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Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2024

Thursday, 23 May 2024 - In-Person

8am - 7pm

Location: Dublin Royal Convention Centre


Online registration is now closed. Registration on site will be available in the venue on the day.

Inflection Point: Ireland and Innovation

The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference will take place in-person on Thursday, 23 May in the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, 1 Le Pole Square, Ship Street Great, D08, near Dublin Castle.

This event is a highlight in the international funds and asset management industry calendar and attracts over 500 participants from across the investment funds community. The agenda will include thought-provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts, while a full day of networking opportunities will run alongside the agenda in the exhibition area.

The conference will conclude with a drinks reception in the venue.

Pre-Conference Annual Golf and Social Tennis Day

Taking place the day before the conference on Wednesday, 22 May will be the Irish Funds Social Golf Day which will take place concurrently with the Irish Funds Social Tennis Day.

08:00 - Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast kindly sponsored by MUFG Investor Services

09:00 - Opening Address

Colm McDonagh, Chair of Irish Funds, CEO Insight Investment Europe

MC & Introductions: Charlene Kennedy, CEO, PGIM Private Capital (Ireland)

09:10 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders Perspectives

Moderator: Clive Bellows, Northern Trust


-       Ann Prendergast, SSGA

-       Francesca McDonagh, Universal Investment

-       Mike Hughes, Citi

09:50 - Keynote Address: Government of Ireland

Michael McGrath, TD, Minister for Finance

10:05 - Panel Discussion: Will Artificial Intelligence Transform the Funds Industry?

Moderator: Maria Flannery, KPMG


-         Martin Syms, BlackRock

-         John Herlihy, OpenAI

-         John O’Doherty, Microsoft

10:45 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by The Panel

11:10 - Irish Funds Climate Challenge Awards

Jack Lee, MUFG Investor Services

11:15 - Keynote Address: Central Bank of Ireland

Derville Rowland, Deputy Governor

11:30 - Regulatory Update 2024

-      Patricia Dunne, Central Bank of Ireland

-      Antonio Barattelli, ESMA

-      Interviewed by Umar Ahmed, Irish Funds

11:50 - Keynote Address: Sustainability in investing: Why and What Next?

Saker Nusseibeh CBE, Chief Executive, Federated Hermes

12:05 - Panel Discussion: New Trends in Cross Border Distribution

Moderator: Liam Martin, Broadridge


-         Paul Bastable, Man Investments

-         Asa Norrie, Principal Global Investors

-         Amy Missen, Mercer

12:45 - IOB, Awards Presentation

-         Mary O’Dea,  Chief Executive, IOB

12:55 - Lunch & Networking

Lunch kindly sponsored by: Northern Trust

14:00 - Keynote Address: European Commission

Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

14:15 - Financial Literacy & the Irish Funds Transition Year Programme

-         Michelle Spencer, Irish Funds

-         Niamh Geraghty, Deloitte.

14:30 - Parallel Panel Discussions

1.     Navigating /dis-ruhp-shuhn/

Moderator: Karoline Keane, Mediolanum


-        Eoin Lane, BNY Mellon

-        Paul Clifford, STRATxAI

-        Aoife Kearney, Neuberger Berman

2.     Quantum Leap – How Quantum Computing can drive Innovation in the Funds Industry

Moderator: Shane Mulcahy, Accenture


-        Michael Dascal, Fidelity

-        Venkatesh Kannan, Irish Centre for High End Computing

-        Deirdre Kilbane, SETU

3.     Evolution of ETFs: Driving Market Growth

Moderator: Eva Casey, WisdomTree


-        Laura Kearney, Global X

-        Adrian Mulryan, Invesco

-        Jason Griffin, HanETF

-        Michael John Lytle, Tabula Investment Management Limited

4.  Beyond Neurotypical: Rethinking Talent in Financial Services

Moderator: Terri Dempsey, State Street


-        Dominic Trepel, Trinity College Dublin

-        Melissa Bosch, EY

-       Cian Farrell, Independent Director

15:10 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by BNP Paribas’ Securities Services business

15:35 - Parallel Panel Discussions (repeated)

1.     Navigating /dis-ruhp-shuhn/

2.     Quantum Leap – How Quantum Computing can drive Innovation in the Funds Industry

3.     Evolution of ETFs: Driving Market Growth

4.     Beyond Neurotypical: Rethinking Talent in Financial Services

16:15 - Keynote Address

Neale Richmond, Minister of State at the Department of Finance

16:30 - Where Athletes Meet Analytics: Exploring High-Performance & Professional Success

-         Jamie Heaslip, Former Leinster, Ireland & British And Irish Lions Rugby Player

-         Annalise Murphy, Triple Olympian Sailor & Silver Medallist

-         Interviewed by Conor Smyth, CEO, TritonLake

17:00 - Fireside Chat

-      Martin Gilbert, Chairman of Revolut & Executive Chairman of AssetCo

-      Interviewed by Andy O’Callaghan, PwC

17:35 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, CEO Irish Funds

17:40 - Networking Drinks Reception

Kindly sponsored by Confluence

19:00 - Event Concludes
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