Aoife D’Arcy – CEO and Co-FounderAoife has spent the last 16 years developing analytical models and processes for major national and international companies in banking, finance, insurance, gaming and manufacturing. Aoife has developed particular expertise in analytics strategy, customer insight analytics, fraud analytics, and risk analytics, along with training and mentoring those in graduate to C-Suite roles, and has given her a key insights into how organisations can successfully harness the insights available in their own data, and what they need to do to achieve this.Aoife founded Krisolis in 2009 to pursue her passionate belief in the importance of developing in-house analytics talent in organisations. Aoife works with organisations to help them build world class analytics teams and processes through a unique mix of training, consultancy and mentoring.Aoife is a co-author of the textbook "Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Examples & Case Studies" published in 2015 with MIT Press.Aoife’s qualifications include a M.Sc. Financial and Industrial Mathematics from Dublin City University and an B.Sc. (Honours) Statistics and Computer Science from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Vanessa Tierney, CEO, Abodoo
Vanessa Tierney is the voice of The Future of Work, Corporate Sustainability and Smart Working. With
nearly a decade of working outside of a traditional office, she is an All Ireland Top 100 Female
Entrepreneur, author and co-author of “Your Company with No Walls” (June 2020 launch), Co-Founder
and CEO of Abodoo.com - A technology platform providing tools to support the change of work with a
vision to enable every human on this planet the opportunity to work, demonstrate where the skills are
through unique talent mapping, upskilling key demographics while positively impacting climate change.
A keynote speaker at Global Tech Summits and HR Events on key topics around the remote revolution,
impacts on diversity, the environment and the disruption of the workplace as we know it.
SmartWorking is what she champions and as Abodoo has become the fastest growing ecosystem for
SmartWorking across 60 countries, she is now leading charge on the remote revolution educating
companies and people on the transition.
With over 15 years of International Executive Search, leadership, talent acquisition and BPO experience
for the Fortune 1000 across Europe and the US, she has an excellent understanding of effective talent
sourcing, what hiring managers are focused on and how to stay ahead of your competitors. Previously set
up and sold a 100% remote recruitment agency Vanty which later became Inside Sales People. Prior to
this she established SOS School of Sales which trained and placed over 2,000 graduates and
professionals with large multinationals.
Living on the East Coast of Ireland, she truly embraces SmartWorking and when she is not waving the
Abodoo and SmartWorking Flag for change she is having fun with her family.
Interesting fact: Her daily commute is 30 secon
Ciara Donlon, CEO, Theya Healthcare
Already an experienced businesswoman before she branched out on her own, Ciara Donlon's background is in marketing. She has a BSc in Management & Marketing and over 15 years' experience in marketing in large corporates including RBS, Irish Life & Permanent and Vodafone as Head of the Online Channel.
Ciara always dreamed of building a business of her own. In 2010, she set up a lingerie retail business in Ranelagh in Dublin. Many women undergoing treatment for breast cancer came into her shop looking for a comfortable and feminine bra to wear post surgery. Ciara was stunned when she couldn't find anything suitable on the market.
The plight of these women was something very close to Ciara's heart, as her grandmother, Rose, had undergone a double mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. It was Ciara's desire to do something to help these women through their recovery that was the catalyst for the creation of THEYA Healthcare and after conducting a feasibility study it became clear that there was a big gap in the market.
Ciara secured significant private investment as well as becoming a High Potential Start Up client of Enterprise Ireland. Since the company started trading in 2015, Ciara has won and been shortlisted for many high profile awards. In 2017 alone, she won Laureate for Europe in the Cartier Women's Initiative awards and was shortlisted for both the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging category) and the Matheson WMB Female Entrepreneur of the Year.