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Trinity Business Forum Agenda 2021

Morning Alumni Masterclasses

Location: Trinity Business School , 182 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. See map.

Date: Monday 6th December 2021

AFTERNOON AGENDA

This agenda may be subject to change. More panellists are being added daily.

 

Time

Title

12.15 - 13.15

Light Lunch and Registration For Main Event

POSTER SESSIONS

Location: Lower concourse

13:15 - 13.45

Main Event Opening

WELCOME AND CONFERENCE OPENING

Provost & President Linda Doyle , Trinity College Dublin

Location: Dargan Theatre

TRANSFORMING BUISINESS FOR GOOD: A STRATEGIC PROSPECTIVE

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School and Chair of Business Studies

13.45 - 14.15

MAKING BUSINESS EDUCATION AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Brendan McDonagh, Chair of Trinity Business School Advisory Board and Non-Executive Director of AIB

Panellist:

Paul Lyons, Pathways to Business Coordinator
Klaudia Pasik, Trinity Access student
Brendan McDonnell, Trinity Access graduate

The Pathways to Business programme is a key pillar of the Trinity Business School strategy to enable more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study in Trinity. It aims to promote diversity and inclusion within the School and in the business community at large. It is a dynamic collaboration between the Trinity Business School and Trinity Access Programme (TAP), to engage students from senior cycle second-level students through to third-level participation. In this session you will hear about the programme’s main objectives, and the experience of a TAP student and a graduate, who will share insights into how the programme helped them to reach their full potential.

14:15 - 15.00

Panel discussions

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN A NATURE-BASED ECONOMY

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Mary-Lee Rhodes, Co-Director of the Centre of Social Innovation and member of the Expert Advisory Group to the National Bioeconomy Forum Ireland

Panellist:
Siobhan McQuaid, Associate Director for Innovation in Centre for Social Innovation
Shirley Gleeson, Director and Founder of Ecowellness Consulting and Nádúr Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy
Sean Kelly, Glasgow City Council
Marcus Collier, Trinity School of Natural Sciences, P.I. Novel-Eco

As Europe aspires to build back better in the aftermath of COVID 19, we will debate the relative merits of recent proposals focused on carbon emission reduction, biodiversity and jobs growth – under the umbrella concept of a ‘Nature-based Economy’. Building on pioneering research by the Centre for Social Innovation in collaboration with the School of Natural Science, we will highlight the emergence of new types of enterprises aimed at reversing climate change and the proposals aimed at building up supply and demand in this sector. Chaired by Prof. Mary Lee Rhodes, Founder and co-Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, panel members will discuss the paradigm shift that is needed to transition to a new nature-based economic model where a clear valuation is placed on natural capital, economic growth is decoupled from resource usage and society as a whole reaps the benefits of a healthier, more biodiverse planet.

Resources: Connecting Nature project website; CN Enterprise platformNBE article in SustainabilityNature-based Economy White Paper

This panel is organised by the Centre of Social Innovation.

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A TRINITY START-UP

Location: E&G McNabb Theatre (B132)

Chair: Donnacha Binchy, President of the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society (TES)

Panellists:
Cian McNally, founder of Diglot
Pierce Dargan, founder of EquineMediRecord
Mark Little, founder of Storyful, founder of Kinzen, ex-CEO of Twitter in Europe, ex-RTE presenter

This exciting panel hosts three entrepreneurs who are at different stages of their start-up journey. Mark Little is an Irish start-up veteran who sold his first business "Storyful" to Rupert Murdoch, before becoming the managing director of Twitter in EMEA. Mark is currently working on his second start-up, "Kinzen", which aims to combat the misinformation crisis. Pierce Dargan is the founder and CEO of "Equine Medirecord", a tech start-up that digitises the medical records of horses. Pierce is a 30 u 30 alumnus, who founded the social enterprise Secret Street Tours, the Blackrock Horse Racing Syndicate and has played rugby at an international level for the both USA and Switzerland. Cian McNally is a recent graduate of Psychology in Trinity and founder of "Diglot", a language learning based start-up, which speeds up the language learning process by integrating the target language with your native language in books. Our founders are going to explore similarities and differences in starting their businesses, as well as some of the most important factors in achieving success.

This panel is organised by the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society.

15.00 - 15.30

Networking Break and Light Refreshments

POSTER SESSIONS

Location: Lower concourse

15.30 - 16.15

Panel discussions

TRANSFORMING BUSINESS WITH DIGITALIZATION AND ANALYTICS

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Professor Laurent Muzellec, Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Business and Analytics and Professor in Marketing

Panellists:
Professor John Dong, Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Business and Analytics and Professor in Business Analytics
Na Fu, Associate Professor in Human Resources

The Trinity Centre for Digital Business and Analytics (CDBA) is relaunched from the Trinity Centre for Digital Business by incorporating a new area and team in business analytics. We will introduce the mission and research areas of the centre, as well as showcase a couple of research projects undertaken by the centre such as energy transition in the electric utility industry and innovation via digital transformation and HR analytics.

This panel is organised by the Centre for Digital Business and Analytics

PIVOTING TO SUSTAINABILITY: THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS IN IRELAND

Location: E&G McNabb Theatre (B132)

Chair: Ethan Voss, President of Dublin University Business & Economics Society (DUBES)

Panellists:
Tomás Sercovich, CEO of Business In The Community Ireland
Aideen O’Hora, Co-founder of Sustainability Works
Liam Reid, Corporate Relations Director, DIAGEO

This session, hosted by the Dublin University Business & Economics Society (DUBES) shall focus on the importance of Businesses pivoting their operations towards one with greater emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This session shall look at why change is needed, what needs to change and how to bring about meaningful change to foster a circular, sustainable economy for future generations.

This panel is organised by the Dublin University Business & Economics Society (DUBES)

16.15 - 17.00

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOP

BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS - NAVIGATING A CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Maximilian Schormair, Centre for Social Innovation & Assistant Professor in Business Ethics

Speakers:
Anita Ramasastry - UN working group on the issue of human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises
Mary Whitelaw – Director of Sustainability, Strategy and Communication at AIB

In this session participants will hear about the rapidly changing landscape for businesses seeking to enhance competitive advantage and comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and the (anticipated) European legislation on disclosure and mandatory due diligence.  

Resources:
Video compilation of BHR activities over the last 2 years, incorporating webinars run by CSI/BHR (M Schormair); CSI Podcast / Interview on Business Breakfast on BHR (ML Rhodes); launch of BHR Benchmark report in 2020 (M Lawlor / S Coveney); website for UN Rapporteur for HRDs

This panel is organised by the Centre of Social Innovation and Executive Education

INVESTING IN THE CLIMATE FUTURE

Location: E&G McNabb Theatre (B132)

Chair: Michael O’Callaghan, CEO of Student Management Fund (SMF)

Panellists:
Bill Liao, General Partner at SOSV
Sean Hawkshaw, CEO of KBI Global Investors
Kathy Ryan, Head of Responsible Investment at Irish Life Investment Managers

Impact investing and ESG are trends that have been gaining traction in the investing community. This panel discussion will bring together leading investors to assess the current state, key issues and future trends of ESG and sustainable investing. The aim of the event is to allow attendees to understand how the investment community, from asset managers to venture capitalists, are approaching the climate change agenda. Attendees will also hear about the exciting new technologies and companies that are accelerating the transition to a low carbon future from the perspective of a renowned venture capitalist.

This panel is organised by the Trinity Student Management Fund (SMF)

17.00 - 17.30

INNOVATION TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT IT WILL TAKE

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Keynote speaker: Bill Kingston, Trinity Business School

In this session, Professor Bill Kingston will discuss how long-term research initiated in the School could now be on the point of delivering wave energy at the shoreline,unlimited hydrogen from sea water and extraction of excess carbon from the atmosphere..

17:30 - 18:00

BUSINESS STUDENTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS & CLOSING REMARKS

Location: A&K Dargan Theatre

Liam Booth, Managing Director Investec Corporate Finance
Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor in Social Entrepreneurship
Barry O'Dowd, President of Trinity Business Alumni (TBA)

The Business Students of the Year Awards are a way of recognising individuals who demonstrate excellence not only in academics, but also through their role in college life and contribution to society. Liam Booth, former President of the Trinity Business Alumni Association, along with Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, will present the 2020 and 2021 winners with their awards.
Barry O’Dowd, President of the Trinity Business Alumni Association, will conclude the Forum with an overview of proceedings. 

18.00 - 19.00

A DRINK AND A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH AIFRIC KEOGH

This is kindly sponsored by the Trinity Business Alumni (TBA).