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The hybrid event will take place in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on the 4th November from 3pm to 5.30pm.

Registration to attend online event is free and can be booked here:

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Director of RSPB NI

Joanne joined RSPB in July 2014 as Director of RSPB NI, assuming leadership of RSPB’s operations in Northern Ireland and overseeing our partnership arrangements with Manx BirdLife and BirdWatch Ireland.

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Group Chief Executive, Translink

Chris joined Translink as Group Chief Executive in 2015. He has extensive international business experience and is a Chartered Company Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the CBI NI Council and Chair of Business in the Community…

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owner of Yoga and Refill Quarter

Susan McEwen is one of the owners of Yoga and Refill Quarter. Located first in East Belfast, they have recently opened a second combined store on the Lisburn Road bringing a new concept in conscious living to Belfast.

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Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish

John Gilliland, is Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish, an innovative livestock nutrition company which creates complete solutions, improving animal, human and environmental health, simultaneously.

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professional from Belfast, works in cyber security

Rosalind Skillen is a podcast host, speaker, and climate activist from Belfast. Rosalind studied French and Spanish at the University of Cambridge, and is passionate about how communication, creativity, and imagination can help address the climate crisis.  She currently represents Northern Ireland as ‘BBC Young Climate Reporter’ and works with BBC NI to produce climate stories…

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South African born poet and writer, creative writing facilitator for Ulster University, currently studying her MA in Poetry at Queens University Belfast

Nandi Jola is a South African born poet and writer. She is currently studying her MA in Poetry at Queens University Belfast. Nandi is a creative writing facilitator for Ulster University, Books Beyond Boundaries NI. Her debut poetry collection with Doire Press is due in the Spring/Summer of 2022. Her work includes ‘The Journey ‘…

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Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor, member of the Alliance Party

The current Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Kate Nicholl who took up office on the 1st June 2021. Councillor Nicholl is a member of the Alliance Party and was originally co-opted onto Belfast City Council in 2016 and was elected as a representative for the Balmoral district at the 2019 Local Government Election. Councillor Nicholl,…

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head of music at the County Hall Arts, London

Patrick grew up playing music with his seven brothers and sisters in Dublin, the cellist in the family ensemble. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leiden with a Master’s Degree in Politics, Patrick relocated to the west of Ireland to teach music. As schools closed in March 2020 due to coronavirus lockdowns, Patrick began…

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Former BBC political correspondent and author

Martina Purdy is a former BBC political correspondent and author who currently works as a pilgrim guide on St Patrick’s Way, a new Irish camino she helped develop.

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Athlete, accountant and tech enthusiast.

Leo Brown is an athlete, accountant and tech enthusiast.

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Coach, advocate and storyteller

Holly is a coach, advocate and storyteller. Her belief is that finding your voice is the first step to breaking the cycles of abuse and living a life you love.

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Henrietta Norton, also known as Hen, is a director, producer and writer.

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Couture milliner and accessories designer

Gráinne Maher is a couture milliner and accessories designer, most recently adding art fabric and wallpaper designs to her portfolio.

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Qualified medical doctor and member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Gareth is a qualified medical doctor and member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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CEO and founder of CRAICNI

Eileen is CEO and founder of CRAICNI, an award-winning training and educational social enterprise company which prides itself in investing in diverse trainers to promote diversity.

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A Strand Hair salon owner, entrepreneur and hair stylist

A Strand Hair salon owner, entrepreneur and hair stylist.

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Celebrity columnist, media commentator and almost qualified barrister

Anthony Miller is a celebrity columnist, media commentator and almost qualified barrister.

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Works in the tech industry to drive change and champion diversity, equity and inclusion

Adriana works in the tech industry to drive change and champion diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Campaigner and writer

Adam McGibbon is an award-winning campaigner and writer, originally from Belfast.

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Sophia, Georgia and Nina Scott share a lifetime of travel experience, and have lived and worked all over the world. Together, Georgia and Sophia have two decades of experience with their documentary film company GroundTruth Productions, working across the globe. Nina has spent her career working on product development and material design within the artisan textiles sector.

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Travis Mason is an innovator and multi-disciplinary creator. Sinéad O’Sullivan is a Senior Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Aerospace Engineer from N.Ireland. Final Act brings together technologists from NASA, MIT and Google in collaboration with globally renowned musicians.

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Irish Vocalist, Composer & Creative Producer

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lorem ipsumAnna and Kaitlyn are 18 year old climate justice and ecological activists – Kaitlyn is in Extinction Rebellion and Anna is in Fridays for Future. They both strike for the climate on Fridays. Their main message is for the science to not only to be listened to, but to also be acted upon and…

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Commissioner for Resilience for the city of Belfast, based in Belfast City Council

lorem ipsumCities will be the driving force for action on climate change in this decade, as local solutions are developed to protect communities, systems and the economy from the effects of our changing climate. Belfast’s Commissioner for Resilience, Grainia Long, outlines the strength of collaboration across the city, the practical solutions being developed, and how…

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Senior Lead Engineer within Energy Systems Analysis at SONI

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Professor of Green Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast

John Barry Professor of Green Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast. What keeps him awake at night is the life opportunities and future wellbeing of his children. His areas of academic research include post-growth and heterodox political economy; the politics, policy and political economy of climate breakdown and climate resilience; and socio-technical analyses of low carbon energy transitions.

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Photographer and EFT Master Practitioner

Annette is a multi-award winning photographer, based in Belfast. Annette’s own weight and body image challenges empowered her to train to become a Master Practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) through which she helps clients to manage and overcome emotional obstacles to health.

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Homeless Advocate, Environmentalist, Arts Facilitator

Arlene Megaw has worked at Hosford Homeless Hostel since April 2007 as a Life skills Co-ordinator. She co-ordinates a Health and Wellbeing Team delivering a programme of Horticulture and Art Therapy to those most marginalised in society.

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Therapist, Advocate and Pioneer

Shauna is the Founder and Director of Wellnessseeker, an online school that offers a variety of programmes, aimed directly at supporting mental and emotional difficulties. Shauna is passionate about the potential of the human spirit to heal and is convinced that everyone has the capacity to transform their suffering.

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Principal and Educator

Maire Thompson has been involved in teaching for 23 years. After some early childhood adversity Maire went on to win the UK Head teacher of the Year in 2017 and went on to judge the competition in 2019. Her approach is based on a strong moral compass and a core belief in the positive potential of education.

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Child Protection Expert

Jim Gamble is a former senior police officer and a renowned child protection expert.

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Professor, Artist, Bridge-builder

Kalypso Nicolaidis is a professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, and previously at Harvard. A few years ago she was asked to be a “wise man” by EU heads of states. But she prefer to think of herself as a translator between worlds, across different languages, cultures and disciplinary boundaries, as well as between academia and the public sphere, and, as an educator, between generations.

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Storyteller, Activist, Academic

Richard O’Leary is reinventing the tradition of Irish oral storytelling for the 21st century. Critically acclaimed for his show “There’s a Bishop in my Bedroom” he is artist in residence at this year’s Outburst Queer Arts festival.

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Futurist, Inquirer, Creator

Stacey King is a nomadic learner who loves to make connections, develop ideas, and bind it all into something new and tangible. She runs a business focused on incubating new digital spaces, is a semi-recovering digital and IP lawyer, has served on several Boards of Directors for international organizations, and considers herself a lifelong student.

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Architect, Artist, Educator

Jane Larmour is an architect involved in practice, education and research. In 2018 she was invited to exhibit her work at the Irish Embassy London representing Irish Women in Architecture.

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Humanitarian, Leader

Blinded as a 10 year old boy during the Northern Ireland conflict in 1972, Richard Moore has never allowed bitterness to stunt his development. In 2005, 33 years after he was shot, Richard met Charles, the British soldier who blinded him and the two are now good friends.

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Art Curator, Museum Activist, North Belfastian

Kim Mawhinney has worked at the Ulster Museum,National Museums NI since 1995. She was a member of the Project Board for the redevelopment of the Ulster Museum, which reopened in October 2009 and won the Art Fund prize in 2010.

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Songwriter, Performer, The Dangerous Harpist

Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns has been smashing the stereo-typical image of the harp for 25 years through song writing, theatre, circus and comedy.

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Pastor, Pioneer, Pilgrim

Karen Sethuraman is a Pastor of SoulSpace, a Peace and Reconciliation hub based in the Duncairn Centre, and is one of the founders of Spectrum – a space set up in Belfast for LGBT+ people of faith.

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Strategist, Placemaker, Connector

Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund/asset management arm of Places for People Group, overseeing a UK-wide residential strategy

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Student, political activist and Talk like TED winner

Why do our biggest fears seem to limit us? Tegan Nesbitt, student from Derry, asked this question 2 years ago when she was facing her biggest fear to date. Her anxiety related condition: Trichotillomania. Tegan will talk about her journey and how the once timid and nervy 15 year old girl bloomed into the young political activist she is today.

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Copper, mummy and multitasker

Una has been a serving police officer for 17 years, starting her career in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and currently serving in South Yorkshire.

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Director of Research, Investor in Technologies

Timothy Brundle is Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University. Timothy directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation.

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Technologist, Entrepreneur, Samaritan

Following a career as a Senior Executive with Nortel, Flextronics and Google, Stephen now spends his time as Founder/Investor in a wide range of technology-based businesses.

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Scientist, Mental Health Advocate and Mother

A Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, Siobhan coordinated the largest ever studies of mental health and suicide in Northern Ireland, highlighting the associations with the Troubles.

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Creative strategist, Test & learner Part-time behavioural scientist

Award winning Chief Strategy Officer of VMLY&R EMEA, former Captain of North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, NSW State Champion (which he admits is a little strange for an Englishman) and trustee of the Contact The Elderly charity.

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Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Collaborator

Queens University graduate, founder of Boden Park Coffee Company and DEEP SH!T podcaster, Orla McKeating raises the volume on issues typically associated with stigma through authentic conversations.

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Spiritualist, Courageous and Loyal

Nichola is an experienced Spiritual teacher. She was awarded Platform Accreditation in 2010 by the Spiritualists’ Nationalist Union for speaking and demonstrating and is the Secretary of Belfast Spiritualists’ Church.

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Lawyer, Mum, Social Justice Advocate

Laura is an inspirational young lawyer with Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors whose determination to take on the UK government in a legal challenge for bereaved children (the Siobhan McLaughlin case) led to victory before the Supreme Court, benefitting thousands of children across the UK.

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Storyteller, Tech-Founder, Creative

Jess Dornan Lynas is the founder of a digital start-up called Afterbook, which enables people to tell the life stories of and build a legacy to a loved one.

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Activist, Uncle, Optimist

Fergal McFerran is 27 years old and works for Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT rights organisation

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Academic and Community Activist

Duncan Morrow is an academic and community activist. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University in Belfast.

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Artist, Technologist and Author

Deepa Mann-Kler is an award-winning artist, public speaker, author, educator and technologist.

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Creative activist and campaigner. Co-Founder Another World Belfast

Connor is Co-Founder of Another World Belfast CIC, a not for profit that runs The Love Pack, a public collection of toiletries and underwear for those living in extreme need in Belfast.

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Writer, Performer, Artist

Alice’s unconventional poetry performances have captivated audiences ever since she made her start performing ‘Alice Fresco’ on the streets of Belfast.

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Contemporary Artist

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist. Since 2010 his focus has been on painting grand scale portraits, which have won widespread recognition and many international awards.

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