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Speakers

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Gilliane Quinn de Schonen

Gilliane Quinn de Schonen is on the Board of the Quinn Family Foundation. She was President and Managing Director of a chain of juice bars,operating under the Zumo brand until 2022. With a background in consulting and food marketing based in Paris, she started her career with Bain and Company, and subsequently specialised on importing food products from Ireland and France into French distributors such as Auchan, Monoprix, Intermarché and Carrefour. In 2000 she co-founded Novalenext, a prospective marketing company. She was President of NetworkIrlande, the network of Irish professionals in France, created in 2010. Gilliane was a Non-Executive Director of Superquinn, the family supermarket chain for 10 years until the sale of the company in 2005. She was Chairperson of the Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust until 2021. Gilliane studied Business in Trinity College and holds a diploma in Corporate Governance from the CGI.

Tomar Trust 

Maeve Cavanagh will represent The Tomar Trust at the symposium. The Tomar Trust is a philanthropic trust that aims to contribute to strengthening Irish society over 10 years 2016-2026. Established in 1994 the Tomar Trust has been supporting community and voluntary activity in rural Ireland, particularly North Cork, West Waterford, Clare and Donegal and disadvantaged communities in Cork City. The Trust aims to deepen its commitment to rural Ireland, to the building of strong communities and resilient young people, and aims to address some of the big issues facing Ireland today and investing in the solutions to solve them.

See more about Tomar Trust here.

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Cath Dovey

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Cath is a co-founder of the Beacon Collaborative and is the lead coordinator for a number of the activities. The goal of the Beacon Collaborative is to increase philanthropy and social investment in the UK by giving support and confidence to donors and social investors helping to drive positive social change. In the field of philanthropy, Cath headed Scorpio Partnership’s global research work with major donors, family givers and family foundations. Cath chairs Rosa, the UK fund for women and girls, and is a trustee of Philanthropy Impact.

You can connect with Cath on LinkedIn here.

Delphine Moralis

Delphine Moralis is Chief Executive Officer of Philea. Philea nurtures a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks working for the common good. Prior to joining Philea, Delphine was Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International Federation, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe, and has also held positions in advocacy and public affairs at Child Focus, the European Youth Forum and Cable Europe. In December 2021 Delphine was appointed President of the Board of Directors for Enabel, the Belgian development agency which aims to build a sustainable world where women and men live under the rule of law and are free to thrive. She has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and an Advanced Master’s Degree in European Studies from KU Leuven.

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Ludwig Forrest

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Ludwig Forrest is Head of Philanthropy at the King Baudouin Foundation’s Centre for Philanthropy that provides information, guidance and tailor-made help on strategic philanthropy to private donors, families, businesses and professional advisers who wish to engage in public benefit initiatives in Belgium, Europe and in the world. He serves as well as international philanthropy architect for global philanthropic movements. Helping donors and beneficiaries to find effective solutions for philanthropic intentions, and fostering and enabling the European and international cross-border giving environment by promoting the borderless giving Alliance Myriad and the Transnational Giving Europe network are his main objectives. Ludwig joined the KBF 22 years ago.

Ludwig is also member of the Board of the Belgian Federation of Philanthropic Foundations and highly involved in the PHILEA Philanthropy Advocacy initiative. He advocates at national and EU-level, and is publicist and regular speaker/moderator at international conferences. He has been appointed to take the Expert role for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  Opinion “Philanthropy, an untapped potential in Europe”. Also he organized and coordinated the latest edition of “Be Philanthropy” gathering more than 1200 persons from Belgium and Europe interested in Philanthropy.

Claire Gately

Claire Gately co-founded Long Term Foundation in 2017 with Tony Gannon and is involved on a day to day basis in the management of its activities.  The foundation’s mission is to reduce hunger and achieve food security for rural farmers living in extreme poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, by enabling greater farm productivity and income generation opportunities. Her role involves building and implementing the foundation’s strategy, and developing and managing relationships with foundations, NGOs, credit providers, borrowers and grantees.  She carries out due diligence on partners, travelling to Sub Saharan Africa on a regular basis, to visit and strengthen relationships and to build a pipeline of potential partners.

Claire studied finance at University College Dublin (BComm and Masters in Finance), and started her career in banking in the early ‘90s (IIB, Bank of Ireland and KBC project finance). She joined Abbey Capital Limited in 2000 with responsibility for fund structuring, regulation, legal and compliance, and was appointed a Director in 2002.  Claire is still involved with Abbey, on a non-executive basis, as their Chair, and she holds other non executive directorships in the Investment Management sector.

Liz Roche

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Liz Roche is the head of Foundation and Sustainable Business at Vodafone Ireland, where her role is to lead on Vodafone’s sustainable business strategy and manage Foundation partnerships. Serving on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Elderly as well as the Board of Directors of Boardmatch Ireland

Specialist areas that Liz Roche works, include: – Sustainability, ESG strategy and reporting – Diversity and inclusion – Digital skills programmes – Corporate social responsibility – Community development projects – Organisational strategy and planning – Corporate philanthropy & partnerships – Development & delivery of large national campaigns – Donor cultivation and stewardship – Advocacy and campaigning via social media – National corporate partnerships & initiatives

Caroline McLaughlin 

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Caroline has over 25 years of experience in building and developing networks, partnerships and collaborations to make a difference in creating social impact in regions as varied as Australia, the UK, Asia, the US and Turkey. Until recently, she was Chief Partnerships Officer at Asian Venture Philantropy Network, and last year founded Heriot Row Advisors to support organisations and philanthropic networks to be catalysts for impact. She sits on the board of Alliance Publishing Trust, Amala Education and SIS Ventures.  

Connect with Caroline on LinkedIn here.

Graham Clifford - MC

Graham Clifford is a social entrepreneur and is founder and CEO of Sanctuary Runners – a multi-award winning national organisation which uses running to achieve community integration. He is also the founder of the One Town One Voice community singing initiative as well as Translate Ireland Multilingual Video messaging.

Passionate about community integration Graham is also an international advocate speaking at the United Nations in New York and Geneva on the importance of initiatives and policies which brings everyone in our community together in a respectful and sustainable way. A former broadcaster and journalist Graham worked with the likes of RTÉ Radio 1, the Irish Times, Irish Independent, BBC regional radio and the Business Post.

Connect with Graham on LinkedIn here.

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Éilis Murray

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As CEO for Philanthropy Ireland, Éilis is an advocate for the growth and development of philanthropy, she leads a small team supporting and providing voice for donors, individual, institutional and corporate. With almost 30 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector with a range of NGO’s, Éilis is passionate about the role and value of philanthropy in civil society.  Éilis has an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the University of Kent and a B. Comm from UCD. Committed to knowledge exchange and collaboration, she participates in DAFNE, the Donor and Foundations Network of Europe and is on the board of Oakfield Trust.

Connect with Éilis on Linkedin here.

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