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Annual Global Funds Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference will take place in Dublin on Thursday, 25 May 2017. The conference will be held this year in the InterContinental Hotel (formerly The Four Seasons Hotel) Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Conference Overview

Now in its 19th year this conference is a landmark in the international funds industry calendar and it attracts a wide range of participants from across the international investment funds community. The conference brings together prominent industry speakers to discuss current issues and challenges facing the international investment funds industry. It will include thought provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts and will look at Irish solutions for managers globally.

Agenda and speaker details are available in the tabs further below.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this conference and other events. 

Pre- and Post-Conference Events 

Golfwe will also be hosting a pre-conference golf networking event on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. The Golf is now fully booked and no further registrations will be accepted after Thursday 11 May. 

Annual Gala Dinner - the annual gala dinner will take place following the conference in the evening.

Please note the Distribution Workshop is now fully booked and no further places are available. 

InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Dublin, Ireland
25 May 2017
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8.00 - Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast kindly sponsored by MUFG

8.45 - Welcome Address

Tara Doyle, Matheson

8.55 - Government Address

An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, TD

9.15 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders Panel


  • Kieran Fox, Irish Funds


  • Deirdre O’Connor
  • Samantha McConnell, Willis Towers Watson 
  • Robert Rosenberg, Heptagon Capital
  • Steve O’Hanlon, Rubrics 
10.00 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by The Panel 

10.20 - Panel Discussion: Securities Lending


  • Andrew Dyson, ISLA


  • Craig Starble, eSecLending
  • Stephen Kiely, BNY Mellon
  • Maurice Leo, Deutsche Bank
  • Karl Bishti, Credit Suisse
11.00 - Panel Discussion: Real Assets


  • Ted McGrath, William Fry


  • Craig Hughes, PwC
  • Brian Moran, Hines
  • Alan Synnott, BlackRock
  • Alison Manley, Goodbody Fund Management Ltd
11.40 - Keynote Address

Megan Greene, Manulife Asset Management 

12.00 - Panel Discussion: Brexit


  • Pete Townsend, Norio Ventures


  • Dr. Vincent Power, A&L Goodbody
  • John McGrane, The British Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeremy Soutter, Standard Life
  • Megan Greene, John Hancock Asset Management
12.45 - Lunch

Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust 

13.55 - Panel Discussion - Regulation


  • Sheenagh Gordon Hart, Fund Radar


  • Jim Reese, SEC
  • Antonio Barattelli, ESMA
  • Grainne McEvoy, Central Bank of Ireland
14.35 - Focus on China


Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procedure

  • Outlook for China’s Macro Economy, Chao JIANG, Haitong Securities
  • Overview of China’s Capital Market, Jane YUAN, Haitong Securities

Panel Discussion: Investment Opportunities in China’s Capital Market


  • Chao JIANG, Haitong Securities


  • Can ZHU, China Asset Management Co.
  • Hao LUO, China Southern Asset Management Co.
  • Qian ZHANG, GF Fund Management Co.
15.55 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by Fundrock

16.15 - Parallel Sessions

1 - Panel Discussion: Distribution - Main Seminar room 


  • Jim Firn


  • Cora Gibbons, Barings Asset Management
  • Barbara Wall, Cerulli
  • Jaspal Sagger, Legg Mason

2 - Panel Discussion: Diversity - Breakout Seminar Room 


  • Marie O’Connor, PwC


  • Amanda Pullinger, 100 Women in Finance
  • Gareth Lambe, Facebook
  • Jean-Marc Crepin, BBH
16.55 - Panel Discussion - Fintech & Millennials


  • James Pomeroy, HSBC


  • Brian Kennedy, Davy
  • Pervaiz Panjwani, Citi
  • Chris Horn, Atlantic Bridge
  • Bob Kneip, KNEIP
17.35 - Closing remarks
17.45 - Networking Drinks

Kindly sponsored by Carnegie Fund Services

19.15 - ​Gala Dinner

Dinner kindly co-sponsored by BlackRock & Deutsche Bank 


Kieran Fox
Irish Funds
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John McGrane
The British Irish Chamber of Commerce
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Jim Firn
Russell Investments
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Gareth Lambe
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Amanda Pullinger
100 Women in Finance
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Antonio Barattelli
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Pete Townsend
Norio Ventures
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Tara Doyle
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James Pomeroy
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Brian Kennedy
Davy Asset Management
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Chris Horn
Iona Technologies and Investor Atlantic Bridge Ventures
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Zhu Can
China Asset Management Co., Ltd.
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Luo Hao
China Southern Asset Management
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Qian Zhang
Member of investment committee of GF Fund
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Chao Jiang
Deputy Head, Haitong Research Institute
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Jane Yuan
Institutional & International Business Department Haitong Securities Co., Ltd
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Bob Kneip
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​Megan E. Greene
Manulife Asset Management
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Maurice Leo
Deutsche Bank
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Ted McGrath
William Fry
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Craig Hughes
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Brian Moran
Hines Real Estate Ireland Limited
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Alison Manley
Goodbody Fund Management
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Alan Synnott
Product Strategy for BlackRock Real Assets
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Andrew Dyson
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Steven O’Hanlon
Rubrics Asset Management Ltd
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Sheenagh Gordon-Hart
The Directors Office
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Samantha McConnell
TAS Ireland
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Karl Bishti
Credit Suisse
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Pervaiz Panjwani
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Stephen Kiely
BNY Mellon Markets
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​Jim Reese
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Barbara Wall
Cerulli Associates
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Cora Gibbons
Nuveen Global
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Craig Starble
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Jaspal Sagger
Legg Mason
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Jean Marc Crepin
Brown Brothers Harriman
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Vincent Power
A&L Goodbody
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