2013 Forum Programme

Thursday 3 October




Venue: University College, Cork 

Liam Casey Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PCH International
John Hartnett President & Chairman, Irish Innovation Centre & Irish Technology Capital; President, Irish Technology Leadership Group
Colm O’Carroll President, Epsilon Chemicals & Advance Laboratories Inc.
Laureen Regan President, Regan Productions & SCDL, Calgary
This event has been organised in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and UCC


Venue: NUI Galway 

Irial Finan Executive Vice President, The Coca Cola Company & President, Bottling Investments
Aedhmar Hynes Chief Executive Officer, Text100
Gerald Lawless President & Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group
Martin McCourt Executive Vice President, Strategy & Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Gemalto
This event has been organised in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and NUIG


Venues: Ashton Centre, Invest NI H.Q.

Gabriel McCaffrey General Manager, Canada, RealDecoy.com, Ottawa
Colin McClatchie Chairman, Scottish Opera
Anita M. Sands Former Chief Operating Officer, UBS Wealth Management Americas
John Speers Managing Director, Institutional Relationship Management, BMO Capital Markets, Bank of Montreal, Toronto
This event has been organised in partnership with InterTrade Ireland and the Ashton Trust

Pre-Forum Briefings

2.00pm – 6.00pm Briefings by Government Departments, State Agencies and Global Irish Network Initiatives

Friday, 4 October

8.45am Arrival & Registration of Forum Participants, State Apartments, Dublin Castle
9.30am Opening Address by Mr. Eamon Gilmore, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (live Stream & Media Present)
9.50am Opening Plenary Session - (live Stream & Media Present)

‘Making Ireland the best small country in which to do business, get a job, raise a family and grow old’ – St. Patrick’s Hall

Moderator: David McWilliams
Colum McCann Author USA
Nora Higgins Chair, Southwark Irish Pensioners Project Britain
Laura O’Connell Consumer Health, Symrise Asia Pacific, Farmleigh Fellow Singapore
James Whelton Founder, Coder Dojo Ireland
Trevor Madigan Founder, The Vision Lab USA
Aifric Campbell Author Britain
Reflections on the theme by a series of cultural, business and community figures
11.00am Networking Opportunity
11.15am Working Groups Commence
(See below for Working Group Topics)
3.00pm Conclusion of Working Groups

Networking Opportunity

3.30pm Panel Debates

The Irish SME Sector - developing scale and expanding exports’ – Drawing Room (Media Present)

Moderator: Margaret Doyle, Head of Financial Services Insight for Deloitte UK
Richard Bruton, T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Ireland
Gearóid Faherty Former Chairman & CEO, Eurand N.V. Italy
Edmond Harty MD, Dairymaster Ireland
Colm Lyon CEO, Realex Payments Ireland
Anita M. Sands Former Chief Operating Officer, UBS Wealth Management Americas USA

‘Opportunities for Ireland in the UK and Europe’ – St. Patrick’s Hall (Live Stream & Media Present)

Moderator: Emma McNamara, RTÉ
Eamon Gilmore, T.D. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland
Sinead Brown COO, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality Germany
Paul Drechsler Chief Executive, Wates Group Limited Britain
Clem Garvey Chief Executive, Neopost France
Basil Geoghegan Managing Director, Citi Group, London Britain

‘Ireland and the United States - building a relationship for the 21st century’ – George’s Hall (live Stream & Media Present)

Moderator: Richard Downes, RTÉ
Joan Burton, T.D. Minister for Social Protection Ireland
Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman, The American Ireland Fund USA
Irial Finan Executive VP, The Coca Cola Company & President Bottling Investments USA
Thomas Meagher Managing Director, Gosvenor Capital Management USA
Niall O’Dowd Founder, Irish Voice, Irish America, Irish Central USA
4.45pm End of Panel Debates
7.00pm Forum Dinner, Royal Hospital Kilmanham

Guest of Honour, President Michael D. Higgins

Saturday, 5 October

Enterprise Ireland Industry Event,Print Works, Lower Castle Yard

8.30am Registration and Networking Breakfast
9.15am Welcome Remarks
9.30am - 10:45am Session 1
10:45am - 11:30am Networking Coffee Break
11:30am - 12:45am Session 2
12:45am Join Main Forum for Lunch and Afternoon programme

Parallel Programme

8.45am Arrival at Dublin Castle (Upper Yard)
9.00am Working Groups Recommence (as Friday)
10.30am Networking Opportunity
11.00am Panel Debates

'Promoting the interests of Ireland and its people abroad through Sport’ – Drawing Room (Media Present)

Moderator: Ger Gilroy, Newstalk
Michael Ring, T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Ireland
Eugenie Buckley Principal, Suiko Consulting Australia
Paraic Duffy Director General, GAA Ireland
Hugo MacNeill Managing Director, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs Ireland Ireland
Martin Naughton President, Glen Dimplex Group Ireland
Kevin O’Brien Cricket Ireland Ireland

‘The Gathering and its legacy’ – St. Patrick’s Hall (Live Stream & Media Present)

Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney, CNN
Leo Varadkar, T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Ireland
Caroilin Callery Strokestown Park Gathering Ireland
Gordon Campbell Chief Executive Officer, Spar International Netherlands
Pearse Lyons President, Founder and Owner, Altech Inc. USA
Christoph Mueller CEO, Aer Lingus Ireland
John Fitzpatrick President & CEO, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group USA

‘Trade, Tourism and Investment with High Growth Markets – Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland’ – George’s Hall (Live Stream & Media Present)

Moderator: Robert Shortt, RTÉ
Eamon Gilmore, T.D. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland
Avril Conroy Director of Regional Sales, Rosneft Russia Russia
Conor McEnroy Founder & Chairman, Abbeyfield Group Paraguay
Ivor Queally Managing Director, QK Meats South Africa
Paul Scales Managing Director, Pacific Investments Asia Limited Thailand
12:30am Buffet Lunch, Dublin Castle
2:00pm Final Plenary Session

Report from Chairs of Working Groups

Moderator: David McWilliams
Responses from the Taoiseach and Tánaiste
4:00pm Closing Statements
4:30pm Closing Reception, Dublin Castle

Topics for Working Groups

1. Domestic Economy

Driving competitive and innovative manufacturing and retail sectors in Ireland

Chair: Sean O’Driscoll, Chairman and CEO, Glen Dimplex Group

2. Domestic Economy

Developing a supportive culture for entrepreneurship and start up companies in Ireland

Chair: John Hartnett, Founder & CEO, ITLG & SVG Partners

3. Youth Unemployment

Providing the opportunity for young people to acquire skills and prosper: how can the State, working with employers, maximise the impact of the EU Youth Guarantee in Ireland?

Chair, Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland

4. Public Financing

Funding economic recovery at a tie of high debt and deficits

Chair: Malachy McAllister, Co-Head of Global Banking, HSBC

5. Financial Services

1. How Ireland can become a leader in R&D and innovation in the financial services sector and to create sustainable employment?

2. What are the suitable funding sources for supporting Irish SMEs in undertaking R&D and innovation within the Financial Services sector?

Are there key lessons and learning from funding R&D and innovation within SMEs in general?

Chair: Brendan McDonagh, Chairman & CEO, Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son

6. Financial Services

Delivering the targets in Ireland’s Strategy for International Financial Services Industry

Chair: Pat Butler, Operating Partner, Resolution Financial Markets

7. Education

Internationalisation & Alumni - United States and Canada

Chair: Tara McCabe, Senior Vice President, Permal Group

8. Education

Internationalisation and Alumni – Asia

Chair: Fred Combe, Managing Director, Natus, PTE, Co-Founder Farmleigh Fellowship

9. Education

Maximising the commercial potential of third level research and development

Chair: Tim McTiernan, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario, IoTech

10. Technology

The digitisation of the global economy - aligning skills, innovation and finance (to include ‘Big Data’ and cloud computing)

Chair: David C. McCourt, Chairman and CEO, Granahan McCourt Capital

11. Technology

Ireland as a global hub for smart ageing technologies

Chair: Susan Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Susan Davis International

12. Technology

Scientific research for Ireland’s future: foresight, horizon scanning, intuition about important emerging fields

Joint Chair: Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland & Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland and Dara Ó Briain, Comedian and TV Presenter

13. Trade

Ireland’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy – Towards a Renewed Approach

Chair: Stan McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Group

14. Food & Agritech

Building the reputation and distribution of Irish Food in global markets

Chair: Catherine Toolan, Operations and Projects Director, Aramark Ireland

15. Tourism

New and developing tourism markets and business tourism

Chair: Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group

16. Culture

Understanding and maximising the impact of Irish investment and promotion in the arts, culture and heritage sectors at home and globally

Chair: Fiach MacConghail, Chief Executive Officer, Abbey Theatre

17. Diaspora Engagement

Building networks and developing mobility for the 21st century emigrant

Chair: Kingsley Aikins, Chief Executive Officer, Diaspora Matters

18. Social Entrepreneurship

Social Innovation - accelerate a cross-sector movement for social transformation in Ireland

Chair: Paul O’Hara, Director & Founder, Ashoka/Change Nation