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Annual Global Funds Conference 2019

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The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 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. 

The event provides a prime opportunity to hear and discuss the latest views and industry updates in addition to networking with peers in a collaborative and stimulating environment. The theme of the conference is “The Future of Funds – Evolution or Revolution?" See the agenda tab further below for more information on topics to be covered on the day.

A Golf Day precedes the Conference on Wednesday 22 May (see here) and a half-day Distribution Workshop is held on the morning of Friday 24 May.

Registration is now open: 

Ticket Price  Member Rate Non Member Rate
Conference Full Price €1,200 €1,400
On-site rate €1,300 €1,500

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A limited number of free passes will be available for overseas investment managers and distributors – contact events@irishfunds.ie for more details.

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

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8:50 - Opening Address – Irish Funds Chair
9.05 - Economic Impact & Strategic Direction of the Industry
  • Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds
9.15 - Government Address
9:30 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders


  • Andy O’Callaghan, PwC


  • Victoria Brown, Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • David Greco, Fidelity International
  • Charles Rizzo, John Hancock
  • 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


  • 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”

12:00 - Panel Discussion: The Future of Work


  • 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
12:40 - Keynote Address

Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank

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


  • Kate Webber, Calastone


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



  • Hugh Callaghan, EY


  • Nicola O'Connor, AIB
  • Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau
  • Hem Pant, JP Morgan

ESG Investing


  • Rachel Turner, BNY Mellon


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

The Future of Fund Distribution


  • Paul Price, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Lory Kehoe, Consensys
  • Henning Swabey, Calastone
15:20 - Parallel Panel Discussions (repeated)
  • FinTech and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • ESG Investing
  • The Future of Fund Distribution
16:00 - Coffee Break
16:30 - Panel Discussion: Brexit​


  • 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

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Andrew McDowell
European Investment Bank
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Peter Branner
APG Asset Management
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Victoria Brown
Aberdeen Standard Investment Ireland
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David Greco
FIL Fund Management
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Charles Rizzo, SVP
John Hancock Investments
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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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Martina Kelly
Central Bank of Ireland
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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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Lior Yogev
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Olivia Vinden
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting
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Miroslav Petrov
Fortia Financial Solutions
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Rachel Turner
BNY Mellon
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Elizabeth Gillam
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Kate Webber
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Michael Gubbins
Garda Cyber Crime Bureau
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Meaghan Muldoon
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Jaakko Kooroshy
FTSE Russell
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Paul Price
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
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Lory Kehoe
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Henning Swabey
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Prof Federico Fabbrini
DCU Law Research Centre
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Neale Richmond
Seanad Éireann
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Chris Cummings
The Investment Association
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Eve Finn
LGIM Ireland
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Pat Lardner
Irish Funds
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