaluation of behavioural change programmes and recently managed the evaluation of the Smarter Travel Areas programme on behalf of DTTAS.

Fiona O’Byrne – Country Manager at Enactus Ireland

Fiona is the Country Manager for Enactus Ireland, a non-profit supporting third-level students to create and implement innovative social enterprises addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. Enactus Ireland is part of the global Enactus network active in 37 countries all around the world. Prior to Enactus, Fiona’s experience covers both the commercial and third sectors- coming from a background in actuary and analytics, and having gone on to co-found a leadership development programme in south-eastern Myanmar.

Graeme McQueen – Head of Communications at Dublin Chambers

Graeme McQueen is Head of Communications at business group Dublin Chamber. Originally from Scotland, Graeme joined the Chamber in 2014 and oversees all of the Chamber’s marketing and internal and external communications activities. Graeme is a former journalist and prior to the Chamber spent 6 years as Assistant Editor of Business Plus magazine. In 2013 he published a book entitled Start it Up, which told the stories of 20 young Irish start-up companies. Graeme is a regular commentator in the Irish and international media on issues relating to Dublin and business.

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin – Sustainability Systems Officer at Croke Park

Dr. Míde Ní Shúilleabháin is Sustainability & Systems Officer for Croke Park Stadium, the third largest stadium in Europe and home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Míde chairs the stadium’s Environmental and Sustainability Management Group and is coordinator of the stadium’s sustainability and environmental management systems.

Stephanie Walsh – Marketing Communications Manager at Social Innovation Fund Ireland

Stephanie has experience in private sector, public sector and non-profit marketing, having previously worked as a Senior Account Manager in an advertising agency called Language Communications, handling accounts for clients such as Londis, the Department of Finance and the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission. Before that, Stephanie lived in the land down under, working as the Marketing Manager for the Australasian Markets in a global and innovative LED company. 

Category 2 – Health & Sport

Anna Grant – Outdoor Recreation Development Officer at Sport Ireland Outdoors

Anna Grant is the Outdoor Recreation Development Officer for Sport Ireland Outdoors with responsibility of outdoor initiatives such as The Urban Outdoor Adventure Project. She is also responsible for the planning and co-ordination of Sport Ireland Outdoors Education and Training Programme.

Anna is a keen outdoor enthusiast participating in activities such as soccer, running, cycling and hiking.

Biddy O Neill – National Project Lead, Health & Wellbeing Programme at Dept. of Health

Biddy is National Project Lead in the Health and Wellbeing Programme, Department of Health. She is leading on the development of the National Healthy Workplace Framework in partnership with the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation under the auspices of Healthy Ireland.

Biddy has worked in Health Promotion for over twenty years at both strategic and operational levels within the Health Service and the Department of Health. She was appointed as an Assistant National Director in the Health and Wellbeing Division Health Service Executive in 2013 and seconded to the Department of Health in 2015.

Jason King – National Programme Manager at Get Ireland Walking

Jason is passionate about promoting Physical Activity and Health. His academic qualifications provide him with a wide skillset and expertise in Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Promotion, Community Education and Leadership, Management and is registered as an Exercise Professional & Personal Trainer with REPS Ireland.

With Get Ireland Walking he works to establish key partnerships with specific governmental agencies at local and national level. Working closely with health, sport and educational providers and aiming to support existing partnerships in their continued efforts. They provide support to local sports partnerships to deliver walking programmes, training and development, research, monitoring and evaluation. 

Category 3 – Marketing & Event Management

Gavin Mead – Senior Event Manager at Neon Agency

Gavin is a senior event manager with over 18 years’ experience in the events and music industry. He is an accomplished manager and is skilled in event build and design, logistics, planning and execution. He has a background in production at various levels from small scale corporate events through to full festival productions.

Some examples of such events are: House of Peroni, Casa Bacardi Longitude, Life Festival, Big Grill Festival.

Karl Purcell – Programme Manager of the Behavioral Economics Unit at SEAI

Karl Purcell is the Programme Manager of the Behavioural Economics Unit in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Using behavioural insights, the Behavioural Economics Unit at SEAI aims to deliver programmes that are carefully tailored to make it easy and attractive for citizens and businesses to avail of the advantages of clean energy. This will have a range of benefits for people in Ireland, including lower energy bills, warmer homes, and reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions.

Karl holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Finance) from DCU and an MSc in Behavioural Science for Management from the University of Stirling. He is an active member of the Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network.

Pat Kinsley – Founder & Managing Director at Neworld Associates

Pat, a native New Yorker has spent the last 34 years extolling the virtues of branding as an essential commercial device that improves every company’s bottom-line. Pat brings his unique perspective on branding to many different industries, from FMCG to Corporates to Charities to Government Agencies. He also finds time each week to battle out topical brand issues in the Irish national media.

Category 4 – Multimedia

Aisling Murray – Head of Programming at Science Gallery Dublin

Graduate of NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, Aisling is a Curator and Creative Producer with 10 years experience covering exhibitions, festivals, literature, spoken word, theatre and dance. She is Head of Programming from concept to full realization in Ireland and internationally for Science Gallery Dublin. Productions managed have been included in Galway Theatre Festival, Cork Solstice Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, 10 Days in Dublin, along with others.

Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, ARTificial Intelligence Lab jury member and Bio Art and Design Award jury member. She has additional experience in marketing and public relations with a specific interest in art, science, technology and society.

John Walsh – Creative Director at Focus Advertising

John is Creative Director of Focus Advertising with over 25 years’ experience working on National and International Brands like Ballygowan, Bord na Mona, Kelloggs, Mars, Diageo, Irish League of Credit Union, Kia, the National Transport Authority, the Department of Communications and many more.

John is responsible for the creative output of the Company. Developing creative strategy and planning which lead to the big idea and from that, develop powerful engaging communications and distinctive design work. His skills are directing and working closely with filmmakers, sound engineers, photographers, illustrators, designers and digital creators to ensure the idea stays centre to everything produced and at the highest standard.

Laura Costello – Senior Strategist at Thinkhouse, The Youth Marketing Company

Laura Costello is Senior Strategist at Thinkhouse, The Youth Marketing Company. Her role involves deep-dive investigative work, brand planning and campaign planning. She is the Thinkhouse lead on purpose and sustainability-driven projects, including RTÉ on Climate,, The Rediscovery Centre and suicide prevention campaigns, working to cement efforts to help change the course of history for the betterment of young people. She works on a variety of global and local brands including: Tony’s Chocolonely, Heineken, Ben & Jerry’s, innocent and Electric Ireland.

Sinead Crowley – Lead Designer at the Cool Planet Experience

Sinéad’s mantra is “living a fulfilling life should never cost the earth”. With an energy & a passion she strives to make the intimidating world of climate change accessible to all – through good design! Sinéad is the lead designer at the Cool Planet Experience – Ireland’s first interactive exhibition on climate action. Outside of the office she can be found in the ocean, surfing her heart out in West Cork and documenting her planet-positive choices on her Instagram blog @agrassrootsadventure.