Pat Cox is a former president of the European Parliament (2002 – 2004), president of the European Liberal Democrat Group (1998 – 2001), president of the European Movement International (2005 – 2011) and is the current president of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe (2015 – ). Educated at Ardscoil Ris in Limerick and at Trinity College Dublin, his early career included working as a current affairs broadcaster at RTE, a lecturer in economics at the Institute of Public Administration at the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick, as secretary general of the Progressive Democrats political party and as a Fine Gael representative at Dail Eireann. He is chairman of the board of Gore Street Energy Fund Plc, London, of Ecocem Ireland and his many board memberships include that of Supernode Ireland, Gresham House Ireland, Third Age Foundation Ireland, the Ireland China Institute and the Institute for International and European Affairs, Ireland. Cox is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. He is the recipient of a host of international honours, including France’s highest distinction, the Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur; Germany’s Charlemagne prize and the president’s gold medal at the European Parliament.
Dr Ebun Joseph is a Race relations consultant, Lecturer, Black Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), Director Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies (IABS), and Chairperson, African Scholars Association Ireland (AFSAI). Dr Joseph held the position of career development consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2017-2021), and was a teaching fellow at Trinity College, Dublin; training and employment officer EPIC (2007 -2017). Ebun is an author, tv panellist, columnist and an equality activist. With a research focus on labour markets and race relations, she has presented at several conferences, businesses and nonprofits. Ebun is published and contributes regular responses on contemporary issues of race and racism in Ireland. Her recent book is titled, Racial stratification in Ireland: A Critical race theory of labour market inequality with Manchester University press. She also co-authored the book, Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools: Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education with Routledge in Jan 2020.
Dr. Cara Augustenborg is an assistant professor in Landscape Studies and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin, holding a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received both a Fulbright Scholarship and Walsh Fellowship to conduct her doctoral research at Teagasc from 2003-2007. Since then, she has held a variety of roles in academia, government, and the environmental NGO sector, including as Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland and Friends of the Earth Europe until 2019. She is a member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State; member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council; and presenter of the environmental radio programme, ‘Down to Earth with Cara Augustenborg’ on Newstalk.
Donna Gartland is CEO of Codema, the energy agency that aims to accelerate Dublin’s low-carbon transition in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the lives of citizens. She is a qualified electrician with a BEng in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is currently completing a PhD in Energy Engineering with University College Cork. In her previous role as Codema’s Senior Energy Planner, Donna worked on monitoring and reporting the progress of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Dublin City in line with the Covenant of Mayors Initiative and developed the first Spatial Energy Demand Analyses (SEDA) in Ireland for all four Dublin local authorities in order to integrate energy and spatial planning at a local level. Donna is also working on implementing the first District Heating systems in Dublin with Dublin City and South Dublin County Councils, and is Technical Advisor on the EU Interreg NWE project ‘HeatNet’. She is the lead author of the national level ‘Guide to District Heating in Ireland’ report, funded by the SEAI.
Sandra Healy is the CEO and founder of Inclusio. Sandra’s career spans 20 years in the global telecoms industry and five years at Dublin City University. In 2018 she established the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.
A spin-out from DCU, inclusio delivers a scientific, evidenced based approach to measuring and tracking Diversity and Inclusion, linked to company KPIs.
Sandra is an organisational psychologist and an NLP master practitioner. She is considered one of the country’s leading experts in D&I. Sandra joined the Expert Advisory Group for Ireland’s Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality in 2020, and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council for An Garda Síochána. In 2021 Sandra won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at Diversity in Tech and in Nov 2021, inclusio won The Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Award.