Annual Global Funds Conference 2022
The 2022 Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference will take place in-person on Tuesday, 31 May at the Convention Centre Dublin. This event is a highlight in the international funds and asset management industry calendar and attracts a wide range of participants from across the international investment funds community.
This year's conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry as we emerge from the pandemic. 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 large exhibition area.
Taking place the day before the Conference on Monday, 30 May will be the Irish Funds Annual Golf Day which will run alongside a new event this year, the Irish Funds Social Tennis Day. Both of these events are optional extra activities and available to book when registering as a delegate. Update: Please note that the Golf now fully booked and closed to further registrations.
Annual Conference Rates
Online registration for the Irish Funds Annual Conference is closed. Registrations will be available on-site in the venue at the rates of €1300 (Members) and €1500 (Non-Members).
Sponsorship opportunities are now closed for this event and the exhibition area is fully booked.
Breakfast kindly sponsored by MUFG
Peter McKeon, Citi
Maria Ging, Chair, Irish Funds, Managing Director BlackRock
Moderator: John Donohoe, Carne Group
- Michael Dempsey, Mercer
- Charles Lamb, Architas
- Ann Prendergast, SSGA
Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland
Update on Regulation
Moderator: Declan Casey, Irish Funds
- Derville Rowland, Central Bank of Ireland
- Verena Ross, European Securities and Markets Authority
- Martin Moloney, IOSCO
Kindly Sponsored by Morgan McKinley
Verena Ross, Chair of European Securities and Markets Authority
High Performance – Balancing Success in Different Environments
Moderator: Conor Hoey, Gemini Capital Management
- Maria Kinsella, PwC
- Clive Bellows, Northern Trust
- Karoline Keane, Mediolanum
- Fionnuala Toner, Deloitte
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
Rory O’Neill a.k.a. Panti Bliss
Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust
Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance for Ireland and President of Eurogroup
- The Modern Workplace - Corporate Culture in the Hybrid Environment
- Crypto Assets – From Niche to Mainstream
- Trends and Opportunities in Private Assets
- Leveraging FinTech to Maximise Distribution Opportunities
Moderator: Anne Keys, The Panel
- Grainne Madden, GMJ Associates
- Richard Grogan, Richard Grogan & Associates
- Flavie Motte, BNP Paribas
- Dani Spenceley, Ergo
Moderator: Mai Santamaria, Department of Finance
- Daniel Andemeskel, Universal Investment
- Thomas Kutschera, Axovision
- Amor Sexton, Blockdaemon
- Townsend Lansing, Coinshares
Moderator: Gayle Bowen, Pinsent Masons
- Simon Fletcher, AlbaCore
- Conor Smyth, TritonLake
- Charlene Kennedy, PGIM
- Brian Murphy, Grant Thornton
Moderator: Henning Swabey, Calastone
- Aoife Doyle, Fenergo
- Ronan Brennan, CSS
- Len Sutton, JP Morgan
- Karolina Gosz-Renzi, Clearstream
- The Modern Workplace - Corporate Culture in the Hybrid Environment
- Crypto Assets – From Niche to Mainstream
- Trends and Opportunities in Private Assets
- Leveraging FinTech to Maximise Distribution Opportunities
Jim Barry, Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock Alternatives
Martin Moloney, Secretary General, IOSCO
ESG – Fad or Fundamental?
Moderator: Colm McDonagh, Insight Investment
- Paul O'Donnell, Greencoat Capital
- Julie Ansidei, BlackRock Sustainable Investing
- Madeleine King, LGIM
- Richard Withers, Vanguard
Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds
Kindly sponsored by Carnegie Fund Services
Kindly co-sponsored by BlackRock & Kneip
Peter has 25 years of Funds Industry experience with several Banks across Fund Administration Operations and Client Service. Peter joined Citi in September 2017 as a Senior Client Account Manager and is a member of the Irish Funds Events & Conference Working Group.
Maria joined Blackrock in 2012 and is the Head of EMEA Product Oversight for GAAPS, leading product oversight for BlackRock’s UCITS and AIFs. She leads teams across EMEA who focus on change management, risk management and exception management for over 1,100 funds domiciled primarily in Ireland, UK and Luxembourg, with fund assets exceeding USD 1.5 trillion. Previously Maria led the Alternatives Fund Accounting Oversight Team in Dublin managing fund accounting, operational risk and product change for BlackRock's Renewable Power, Infrastructure, Private Equity and Credit Funds with AUM of USD 15 billion. During her tenure with BlackRock Maria's responsibilities have also included Mutual Fund Oversight supporting the Irish domiciled pooled funds, and Financial Reporting Oversight. Prior to joining BlackRock Maria spent seven years with KPMG Dublin working as an Associate Director providing Audit and Assurance services to asset management, banking, financing, leasing and private equity clients.
Maria is a Fellow Chartered Accountant holding a Masters in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies Degree, both from University College Dublin.
John Donohoe is the Founder & Group CEO of Carne Group. John has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and sits on and chairs the boards of some of the largest and most complex mutual and hedge funds. John also provides clients and industry peers with considerable expertise on governance, product development, distribution and regulatory developments. He is a thought leader in the ongoing development of hedge fund governance and oversight, as well as the digitisation of asset management.
Charles Lamb joined Architas Multi-Manager Europe Limited in February 2019 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in March 2019 following regulatory approval. He joined Architas from New Ireland Assurance Company plc, where he held the role of Head of Investment Oversight and Head of Investment (PCF-19). Before joining New Ireland, Charles was a Director of State Street Global Advisors Ireland Limited ("SSGA") where he held a number of roles over an 18 year period, spanning investment, middle office and risk management activities. Prior to SSGA, Charles was at JP Morgan Investment Management and Old Mutual. Charles qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 with KPMG and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Charles holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University.
Michael Dempsey is the Global Head of Mercer's Investment Solutions and OCIO Services. He joined Mercer in 1999 and has held a number of senior roles across the firm, including Head of Investment Management for EMEA. Michael is a CFA charterholder, holds a Business & Finance degree from Dublin City University and a Masters degree in Business from the Michael Smurfit, UCD Business School.
Ann Prendergast is a Senior Managing Director and Head of State Street Global Advisors Europe Ltd. In her role, Ann has responsibility for SSGA’s business in the European Union which includes portfolio management, distribution, product development, fund management and operations. This business operates from 2 investment centres and a number of distribution branches.
Prior to this role, Ann was Head of State Street Global Advisors Ireland. She joined the organisation as a relationship manager in 2000 and became head of this area in 2010, with responsibility for managing the firm’s engagement activities with a diverse client base.
Previously Ann worked with the Bank of Ireland Group in both their fund administration and private banking divisions.
Ann holds a Business Studies Degree from the University of Limerick and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is Chairperson of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.
Gabriel Makhlouf took up his position as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland on 1 September 2019. He chairs the Central Bank Commission, is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the European Systemic Risk Board, and is Ireland's Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund.
Before joining the Central Bank Gabriel was Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and the Government's chief economic and financial adviser from 2011 to 2019. During his time as Secretary, he led reviews of New Zealand's three macroeconomic pillars (monetary, financial stability and fiscal policy) and the development of a new framework for the development of economic and public policy focused on intergenerational wellbeing. In addition Gabriel was New Zealand's Alternate Governor at the World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was also co-chair of the Trans-Tasman Banking Council.
Previously Gabriel worked in the UK civil service where his roles ranged from policy on domestic and international tax issues through to large-scale operational delivery. He has also chaired the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs and was responsible for the UK's Government Banking Service.
Declan Casey joined Irish Funds in August 2001 becoming the second employee and since late 2006 he has been the Association’s Legal & Technical Director. He is responsible for developments in both the international and domestic regulatory and legislative environment. He is an experienced government and regulatory affairs professional with a strong background in financial services. Declan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and prior to joining Irish Funds spent over a decade working for a large domestic bank in structured finance, commercial lending and legal roles. Declan is an active participant on a number of government and international groups, in particular the IFSC Funds Group, EFAMA’s Supervision and Third Country Developments Standing Committee and the International Investment Fund Associations Regulatory Affairs Working Committee.
Verena Ross is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She took up the role on 1 November 2021 and is responsible for representing the Authority as well as preparing the work of and chairing its Board of Supervisors and Management Board.
Between 2011 and 2021 Verena Ross served as ESMA’s first Executive Director, when she was responsible for building up the organisation and overseeing its day to day running.
Prior to this, Verena held a number of senior posts in the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) and was a member of the FSA's Executive Committee. Verena joined the FSA in 1998 to run the Executive Chairman’s office during the regulator’s start-up phase and was briefly a seconded advisor to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission in 2000. She held various positions in the FSA’s Markets Division and was Director of Strategy & Risk Division before becoming Director of the International Division.
Verena is a German national. Following studies in Sinology and Economics in Hamburg, Taipei and London (SOAS) she began her career at the Bank of England in 1994, where she worked as an economist and banking supervisor.
Prior to joining IOSCO, Martin was Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and before that he worked as a Special Adviser on Risk and Regulation to the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI), where he served for 16 years, previously heading up the Markets Policy, Markets Supervision, and Legal and Finance Divisions respectively. Prior to joining the CBI, Martin worked for brief periods in the Department of Justice and the Irish Competition Authority, and spent ten years working in the Irish Department of Finance in positions of responsibility in relation to both national and semi-State debt management and the sale of State banks. Martin spent his early career working in Industry at Barclays Bank and the Bank of Ireland in London.
Martin has an LLM in Business Law and a Masters qualification in Economic Policy, both from Trinity College Dublin. He has Postgraduate Diplomas in Arbitration, Regulatory Management and has completed professional examinations of the Chartered Institutes of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Derville Rowland was appointed Director General (Financial Conduct) in the Central Bank of Ireland on 1 September 2017 and is responsible for consumer protection, securities and markets supervision, enforcement and policy and risk. Derville is a member of the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA).
Prior to this appointment, Derville was the Director of Enforcement in the Central Bank, where she established and developed the Enforcement Directorate. Previous to this, Derville gained extensive litigation and regulatory experience while practising law at the bar and working as in-house regulatory counsel.
Derville is a qualified barrister having being called to the bar in 1996 (Inns of Court School of Law; Inner Temple) and subsequently in 2003 (Kings Inns Dublin).
Maria is a Senior Manager in PwC Dublin Asset & Wealth Management Audit Department. She first joined PwC as a trainee in 2013. Maria works with a large cross section of asset management clients including several asset managers and administrators as well as working on a selection of mutual and hedge fund clients.
Maria is a former inter-county footballer having played for Carlow from 2007-2021. In 2019, she was elected Chairperson of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA). She led the WGPA through a merger with the men’s association, the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), who now is responsible for the representation, welfare, and development of over 4,000 male and female inter-county players. Maria currently acts as Co-Chair of the GPA National Executive Committee and sits on the GPA Board and Audit & Risk Committee.
Maria played a leading role in the success of the GPA securing equal Government funding for female inter-county players and is a strong advocate for equality for women in sport. She was named a ‘Woman of Influence in Irish Sport’ for the last three consecutive years (2019 – 2021) by Sport for Business.
Conor is the CEO of Gemini Capital, a $4bn Management Company supporting a UCITS Fund Platform for a range of investment managers based mainly in the UK and US. He worked in the investment and funds industry in London for 25 years before returning to Ireland in 2015 to help grow the GemCap business where he is now CEO. He also serves as an Independent Director for a number of funds and is well known as the Chairman of Drogheda United, a Premier Division football club in the League of Ireland.
Clive is a member of the Northern Trust European Management Committee and Head of Global Fund Services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He joined Northern Trust in May 2011. As part of managing Northern Trust’s expanding and evolving servicing offering, he played a key role in ensuring the smooth integration of Northern Trust Securities Services (Ireland) Ltd following the acquisition of Bank of Ireland Securities Services, June 1st 2011.
Prior to joining Northern Trust Clive was Managing Director at JP Morgan and responsible for EMEA asset managers and hedge funds. During his career spanning over 30 years, Clive has worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Bank and Barclays International.
He also spent six years at Northern Trust in London, between 1997 and 2003, as Head of Relationship Management for the Global Fund Services and Investment Manager Liaison Group.
Clive is an ex‐President of the Irish Chamber of Commerce and is also a serving Board member of the Irish U.S. Council, Basis.point charity and Chambers Ireland.
Fionnuala is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Ireland Financial Services Audit Department. She first joined Deloitte as a trainee in 2014. Fionnuala works with a large cross section of investment management clients including UCITS, AIFS as well as non-Irish domiciled funds from various jurisdictions and their service providers.
Fionnuala is a current international athlete and Vice-Captain of the Northern Ireland Senior Netball Team. She has competed in 2 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 and 2 World Netball Championships in Singapore 2011 and Liverpool 2019. Fionnuala played in the Vitality Netball Superleague in the UK for seven years from 2014 to 2021. Fionnuala was elected as an member of the Athlete’s Advisory Commission for NI Commonwealth Games in 2021.
Fionnuala holds a BSc in Accounting from Queen’s University, Belfast and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting from the University of Ulster and is a member of Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Karoline Keane is Head of Product Development and Management for Mediolanum Irish Operations (“MIO”) covering both funds and insurance. MIO has assets of over €50bn and offers tailored investment solutions for our financial advisory networks in Europe. Karoline has extensive background in developing products and bespoke solutions across all asset classes and for retail and institutional clients.
Prior to Mediolanum, Karoline worked at Man Group plc, Citibank Europe plc and The Children’s Investment Fund. Karoline is also a Lecturer for the Institute of Bankers for Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Applied Alternative Investments. She is an active member of various industry groups and was former Chair of the AIMA Ireland Steering Group. Karoline is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Dublin Chapter of 100 Women in Finance.
Panti is Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist.”
She began performing while an art student in the late 80’s before moving to Tokyo and becoming a fixture on the Tokyo club. Returning to Dublin in 1995 she ran some of Dublin’s seminal club nights, hosted the legendary Alternative Miss Ireland for 18 years, and performed all over the world.
Panti has written and performed three critically acclaimed, hit theatre shows: In These Shoes, All Dolled Up and A Woman in Progress. In 2013,All Dolled Up: Restitched, a reimagining of her three hit shows had a sold out run at the Abbey Theatre and toured Australia. She is also the landlady of Pantibar.
In January 2014 Panti’s creator Rory O’Neill sparked a national furore when he appeared on RTE television and named certain individuals and organisations as homophobic. The ensuing scandal became known as “Pantigate”. On Feb 1st Panti took to the stage of the National Theatre to defend herself. Her ten minute oration has been compared to some of the great speeches in the English language and a video of the speech went viral online, was broadcast on TV and radio around the world, and became an international sensation. It was also put to music by pop royalty, Pet Shop Boys.
Paschal was re-appointed Minister for Finance on June 27, 2020. Paschal was appointed Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform on 14 June 2017. He previously served as Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform from May 6, 2016 to June 27, 2020. He previously served as Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport from July 2014 to May 2016. He was the Minister of State for European Affairs at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade from July 2013 to July 2014. He was elected to the Dáil in February 2011, and was previously elected to Seanad Éireann in 2007, where he was the Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Transport.
Anne Keys, joint Managing Partner, leads The Panel’s executive search in the Funds and Investment Management sector and is uniquely placed to partner with firms in hiring executives, board members and independent non-executive directors.
Anne works with a large number of the investment firms establishing a presence in Ireland following the Brexit vote and has had great success sourcing Country Heads/CEOs, PCF and DP roles for her clients.
Anne’s key differentiator is her extensive network developed over 24 years in recruitment and her technical knowledge of the roles she recruits for, in the funds and investment management space. She provides consultancy advice on the talent landscape, talent availability and is hugely knowledgeable on the sourcing requirements driven by the CBI under CP86.
Anne was instrumental in the set up and launch of100 Women in Finance in Ireland and is Co-Chair of the steering committee in Dublin. She is driving 100WF workshops for their executive female members, advising them on how to launch their independent non-executive director careers.
Anne has been invited to speak at key industry conferences in Dublin, London, and Amsterdam on “CP86 Dear Chair – Getting the plan right”, “The talent landscape in Investment Management sector in Ireland”, “The War for Talent”, “The benefits of an international board” and “The benefits of a diverse board”.
She also supports basis.point the Irish Fund industry’s initiative to come together to help make a difference to those in need.
Gráinne is an expert in business ethics and corporate responsibility and an experienced consultant, trainer and facilitator. She has run GMJ Associates for 18 years, working with various kinds of organisations to help them avoid problems and enhance reputation with a particular focus on developing organisation cultures that support high performance, ethical practice and good governance. Gráinne also lectures in Corporate Responsibility to MBA students. She is also a partner in Good Corporate Culture which has a particular focus on the international funds industry and supports fund industry boards, senior executive teams and independent directors in defining, developing and harnessing their corporate culture for the achievement of business goals and business success.
Richard Grogan is the principal of Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors who are a leading boutique Employment Law Firm. The Firm and Richard have won numerous awards including from the Irish Law Awards. The Firm was ranked as one of the Best Law Firms in Ireland by the Sunday Independent. Richard is a regular contributor on national radio and television on Employment Law issues.
Flavie has over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field with a proven track record in transformation.
Flavie has held many senior positions across BNP Paribas in Paris in various areas of the organization such as Group HR, Global Banking HR, and Global Markets HR, having handled a number of transversal projects and led many transformational initiatives for the bank.
After 13 years in Paris headquarters, she gave a new operational dimension to my HR career moving to Dublin in 2017 as Territory Head of Human Resources for Ireland, a role that perfectly matches her action and results driven personality. It has allowed her also to perform a big transformation of the Local HR organisation, brand and vision.
From the 1st of July 2022 Flavie has been appointed the new CHRO for BNPP Canada, where she will be joining the HR Americas leadership team.
With over 7 years leading large scale Change Management programmes, Dani has designed and implemented programmes for organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors, from Government departments, universities, construction, hospitality, finance, healthcare and more. Dani successfully applies a structured change management approach to achieve the realisation of identified benefits for our clients. Dani is a certified Prosci change management practitioner.
Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector.
She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the internal Working Group set up to monitor developments in emerging technologies.
Mai has more than 20 years experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain.
Daniel Andemeskel is the CEO and Co-Founder of UI Enlyte, the blockchain-based investment platform for digital assets of the Universal Investment Group. UI Enlyte is an end-to-end whit label platform which provides all the functionalities that institutional investors, fund promoters and asset managers need to facilitate the order, trading, execution, and custody of digital assets.
Daniel Andemeskel is also the Head of Innovation Management of the Universal Investment Group where his main focus is building up and developing the group's innovation agenda with the objective to create the next generation of fund services and to develop new business models in close collaboration with product units.
Thomas Kutschera is CEO of AXOVISION, a BaFin-regulated fintech, focusing on the application of state-of-the-art-technology in investment solutions. He manages an AI-based equity fund, domiciled in Ireland, and recently launched a dedicated crypto product line called "Jolly Ledger". Thomas holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.Sc. in Business Administration and is "Certified Exchange Trader Cash Markets Deutsche Börse".
As General Manager, Ireland for Amor is responsible for Blockdaemon’s Irish businesses, and for building and scaling all aspects of their staking offering.
Amor has worked for, advised, founded, and been involved with a wide range of companies – from large multinationals to startups. Her diverse background includes strategy, communications, marketing, regulatory engagement, commercial law, and the design and delivery of enterprise-grade solutions.
As a lawyer in Australia, Amor launched a pioneering digital currency and blockchain legal practice that helped clients navigate the complex intersection of ground-breaking nascent technology and long-established regulatory frameworks. Amor was also a founding member of COALA, a global R&D collaboration between academics, lawyers, technologists and entrepreneurs. Supported by Harvard and MIT, COALA brought legal clarity to the field of blockchain technologies, smart contracts, and DAOs.
After relocating to Ireland in 2015, Amor was Head of Blockchain for Citibank’s Treasury and Trade Solutions Group. She led the ideation and launch of CitiConnect for Blockchain, an institutional banking initiative that integrated Nasdaq’s blockchain technology with Citi’s global financial network. Amor then helped drive Digital Transformation for BNP Paribas Securities Services, leading a team that created and implemented a data and digital strategy focused on delivering a differentiated client experience.
Most recently, Amor was responsible for Coinbase’s operations across the Irish-based crypto and custody businesses, serving a global customer base. Amor also helped drive their institutional global expansion strategy. Amor is also a mentor for the current cohort in the TechStars Web3 Accelerator in Ireland.
Townsend Lansing is Head of Product for the Coinshares ETP business.
In this role, Lansing is responsible for leading the growth and development of CoinShare’s ETP offering which trades under the brand name XBT Provider.
Lansing has over 15 years of financial structuring experience, having previously held the role of chief commercial officer at TokenMarket. Prior to TokenMarket, Lansing also worked for ETF Securities as an executive director which involved managing the firm’s ETC platform.
Gayle is a head of the Irish Asset Management and Investment Funds Group of Pinsent Masons, an international law firm with 24 offices across 4 continents. She has over 18 years' experience advising prominent international asset managers in relation to all aspects of Irish regulated UCITS and alternative products and has a particular expertise in relation to cross border mergers. She advised on the first re-domiciliation of a Jersey fund into Ireland and on the cross border merger of two money market fund platforms, which was one of the first mergers effected under the UCITS IV procedures and was one of the largest European cross-border fund mergers. Gayle also provides AIFMD advice to offshore managers looking to sell into Europe. Gayle is the outgoing Chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee and the current Chair of the ILP implementation working group, which liaises with the Central Bank, the Irish Government and European bodies to represent the interests of the Irish funds industry in respect of issues in affecting the ILP product. Gayle holds a master's degree from Oxford University.
Simon Fletcher is Head of AIFM and Director at AlbaCore Capital Limited (“AlbaCore”). AlbaCore is a European investment management firm and solutions provider, focusing on private debt and opportunistic credit investments with offices in London, Dublin and the US.
Prior to joining AlbaCore, Mr. Fletcher spent 5 years as a Senior Consultant with KB Associates (“KBA”), a third party management company based in Dublin. During his time with KBA Mr Fletcher was focused on providing operational and compliance consulting services to a number of leading asset managers and assisted clients establishing Irish management companies and funds. Mr Fletcher began his career with BNY Mellon and went on to join Northern Trust in 2015. Mr. Fletcher is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), has a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland among other qualifications.
Conor founded TritonLake in 2015 with a vision for bringing together alternative investment opportunities and sophisticated investors. Prior to founding TritonLake, from 1997, Conor was a partner at MoneyMate (subsequently Compliance Solutions Strategies), a technology and services business partnering with global investment and wealth management firms. Conor grew the business through partnerships with senior leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating in the strategic sale of the business to private equity-backed Compliance Solution Strategies. Conor holds an Honours Degree in Engineering from University College Dublin (B.E., 1993), a Higher Diploma (Hons) in International Selling (HDip, 2006), and a Masters in Sales Management (MSc, 2008). Conor holds his Series 7 & 66 licenses.
Charlene Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and DP for Investment Management and Distribution for PGIM Private Capital (Ireland) Limited.
PGIM Private Capital is a leading source of private debt for public and private companies and is the private capital arm of PGIM, the $1.4 trillion global investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).
Brian joined Grant Thornton in 2019 and leads the firms Financial Service Tax Practice.
Brian specialises in the provision of tax advisory and compliance services to a diverse range of financial services clients across the asset management, banking, insurance, securitisation, leasing and regulated Fintech sectors.
Brian has extensive experience in advising clients with regard to the establishment of regulated investment funds and fund managers in Ireland. He also advised on capital market transactions, cross border structured finance transactions, securitisation (including aviation) deals, structuring acquisitions, disposal of business assets, restructuring of group operations, cross border lending/financing, determining appropriate fund structure and domicile from a regulatory and tax perspective, International tax planning and the impact of OCED, EU and other international developments.
Henning Swabey joined Calastone in 2017 and is responsible for defining and implementing the business development strategy for EMEA.
Prior to joining Calastone, Henning held a number of senior roles with RBC where he developed their Investor & Treasury Services businesses in the European Union and Asia-Pacific.
Henning speaks six languages. He began his career at Euroclear in Belgium, where he managed key clients across multiple geographies.
Aoife Doyle is the Director of Product Marketing at Fenergo and is based out of the firm’s headquarters in Dublin. Aoife has over 12 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, having worked in Central Bank Of Ireland, Citi and First Derivatives prior to joining Fenergo. She has a strong background in compliance and consultancy, particularly in the areas of anti-money laundering and digital transformation programmes. Aoife is a graduate of UCD (Business and Law).
Ronan Brennan is the Chief Product Officer at Compliance Solutions Strategies (CSS). In his role, he has direct responsibility for the strategic management of the global suite of CSS products. Managing product in CSS involves ensuring the product suite is ready to support the current and future compliance management and regulatory reporting needs of investment management and advisory firms globally. Ronan participates as a speaker in many industry events each year, in addition to publishing a company blog and development of thought-leadership materials. Ronan has an Honours degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin (1994) and 27 years of experience in the technology sector, 22 of which have been spent in the investment data management and regulatory reporting space.
Len Sutton is a global transfer agency product lead at J.P. Morgan. He is based in Ireland. He has 18 years of experience in asset servicing focusing on EMEA domiciled funds and is Chairperson of the Irish Funds Distribution Steering Committee. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Len worked for 15 years in marketing management roles in the UK financial services industry. He holds an MA in Marketing from Kingston University in London and an MSc in Executive and Business Coaching from Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer.
In her current role Karolina is leading Clearstream’s Investment Fund Services sales efforts in the UK. She spent over a decade, most recently within UK’s CSD, working with fund managers, platforms and wealth managers promoting innovation within investment administration and helping create back office efficiencies.
Jim Barry, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As CIO, Mr. Barry has responsibility for and oversight of all investment activities across the platform, which is comprised of the firm’s investment capabilities in Real Estate, Infrastructure, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Liquid and Private Credit.
As CIO, Mr. Barry oversees four strategic business pillars within BAI which cover investment performance and process; implementing a fully integrated ESG investing strategy and framework; a pan-alts strategy and research function; and BlackRock Capital Markets (BCM), BlackRock’s firmwide Capital Markets business.
Prior to his role as CIO, he was Global Head of BlackRock Real Assets. In 2016, he created Real Assets when he took responsibility for BlackRock's Global Real Estate Investment business and integrated both Infrastructure and Real Estate to create one cohesive, scalable operating platform with a range of client orientated strategies defined by their risk positioning. Under his leadership this business grew from c. $30 billion to c. $65 billion in assets in under 5 years.
Mr. Barry founded BlackRock’s Infrastructure business in 2011, upon joining the firm. Prior to which he spent 11 years as the CEO of NTR plc. He led the transformation of NTR from its origins as an Irish toll road developer into a leading international developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of diverse infrastructure businesses. Prior to joining NTR, Mr. Barry worked at Bain and Company and in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Barry earned a BComm from University College Cork in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.
Colm is CEO of Insight Investment Management (Europe) Limited, Insight’s EU-domiciled entity headquartered in Dublin since his appointment in December 2020. He joined Insight in 2008 as Head of Emerging Market Fixed Income, responsible for the investment team and associated products globally. He is a senior member of the global investment management team, the Global Research Macro Group, and Chair of Insight’s Sovereign ESG Group. He has 25 years’ experience of working in the financial services industry (23 years in asset management) across a number of senior positions. Prior to joining Insight, he had roles as a partner at Hydra Capital and as Head of EM Debt at Aberdeen Asset Management. He started his career at Bank of America in 1996. Colm obtained his Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies degree from University College Dublin.
Paul is a Partner at Greencoat Capital, where he is the Investment Manager for Greencoat Renewables Plc, a €1.4billion European renewable energy infrastructure company. Paul joined Greencoat Capital in 2009 and has over 20 years of renewables and investment experience, of which the last 15 have been focussed solely on renewables. Paul has specialised in managing investments in the wind and solar generation sectors, working across development, operations, and financing. He has overseen the investment in over 1GW of wind and solar assets, across the Irish, French and Nordic markets.
Prior to joining Greencoat Capital, he worked at Libertas Capital, advising renewable companies on raising equity and focussed on AIM market. He started his career with PWC Ireland in Dublin.
Julie Ansidei joined BlackRock in March 2022 as a Managing Director and Head of EMEA External Engagement for BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI), helping shape BSI’s strategy and policies, and engaging with stakeholders around sustainability and the path to net zero, and the risks and opportunities for investors. Julie has over 20 years of experience working for the financial services industry as a regulatory affairs professional and strategic advisor across four different countries. Most recently, Julie was Head of Strategy and Sustainable Finance & Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the French financial marketplace authority.
Prior to this role, Madeleine was Co-Head of Global Investment Grade Research at LGIM, having originally joined the firm in 2015 as a Senior Credit analyst covering the telecoms, media and technology sectors.
Before she joined LGIM, Madeleine worked as a sell-side credit analyst at investment banks Credit Suisse, HSBC and Barclays Capital. Madeleine graduated from the London School of Economics and holds a first class BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics.
Richard Withers joined Vanguard in December 2012 and is the interim European head of the Office of General Counsel. In this role Richard is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Vanguard’s European Legal, Compliance, Government Relations and Investment Stewardship teams and is a member of the European Leadership Team.
Prior to this, Richard was Vanguard's European Head of Government Relations. In this role, he led a team responsibleforformulatingthedevelopmentandprioritizationofVanguard's positions on legislative and regulatory developments throughout Europe and engaging with European policymakers and regulators. Richard has also led Vanguard's European Compliance team and originally was a member of the Legal team.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Richard worked for two London based international law firms (Clifford Chance, and Simmons & Simmons).
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive/leadership positions in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a broad range of both traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat is an active participant on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association and is an Advisor to the Asset Management Association of China’s International Partners Committee. He is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of both the Irish Association of Investment Managers and the International Investment Funds Association. He attained honours undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin.