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Gavin Duffy


Gavin Duffy is publicly known for his work with entrepreneurs on all seven series of RTE’s Dragons’ Den. However, his true vocation is training. He is a passionate and committed trainer, delivering consultancy, facilitation and coaching through Gavin Duffy & Associates for over twenty-five years. He has coached a number of Taoisigh, and the CEOs and SMT Executives of the leading corporations in Ireland and the UK.  He has also delivered training courses and keynotes in the US, Australia, and all over Europe.

Gavin’s career in media started at age seventeen, setting-up a local radio station in County Louth. He was the presenter of the first RTE television business programme, Marketplace, and two years before that in 1985 was one of the first broadcasters on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.  He won the franchise for regional radio station LMFM in 1989, later sold to UTV.

He is a founding member of the Irish Chapter of EO, the international Entrepreneur’s Organisation, and is also a member of Ireland’s Public Relations Institute (PRII).

Fiona McKeon


Fiona is CEO of BizWorld Ireland. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and development of the organisation. Fiona bridges the gap between educators and business people in order to produce successful but financially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs for the future.

Fiona is also a public speaker, trainer and lecturer on Professional and Personal Development. She has been working and educating in the industry for 25 years, working with schools, colleges and businesses. Fiona counts IBEC, Fás, DAA, Brown Thomas, Ernst & Young, Darley Flying Start, TV3, TG4 and many educational institutions as her previous clients.

Fiona holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management MA Ed and has developed and delivered entrepreneurial modules for B.Ed students at Froebel Department of Education in Maynooth University.

Edel Flynn

Board Member

Edel is Chairperson of BizWorld Ireland, a voluntary position which she has held since 2014.

Edel is co-founder of Element78 which offers serviced flexible workspace and office space at Georges Quay, Dublin. Previously, Edel was CEO of the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), the Irish state agency charged with managing The Digital Hub. Edel has contributed to the growth of the agency as being recognised as an international centre of excellence for growing digital enterprises in Ireland.

In 2014, Edel was nominated in Silicon Republic’s Women Invent Tomorrow campaign as one of the leading women in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths

Enda Devine

Board Member

Enda is a member of the board of BizWorld Ireland. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at IPB Insurance. His role includes acting as a strategic partner and advisor to the CEO and playing an active role in shaping and challenging the strategic development plans of the business.

Enda is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and holds a Diploma in Information Systems from Trinity College.

Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke

Board Member

Greg is a member of the board of BizWorld Ireland and a former chairperson of the organisation. He is founder and Managing Director of the Digicom Group which is a leading player in the audio visual, managed print and content management.

Greg is President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and has been an active member for many years.

Orla Nugent

Board Member

Orla is a member of the board at BizWorld Ireland. She is currently Director of MBA Programmes at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and has an international career over 20 years in the Public and Private sectors.

Orla believes that encouraging creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills within the next generation is key so that we can engage their extraordinary capacity and hone their talents for the future.

She is a keen golfer – time permitting!

Joanne Hession

Board Member

Joanne is a member of the board of BizWorld Ireland. She is a recognised leader in training and business development in Ireland. Through her business QED Training ( Joanne has trained thousands of entrepreneurs towards success and works internationally with her Accreditation Advisory firm QED.

A frequent keynote speaker at international conferences, Joanne is co-author of the best-selling book “Don’t Get A Job, Build A Business”. She is listed as one of the top 100 All-Island Business Women by Irish Entrepreneur and You Business and as one of the top entrepreneurs in Ireland by Prudence magazine.