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MC & Guest Speakers

Gina London

Conference MC

Communications expert and ex-CNN anchor

Gina London is an Emmy winning former CNN correspondent and anchor who now serves as an internationally recognized speaker, facilitator and strategic communications and management expert based in Ireland. 

 

Gina trains and coaches C-level executives. Her Fortune 500 clients include SAP, McKesson, Heineken, Deloitte, Daimler and the United States Department of State.   

In addition, Gina has facilitated or compèred hundreds of events - interviewing high profile speakers such as Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr; EY Global CEO Mark Weinberger, Huffington Post CEO Jared Grusd and Nobel Peace Prize winners Oscar Arias and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In humanitarian roles, Gina chaired a two-day event for UNICEF at the United Nations in New York and has worked with the first Iraqi women running for Parliament, women’s civil rights leaders in the Persian Gulf, and issues activists in Ghana, Egypt, Tunisia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macedonia and Romania. 

A published author and regular news analyst on radio and TV, Gina also currently writes the weekly business leadership column for Ireland’s largest newspaper, The Sunday Independent titled, “The Communicator”.   

She has featured in a wide range of global media outlets including (New Zealand) Newstalk ZB; (Italy): Le Notizie; La Repubblica (Nigeria): The Nation, Your View, TVC, Channels TV; (Romania): In Business Today; (Egypt): The Rose; (UK); BBC; (US): CNN, Fox News, The Orlando Sentinel, The Denver Post, and Fast Company.   

David McWilliams

International award winning economist

CEO Lunch Keynote Speaker

Author, Journalist, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Documentary Maker

An uncompromising thinker, with a relaxed, confident and entertaining style, David was voted the most influential economist in the UK and Ireland in 2015. 

He is a regular conference and keynote speaker at international financial conferences where he speaks about trends in the global economy and how we might profit from them. He speaks to businesses and industrial groups on how the trends in growth, currencies and financial markets will uniquely affect them.

Consistently accurate in his forecasts, David McWilliams was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote. He was also the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible.

 

Nial Ring

Lord Mayor of Dublin

Independent Councillor Nial Ring was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council held on Monday 25th June 2018.  He was first elected to Dublin City Council in 2009 to represent the North Inner City Electoral Area of the city and was re-elected in 2014.

Nial serves on a number of committees including the Central Area Committee and Joint Policing Committee, Finance Strategic Policy Committee, Audit Committee, the Moore Street Advisory Committee, Parnell Square Special Committee, Special Committee on Fire/Ambulance Services & Emergency Management, Commemorative Naming Committee and represents Dublin City Council on the Grangegorman Development Consultative Group.

A fourth generation Dubliner, Nial was born and reared in Ballybough, in Dublin’s North Inner City. He graduated from Dublin City University with an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance. He has held a number of senior banking positions in Ireland and abroad. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers and he holds a Diploma in Financial Services Law from University College Dublin.