Emily Aoibheann is an artist, aerialist, designer, performance practitioner, director, producer, creative facilitator and teacher from Dublin, Ireland. Emerging from a musical and academic background, her work explores 'intermedial' and trans-disciplinary live-art; dynamic sculpture; physical, experimental and conceptual contemporary circus and performance. She is co-founder and co-director of PaperDolls Performance Company. Emily specialises in aerial rope/ corde lisse, aerial fabric and unconventional, bespoke aerial apparatus. She has been teaching aerial technique in Dublin and elsewhere since 2011. In 2015 Emily will be exploring parkour, free-running technique, chinese pole, fencing and welding.
Giustina is the Global Development Lead with the CoderDojo Foundation. She has a breadth & depth of responsibilities to enable the continuing success of the organisation and ongoing scaling of the movement. Her responsibility includes sourcing & engaging multiple key strategic partners, alliances and funders to support and scale CoderDojo globally. She holds a Msc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) from DCU, a MA in International Politics & Human Rights from City University London and a BA in History and Political Science from UCD.
Rowena is Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Business to Arts and Fund It, where she plays an active role mentoring and advising a range of organisations and arts professionals on diversifying income streams, as well as consulting with a number of companies on their cultural investment portfolios. Before joining Business to Arts, Rowena worked in a number of roles over 17 years at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the last 5 as Head of Sponsorship and Fundraising where she worked to develop new income for the Museum.
Darren is the CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation that supports new solutions to Ireland’s social problems. They provide funding and support to early stage social entrepreneurs. Darren initially spent time working in overseas development in both South Africa and Kenya, before returning home to play a role in Ireland’s recovery. Darren sits on the voluntary board of Soar, who give young people the self-belief to discover and follow their dreams. He is a member of the Ireland Funds Young Leaders. Darren was recently listed in the ‘Top 30 Under 30’ entrepreneurs in Ireland. Through his work Darren has gained a unique insight into the funding world as both a funder and a fundraiser. Over the last 5 years he has pitched or been pitched to hundreds of times.
Marc Rafferty is an entrepreneur with 12 years experience in US, Holland and Ireland setting up and running SMEs. Marc will be looking after aspects of business development as well as heading up the social media marketing at Linked Finance.
Improper Butter was established in the summer of 2013 by college friends Hannah O'Reilly and Elaine Lavery. Upon graduation, Elaine spent a ski season working as a chalet chef in the French Alps. On her return home she spoke to Hannah about the idea of retailing a range of flavoured butters. Hannah couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with her best friend and Improper Butter was born. The 'Improper Butter' that had started in Elaine's family kitchen gained a little attention and the girls found themselves with the buyers of Tesco and SuperValu. The girls are now exploring export opportunities and new product development and most importantly are still best mates.
Sarah Costigan is the Development Manager of the Little Museum of Dublin and was recently nominated for Best Emerging Fundraiser at the Fundraising Ireland awards for her outstanding achievements in raising money for the museum. She has a Masters degree from UCD.
This month, our venue is the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street. We kick off at 7pm sharp.