Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright recipient who entered the game industry in 1981. She has worked on over 50 games, including seminal titles in the Wizardry, Ghost Recon and Dungeons & Dragons franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim. Most recently, in 2018, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award (the Bizkaia award) at the Fun and Serious Games Festival in Bilbao, Spain, and the inaugural Grace Hopper Award presented by Science Foundation Ireland at the Women in Tech conference.

Joanna Dukkipati

Joanna Dukkipati is a communications professional with international experience in the development sector. She is the founder of Good Day News Cork. This is a quarterly magazine with only leisurely positive features about local people. Previously she has created Cork Indian Summer, was licensee + co-organiser of TEDxCorkWomen and TEDxCorkSalon. She is also the co-founder of That’s What She Said, an online radio show.

Shubhangi Karmakar

Shubhangi (21, she/they) is a medical student, currently pursuing an Intercalated MSc. in Molecular Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, with a research interest in the Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

By trade, they are a globally profiled and collected jeweller, goldsmith, and fine artist. They started their philanthropic creative work in 2017 with Repealist, a one person design brand that has raised 10,000EUR and counting for causes like Repeal the 8th, as well as other contemporary queer, disabled, women’s, poverty  homelessness and POC community causes in Ireland and abroad.

Besides this, they undertake much work in their academic and professional community as the Treasurer for Women in Medicine Ireland Network (WiMIN), the Treasurer for the Graduate Students’ Union, and are the Health Sciences Editor for the Trinity Postgraduate Review journal, ex-Digital Editor for the Trinity Student Medical Journal.

They are now the founder of, a media site for broadening the scope and visibility of underrepresented voices in Irish platforming spheres, and is a point of contact for linking the best of diverse creators with otherwise inaccessible ‘exclusive’ opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

They are a freelance writer on a variety of topics from diversity, to social activism, to fashion and design for magazines like Irish Tatler and IMAGE Publications. They also contribute to podcasts like Echo Chamber, actively trying to increase diversity by integration in Irish collective culture.

They are a sought after guest speaker who has contributed to anything from Science Foundation Ireland Science Week talks on the need for diversity in the study of population genetics, to workshops on the future of diversity and disability supports in LGBTQ+ and feminist activism in universities and national organisations, as well as being a sex positive educator!

You can find them commonly chatting away at @Repealist_ on Twitter.

Sarah Arnold

Sarah Arnold is Lecturer in Media Studies at Maynooth University. She has contributed to the Irish Independent, RTÉ Brainstorm and the Critical Studies in Television blog. She is preparing the book Television, Technology and Gender: New Platforms and New Audiences. Her previous books include Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood and the co-authored Film Handbook.

Brenda Murphy

Prof. Brenda Murphy lives Malta and lectures at the University of Malta.  In 2013 she formed part of a team of academics who set up a new Department of Gender Studies, prior to that she was Director of the Edward DeBono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, and previous to that she was a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Communication Studies.

Before she ‘came home’ for a year’s sabbatical earlier this year she was Head of Department, President of the in-house Union and Research Associate with the Mediterranean Institute.

Born in Dublin and educated in Waterford, Dublin and London, she has worked in the media industry in London and Dublin, Chaired the Gender Advisory Committee at the Malta Broadcasting Authority, held the posts of President and General Secretary for UMASA, and worked with President of Malta on the Presidents Foundation to spearhead gender training for media practitioners. She is also an Expert for the European Commission and European Parliament on issues around Media and Gender.

Within in the new Department she is involved in the design of postgraduate programmes, research, activism and community engagement. She is a collaborative researcher with several institutions: the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), GMMP and COST. She has been the National Coordinator for the Gender Monitoring Media Project (GMMP) since 2000, and recently, National Coordinator in a 27 country ‘Women and Media’ monitoring on behalf of EIGE.

Her personal research is located around gendered places and spaces, the construction of identities of various kinds, (national, gender, ethnic etc.)  in and through consumption and performances of consumption and spaces of consumption. 

Her recent book – Brewing Identities: Globalisation, Guinness and the production of Irishness – was published by Peter Lang Publishers, New York.

She can be contacted at

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