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Annual Global Funds Conference 2019

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The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2019 took place on Thursday, 23 May 2019. The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2020 will take place on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at at the Convention Centre Dublin.  

This event is a highlight in the international funds industry calendar and 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 industry and will include thought-provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts. 

To view the agenda from this year's, scroll further below.

The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin
23 May 2019
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8:00 - Registration & Breakfast

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- MC

Laura Wadding, Deloitte

8:50 - Opening Address – Irish Funds Chair

Yvonne Connolly, Chairperson, Irish Funds 

9.05 - Economic Impact & Strategic Direction of the Industry

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

9.15 - Government Address

Michael D'Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance 

9:30 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders

This panel of business leaders will provide a macro overview and discussion of the key issues affecting the asset management industry including changing global investor demands, Brexit planning, sustainability, diversity & inclusion, big data & digitalisation and the future direction and shape of the industry.


  • Andy O’Callaghan, PwC


  • Victoria Brown, Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • David Greco, Fidelity International
  • Angela Billick, John Hancock Investments
  • Glenn Thorpe, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
10:10 - Address from the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Ed Sibley, Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation, CBI 
10:25 - Panel Discussion: The Future of Regulation

This year's panel will focus on the developing policy debates and major issues that are shaping the future of the funds Industry in Ireland, Europe and on the global stage. How is the European regulatory landscape going to evolve? What is the outlook for international regulatory and supervisory cooperation? What are some of the key initiatives to look out for?


  • Mary O'Dea, Institute of Banking


  • Evert Van Walsum, ESMA
  • Nick Miller, FCA
  • Tanguy Van De Werve, EFAMA
  • Martina Kelly, CBI
11:05 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by The Panel

11:40 - Keynote Address

Richard Susskind, OBE, author of “The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts”

What are the prospects for employment in a world of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning? Does technology pose an existential threat to the funds industry as currently constituted? Are there better and more efficient ways to allocate and distribute capital? In this thought-provoking keynote, Richard Susskind, co-author of "The Future of the Professions", will challenge assumptions about the future of work in professional services in addition to posing moral and practical questions about the relevance of professions in the 21st Century.

12:00 - Panel Discussion: The Future of Work

In a follow up to Richard Susskind’s keynote; our panellists debate the Future of Work in our industry and how we will need to adapt culturally and practically, individually and collectively to ongoing evolutionary and revolutionary forces. Sharing real world of work experiences, we explore how the human experience interacts with the technological experience and seek to offer some points of thought to assist you and your organisation assess how best to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.


  • Neil Sands, Fox Design Thinking


  • Dr Susan McKeever, Technological University Dublin, School of Computer Science
  • Richard Susskind OBE, Author
  • Marie Dzanis, Northern Trust Asset Management
  • Colin Meagle, Continuum Group
12:40 - Keynote Address

Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Andrew will outline the role of the European Investment Bank with the European Investment Fund in supporting venture and infrastructure funds across the EU. He will discuss the opportunities and challenges for Europe and Ireland from the growth of climate and sustainable finance and also how the European Investment Fund can help to address shortfalls in Ireland’s venture capital ecosystem.

13:00 - Lunch Break

Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust

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14:20 - ​Keynote Address

Peter Branner, CIO APG Asset Management

14:40 - Parallel Panel Discussions

FinTech and Artificial Intelligence

There are now more Amazon Prime users in the US than registered voters. The expectations on service have changed at pace and we need to understand how technology can be an enabler for the Asset Management industry. New compelling technology solutions such as Blockchain, AI and data services have the capacity to transform costs and service capabilities as a bear market sits worryingly on the horizon. Our very experienced panel will make sense of these technologies and their application into our world, projecting out into the future to understand the impact on the shape of our organisations, our processes, our people and our services to our customers. We will explore the ways in which these solutions might be delivered, including the ability to collaborate. 


  • Kate Webber, Calastone


  • Lior Yogev, FundGuard
  • Olivia Vinden, Alpha FMC
  • Rachel Howick, Citi
  • Miroslav Petrov, Fortia Financial Solutions


This panel includes cyber security leaders with diverse perspectives across the financial services industry and supervisory authority as well as law enforcement. The panel will cover the key cyber security issues affecting the asset management industry, including relevant cyber threats that are currently active in the industry, technology disruption affecting the risk profile of doing business in the digital world, and the regulatory trends likely to affect the industry in the coming years.


  • Hugh Callaghan, EY


  • Nicola O'Connor, AIB
  • Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau
  • Joern Dobberstein, Central Bank of Ireland

ESG Investing

More and more asset managers are adopting dedicated environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies. Over the last decade sustainability has become an increasingly key aspect of investing. An asset managers’ credentials in integrating ESG have now become a standard feature of interactions with investors who are showing an appetite for products that recognise and reflect the relationship between their investments and an ever more challenging social and environmental backdrop. The panel will examine the landscape of activities and strategies that fall under the broad umbrella of ESG and sustainability, and assess how companies can improve ESG-related business practice.


  • Rachel Turner, BNY Mellon


  • Will Oulton, First State Investments
  • Elizabeth Gilliam, Invesco
  • Meaghan Muldoon, Blackrock 
  • Jaakko Kooroshy, FTSE Russell

The Future of Fund Distribution

Fund distribution in Europe has entered a new era, with an evolving regulatory agenda, technological developments, and shifting investor preferences. The pace of change is accelerating rapidly and industry players are grappling with the implementation of emerging technologies, boosting their product development efforts, and enhancing their client services to keep up with the evolving and complexifying environment. In light of this scenario, what's the future of fund distribution?


  • Fabrizio Zumbo, Cerulli


  • Paul Price, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Lory Kehoe, Consensys
  • Henning Swabey, Calastone
  • Lorraine Dunbar, JP Morgan
15:20 - Parallel Panel Discussions (repeated)
  • FinTech and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • ESG Investing
  • The Future of Fund Distribution
16:00 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by JP Morgan 

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16:30 - Panel Discussion: Brexit​

This panel will discuss the current political scene in Ireland, UK and EU and what are the likely outcomes of Brexit negotiations at the end of the Article 50 extension. Panellists will explore the range of potential impacts on financial services and asset management under several different scenarios and will also look at what organisations are doing to mitigate these impacts. To conclude, the panel will consider how future relationships between the EU and UK will take shape and the implications on the major financial and political institutions.


  • Deborah Hutton, Eversheds Sutherland


  • Prof. Federico Fabbrini, Brexit Institute DCU
  • Senator Neale Richmond, Fine Gael
  • Chris Cummings, The Investment Association
  • Eve Finn, LGIM Ireland
17:10 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

17:20 - ​Drinks Reception

Kindly sponsored by Carnegie Fund Services

19:00 - Annual Conference Dinner

Laura Wadding
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Yvonne Connolly
Carne Group
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Michael D'Arcy
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
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Richard Susskind
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Andrew McDowell
European Investment Bank
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Peter Branner
APG Asset Management
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Andrew O’Callaghan
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Victoria Brown
Aberdeen Standard Investment Ireland
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David Greco
FIL Fund Management
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Angela Billick
John Hancock Investments
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Glenn Thorpe
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
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Ed Sibley
Central Bank of Ireland
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Mary O'Dea
The Institute of Banking
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Evert Van Walsum
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Nick Miller
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Tanguy van de Werve
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Martina Kelly
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Neil Sands
Fox Design Thinking
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Dr Susan McKeever
Technological University Dublin, School of Computer Science
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Marie Dzanis
Northern Trust Asset Management
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Colin Meagle
Continuum Group
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Kate Webber
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Lior Yogev
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Olivia Vinden
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting
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Rachel Howick
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Miroslav Petrov
Fortia Financial Solutions
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Hugh Callaghan
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Nicola O'Connor
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Michael Gubbins
Garda Cyber Crime Bureau
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Joern Dobberstein
Central Bank of Ireland
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Rachel Turner
BNY Mellon
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Will Oulton
First State Investments
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Elizabeth Gillam
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Meaghan Muldoon
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Jaakko Kooroshy
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Paul Price
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Lory Kehoe
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Henning Swabey
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Lorraine Dunbar
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Deborah Hutton
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Prof Federico Fabbrini
DCU Law Research Centre
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Neale Richmond
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Chris Cummings
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Eve Finn
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Pat Lardner
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