Dr Mick Jackson 

Founder and CEO, Wildhearts Group

Mick Jackson is a serial entrepreneur, author and Ex Chart topping rock singer. He is also the founder of the WildHearts Group, a global B2B Social Business which is committed to launching companies that fight social and economic injustice. WildHearts is pioneering ‘Compassionate Entrepreneurial’ education in the ‘West’ through its multi-award winning training programme Micro-Tyco and funds micro- loans for poor entrepreneurs in 40 countries across five continents. Mick’s work has been recognised globally; he has received numerous honorary doctorates, was EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and was voted Top Scot by the UK public (an honour he shares with JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy). In 2015 WildHearts was voted Social Enterprise UK’s Social Business of the Year and to date Mick is the only European to receive the highly prestigious Babson Social Innovation Award from the world’s top school in entrepreneurship. To date, WildHearts have transformed over 150,000 lives globally and invested over £4,000,000. WildHearts goal is to transform one million lives by 2020 through ‘Compassionate Entrepreneurship’. 





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Professor Brian MacCraith FInstP MRIA

President, Dublin City University

Professor MacCraith holds a Personal Chair in Physics at DCU.  He was founding Director of both the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU.  He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.  He was appointed President of DCU in July 2010 and will hold this position for 10 years.  As President, he has advanced DCU’s mission as a research-intensive, globally-engaged University of Enterprise that emphasises innovation in teaching, learning and research.

During his time as President, DCU has been ranked among the world’s leading young universities and is included both in the QS Top 50 under 50 and the THE 100 under 50.

Professor MacCraith has a strong commitment to student entrepreneurship (both social and commercial) and recently Chaired the National Review of STEM Education in Ireland for the Irish Government.


Twitter: @DublinCityUni

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Elin McCallum 

Founder and Director of Bantani Education asbl

Originally a youth worker, Elin has worked in entrepreneurship education for the past 14 years. She spent eight years with Welsh Government, supporting vocational and higher education to implement and innovate entrepreneurship education strategies. From this, she was seconded to lead entrepreneurship education policy with the European Commission, identifying new policy direction at EU level and working with networks of Member States to develop policy guidance and initiatives.  In 2015, she left policy to work outside government and has now set up Bantani Education, a non-profit driving forward entrepreneurial learning.  Working in Europe and beyond, Bantani coordinates EU networks on behalf of the Commission, supports the development of policy tools such as EntreComp and works with governments, NGOs, business and education to develop exciting project ideas and collaborations. Bantani is particularly interested in the intersection of entrepreneurial skills with active citizenship and social innovation, working on a number of new initiatives to demonstrate the diversity and relevance of entrepreneurial learning across these themes. She has co-authored EU policy guidance, was one of the authors of the 2016 Eurydice study on Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe, and is supporting the upcoming Eurydice study on Citizenship Education in Europe. 


Twitter: @elinmccallum    @bantaniedu

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Professor Heidi Neck

Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College



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