businessPostgraduate Seminar Series

Postgraduate Seminar Series

Postgraduate Graduate Business Seminar Series

John F Kennedy once said that ‘leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.’ The WIT School of Business wholeheartedly agrees with this and actively seeks to put our students – Ireland’s future managers and entrepreneurs – in the company of great leaders in order to learn from their experiences. The Graduate Seminar Series is a platform to hear, engage with and critically analyse the success stories of Irish leaders and to integrate them into the learning of those who will follow them into practice and, hopefully, leadership in the future.

This highly interactive module has been long established as a core feature of the Graduate programme in the School of Business, and seeks to complement and resonate with the academic theorizing of the traditional classroom. The Series, open to all postgraduate students in the School, integrates high calibre Irish and international academics and practitioners so that our students can interact with those who have achieved distinction in their field and have a story to tell.

From former Taoisigh, European Commissioners, ambassadors and MEPs, to CEOs of Irish and international financial service and trading companies, from SMEs across the business spectrum and leading Professors to social entrepreneurs and representative groups such as IBEC and the IFA, the Seminar Series aims to deliver real world experience in an interactive setting to bring theory alive.

Students are encouraged to question and indeed challenge the concepts they normally only get to read about. In striving to create a reflective and interactive atmosphere in the sessions, the series contributes to the students’ ability to critically analyse business scenarios and strategies as they first undertake their research in the Graduate Business School and then into the real world after graduation. Indeed, the Series complements the International Study Tour which students undertake in the second semester, again exposing them to the international dynamics required of contemporary graduates and Irish economic and business thinking.

For further information, please contact:

Gerard Arthurs [email protected]

Dr Sheila O’Donohoe [email protected]


Seminar Series Autumn 2016

Edel Devane

Porfolio Manager at ACC Bank

Elaine Fennelly

CEO of Bluefin Payments

Mark Fielding 

CEO of Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association 

Nick Ashmore

CEO of The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Graham Doyle

Secretary General of Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Dr Brian Kelly

Sales and Marketing Director of Schivo

Eugene Crehan

Director of Programmes at CEDRE and New Frontiers Manager at WIT

Linda Barry

Assistant Director of the Small Firms Association 
Sean Farrell Director of International Programmes, Trocaire
Francis Byrne  European Movement 
Dr Colin Hunt MD of Wholesale and Institutional Banking at Allied Irish Banks Plc
John Paul Phelan, TD Chair of the Oireachtas Budget Committee

Liam Doran

General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation 

Simon Mc Keever

CEO, Irish Exporters Association 


Seminar Series Autumn 2015

Jens Gloeckner

Sales & Marketing Director for Europe and LATAM, Kerrygold Ornua Foods

Anne Marie Tierney-Le Roux

IDA Regional Manager for the South East

David Coffey 

Marketing Manager of An Post Point and MBS Graduate

Barrie Rogers

Founder and Owner of Chia Bia 

Niall Cody

Chairman, Revenue Commissioners

Conor Maguire

Head of Service and Customer Experience, AIB Group, AIB Awards 
Jennifer Banim Assistant Director General, Central Statistics Office, Dublin
Colin Harmon Entrepreneur, Founder of 3fe Coffee
Rose Clear Head of Risk Management at Bank of Ireland Private Banking 
Tom Mc Cabe CEO in Residence and Management Consultant 
Anthony Dinan  Former MD of Thomas Crosbie Holdings 
Noel Quinn Media Rights Manager of the GAA
Alan O Leary  SIPTU Sector Organiser, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Medical Devices Sector
Tom Arnold  Director General of The Institute of International and European Affairs, former CEO of Concern, Agricultural Economist
Jeff Turner Head of Learning & Development, Facebook
Phil Hogan  European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development 


Seminar Series Autumn 2014

Micheal O Foghlu

CTO of Feedhenry

Dr Tom Mc Cabe

MD of Sordolas Ltd and CEO in Residence at WIT Business School

Professor John Fitzgerald

Research Professor, ESRI, Dublin

Joanna Roche

JP Morgan and MBS E&F graduate

Deirdre Garvey

CEO of The Wheel

Brian Mc Gee

Head of Market Development, Design & Craft Council of Ireland

Tom Early

Senior Investment Adviser, Enterprise Ireland

Dr Todd Harrison

St John Fisher College, New York

Mary Cullen

HR Consultant, Insight HR

Aileen Mc Hugh

HR Manager, Property Registration Authority

Sean Kelly

Member of European Parliament

Prof Helen O Neill

Emeritus Professor, Centre for Development Studies, UCD

Alan Duffy

CEO, HSBC (Ireland)

Neale Richmond

Projects Manager, European Movement Ireland

Helen McCarthy Senior Consultant HR Transformation & Workforce Planning, Mercer Consulting

Eddie Downey

President, Irish Farmers Association 


Seminar Series Autumn 2013

Dan O Brien

Economics Editor of Irish Times

Louise Grubb

Founder & CEO Q1 Scientific Ltd

Professor William Forbes

Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Loughborough, UK

Helen Barry

HR Director of Lake Region Medical Ltd

Eimear Fleming

SE Simon and MBS Marketing Graduate

Professor Jorg Prokop

Professor of Finance and Banking, University of Oldenburg, Germany

(part of Best Paper Awards AIB Centre)

Mary Sutton

Country Director of Atlantic Philanthropies

Lisa Clancy

Director of Communications of the GAA

David Dempsey

Senior Vice President of

Anthony Fitzgerald

Group Treasurer of CRH Plc

Jens Gloeckner

Sales & Marketing Director Europe, Caribbean, C.&S. America, Irish Dairy Board Consumer Foods

Dr Tom Mccabe

MD of Sordolas Ltd and CEO in Residence at WIT Business School

Professor Pete Lunn

Economist and Researcher at ESRI

Brian Phelan

CEO of Global Ingredients, Glanbia Plc



Seminar Series Autumn 2012

Tom Hayes

Divisional Manager of Entrepreneurship & HR at Enterprise Ireland

Dr. Maeve Henchion

Head of Dept Agri Food Busienss & Spatial Analysis at Teagasc

Brian Molloy

Graduate Programme of Vodafone Plc and MBSI Graduate

Dr Felicity Kelliher

Senior Lecturer in Management, WIT, - tutorial on Reflective Writing

Maire Geoghegan Quinn

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science

Dr. Fergal Mc Cann

Senior Economist and Researcher at the Irish Central Bank

Prof William Forbes

Professor of Accounting at Loughborough University, UK and Visiting Professor to AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research

Padhraic Mc Ginn

Plant Manager of Nypro Healthcare, Bray, Co Wicklow

Bob Savage

Vice President and General Manager of EMC (Ireland)

Dan Browne

Managing Director of Dawn Meats

Tom Dalton/ Cormac O Dwyer

Founders of Dungarvan Brewing Company

Bill Kelly

MD of Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa, Rosslare

Renee Flynn

HR Manager, Lake Region Medical Ltd

Michael Kelly

Social Entrepreneur of Grow It Yourself



Seminar Series Autumn 2011

Prof Sean Kay

Professor of Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA

Don Moore

Former Managing Director of ESB International

Lucy Dunne

Consultant with Bridgewater Consultancy and MBS Graduate

Renee Flynn

HR Manager, Lake Region Medical Ltd

Shirley Comber

Procurement Specialist, Bausch & Lomb, Waterford

Philip Mc Keown

Non-Executive Director, Musgrave Group

Prof Bill Rees

Professor of Financial Analysis, University of Edinburgh Business School

Simon Barry

Chief Economist, Ulster Bank (ROI)

Brian Kilgallon

Agriculture Attache, Permanent Representation of Ireland in Europe

Barrie Rogers

Founder of Chia Bia

Eddie Scaife

Commercial Director of Aramark Ltd

Michael Veale

CEO of Buy4Now

Prof Reema Khurana

Assocaite Professor of IT & Systems, Institute of Management Technology, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad

Olivia O Reilly

Project Manager, Tall Ships Race 2011 Waterford

Jillian Van Turnhout

CEO Childres's Rights Alliance




Danny Mc Coy Director General of IBEC
Professor John Holland Professor of Accounting, University of Glasgow
Denise Molloy Analyst with Barclay's Capital in London
Oliver Mc Clure CEO of Chartered Financial Analysts of Ireland
Professor Noel O Sullivan  Professor of Corporate Governance and Head of Dept, Sheffiled University, UK
Micheal Flynn  CEO of FLI Environmental Ltd
Graham Doyle CEO Waterford Airport
Cait Barden Programme Leader at Portobello Institute, Dublin and MBS Graduate
Stephen Kent Marketing Director of Bulmers Ltd
Daithi O Ceallaigh Chairman of Press Council, Head of the Institute for International and European Affairs, former Irish Ambassador
Peter Hatton Brand Manager, Colgate Palmolive and BBS Graduate
Alan Kelly Member of European Parliament South (Labour)
Katherine Carroll Founder of Stable Diet Food company
Sean Gallagher  Entrepreneur and formerly of Dragons Den
Gerard O Neill Economist and Chairman of Amarach Research




Pierce Casey CEO in Residence and Entrepreneur
John Bruton Former Taoiseach & Minister for Finance, EU Amabassador to the United States
Annabelle Kehoe HR Assistant at UCD and MBSI Graduate
Paul Cooke Managing Director of The Star newspaper
Professor William Forbes Professor of Accounting, Loughborough University, UK
Colm O Gorman Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland
Padraig Walshe President of the Irish Farmers Association
Angela Kerins Group Chief Executive Rehab Industries Ireland
Doreen Gerety Director of Organisation Development and Talent Management, Elan Technology




Philip Browne CEO, Irish Rugby Federation
Scott Lichstenstein Senior Lecturer at Henley Management College
William Slattery Executive Vice President and Country Head of State Street International (Ireland)
John Noonan Sales & Marketing Director, Flahavan's Ireland
Billy Byrne HR Manager, ESB International
Gary Mc Manus CEO, Reach Ltd
Professor Michael Baker Emirtus Professor of Marketing, Stathclyde Business School
John Maloney CEO, Glanbia Plc
Triona Brangan HR Director, Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Donal Forde MD of AIB Bank (ROI)




Mr Sam Mc Cauley MD McCauley Group
Mr David Goggin HR & Training Manager with Meteor
Professor Tom Brown Armore Professor of Business Administration, Oklahoma State University, USA
Professor Pervez Ghauri Professor of International Business, Manchester Business School, UK
Mr Justin Kilcullen CEO, Trocaire
Mr Peter Malone Chairman of National Roads Authority and former MD of Jury’s Doyle Hotel Group PLC
Judith Hitchman International Intercultural Consultant
Collette Kirwan & Margaret Cullen Lecturerers in WIT and UCD School of Business
Dr Barbara Flood Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Dublin City University
Dr Robert Galavan Director of the Centre for Business, Management and Innovation, NUI Maynooth
Mr Jonnie Cahill Marketing Director of Diaego (Ireland)
Mr Mark Wearden MD of Managing Business Strategy (UK)
Ms Ann Fitzgerald Chief Executive of National Consumer Agency
Fergus Finlay Chief Executive of Barnardos




Liam Griffin MD Griffin Hotel Group
Aidan Mahon Loan Officer, Bank of Scotland (Ireland)
John Delaney CEO FAI Ireland
Dr Elaine Hudson Visiting Associate Professor, School of Business, UCD
Sahar Hashemi Founder of Coffee Republic
Professor Niamh Brennan Michael Mac Cormac Professor of Management, School of Business,UCD
Tom Healy Senior Manager State Street, Kilkenny
Eddie Kelly MD Heitons Building Group
Dr Tom Mc Conalogue Mc Conalogue & Associates, Consultants
Dr Heidi Winklhofer Professor of Marketing, University of Nottingham Business School
Dr Gary Murphy Dean of Research, School of Humanities and Social Science, Dublin City University
Dr Alan Barrett Senior Research Officer, ESRI
Kathleen Barrington Journalist at Sunday Business Post
Elaine Houlihan Project Manager, Combat Poverty




Catherine Kilbride Director of Education, The Marketing Institute of Ireland
Fiona Mc Namara Project Manager at Waterford Regional Hospital and Graduate of MBS by Research
Professor Nancy Huyghebaert Professor of Finance, Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium
Peter Hatton Assistant Brand Manager, Kerry Group Plc
Damien Rossiter Senior Analyst at AIB and Graduate of MBS by Research
Professor Gary Davies Professor of Corporate Reputation, Manchester Business School and Visiting Professor to Waterford Crystal Centre for Marketing Studies
Brian Mc Gee Sales and Marketing Director, Waterford Crystal
Clara Dunne MD of Credit Agricole Ireland
Brid O Brien HR Director of Meteor Mobile
Brian O Kane MD of Oak Tree Press Ltf
Professor Audrey Gilmore Professor of Services Marketing, University of Ulster