Meet our speakers for The UA Global Summit 2020
Lord Mayor Hazel Chu
Hazel Chu is a Green Party councillor for the Pembroke ward and the current Lord Mayor of Dublin. Born in Ireland to parents from Hong Kong, she is the first elected councillor of Chinese heritage in Ireland. A graduate from The Honorable Society of Kings Inns and UCD Smurfit School, she has worked in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. She is the National Coordinator for the Green Party, Chair of the Exec and Spokesperson for Enterprise. In her spare time Cllr. Chu advocates on issues of diversity and equality on various media platforms.
Edwina Fitzmaurice is the Global Customer Officer for EY Technology responsible for the customer and product strategy and delivery of EY’s technology products and solutions around the world. Edwina has a BSc Computer Science and Masters Degree from Trinity College Dublin and she has completed executive education at Harvard Business School, INSEAD Business School, London Business School and Kellogg Business School. Edwina was the Chair of the Irish Computer Society and has held a host of non-executive director positions on boards in the US and Europe and was named as one of the Irish American Top 100 Business Leaders. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in business.
Dr. Vincent Ogutu
Dr. Vincent Ogutu is a TEDx (Barcelona) Fellow and uses TV and social media to inspire people to live a life of purpose and impact. In his former position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning and Development at Strathmore University, Dr. Ogutu was in charge of the university’s strategy and development. He previously led Executive Talent Development as Vice Dean at Strathmore Business School (SBS). Dr. Ogutu holds a PhD in Organisational Management from Rutgers University, specializing in the Psychology of Meaningful Work. He has an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London and a BA in Economics from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Jason Arday
Dr. Jason Arday FRSA is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela University in the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank. Jason is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA). He sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London.
Jack Kavanagh is a resilience and performance coach and speaker. In 2012, he suffered a life changing spinal cord injury leaving him with only 15% muscle function. This ignited a passion for life within and motivated Jack to help others live more aligned, courageous, fulfilling lives, fuelled by purpose and centred in their values. He works to create environments where people have permission to lower their mask and shares the tools to help other show up fully in and for their lives.
Hillary Gyebi-Ababio is the Vice President (Higher Education) at the National Union of Students (NUS), an organisation which represents the interests of more than 7 million students in the UK. She is very keen to see a transformative change to education with students as partners in shaping what the future of education looks like. Hillary has been an active campaigner against Brexit and was heavily involved in the People’s Vote campaign. She also has worked on getting decolonising the curriculum kicked into action at Bristol, and continues to work on pushing wider decolonisation work throughout education.
Lyndsay Walsh is the 2018 Global Winner for the Earth & Environmental Sciences category. She holds a BSc in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin and is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Practice. In 2019, she won the inaugural IMF Finance & Development essay competition and completed An Taisce's Climate Ambassador programme, for which she was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award. Lyndsay is passionate about using her platform to raise awareness for climate justice to an international audience and is currently working with the UNFCCC Capacity-Building team.
James Whelton is an Irish computer coder, venture capital advisor, and co-founder of CoderDojo, a network of free computer clubs for children. At the age of 16, Whelton became famous for hacking the iPod Nano and creating watch faces for the device. In 2011, at the age of 18, he co-founded CoderDojo along with entrepreneur Bill Liao. Whelton headed up his school's computer club in Cork, Ireland. After CoderDojo was established, he became an entrepreneur-in-residence at Polaris Ventures.