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UCD Business Alumni presents The Leaders’ Insights Series in association with Matheson.

The Leaders’ Insights Series is a range of thought leadership video interviews with prominent business leaders, UCD Business School academics and notable business alumni, sharing their views and business insights on a range of topical management and business issues.

Click on the headings below to read about and view the related video.

Aengus Kelly, CEO, AerCap

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Aengus Kelly, CEO, AerCap

Aengus Kelly is chief executive officer and an executive director of AerCap Holdings NV.

He was appointed to his current position in May 2011. Before that, he had been CEO of the company’s US operations since January 2008 and group treasurer from 2005 to the end of December 2007.

Aengus started his career in the aviation leasing and financing business with Guinness Peat Aviation in 1998 and continued working with its successors AerFi in Ireland and debis AirFinance and AerCap in Amsterdam.

Before joining GPA in 1998, he spent three years with KPMG in Dublin. He is a chartered accountant and holds a BComm and a master’s in accounting from UCD.

Val Quinn, Global Customer Director, Coca-Cola Ireland

Val Quinn

Val Quinn, Global Customer Director, Coca-Cola Ireland

Val Quinn is global customer director at Coca Cola. She joined Coca Cola Ireland in 2004 as retail marketing director before being appointed managing director three years later. She was appointed to her current role in 2011, which involves her travelling globally while negotiating and coaching at an international level. Val has a BComm and a first class honours MBS degree in marketing, both from UCD. She began her career in 1990, working in RHM's Sharwood’s division in London after winning a place on the company's graduate programme. A couple of years later, she moved on to CPC as an assistant brand manager for Bovril and Marmite and was promoted to brand manager on Ambrosia. She returned to Ireland in 1994 to work for Baileys as an international marketing projects manager. In 1997, she moved on to Mars/Masterfoods, where she managed a range of brands including Pedigree, Whiskas and Uncle Ben's at a senior level during her seven years there, before joining The Coca-Cola Company.

Pat Lardner, CEO, Irish Funds Industry Association

Pat Lardner

Pat Lardner, CEO, Irish Funds Industry Association

Pat Lardner is CEO of the Irish Funds Industry Association which represents close to 100 member firms with more than €2 trillion in assets under administration. Pat attended UCD gaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and UCD’s Smurfit Graduate School of Business and graduated with a Master of Business Studies Degree in Financial Services.

Pat has a wealth of experience in industry starting in 1991 with Lloyds Private Banking. In 2005 he moved to Australia with Bank of Ireland Asset Management as a Regional Director with responsibility for Asia ex Japan. In 2008 Pat was approached by Hastings Funds Management Limited to join the company as an Executive Director. Pat has also been a past Council Member of the IAPF and a Director of the IAIM. He is currently a Board Member of EFAMA.

Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

Emily O'Reilly

Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman

Emily O'Reilly was elected as the European Ombudsman in 2013. She is an author and former journalist and broadcaster who became Ireland's first female Ombudsman in 2003.

As former political editor, broadcaster and author, her career attracted significant domestic and international recognition including a Harvard University Fellowship in 1988 and multiple national awards. In the course of her journalistic career, she won two awards: Journalist of the Year and Woman Journalist of the Year.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business

A first class honours, first in class BComm graduate of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen ( Dublin ) and holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Leeds.

A former Fulbright Fellow at Northeastern University ( Boston ), he has published widely on financial reporting and on accounting history in international peer-reviewed publications including Accounting, Organizations & Society, Behavioral Research in Accounting and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. His chapter on Financial Accounting Practice in The Companion to Accounting History, published by Routledge, has been described as a ¿substantial tour de force¿ by Gary Previts, President of the American Accounting Association (2008-09).

Bhain sé an dara h-áit sa tír amach i scrúdú Gaeilge na hArdteistiméarachta (1985).

Ciarán has led executive and professional education programmes across the Irish public and private sectors. He served on the audit committees of Foras na Gaeilge (2009-2011) and currently serves on the audit committee of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (2008-present). He chaired the Audit Committee of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (2003-2006). In 2004, he led a project team which reported to the Commission on e-Voting on the procedural and control issues relating to e-Voting.

He has advised the Company Law Review Group on the accounting aspects of the Consolidated Companies Bill and has served as an expert witness in financial reporting in leading tax and commercial law cases. Ciarán currently chairs the Final Admitting Examination Board of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh joined UCD in January 2008 from the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh was appointed Dean of UCD School of Business in August 2011. In October 2011, he led the facilitation of the Global Irish Economic Forum by a team from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and UCD School of Law and presented the facilitation group findings at the Forum. Since his appointment, he has featured in interview articles in The Irish Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Ciarán teaches the undergraduate accounting module, Financial Accounting III, in the UCD Quinn School of Business.

Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director, Glanbia: Innovation, opportunities and growth strategy

Innovation, opportunities and growth strategy

Siobhán Talbot,
Group Managing Director,
Glanbia

Watch Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director of Glanbia, share her insights on innovation, opportunities and growth strategy.

Siobhán Talbot was appointed as Glanbia Group Managing Director in November 2013. During her 22 career with the Group Siobhán has been directly involved in many of the significant developments within the business and in particular in the strategic transformation of the Group to a leading global performance nutrition and ingredients business over the last decade.

Siobhán Talbot graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm in 1984 and Diploma in Professional Accounting in 1985. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Prior to joining Glanbia, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and Sydney, Australia.

Siobhan was appointed as Glanbia Group Managing Director in November 2013- having been announced as Group Managing Director Designate in May 2013.

Siobhan joined Waterford Foods as an Accountant in 1992. (Waterford Foods subsequently merged with Avonmore Foods in 1997 to form Glanbia). She was appointed to the Glanbia Group Operating Executive in 2000 and was appointed Group Finance Director and to the Board of Glanbia in 2009 where her role encompassed responsibility for Group strategic planning until the end of 2012.

Mark Ryan, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland: Ireland's skills challenges

Ireland's skills challenges and the need for a national talent strategy

Mark Ryan,
Country Managing Director,
Accenture Ireland

Watch Mark Ryan share his insights on Ireland's skills challenges and the need for a national talent strategy.

Since graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Mark Ryan has worked for Accenture here and in the United Kingdom and the United States, primarily in the financial services industry. Over the past three decades, he has amassed a wealth of experience which he now uses to chart Accenture’s course in Ireland.

Mark believes that businesses and government agencies in Ireland face four major challenges at present. The first, in the wake of the slowly receding financial crisis, is obviously cost management. “The challenge is to significantly reduce costs but in a sustainable way—while still making the right investments in capabilities that lead to future growth,” Mark notes.

“Aligning the operating model costs with the business strategy isn’t easy, but Accenture has worked hard to understand how high-performance businesses achieved it in past recessions, and that knowledge and experience is available to our clients today.”

Mark believes that Ireland remains an excellent place to do business with a highly educated and skilled workforce. “The legal and regulatory environment is proactive and business-friendly, and the supply of fresh talent from our universities is excellent,” he says. “Added to that, we have become more cost competitive over the past number of years after some significant wage and cost deflation.”

Michael Carey, Chairman, Bord Bia, Founder, The Company of Food: How important is the food and drink sector to Ireland's Economy?

How important is the food and drink sector to Ireland's Economy?

Michael Carey
Founder - Executive Chairman
The Company of Food

Watch Michael Carey share his views on the importance of the food and drink sector to Ireland's Economy.

Michael Carey graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm and an MBS. He is founder and executive chairman of The Company of Food, a specialist food investment business. He is also an investor, a non-executive director at the Valeo Food Group and is the current Chairman of Bord Bia.

Michael started his entrepreneurial life when he established Jacob Fruitfield, one of Ireland’s leading, privately owned food businesses. Jacob Fruitfield brought together Fruitfield Foods, which was acquired from Nestlé in 2002, and Irish Biscuits, which was purchased from Groupe Danone in 2004. Jacob Fruitfield consumer brands comprise a number of Ireland’s best known consumer food products.

Prior to acquiring these businesses, Michael worked in a number of multinational food companies in Ireland and the UK. He held the Managing Directors’ roles at Kellogg’s (UK/Ireland), Fox’s Biscuits and Evian/Volvic (UK/Ireland) and Marketing Director, Cantrell & Cochrane and Jacob’s in Ireland.

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Michael Cullen, Investec Ireland, Issues, trends and opportunities for investors in 2014

Issues, trends and opportunities for investors in 2014

Michael Cullen
Chief Executive
Investec Ireland

Watch Michael Cullen share his views on issues, trends and opportunities for investors in 2014.

After several years at State-owned bank ICC, Michael helped set up Gandon Securities as the first financial institution to get a licence to operate from the IFSC in 1987. The company focused initially on proprietary trading in foreign exchange, equities, bonds and commodities. After Michael’s appointment as CEO in 1990, Gandon moved away from proprietary trading and developed into a diversified financial institution. The business was bought by Woodchester Bank in 1995 and by Investec five years later, when it was renamed Investec Ireland. Two years ago, Investec acquired Dublin stockbroking firm NCB and the two companies were unified as Investec Ireland last year.

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Prof. Jan Rosier, UCD, The changing role of leadership in the biotechnology sector

The changing role of leadership in the biotechnology sector

Prof. Jan Rosier
Élan Professor of the Business of Biotechnology
UCD Conway Institute

Watch Prof. Jan Rosier share his insights on the changing role of leadership in the biotechnology sector

Prof. Rosier obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Ghent University, was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and was awarded a NATO research fellowship for research at MIT. He was vice president drug development at Johnson & Johnson where he was instrumental in the development of TIBOZOLE®, LIVOSTIN®, PREPULSID®, SPORANOX®, RISPERDAL® and ERGAMISOL® and was awarded the Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award for outstanding and exceptional contribution to the development of PREZISTA® and INTELENCE® for the treatment of AIDS.

Since 2008, he teaches new drug development at the University of Leuven. He also researches the management of life science R&D as a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management (UK) where he conducts research on innovation in biotech R&D firms. His research focuses on the impact of CEOs on innovation in life science R&D firms and will lead to a Ph.D. in Management by mid 2013. Jan is author of 'New Drug Development', a book that will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013.

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Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland :The role of mentoring and coaching in developing leaders.

Cathriona Hallahan

The role of mentoring and coaching in developing leaders

Cathriona Hallahan
Managing Director
Microsoft Ireland

Watch Cathriona Hallahan share her insights on the role of mentoring and coaching in developing leaders

Cathriona is Managing Director for Microsoft in Ireland, responsible for driving Microsoft’s commercial and consumer business on the island of Ireland. In addition to managing the continued growth and expansion of the business, Cathriona also represents the Company on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications issues including overseeing a series of community, education and innovation programmes.

Cathriona joined Microsoft in 1986 and over the past 27 years has held a variety of senior roles in both Finance and Operations. She has managed large teams with regional and global responsibilities across a range of functions including global responsibilities for MBS and Enterprise Services as well as directing Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Customer Care and IT & Financial support for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Gina Quin, Chief Executive, Dublin Chamber of Commerce: Dublin as a top tech start-up city.

Dublin as a top tech start-up city

Gina Quin
Chief Executive
Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Watch Gina Quin share her insights on Dublin as a top tech start-up city.

In 2000 Gina was appointed CEO of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the leading business organisation for companies in the greater Dublin area. With a brief to influence key decision makers and to connect businesses, Gina works closely with Government and business leaders, in addition to having strong international connections.

Gina has served on a number of boards including the Dublin Docklands Authority, Bord Bia, ICCL and has a strong commitment to volunteerism, including mentoring of current UCD MBA students

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Dylan Collins, CEO, SuperAwesome: Entrepreneurship and the digital media sector.

Entrepreneurship and the digital media sector

Dylan Collins
Serial Entrepreneur;
CEO, SuperAwesome;
International Start up Ambassador, Enterprise Ireland

Watch Dylan Collins share his insights on strategies for Entrepreneurship and the digital media sector.

Dylan Collins is one of Europe’s most experienced digital media entrepreneurs, specialising in games, kids entertainment and the technology which underpins them.

Collins has been responsible for growing well-known video games and technology companies including Fight My Monster (the fastest growing online game for 9-10 boys), Jolt Online (acquired by GameStop) and DemonWare (acquired by Activision Blizzard).

His latest company, Box of Awesome, is a rapidly growing physical-digital discovery platform for 8-14yr olds.

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Barry O'Leary, IDA Ireland: Strategies for FDI growth going forward and future skills demands

Barry O'Leary

Strategies for FDI growth going forward and future skills demands

Barry O'Leary
Chief Executive, IDA Ireland

Watch Barry O'Leary share his insights on strategies for FDI growth going forward and future skills demands.

Appointed Chief Executive Designate of IDA Ireland in October 2007. He took over the role of CEO from Sean Dorgan on January 1st 2008. Prior to this appointment he was Divisional Manager of the IDA’s LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology business units. Mr. O’Leary has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods, 1983-1991 and 1995-2002 in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe.

Barry O’Leary held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group. He is a Board Member of Forfas.

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Louise Phelan, PayPal: leadership, women in technology and graduates in the workplace

Leadership, women in technology and graduates in the workplace

Louise Phelan
Vice President of Global Operations EMEA at PayPal

Watch Louise Phelan share her insights on leadership, women in technology and graduates in the workplace.

Vice President of Global Operations EMEA for PayPal. Based in Blanchardstown Dublin, PayPal is the European Centre of Excellence and employs almost 1,450 people. Louise joined PayPal in 2006 as CS and Risk Director for the EU and was recently promoted to her current position.

Prior to joining PayPal in June 2006, Louise was a member of the Senior Management Team for GE Money, a division of General Electric (GE), which specialises in small ticket lending for a client base comprising both consumers and commercial customers.

Louise is on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, CCMA Ireland and the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

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Martin G Curley, Intel: Open innovation 2.0

Open innovation 2.0: the next wave

Martin G Curley
Vice President Intel Labs,
Director, Intel Labs Europe Intel Corporation

Watch Martin Curley share his insights on Open innovation 2.0: the next wave

As Director of Intel Labs Europe, Martin is responsible for the company's network of more than 25 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spanning the European region. He also serves as a Senior Principal Engineer of the Intel Labs Europe network, which is charged with a mission of helping to advance both Intel research and Europe's ability to compete in the global society.

Martin is a native of Dublin and has a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering and a master's degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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Alan Ennis, Revlon: strategies for business success

Strategies for business success

Alan Ennis
President and CEO Revlon

Watch Alan Ennis share his insights on Strategies for business success

Alan T. Ennis has served as Revlon’s President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2009 and has been a Director on the Company’s Board since March 2009. Mr. Ennis has focused on realizing the company’s vision of Glamour, Excitement and Innovation through high-quality products at affordable prices and achieving the strategic goal of profitably growing the business through i) building Revlon’s strong brands; ii) developing Revlon’s organizational capability; iii) driving Revlon to act globally; iv) improving operating profit and cash flow; and v) improving Revlon’s capital structure.

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Marie Moynihan, Dell: Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership

Marie Moynihan
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition at Dell

Watch Marie Moynihan share her insights on Women and Leadership

Global HR Executive leader with over 25 years experience.

Recognised as an exceptional business partner with a strong drive for results balanced by a transparent, pragmatic and collaborative style, who can build trust, drive change, and lead global teams with energy and vision.

Responsible for acquiring all of Dell's talent needs globally. Dell has more than 106,000 employees,and core to the success of our business strategy is ensuring we attract and retain the best talent in the IT industry.

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Donal Boylan, Hong Kong Aviation Capital: Issues for the aviation finance sector in 2013 and the rise of new age lessors

Issues for the aviation finance sector in 2013 and the rise of new age lessors

Donal Boylan
CEO, Hong Kong Aviation Capital

Watch Donal Boylan share his insights on the issues for the aviation finance sector in 2013 and the rise of new age lessors

Donal brings to HKAC more than 20 years senior engineering and commercial aerospace and defence industry expertise including manufacturers, airlines and aircraft lessors. He is a graduate mechanical engineer from University College Dublin and holds diplomas in management, marketing and accounting.

Donal Boylan returned to HKAC as CEO in April 2011. During his tenure as interim HKAC COO during 2009, Donal supported the Chinese transport, financial services, logistics and leisure HNA Group and their partner Bravia Capital Partners to initially acquire the c.US$3 billion commercial airliner lease portfolio of Australian Allco Finance in January 2010 and to subsequently develop HKAC through direct airline sale & leaseback transactions. For the previous five years Donal was Head of Aerospace & Defence, Structured Asset Finance at the Royal Bank of Scotland, London covering their full remit of asset finance in these sectors. He was a founder of the team that launched RBS Aviation Capital in 2001, to become the world's third leading commercial airline financier within three years of inception.

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Timothy Myers, Boeing :Trends, Challenges and Opportunities of the aircraft financing sector

Trends, Challenges and Opportunies of the aircraft financing sector

Timothy Myers
Vice President & General Manager Aircraft Finance, Boeing

Watch Timothy Myers share his insights on the trends, challenges and opportunities of the aircraft financing sector

Timothy works closely with Boeing Commercial Airplanes customers to develop aircraft financing solutions. Working with commercial financial institutions, the group is proactively engaged with the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other export credit agencies to ensure availability of adequate and reasonably priced financing for developing customers and regions.

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Caroline Casey, Kanchi :The importance of self-belief

The importance of self-belief

Caroline Casey
CEO
Founder of Kanchi and the O2 Ability Awards

Watch Caroline Casey share her insights on the importance of self-belief

Caroline Casey has dedicated the past decade of her life to changing how global society views people with disabilities. In 2000, she rode 1,000 kilometers across India on an elephant to raise funds for Sight Savers. Then, as founding CEO of Kanchi in Dublin, she developed a set of best practices (based on ISO 9000 quality standards) for businesses, to help them see "disabled" workers as an asset as opposed to a liability. Hundreds of companies have adopted the standards, changing their policies and attitudes.

In 2004, Casey started the O2 Ability Awards to recognize Irish businesses for their inclusion of people with disabilities, both as employees and customers. The initiative has received international praise and, in 2010, a parallel program was launched in Spain.

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Liam Casey, PCH International :The opportunity and challenge in China

The opportunity and Challenge in China

Liam Casey
CEO
PCH International

Watch Liam Casey share his insights on the opportunity and challenge in China

Liam Casey is the founder and CEO of PCH International. PCH creates, develops and delivers the world’s best technology products for the world’s best brands.

Liam founded PCH in Cork, Ireland in 1996. He has grown the business to well over US$400 million in revenue and 1,200 employees in China, Ireland, UK, US, and South Africa. PCH’s major clients include three of the top five personal computer companies, three of the top five telecom and networking companies, and three of the top five consumer electronics companies worldwide.

Liam is widely recognized as a thought leader on international trade and business in China. He was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year – Ireland accolade in 2007.

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Aidan Brady, Citi :Moving up the value chain and embracing innovation in the International financial services sector

Moving up the value chain and embracing innovation in the International financial services sector

Aidan Brady
Co-Head of CTS(Citi Transaction Services) for EMEA
Citi Country Officer Ireland
Citibank

Watch Aidan Brady share his insights on Moving up the value chain and embracing innovation in the International financial services sector

Aidan joined Citibank in Dublin in 1985 having started his career with ICC Bank in 1980. He has a BComm from University College Dublin, spent five years with KPMG in Dublin and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980. His career in Citibank Dublin has involved him managing its derivatives and financial engineering business, and heading its treasury and corporate bank.

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Peter O’Neill, IBM: Leading through continuous transformation

Leading through continuous transformation

Peter O’Neill
Managing Director
IBM Ireland

Watch Peter O’Neill, Managing Director, IBM Ireland share his insights on Leading through continuous transformation

Peter O’Neill began his career with IBM in 1981. During his IBM career he has held a series of sales and finance leadership positions in both Europe and America, including Financial Controller of the IBM Technology Campus, Mulhuddart. Born and raised in Dublin, Mr O’Neill holds a degree in Economics from UCD and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Trevor Madigan, Facebook: Embracing and Delivering Change, and the impact of Social Media on Society and Commerce

Embracing and Delivering Change, and the impact of Social Media on Society and Commerce

Trevor Madigan
Global Business Manager
Facebook

Watch Trevor Madigan, Global Business Manager for Facebook share his insights on Embracing and Delivering Change, and the impact of Social Media on Society and Commerce

Trevor Madigan recently joined the Facebook team in New York as Global Business Manager. He drives International sales & business development for Facebook’s key partners, advertisers and some of the World’s leading brands.

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Willie Slattery, State Street: Trends and Innovations in the IFSC

Trends and Innovations in the IFSC

Willie Slattery

Country Head
State Street  
Watch Willie Slattery share his insights on Trends and Innovations in the IFSC.

William Slattery is executive vice president of State Street Corporation and head of European Offshore Domiciles. Mr. Slattery is a member of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council and of the Clearing House Group, an umbrella group with responsibility for the oversight of the IFSC.

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Peter Sutherland, Goldman Sachs: Leadership in politics and in business

Leadership in politics and in business

Peter Sutherland

Chairman of Goldman Sachs International
Businessman and Former EU Commissioner  
Watch Peter Sutherland share his insights on leadership in politics and in business

Peter Sutherland, KCMG, SC is an Irish international businessman and former Attorney General of Ireland, associated with the Fine Gael party. He is a barrister by profession, and is also Senior Counsel at the Irish Bar. He is also known for serving in a variety of business and political roles.

UCD's law school is to be named the Sutherland School of Law following the completion of its rebuild in 2012. He is a chairman of Goldman Sachs International.

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John Herlihy, Google: Innovation, Customer Focus and eCommerce as drivers of Business Success

Customer Focus and eCommerce as drivers of Business Success

John Herlihy

VP of Global Advertising Operations
Head of Google Ireland  
Watch John Herlihy share his insights on Innovation, Customer Focus and eCommerce as drivers of Business Success

Mr. John T. Herlihy, B.Comm, FCA has been Vice President for Global Advertising Operations of Google Inc. since January 2005. Mr. Herlihy served as Vice President of Online Sales EMEA of Google Inc. and was responsible for extensive operations including those in Ireland and Poland. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Open Harbor since May 2004. He joined Google in 2005 to grow its online sales footprint in new and existing markets while also extending operations in Dublin, Ireland and Warsaw, Poland

He had a definitive understanding of global business having previously led both finance and operations for the international divisions of a number of NASDAQ quoted high-technology companies. He has 16 years of experience in all areas of finance, operation control, profit and loss management, acquisition integration, contract negotiations, strategic planning and global business.

He began his career as a Chartered Accountant at global accountancy practice KPMG in its Dublin office, before relocating to the U.S. in 1993. Mr. Herlihy has been Non-Executive Director of Greencore Group plc since March 13, 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from University College Dublin. 

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Niall FitzGerald KBE, Hakluyt & Co.: Leadership characteristics and the role of CSR in business

Leadership characteristics and the role of CSR in business

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Chairman, Hakluyt & Co. Ltd
Chairman, British Museum  
Watch Niall FitzGerald KBE share his insights on Leadership characteristics and the role of CSR in business

Niall FitzGerald was, until the end of May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, following the creation of the new company in April 2008. Prior to this he was the Chairman of Reuters from October 2004, having spent over thirty years with Unilever in a variety of commercial and financial jobs in several countries.

FitzGerald joined the Board of Reuters as a non-executive director in 2003 and became Chairman in 2004. In April 2008 he became Deputy co-Chairman of the newly formed Thomson Reuters. In November 2008 he was appointed Chairman of Hakluyt & Co. Ltd and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum in 2006. He is also a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart and a Senior Advisor to Allen & Co.

He has had many previous roles as Chairman, Co-Chairman, non-executive director and board member of international Companies, Advisory Boards and Committees. FitzGerald was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2002, and holds a number of Honorary Doctorates from American, British and Irish universities.

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John Teeling, 162 Group: Getting Ireland back on Track

Getting Ireland back on Track

John Teeling

Chairman 162 Group
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Dr John Teeling has over 30 years experience in the resource and industrial sector and is currently the chairman and founder of Connemara Mining, Botswana Diamonds, Clontarf Energy, Petrel Resources and formerly Cooley Distillery. John has been a serial entrepreneur in the resource sector having created Pan Andean Resources, Minco, African Gold, Persian Gold and West African Diamonds all listed on AIM. He is also the founder and a former director of Kenmare Resources and a former director of Arcon and holds interests in a number of industrial ventures. John Teeling holds degrees in Economics and Business from University College Dublin, an MBA from Wharton and a DBA in Business Administration from Harvard. He lectured for 20 years in business and finance at University College Dublin.

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Professor Mary Lambkin, UCD Smurfit School: Rebuilding Ireland’s Reputation

Rebuilding Ireland’s Reputation

Professor Mary Lambkin

Professor of Marketing
Watch Professor Mary Lambkin share her views on Rebuilding Ireland’s Reputation

Mary Lambkin is Professor of Marketing in the UCD School of Business where she teaches courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in a range of research projects under the general heading of marketing strategy. She has written extensively on this subject in academic journals, and also writes commentaries on marketing topics of contemporary interest for professional publications. She has served as Head of the Marketing Group, as Dean of the UCD Business School and as a member of the Governing Authority of the university at various times, and also holds a number of positions in companies and professional organisations outside the university

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Professor Niamh Brennan, UCD Smurfit School:The Importance of Corporate Governance

The Importance of Corporate Governance

Professor Niamh Brennan

Michael MacCormac Professor of Management
Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD

Watch Professor Niamh Brennan of UCD Business School share her views on the impact of corporate governance on Ireland Inc’s reputation, the importance of good governance for Irish businesses, and the characteristics of a great board.

Professor Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at University College Dublin. She is a Chartered Director and is currently Chairman of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. A first class honours Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) graduate of University College Dublin, Professor Brennan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. She has held non-executive directorships with the Health Service Executive, Ulster Bank, Co-operation Ireland, Coillte and Lifetime Assurance.

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Colm Lyon, Realex Payments: Key Skills for Leading a Start-up

Key Skills for Leading a Start-up

Colm Lyon BComm ’84 MMangtSc ’85

Founder & Managing Director,
Realex Payments

Colm Lyon is the Founder and Managing Director of Realex Payments which is behind many Irish and international businesses who sell online.

Colm is a regular industry speaker and has won numerous awards including ‘Irish Internet Association Person of the Year’ (2011), the Golden Spiders Internet Hero Award (2009) and was a finalist of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2005). He is very active endorsing Irish internet start ups and has worked with Enterprise Ireland devising the Internet Growth Acceleration Programme (iGAP).

In this video, Colm shares his views on what makes a good leader of a start-up and talks about overcoming the challenges of starting a company in today’s economic environment. He also provides practical advice for people thinking of starting a business.

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Dr Karan Sonpar, UCD Smurfit School: Overcoming Cognitive Biases

Overcoming Cognitive Biases

Dr Karan Sonpar

Academic Director BComm International
UCD School of Business

Dr Karan Sonpar is one of the leading academics from the UCD School of Business. He lectures in the areas of behavioural strategy and leadership and is a recipient of several teaching and research awards

Karan has undertaken considerable research into cognitive biases and how they impact on decision making.

In this video, Karan shares his insights and provides practical tips for business leaders seeking to overcome cognitive biases and improve strategic decision making in their organisations.

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Martin Murphy, HP: What makes a great leader

What makes a great leader

Martin Murphy

Managing Director, HP Ireland

Martin Murphy shares some of his considerable experience in leadership in the first of our new thought leadership video series.

Martin Murphy, Managing Director, HP Ireland, is responsible for driving HP's business growth in the Irish market. In 2003, he successfully steered the Irish operation through the Compaq merger, one of the largest in the history of the State. In addition, Martin has spearheaded various global acquisitions locally, including the acquisition in 2008 of Electronic Data Systems, representing one of the biggest acquisitions ever made by a global ICT company. More recently, Martin has been setting out the stall for HP as a key driver for innovation and job creation in the Irish economy.

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