Draft Programme

*Please note that the programme at this stage is still being finalised & may be subject to change

07.30 hours


08.30 hours

Hugh Brady, President UCD
Niall O'Dowd, Publisher Irish America Magazine
Loretta Brennan-Glucksman, Chairman American Ireland Funds

09.00 hours

Session One:
“After the Deluge: The future of the Global Economy”

Karl Whelan, UCD School of Economics (Session Chair)
Hugo MacNeill, Goldman Sachs
John Gilmore, COO Sling Media
Colm McCarthy, UCD School of Economics
David McWilliams, Writer and Broadcaster
Eamonn Walsh, UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business
Ian Hyland, Publisher Business and Finance Magazine

10.45 hours

Coffee Break

11.15 hours

Session Two:
“The New US Administration - Implications for Ireland and the World”

Conor O'Clery, Journalist and Writer (Session Chair)
Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies, Notre Dame
Grant Lally, National Co-chair Irish American Republicans
Bruce Morrison, Former Member US House of Representatives
Thomas C Foley, US Ambassador to Ireland

13.00 hours


14.00 hours

Session Three:
“Giving Back – How Philanthropy Can Shape the Future”

Fergus Finlay, CEO Barnardos (Session Chair)
Gara LaMarche, CEO Atlantic Philanthropies
Kingsley Aikins, President and CEO, The Ireland Funds
Joan Burton, TD, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

15.00 hours

Conference Address
President Mary McAleese, President of Ireland

16.00 hours

Session Four:
“Irish Culture - The Global Bridge”

John Kelly RTE (Session Chair)
Lenny Abrahamson, Film Producer
Hugo Hamilton, Novelist
Eugene Downes: CEO Culture Ireland
Declan Kiberd, Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature UCD
Jim Flannery, Director of the W. B. Yeats Foundation and the Winship Professor of Arts and Humanities at Emory University.
Frank McGuinness, Playwright and Professor of Creative Writing, UCD

17.30 hours

Conference Close & Reception