CUBS Conference


The CUBS Conference 2020 took place on Tuesday, 10 March in the Cork Opera House. The theme of the conference was ‘Future-proofing Business' - get on board.  

Click here to view the 2020 Conference Programme.

The event was opened by Gina London, ex CNN journalist and Communications Expert and will include Anne O’Leary, (Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Ireland), Kenny Jacobs (Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair), Dave and Stephen Flynn (the Happy Pear), Shane Casey, The Young Offenders, Eleanor Hayes, MTV plus many other interesting speakers lined up. Further speakers to be announced. 

Corporate tickets are now available for purchase on the Cork Opera House website. Non-corporate / student tickets can be bought from direct campus sales and online.

Running since 2016, the annual CUBS conference is Ireland’s largest student led conference and attracts a student audience of 900. The event typically features a selection of notable guest speakers and graduates to offer insights into the changing landscape of Irish and international business.

It is a really exciting time for the Business School. UCC recently secured planning permission in the centre of Cork city for a new Business School building which will be the location of CUBS’ second city-based premises, last year we opened a new centre for Executive Education on Lapps Quay. This new building, is expected to open for business as soon as 2022 or 2023, and will span 220,000 sq. ft and 1.46 acres and will act as a base for some 200 staff and 4,000 students.

Gina London

Emmy-winning former CNN anchor and international campaign strategist, Gina London coaches and trains top executives around the globe.

Anne O'Leary

Anne O’Leary is the CEO of Vodafone Ireland. As CEO of Vodafone, Anne is committed to continued investment in Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure, resulting in Vodafone's nationwide roll out of 4G and most recently the launch of 5G.

Kenny Jacobs

Kenny Jacobs was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Ryanair in February 2014. He joined from Moneysupermarket PLC where he held the same title. He has predominantly worked in retail, having been Marketing Director for Tesco Ireland and Brand Director fo

Barrie O'Connell

Barrie is Partner in charge of the KPMG Cork office, Head of Audit Markets for KPMG in Ireland and member of the Markets Executive of KPMG Ireland.

Mike Hayes

Mike is a UCC graduate and has been a Partner in KPMG Ireland for the past 20 years and is the Global Renewables Leader for KPMG.

Ciara O'Callaghan

Ciara is a CIT graduate, a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a Director in KPMG Ireland. In over 11 years with KPMG, Ciara has provided audit, assurance and advisory services to a large and diverse portfolio of clients, including the world’s leading avia

Professor John O'Halloran

Prior to taking up this role in 2018, John served as Vice-President for Teaching & Learning for almost 4 years. He led a team that supported the provision of high quality teaching & learning at UCC.

Professor Thia Hennessy

Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of School and Chair of Agri-Food Economics at Cork University Business School.

Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law

Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Science degree and a PhD in Microbiology. In 2018 Jean was appointed as Associate Vice President/Director of European Relations and Public Affairs.

Eleanor Hayes

Eleanor Hayes is a Senior Events Manager at ViacomCBS in London, working across a range of live entertainment events at Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.

Dr Ian Flanagan

Over 20 years, Ian has worked in senior executive roles across all the major commercial sports on behalf of brands, sponsors, rights-holders, owners, governments and sports-people. He specialises in commercial strategy, contract negotiation, partnershi

Sharon Cunningham

Sharon is the Co-Founder of Shorla Pharma, a company developing innovative oncology products designed to overcome some of the difficulties associated with administering breast, ovarian and pediatric cancer drugs. 

Ryan O'Neill

LEGIT FIT is an online platform that supports Independent Health & Fitness Professionals to manage and grow their business.

Dave & Steve Flynn

Dave and Steve are the founders of The Happy Pear and have 4 cafes, a farm, a product range, a roastery, 4 online courses, 120 amazing employees and a community of over 1 million people eating more veg!

Meadhbh O'Sullivan

Meadhbh O’Sullivan works as a manager within the EMEA Staffing Services team (SST) as part of People Operations (HR) at Google Ireland.

Niall Horgan

Niall has spent over 9 years in various sales and marketing roles including time at Twitter, Slack, Sky and Irish Mainport Holdings.

Diarmuid McSweeney

Diarmuid has spent over 10 years working in marketing and communications strategy in some of the biggest and best communications agencies in Ireland and Australia.

Clara Walsh

Clara is the Operations Manager at Workvivo, the Employee Communication & Collaboration Platform.

Mary MacNamara

Mary MacNamara is a Senior Investment Manager with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), a unit within the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan is a Communications Consultant and Broadcaster, working in radio, television and online media for two decades.

Laura Tynan

Laura is the founder of and the creator of The Corporate Breakout Code providing women with the support and strategies to transition out of the corporate world and start a successful business that they are passionate about.

Hilary Rose

Hilary Rose is an Irish actress and writer. She is currently appearing in The Young Offenders on BBC and RTE.

Dominic McHale

Best known for his role in the hugely successful Young Offenders movie and TV series.

Shane Casey

Best known for his role in the hugely successful Young Offenders movie and TV series.

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For more details about the 2020 Conference, please contact Alison O'Connell
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