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WWMB 2020: Meet the Panellists

25 February 2020 by Mason Alexander
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​WWMB 2020: Meet the Panellists

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we are hosting an event “Diversity & Inclusion, how does Ireland stack up against International Peers?” on Thursday 5th March.  We will hear from an expert series of panelists on what their organisations are doing to tackle equality, both globally and in Ireland. Please note this event is now sold out, register your interest for waitlist tickets at events@wwmb.ie

Meet the Panel! 

Derek Diviney

EMEA Vice President of Sales & Customer Service – Indeed

Derek Diviney joined Indeed in September 2019 as the EMEA VP of Sales & CS. Prior to this Derek spent the last 12 years at Google, most recently as the Managing Director of Google Ads in the Professional Services group. He directed multiple EMEA-wide programs that transformed their business service model, talent development/onboarding and integration of new business streams into an already well-established business.

Derek has strong finance and analytical experience with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland following 5 years of business advisory, mergers and acquisition experience with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Derek has 20 years of management experience in the Tech industry, 7 of those years with Microsoft as EMEA controller of Small & Medium Business and Chief of Staff for EMEA operations.

Derek is a proud father of 2 sons and is a massive rugby fan. His favourite time of year is when the Six Nations Championships are on!

Fiona Gallagher

WFBI Chief Executive Officer – Wells Fargo Bank International UC

Fiona Gallagher is CEO of Wells Fargo International Bank UC (WFBI). WFBI provides support and services to Wells Fargo’s clients in all European Union and European Economic Area countries. WFBI is the only Wells Fargo bank entity outside of the U.S. and is a critical part of Wells Fargo’s European and international operations. Fiona joined WFBI in October 2019.

Prior to this, she was Deutsche Bank’s Head of Securities Services and Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Ireland. At Deutsche, Fiona was responsible for the strategy and operations of the bank’s Global Securities Services division, as well as the 650 person operations, data and technology site in Ireland.

Fiona joined Deutsche Bank in 2004 and held a number of leadership roles including Head of EMEA Coverage for GTB focused on priority financial institutions, Global Head of Relationship Management and Global Head of Private Placements for Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions covering both corporate and financial clients. She served on the Transaction Banking Executive Committee for Deutsche Bank, as well as the Euroclear and Clearstream Client Advisory Boards. Previously Fiona worked in Debt Capital Markets for both Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital in New York and London.

Fiona graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Civil Law, and in 1998 earned a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies with First Class Honours from the Business School at University College Dublin.

Fiona was Global Custodian’s Industry Person of the year in 2019. Under her leadership, the Securities Services team was awarded the “Best Securities Services Provider” by The Banker in 2018.

Fiona sits on several industry boards including Financial Services Ireland, the Foreign Bankers Association, and is on the Financial Services Steering Committee for the 30% Club. Fiona was the keynote speaker at the launch of the 100 Women in Finance Next Generation in Dublin.

Fiona is passionate about access to education and sits on Dublin City University’s Educational Trust. She is also a board member of the Guinness Enterprise Centre, the #1 University Associated Incubator globally.

 

 

Ken Bowles        

Group Chief Financial Officer – Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Ken Bowles was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2016 and was appointed a Director in December 2016. He joined the Group in 1994 and has occupied a number of finance roles in various parts of the Group. In 2004 he was appointed as the Group’s first Head of Compliance, in 2007 he became the Group’s Head of Tax and in 2010 he was appointed Group Financial Controller. Mr Bowles is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and holds a first class MBA from the UCD Graduate School of Business.

 

 

Sarah Cunningham

Vice President of Mastercard’s Dublin Technology Hub

Sarah Cunningham is Vice President of Mastercard’s Dublin Technology Hub where she is focused on growing the impact of Mastercard’s Dublin operation.

Over her 20-year career, Sarah has held various Strategy, Marketing, Innovation Management and Leadership positions in companies including Mastercard, Google, CapGemini and Accenture.

Sarah is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and passionate about mentoring and coaching the future generation of up-and-coming talent.

In her spare time, Sarah is an avid hiker and has completed hikes in the Himalayas, Lesotho, Peru (the Inca Trail), Spain (a leg of the Camino) and the Alps.

 

Áine Kerr

Co-Founder & COO – Kinzen

Áine is Co-Founder and COO of Kinzen; a technology company building personalisation products for people and publishers. Previously, Áine led global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team in New York focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. She was instrumental in helping to create and execute on the Facebook Journalism Project and led the creation of the News Integrity Initiative (NII).

Before Facebook, she spent five years at Storyful, where she served as head of content and political editor before being appointed managing editor in December 2011 at the time of the company’s acquisition by News Corporation. Prior to that, Áine spent over seven years working as a political correspondent and news reporter with The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner.

Áine is on the advisory board of the NII, an advisor to the Institute for Future of Media and Journalism (Fujo), as well as being the co-founder of Online News Association (ONA) Ireland. She recently graduated as a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program in Columbia University and has a Bachelor of Education (B’ED) and a Masters of Journalism (MAJ) with Dublin City University [DCU]. She has certificates with Cornell University and Harvard University in financial accounting and project management, and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Executive Coaching with Kingstown College.

She was awarded Woman of the Year in Media 2018 by Irish Tatler Magazine at their annual awards ceremony, and was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by Women Mean Business.

She has spoken at major conferences and events world over, lectured in journalism with Dublin Business School and served as a member of the Visiting Faculty at Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Florida.

She participated in the 2019 Going for Growth programme sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG. Áine is also a member of the European Council’s committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age and a member of the Global Future Council on Media, Entertainment and Culture for 2019-2020 term which serves as a brain trust for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

She has hosted RTÉ Radio One’s The Business on four occasions in 2019.

Please note this event is now sold out, register your interest for waitlist tickets at events@wwmb.ie

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