2015 Forum Programme

Thursday 19 November



Regional Meetings will be held in Derry, Galway, Laois and Limerick, see below for further details regarding these events.



ID2015 Liminal Exhibition

Venue: Dublin Castle (Printworks)

Time: 6.45pm – 8.00pm

Opening by President Michael D. Higgins

Friday, 20 November

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8.30am Arrival & Registration of Forum Participants, Printworks, Dublin Castle (Palace Street Gate Entrance)
9.00am Welcome by Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
2016 Commemorations Video Presentation
Opening Address by the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D.
Master of Ceremony: Fionnuala Sweeney, Broadcaster & Journalist
9.30am Commentary by Dara Ó Briain
9.45am Opening Plenary Session with moderated panel discussion

‘Ireland’s Entrepreneurs – Building for the Future’ – Printworks

Moderator: Conall Ó Moráin, Managing Director, The Media Group. Presenter, Sunday Business Show Today FM

Lauren Boyle European Digital Girl of the Year Ireland
Damien Kennedy Founder, Whey Hey, IIBN Britain
Mary McKenna Tech Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Northern Ireland Science Park Britain
Connor Murphy Founder, Datahug Germany
Iseult Ward CEO & Founder, Foodcloud Ireland

Prior to the Panel Discussion, a short presentation will be delivered by Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation. Minister Bruton will also make the closing remarks.

11.15am Conclusion of Plenary Session - Networking Opportunity
11.45am Address by Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
12.00 ‘The Forum so far…..’ – Video Presentation
12.05pm Presentation by David McWilliams
12.20pm Networking Lunch (Venue: Bedford Hall)
1.50pm Address by Ms. Joan Burton, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Venue: Printworks)
2.05pm Plenary Session with moderated panel discussion

‘Ireland’s place in the Global Economy’ – Printworks

Moderator: Sean Whelan, RTÉ

Avril Conroy Director of Regional Sales, Rosneft Russia
Irial Finan Executive Vice President, Coca-Cola                                      USA
Niall FitzGerald Chairman, The Leverhulme Trust. Britain
Ann B. Kelleher TMG Vice President, Intel US USA
Martin Shanahan Chief Executive Officer, IDA Ireland Ireland
3.30pm Conclusion of Plenary Session - Networking Opportunity
3.45pm Commencement of Panel Debates

‘International Financial Services: Positioning Ireland for the Future’ - George's Hall

Moderator: Susan Hayes Culleton, The Positive Economist 

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Simon Harris, T.D. Minister of State with special responsibility for OPW, Public Procurement & International Banking Ireland
Susan Dargan Executive VP, State Street
Declan Hegarty General Manager, JP Morgan

Colm Lyon Founder & CEO, Fire Fiancial Services Ireland
Carol Ward COO, Man GLG Britain

‘International Education: Networking Ireland’s Alumni’ - Conference Centre

Moderator: Joe O’Toole

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Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. Minister for Education & Skills Ireland
Kingsley Aikins Chief Executive Officer, Diaspora Matters Ireland
Margaret Molloy CMO, Siegel+Gale USA
Orna Ní Chionna Director, Royal Mail Holdings plc and Board Member, Said Business School, Oxford University Britain
Patrick Prendergast Provost, Trinity College Ireland

‘The Business of Diaspora: Better Together’- St Patrick's Hall

Moderator: Norah Casey, Harmonia

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Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister of State with responsibility for Diaspora Affairs Ireland
Niamh Bushnell Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups                                Ireland
John Fitzpatrick Chair, American Ireland Funds USA
Clem Garvey President, Network Irlande France
Ciara Kenny Editor, Generation Emigration - Irish Times Ireland
Joanna Murphy Chief Executive Officer, Connect Ireland Ireland
5.15pm Conclusion of Panel Debates
7.15pm Forum Dinner in Croke Park Conference Centre (Hogan Entrance)

Saturday, 21 November

9.15am Arrival at Dublin Castle (Printworks)
9.30am Welcome to the Sectoral Breakout Sessions:
Secretary General Niall Burgess, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Ireland.
10.00am Commencement of Sectoral Breakout Sessions

Engagement with Irish Companies (Series of Sectoral Roundtable Discussions)

EI Group A - Aviation - Round Room

EI Group B1 - Financial Services - Conference Centre

EI Group B2 - Financial Services - Conference Centre

EI Group C - ICT - Drawing Room

EI Group D - Manufacturing - Portrait Gallery

EI Group E - Startups - St Patrick's Hall


Research and Innovation - The future of challenge based research funding in Ireland - George's Hall

Agri-Business: Local Roots to Global Reach - Printworks

The Creative Economy: Turning Irish Design 2015 into a Global Opportunity - Conference Centre

12.30pm Networking Lunch (Venue: Bedford Hall)
2.00pm Address by Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs - ‘Meeting the Diaspora: Thoughts on engagement with the Global Irish Community’ (Venue: Printworks)
2.10pm Plenary Session

Report from on Various Breakout Discussion Groups

Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney, Broadcaster & Journalist

2.45pm ‘2016 Commemorations’ - Presentation by Ms. Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht with John Concannon, Ireland 2016
3.30pm Networking Opportunity
3.45pm Presentations:

‘10 Million Reasons To Be Ambitious’

Danny McCoy  Ibec 

‘The Irish Winner Effect’

Ian Robertson Professor of Psychology, Trinity College
4.00pm Final Plenary Session

‘The next 100 years – Re-imagining our Future: Resilience & Prosperity’

Moderator: Áine Lawlor, RTÉ

Liam Casey Chief Executive Officer, PCH USA
Susan Davis Chairman and Founder, Susan Davis International USA
Aengus Kelly Chief Executive Officer, Aer Cap Holding N.V. The Netherlands
Hildegarde McCarville Chief Executive Officer, Veolia The Netherlands
5.10pm Address by Joanne O’Riordan, 2015 Outstanding Young Person of the World
5.30pm Closing Reception, Printworks, Dublin Castle  

Additional Information Regarding Regional Meetings


An outline of the vibrant start-up scene in the North West region, innovative local social enterprises fostering young talent and the wider North West economic collaboration.

Peter Casey Executive Chairman, Claddagh Resources
Elizabeth Francis Founder, Atelier Francis
Colin McClatchie Chairman, Prescient
Caroline Murphy Sale and Business Relations, Siam Piwat Co. Ltd
Stella O’Leary Founder and President, Irish American Democrats
Naomi Scott Chief Representative, Anglo American Mozambique
Susan Walsh Director/Dean, Globe Business College Munich

This event has been organised in partnership with Northern Irish Connections, Northern Ireland Science Park, Letterkenny IT, Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council.


A view of Galway through the lens of its world-leading Med Tech industry, campaigns for cultural acknowledgement and urban innovation.

Brian Barry Chairman, Tirna Partners
Gerard J. Barry Director, DeBarra Innovations Ltd.
Brian D. P. Buckley Managing Director, Buckley Executive Energy Consultants
Kevin Conboy President, Irish Chamber of Atlanta
Gerard Creaner President, Get Reskilled Inc
Gearóid Faherty Chairman, Eurand N.V.
Joe King Former CEO, Molex Inc.
William McLaughlin Founder, Irish American Business Chamber and Network Inc.
Maurice O’Gorman Former Senior Executive, NCB Capital
Catherine Toolan Managing Director, Special Projects, Aramark International

This event has been organised in partnership with NUI Galway and Galway City Council


An opportunity to engage with world leaders in the equine industry and to positively contribute to entrepreneurial development in Laois and the wider Midlands region.

John Conroy Chief Executive Officer, Acton Holdings
Jackie Gilna President, International Enterprise Partners Inc. (IEPCAN)
Mary McKenna Tech Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Northern Ireland Science Park
Mary-Ann O’Brien Senator & Chairperson, Lily O’Briens
Dermot Rowan Managing Director & Co-Owner, Kiely Rowan plc.

This event has been organised in partnership with Laois County Council and Coolmore Stud


An exploration of Limerick’s journey towards 2030 – transforming into a creative and innovative European city and region.

Bob Brannock President International Protection, Genworth Financial
Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman Emeritus, The American Ireland Fund
Margaret Burgraff Vice-President, Software & Services Group and General Manager, Intel Services Group
Susan Davis Chairman and Founder, Susan Davis International
John Hartnett CEO and Founder, ITLG and SVG Partners
PJ Hough Retired Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Conor McEnroy Founder and Chairman, Abbeyfield Group
Tim O’Connor Chairman, The Gathering

This event has been organised in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Economic Forum