Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium

Speaker line-up 2018

The  Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium 2018, run by the programme's academic partner, the Irish Management Institute, is exclusively hosted for CEOs and management teams from the Deloitte Best Managed network. This year’s Symposium takes place on the same day as the Gala Awards, Friday 2 March in the Convention Centre Dublin.

The day features business educators, thought leaders and guest speakers leading a variety of interactive sessions, providing exclusive insights and practical, targeted advice. It also allows winning companies to spend a day sharing best practices and new ideas, while learning practical tools that Deloitte Best Managed leaders can apply immediately to drive their business.

Symposium Speakers 2018

Vincent Wall – Moderator

Broadcaster, communications consultant and business editor at Newstalk. Vincent also presents the station’s ‘Breakfast Business’, a dynamic and insightful half-hour analysis programme of the latest Irish and international business and economic developments.


Vincent Wall, BMC

Stuart Lancaster – Senior Coach, Leinster Rugby

Session: Lessons Learned in Leadership

Rugby union coach, Stuart Lancaster was the head coach of the English national rugby union team from 2011 until 2015. A level 5 qualified coach, Stuart was previously the England Saxons Head Coach and the RFU Head of Elite Player Development, straddling all of the national age group and development sides, since 2007. He now plays a key role in the backroom team as senior coach for Leinster Rugby.

Stuart Lancaster, BMC

Stéphane Garelli - Professor of World Competitiveness, IMD

Session: Time to look at the world differently: a competitiveness outlook for 2018, and beyond.

A world authority on competitiveness, Stéphane has pioneered research in this field for 25 years. He is Professor at the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Centre, and is also professor at the University of Lausanne. He is the author of numerous publications on competitiveness and global business.

Stéphane Garelli, BMC

Valarie Daunt - Partner, Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte

Session: The Future of Work

Valarie leads Deloitte’s Human Capital practice in Ireland.  She has spent over 15 years delivering human capital solutions to clients in both public and private sectors both as a practitioner in the role of HRD with an international bank and as a Consultant. Valarie has responsibility for the provision of advisory services to a broad range of the firm’s national and international clients and specialises in advising both private and public companies on all aspects of Human Capital.


Valarie Daunt, BMC

Caspar Berry - Specialist in Risk and Decision Making

Session: Great Call! Risk Taking and Decision Making in this New Age of Uncertainty

Caspar gives the corporate world a greater understanding of their decision-making process. He shows people that all decisions are investment decisions. Investments of time, money, status, energy, comfort and security made with the intention of getting some kind of long term return. He tries to give people a better understanding of what “risk” is and how it is calculated in its essential form.

Caspar Berry, BMC

Fiona Buckley – IMI Associate

Session: The power of profiling - what’s in a personality

Fiona is an independent corporate trainer, lecturer and facilitator with 15 years extensive corporate experience. Her areas of expertise are: People Management, HR, Communications and Interpersonal Skills, Work Behaviour, Personalities in the workplace, Different generations in the workplace, Leadership, Organisational Development, Conflict Management, Sales, Negotiation and International Organisations. Fiona lectures in IMI, DCU and Chartered Accountants Ireland on a number of Masters Level Degrees, Diplomas and Certificate programmes.


Fiona Buckley, BMC

Michael Shiel - Adjunct Professor of Strategy INSEAD

Session: The importance of executing strategy in a complex landscape

Michael is a teacher and consultant in the field of strategic innovation and leadership.

He holds the post of Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he teaches on the INSEAD MBA, and leads tailor-made executive programmes for large client companies. In recent years he has lead INSEAD executive programmes in Japan, China, the US, and France. Through INSEAD’s partnership programme he has also taught at the Scandinavian Executive Institute (Denmark), ESADE (Barcelona) and the China Business Executives Academy Dalian. He is an Executive Fellow at CEDEP in Paris, and has served as visiting professor at the Moscow School of Management, and has also taught at SIMI (Copenhagen), IESE (Barcelona) and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Michael Shiel, BMC


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