Keren first began withdrawing from society at the age of 12, eventually leaving school at 15. She is now a Social Entrepreneur working around the clock creating social integration among ethnic and sociocultural groups in Dublin. It was her first hand experience of social exclusion and racism abroad that helped her realise her passion; ethnic and socio-cultural integration. Personal experience vividly demonstrated the negative impact social exclusion has on firstly, the level of engagement of young people in society and secondly the development rate of individuals who experience it. Keren realised that something needed to be done to ensure others in Ireland didn’t experience what she had experienced abroad and with almost 1 in 5 residents in Ireland now foreign born she knew the time to act is now. In May 2013 she founded BlueFire, a social enterprise that uses Social and Artistic events as a means to socially integrate the vast array of cultures now a part of Ireland. With the support of her team, BlueFire has since reached over 13,000 people and continues to grow annually.
Peter Maeck's stage plays and dance scenarios, including for Pilobolus and MOMIX Dance Theatres, have been produced in New York City, Europe, and Africa. Peter served as a U.S. State Department Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco. He has created sales and management training programs for corporations worldwide. He is also a photographer whose award-winning pictures have been shown in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, and other American cities, as well as internationally. Peter's previous TEDx Talk, "Remembrance Of Things Present," described his journey with his father while he had Alzheimer's Disease. Peter's TEDxTallaght Talk, "Cradle And All," treats personal and public separations such as through divorce, death, and disillusion, and suggests how we may channel our departed loved ones' creativity to achieve in our own lives Saint Thomas Aquinas's three criteria for beauty: Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance. Thus life is viewed not as all things considered all at once, but as a rolling series of distinct considered perspectives, one shedding its light upon the next. More about Peter at www.petermaeck.com.
Mohini Gadre is an American medical student in her 4th year at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). In her 2nd year, she was elected as an International Regional Director of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) national board. While there, she met many AMSA leaders who shook up her world view and inspired her passion for social justice. She takes particular interest in issues such as sexual assault and access to reproductive care. After graduation, she plans to work as an Ob/gyn or a Paediatrician in the U.S. and actively campaign for reproductive justice.
Bobbie Hickey - a curious 16 year old girl born blind, but with a big
personality. Having had over 150 general anesthetics and in excess of 50
operations, Bobbie has had her fair share of ups and downs. Today,
Hickey stands as a 5ft 4inch confident teen, who has a passion for
animals, fashion, adrenalin and has a desire to travel and explore the
Some of Bobbie's achievements include receiving her RIB license, (meaning she may be Ireland's first blind speed boat driver) and taking part in various musicals. Her friends and family know she loves to talk so it was no surprise when Hickey brought home the winning trophy for her previous school's speech competition, and announced she would make an uplifting and motivating speech in front of that same school. Remember, Bobbie is spelt with an IE.
Shourjya Sanyal is an Entrepreneurial Scientist interested in building and commercializing cutting edge human technology.
He is one of the youngest fellows of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Students’ alumni meet held in Germany, 2009. Received the prestigious KVPY scholarship in 2007, from Government of India. His research interests are Image processing, Biomedical Engineering, Statistical Physics and Quantum-Classical Simulations. He has worked in several premiere research institutes like Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Bielefeld University, Germany and Max Plank Institute, Germany. He is currently finishing his Doctoral Thesis at School of Physics, UCD where his work involves designing protein based nano-devices using computational simulations.
He co-founded a startup Digital Self Technology Pvt. Ltd., Ireland in 2013-2014 incubated by NDRC where he implemented Image Recognition Technology for Tracking Brands and People on the Internet. This technology won the Cruickshank High Achieving Merit Award, by Enterprise Ireland. Currently he is leading a biomedical startup which he co-founded in India, Think Biosolution Pvt. Ltd. (http://www.thinkbiosolution.com/), where they are currently developing novel low cost smart-phone camera based medical diagnostics.
As an agrifood analyst, Eoin Lowry has drawn on his commercial experience and extensive travel to provide insights into a rapidly changing global food consumer.
Having grown up on a farm, Eoin began his career as an agronomy researcher and quickly got an appetite for international agribusiness. Working in the grain industry as a leading supplier to Diageo spurred his curiosity for quality food production. He honed his leadership skills as the youngest Managing Director in the European fertiliser industry.
Eoin has a passion for agriculture and the
development of a world class agrifood industry in Ireland. He has
written extensively on this topic. As agribusiness editor with the
Farmers Journal, he seeks to bring an understanding of a rapidly
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