Inaugural agri leadership conference on vision for 2030

Inaugural agri leadership conference to focus on vision for 2030

Thought leaders to discuss food security and global trade at industry event

 @CeresNetwork | #Ceres17

The provision of safe, nutritious food and the challenges for global trade will be the main topics under discussion at the ‘Shaping the Vision for Ireland’s Agri-Food Industry 2030’ conference which will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Friday 10th November 2017. The event has been organised by Ceres, a new women in agri-business network, which aims to develop and promote leadership and diverse thinking within the industry.

The conference will feature contributions from prominent experts in the areas of Irish agri-food and international markets including, Fiona Muldoon, CEO, FBD Insurance; Pamela Byrne, CEO, Food Safety Authority Ireland; Michael Hoey, MD, Country Crest; Darina Allen, Founder, Ballymaloe Cookery School; Doreen Corridan, Veterinary Consultant, Munster AI; Ann Derwin, Director of Global Irish Division, DFAT; Pat O’Keeffe, Head of Farmer Relations, Glanbia; Sinead McPhillips, Head of Agri Food Policy and Strategy Development,  DAFM; Maeve Whyte, Director, NFU, Brussels; Helen King, Director of Consumer Insights, Bord Bia and Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting.  (full agenda below)

Karen Brosnan, Chair of Ceres said, “The aim of our network is to facilitate opportunities for critical and diverse thinking while developing and promoting competent leadership for our industry. Our inaugural conference will hear from a host of inspiring industry leaders who will discuss matters of vital importance in bringing the agri-food sector forward towards 2030. Alongside the insightful analysis and expertise offered from our panel contributors, attendees will be encouraged to participate and share their perspectives on what our industry needs to do to remain competitive in an ever-changing global environment.”

The event will consist of two panel discussions, followed by an open-space session to facilitate knowledge exchange and networking. The first session will concentrate on the need to continually produce safe and nutritious food, addressing issues such as dealing with food scares and the control of antimicrobial resistance. The second session will focus on navigating the global trading environment touching on issues such as Brexit and Mercosur, the need for innovation in our thinking and process, as well as the opportunities presented in emerging markets. 

Fiona Muldoon, CEO, FBD Insurance said, “FBD Insurance plc is at the forefront of supporting and protecting food and agricultural businesses in Ireland.   This inaugural Conference for Ceres, a new agri-business network, promotes thought leadership and diversity in our thriving agri-food industry as well as throwing down the challenge of where to bring it in the future.  I believe that celebrating diversity of thought and building a vision for the future will ensure the success of all good Irish agri-food businesses and I am delighted that FBD is sponsoring this innovative and important conference.”

Tickets for the ‘Shaping the Vision for Ireland’s Agri-Food Industry 2030’ can be purchased from at a cost of €25 which includes a light lunch. This conference is kindly sponsored by FBD Insurance.

For further information follow @CeresNetwork  or #Ceres17.


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Notes to editor:

About Ceres

Ceres, the women in agri-business leadership network, was founded to develop and promote leadership and diverse thinking within the industry. Through the delivery of a range of dynamic, engaging and thought-provoking events, the network aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration and peer support.  

The group was founded by ten leading female professionals from diverse backgrounds within the sector including academia, consulting and agri-business. Ceres events will be open to everyone with an interest in critical thinking and leadership in Irish agri-business. The network is named after Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and growth, known as the protector of the land and its products.

Ceres Founding Members:  

Karen Brosnan (Chair), Management Consultant, Appian Point
Mary Delaney, Head of Equine & Tillage Sales, Glanbia Agribusiness
Grainne Dwyer, Communications Manager, Animal Health Ireland
Monica Gorman, Lecturer, University College Dublin
Bridget Lynch, Lecturer, University College Dublin
Finola McCoy, CellCheck Programme Manager, Animal Health Ireland
Roberta McDonald, Farm Profitability Programme Manager, Aurivo
Amii McKeever, Digital Channel Manager, Glanbia Connect and ASA Vice President
Deirdre O’Shea, Executive Director, Agri Aware
Karina Pierce, Lecturer, University College Dublin


Gemma Smyth