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This gathering of influential Irish from around the world ...will be interesting to watch ...it can't do any harm ....can it.
Global Irish Economic Forum starts today
Senior figures from the world of international business are gathering in Dublin today for an economic forum aimed at generating ideas for Ireland's economic recovery.
More than 180 people with links to Ireland have accepted invitations from the Taoiseach to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh House.
The Government says the forum will examine how the Irish at home and abroad can work together to generate ideas which will contribute to our economic recovery.
Invitations were issued in a personal letter from the Taoiseach and more than 180 people, who are travelling at their own expense and participating for free, have agreed to attend.
They include representatives from the US, Britain, Australia, China, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East.
Among those attending will be Craig Barrett, the retired CEO and Chairman of Intel, Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, Brendan McDonagh, CEO of HSBC North America, financier Dermot Desmond and management guru Gerry Robinson
The forums will include five separate sessions today and tomorrow.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, says it has the potential to be an extremely significant event in addressing our economic problems and developing a long term strategy to harness the potential of the global Irish community.
The forums programme also features a number of hospitality events, including a reception hosted by President Mary McAleese. A dinner at Dublin Castle will be hosted by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan tomorrow, while delegates will also be brought to the All-Ireland football final on Sunday.
Who Will be Attending the Irish Global Forum?
Craig Barrett, Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP PLC & Goldman Sachs International
Etihad Airways CEO James Hogano
Neil Jordan, Award-winning Irish Filmmaker & Novelist
Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Airlines Ltd
Fergal Keane, Special Correspondent BBC News
Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman, American Ireland Fund
Bob Geldof, Band Aid Founder, musician, broadcaster & businessman
Others attendees are:
Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman - Executive Chairman, Peremba (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Kingsley Aikins - President & CEO, The Ireland Funds
Tom Arnold - Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide
Elizabeth Bagley - US State Department
Jack Bagley - Vice President For External Affairs at Battelle
Richard Barrett - Chairman, Treasury Holdings China
Colm Barrington - Chairman, Aer Lingus
Gerard J Barry - CEO, Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd
Thomas P Barry - CEO, Arabtec Construction Llc
Christian Bazantay - Secretary General, Servier Group, France
Dermot J M Boden - Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, LG Electronics, Seoul
John Bowman - Broadcaster, Historian and Political Scientist
Margaret Brennan - Anchor & Reporter, Bloomberg TV
Loretta Brennan Glucksman - Chairman, The American Ireland Fund
Dr Brian Buckley - CEO, Oman LNG LLC
Rory Buckley - CEO, Acision UK
Conrad Burke - CEO, Innovalight
Pat Butler - Director, McKinsey & Company
Dan Byrne - Founder & Chairman, Lincor Solutions Ltd
Séamus Byrne - Owner/Proprietor, Byrne Group, Dubai
Dr Kevin Cahill - President-General, American Irish Historical Society
Desmond P Carr - Chairman & CEO, Exxonmobil Saudi Arabia Inc.
Ken Carroll - Senior Advisor, Praxis Language, Shanghai
John Patrick Casey - Chairman & Ceo, Casey & Co
Liam Casey - CEO, PCH International
Norah Casey - CEO & Owner, Harmonia
Fred Combe - Managing Director, Natus Pte Limited
Christopher M (Kip) Condron - President & CEO, Axa Financial Inc; Member Of Axa Group Management Board Director; Treasurer of The American Ireland Fund
Avril Conroy - Performance Unit Leader, TNK-BP Russia
Richard Cooke - CEO, Lincor Solutions
Christy Cooney - President, GAA
Andrew Coppel - Exec Chair Mccambridge Group Holdings Ltd; Non-Exec Chair London Irish Holdings Ltd; Non-Exec Dir Crest Nicholson Plc
Tom Corcoran - Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group
Bridget Cosgrave - Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
Gerard Creaner - Deputy Chairman, DPS Engineering
Edel Creely - Managing Director, Datapac
Charles P Curran - Chairman, Australian Ireland Fund
Susan Davis - Chairman, Susan Davis International
Catherine Day - Secretary General, European Commission
Dermot Desmond - Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting (IIU)
Dr David Dobbin - Chairman Intertrade Ireland Group Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers
Moya Doherty - Producer/ Director, Tyrone Productions
Gearoid Doyle - Founder/CEO, Kinsale Capital
Margaret Doyle - Financial Services Columnist, Reuters
Dr Paul Duffy - Vice President for Manufacturing, Ireland & Singapore, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals. President of The American Chamber Of Commerce Ireland
Richard Dujardin - CEO Veolia Transport Benelux/Ireland/Uk
Leslie Eu - Director, YTL Corporation
Irial Finan - Executive Vice President, The Coca Cola Company
William J Flynn - Chairman, National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Chairman Emeritus, Mutual of America
Hugh Friel - Chairman of Tourism Ireland Ltd (also Director of United Drug Plc)
Hervé Garnier - Senior Vice President, EADS Northern/Western Europe & Canada
Basil Geoghegan - Managing Director Deutsche Bank, London (also Co-Chair of The Ireland Fund of grate britain)
Håkan Gergils - Director & Founder of ECOFIN
John Gilmore - CEO, Sling Media
Cathal Goan - Director General, RTÉ
Rory Godson - Founder & Chief Executive, Powerscourt Ltd
Danuta Gray - CEO, Telefónica O2 Ireland
Francis (Frank) Hargrave - Company Director, Retired
Jackie Harrison - Chief Executive of Philanthropy Ireland
John Hartnett - President & CEO, G24 Innovations
Denis Headon - Director, TX-UK Collaborative, Rice University
John Herlihy - Vice-President, Global Ad Operations and Online Sales & Oprerations EMEA, Google
Dr Chris Horn - President, Engineers Ireland
Declan Kelly - Independent Consultant Specializing In Strategic Advisory Work. Director American Ireland Fund
Sarah Kent - CEO, Kentech Group
Paul Kerley - Chief Executive, Norkom Technologies
Joe King - Retired CEO, Molex Incorporated
Stephen Kingon - Chairman of Invest Ni and Chair of the Centre of Competitiveness in the north of Ireland
Dr Werner Kruckow - CEO, Siemens Ltd
Gerald Lawless - Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group, Dubai
Myles Lee - CEO, CRH PLC
Niall Lenihan - Assistant General Counsel, European Central Bank's Legal Services, Frankfurt
Dr Niall R Lynam - Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Magna Mirrors
Dr Pearse Lyons - President, Founder & Owner of Alltech Inc
Colin MacDonald - CEO, Fine Grain Properties
Guillermo MacLoughlin Bréard - Director, MacLoughlin A Associates
Tony Maher - CEO, Wimm-Bill-Dann
Barry Maloney - General Partner, Balderton Capital
Tara McCabe - Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Robert J McCann - Private Investor
Colm Martin McCarthy - Director, OCBC Bank and Director Of Wheelock
Stan McCarthy - CEO, Kerry Group Plc
Norman McClelland - Chairman & CEO, Shamrock Foods, Phoenix
John McColgan - Producer, Director Of Tyrone Productions
Mark McCormack - Chief Operating Officer, Kerry Group - Asia Pacific
Brendan McDonagh - CEO, HSBC North America
John (Jack) McDonnell Jr - CEO, Exadigm, Inc
Gary McGann - Group Chief Executive Officer, The Smurfit Kappa Group
Michael McGovern - Chairman, TSI, Inc
Rory McInerney - Vice President, Intel Corporation
Nigel McKenna - Chairman, Melview Developments/Galway Tourism Investment Group
William S McKiernan - CEO & Chairman, Cybersource
Eunan McLaughlin - President, Nike Affiliates
John McLaughlin - Managing Director, Sanofi-Aventis Ireland Limited
Colm McLoughlin - Managing Director, Dubai Duty Free
Michael McMullen - Advisor/Investor, McMullen & Associates
Fr Paul McNelis - Bendheim Professor of Economics & Financial Policy
Fr Joe McShane - President of Fordham University
David McWilliams - Economist, Author & Broadcaster
Kevin Melia - Chairman, Vette Corporation
John Moloney - Group Managing Director, Glanbia PLC
Gerard (Gerry) Mooney - General Manager, Global Government & Education, IBM Corporation
George Moore - Chairman & CEO, Targus Information Corporation
Thomas Moran - Chairman, President & CEO, Mutual of America; Chairman of Concern Worldwide US
Redmond Morris - Film Producer
Martin Murphy - Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard Ireland Ltd
Oliver Murray - President & CEO, Brandes Investment Partners (Toronto)
Martin Naughton - Chairman & Owner, Glen Dimplex Group
David Neenan - Global Head Of Marketing & Sales, HSBE Insurance Holdings Ltd., London
Prof Martina Newell-Mcgloughlin - Director, University of California System Biotech Program
Brian O'Brien - Retired. Former Executive Vice President, Reinsurance & Innovation Of Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Seoul
Denis O'Brien - Chairman, Digicel Group
Niall O'Dowd - Founder Irish Voice Newspaper, Irish America Magazine, Irishcentral.Com
Sean O'Driscoll - CEO, Glen Dimplex Group
Maurice O'Gorman - Chief Administrative Officer Of NCB Capital, The National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia
Jim O'Hara - General Manager, Intel Ireland Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation
Walter O'Hara Jr - Managing Director & Executive VP, Allen & Company LLC
Liam O'Keeffe-Ayudhkij - Group Chairman, PCS (Thailand)
Liam O'Mahony - Director CRH PLC Chairman
Shane O'Neill - Chief Strategy Officer
Paul O'Riordan - CEO, Synexa Life Sciences
Barry O'Sullivan - Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems
David O'Sullivan - European Commission Director General For Trade
Paul O'Sullivan - Chief Executive, Singtel Optus Pty Ltd
Kevin J Pakenham - Managing Director, Jefferies International Limited
Félix Pena Murray - Director, Institute of International Trade, Standard Bank Foundation
George Quigley - Chairman, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast
James E Quinn - President, Tiffany & Company
Valerie Quinn - Managing Director, Coca-Cola Ireland
Paul Rellis - MD, Microsoft Ireland
Dr Louise Richardson - Principal & Vice Chancellor, University of St Andrews University
Gerry Robinson - Chairman, Moto Hospitality Ltd
Ambassador Daniel M Rooney - US Ambassador To Ireland
Anita M Sands - Former Managing Director, Citigroup
Werner Schwanberg - Managing Director, WGZ Bank Ireland Plc
John Seward - Managing Director, Coca Cola Bottling Indonesia
John Sutton - Professor of Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
Dennis Swanson - President, Fox Television Stations, Inc
Fionnuala Sweeney - CNN International
Margaret Sweeney - CEO, Postbank Ireland Ltd
H Brian Thompson - Executive Chairman, Global Telecom & Technology
Donough Tierney - Vice President, EADS, Northern/Western Europe & Canada
Pat Toole - IBM Senior VP (Retired)
Robert F Trota - President, Max's Restaurant & Philippine Franchise Association; Honorary Vice Consul of Ireland In Manila
Mark Tuohey - Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Bernard Walsh - Retired Company Group Chairman, Johnson and Johnson
Rodney Walshe - Honorary Consul General of Ireland to New Zealand; Chairman, Southern Travel Holdings Ltd
Anna Whitehouse - President & MD, Total Philippines
Full details of the Global Irish forums
The forum aims to bring together some of the most influential business and cultural members of the global Irish community, as well as those with a strong business connection to Ireland.
It will aim to explore how the Irish, at home and abroad, and those with a strong interest in Ireland, can work together and contribute to Ireland's overall efforts at economic recovery.
Some 160 people will be in attendance, including international business leaders and cultural figures.
Micheal MartinMinister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin says he believes the Forum 'has the potential to be an extremely significant event, both as a step towards addressing our current economic challenges and as a platform for the development of a long-term strategy which will channel the enormous potential of the global community.
'The positive reaction with which invitees have greeted the initiative augurs well for its success.'
Following the meeting, the Department of Foreign Affairs will prepare an official report of the Forum which will incorporate the ideas that emerged over the course of the event.
The report will be presented to the Government for its consideration.
It is expected that a key tangible outcome of the Forum will be the establishment of a formal global Irish network, which will be serviced by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The event is being co-ordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government.
FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
12.30pm Arrival at Farmleigh
2pm The Smart Economy - Opening Address by Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Watch live
2.15pm The Global Economy: Positioning Ireland for the Upturn
Opening plenary session with moderated panel discussion
* Moderator: Fionnuala Sweeney (CNN International)
* Tánaiste Mary Coughlan
* Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan
* Niall FitzGerald, Deputy Chairman, Thomson Reuters
* Brendan McDonagh, CEO, HSBC North America
* Craig Barrett, Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel
* Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas
3.15pm Breakout working groups on specific economic topics
7.30pm Reception hosted by President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin
Global Irish Economic Forum SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
9.30am Breakout discussion groups
Ireland - The Innovation Island
* Moderator: David McWilliams (Economist)
* Tánaiste Mary Coughlan and Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, facilitate two working groups focused on 'Greentech & ICT- two building blocks of the innovation island'
Promoting Brand Ireland through our Global Cultural Profile
* Moderator: Dr John Bowman (Broadcaster and historian)
* Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism Martin Cullen
* Moya Doherty, Director, Tyrone Productions
* Gerry Robinson, Chairman, Moto Hospitality Ltd.
* Dennis Swanson, President, Fox Television Stations, Inc.
Ireland's Image Abroad: What is it Now; How could it be Improved; and What Role can New Media Play?
* Moderator: Fergal Keane (Journalist and author)
* Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin
* Paul O'Sullivan, CEO, SingTel Optus
* Margaret Brennan, Anchor & Reporter, Bloomberg TV
* Christopher M Condron, President & CEO, AXA Financial Inc.
* Basil Geoghegan, MD, Deutsche Bank, London
11.30am Friday and Saturday working groups report to plenary
1pm Lunch at Farmleigh
2.30pm Ireland and its Diaspora: Harnessing a Unique Resource Watch live
Plenary session with moderated panel discussion
* Moderator: David McWilliams
* Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin
* Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP
* Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
* Liam Casey, CEO, PCH International
* Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chair, American Ireland Fund
3.45pm Concluding remarks by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál
Martin, followed by a press conference. Watch live
7.30pm Dinner hosted by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan at Dublin Castle
Global Irish Economic Forum SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
12.15pm Lunch at Iveagh House
3.30pm All-Ireland Football Final, Croke Park
Follow the Global Irish Economic Forum on RTÉ television, radio and RTÉ.ie.
Live streams from Farmleigh, exclusive interviews with attendees, blog from RTÉ's Mark Little, news stories, photo galleries and the best of RTÉ's Television and Radio coverage.
Friday 18 September
2pm: 'The Smart Economy'
Watch the opening address by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
Saturday 19 September
2.30pm: 'Ireland and its Diaspora: harnessing a unique resource'
Watch the plenary session with moderated panel discussion.
3.45pm: Concluding Remarks
Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin wraps up the forum.
6pm: Live Six One with Bryan Dobson on location at Farmleigh
From 4.30pm: Fergal Keane & Emma McNamara with a special report live from Farmleigh on Drivetime with Mary Wilson
5.05pm - 5.45pm: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's Glór Anoir le Cormac Ó hEadhra live from Farmleigh
1pm - 2pm: Myles Dungan presents Saturday View, live from the Global Irish Economic Forum
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