Dr. Austin holds the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Previously he held the John G. McLean Professorship and the Richard Chapman Professorship. He has been a member of the Harvard University faculty since 1972. He was the Co-Founder and Chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. He has been the author or editor of 16 books, dozens of articles, and over a hundred case studies on business and nonprofit organizations. In 2000 he authored The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliances (Jossey-Bass Publishers)which was selected to be part of the Drucker Foundation Leader Book series and received one of the Independent Sector's research publication awards.
Keith Lawlor, JWT Folk
Keith is dedicated to creating culturally impactful work with insight and character at its heart. Most recent work includes the Vodafone Team Of Us campaign for the Irish Rugby Team and An Post’s Christmas campaign Send Love. Prior to his position at JWT Folk, Keith was the Founder and Creative Director of Firstage – The World’s First Live Augmented Reality Music Platform. Keith and his team created events with unlimited crowd capacity, that can be viewed live in AR from anywhere in the world. Previous experience includes creating award-winning work for Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai, TBWA\RAAD, The Start Group (Hometown London) and TBWA\Ireland for brands such as Heineken, Playstation, Nissan, An Post, The National Lottery, Jumeriah, Adidas, Qatar Airways, Etihad and many more. JWT recently won a Bronze Lion in the Sustainable Development Goals category at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. One of only to Irish agencies to win at Cannes for their work on An Post’s Address Point Initiative; an important intervention enabling homeless people to get a ‘home’ address.
As a veteran of the technology sector, Paul has been part of one of the most dynamic industries for the past 25 years, and he’s faced and embraced change that impacts individuals and organisations as well as industries and society at large. He is particularly enthusiastic about the convergence of business and social objectives and cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation. He is a regular speaker on topics of innovation, managing change, leadership, and social innovation, particularly in area of global health and technology-enabled innovation. He has been a regular participant and contributor at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, World Economic Forum in Davos, and Skoll World Forum at Oxford University. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and other prominent publications. He is a First Mover alumnus fellow in the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society program.
Darian Stibbe is Executive Director of The Partnering Initiative. Driven by a passionate belief in the power of collaboration to achieve prosperous, inclusive and sustainable business and society, Darian has for the last 16 years worked extensively with companies, the United Nations, NGOs, and governments with one aim: to drive the use of robust, effective partnerships for sustainable development worldwide.
Professor Susi Geiger
Susi is Full Professor of Marketing, UCD. In 2017 she was awarded a highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for a five-year study entitled "Misfires and Market Innovation: Toward a Collaborative Turn in Organising Markets" (MISFIRES). The MISFIRES project refocuses the issues of market failures and market design from economic principles of supply and demand towards collaboration and participation. She is widely published in many high ranking management journals including: Organisation Studies, Marketing Theory, Business and Society and Research Policy.
Dr Brendan Dunford
From a farming background in Co. Waterford, Brendan has spent over 20 years living and working in the Burren region. Along with his late wife Ann O’Connor, Brendan co-founded Burrenbeo Teo and is secretary of its successor, the Burrenbeo Trust which aims to ‘connect all of us to our places and our role in caring for them’. Brendan co-ordinates events such as the Burren Winterage festival and the Learning Landscape Symposium and is also a founder of the ‘Farming for Nature’ initiative which aims to acknowledge and support farmers across Ireland who want to protect our natural heritage. Brendan is a former board member of the Heritage Council, a former member of the EPA Advisory Committee and a former Director of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism. He is an Ashoka Fellow for Ireland since 2011 and in 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by NUI Galway for his work in championing biodiversity.