Una Mullally, journalist, broadcaster, author and LGBT rights campaigner.
Una is a columnist with The Irish Times and is particularly interested in popular culture, music, contemporary theatre, online trends, television, feminism and LGBT issues. She also presents the alternative music show on Irish language channel TG4’s ‘Ceol ar an Imeall’. She is one of the most influential Irish journalists on Twitter, ranking in the Top 10, with more than 36,000 followers.
She is also the author of In the Name of Love, a book which charts the development of the marriage equality movement from its origins to the resounding yes vote to legalise same-sex marriage in Ireland this year.
Earlier this year, Una was diagnosed with stomach cancer. In a brave and moving account, she publicly wrote about her diagnosis and subsequent treatment, a battle she continues to go through with partner Sarah by her side. She continually took to the streets of Dublin to encourage people to vote yes for the same-sex marriage referendum, while undergoing chemotherapy. @UnaMullally
Fionnuala Meehan, Google’s managing director of SME sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Fionnuala is one of Google’s most senior directors in Ireland where she leads a team of 450 people who work with small and medium sized businesses across the regions, advising them on increasing brand awareness and generating sales online. She was previously head of ad operations (for Europe, the Middle East and Africa) at Google. She also spent 18 months as chair of Google’s European Women’s Network which was established to ensure the promotion of diversity and women at a senior level within the company. Currently she chairs the Google Education Committee here in Ireland. Fionnuala is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and previously worked at Best Western International and AOL and we cannot wait to hear more!
Anna Scally, tax partner at KPMG
Anna Scally is a tax partner at KPMG – one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms globally. She is head of KPMG Ireland’s technology, media and telecoms practice, and leads the company’s Centre of Excellence for Emerging Technology Companies and Innovative Start-ups. She also leads KPMG’s global partnership with Connected Intelligence (Ci), the company behind Web Summit and F.ounders – and is proud to have been the first corporate partner on board since the very start in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, she was the only practicing accountant or tax adviser on the Government’s Innovation Taskforce and its implementation team, which was established to make and implement recommendations to grow Ireland’s ‘smart’ economy. She has over 15 years experience advising global companies on tax, efficiently structuring their international businesses, and served as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce between 2010 and 2014.
Ciara O’Toole, entrepreneur.
Ciara O’Toole is an entrepreneur who splits her time between Italy and Ireland. She holds a private pilots licence for land and seaplanes, loves to travel and is fluent in Italian. In February of this year, Ciara founded ‘Amelia’, an aviation inspired business producing art and furniture beautifully engineered from reclaimed aircraft. The first Amelia 737 collection is due for launch this autumn. In 2013, she published her first book, ‘Going Solo on Lake Como’ and is currently working on her second book, ‘Finding Amelia’. In 2004 Ciara founded The Cat’s Pyjamas Strategic Marketing consultancy which she ran for ten years. And before going out on her own, Ciara worked in senior marketing and strategic roles with L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, Red Bull, Diageo, The Irish National Lottery and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.