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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

Sponsorship opportunities are now closed for this event and the exhibition area is fully booked.

The Convention Centre Dublin
31 May 2022
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08:00 - Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast kindly sponsored by MUFG

- MC

Peter McKeon, Citi

09:00 - Opening Address

Maria Ging, Chair, Irish Funds, Managing Director BlackRock

09:10 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders – Charting a Path Through Uncertainty

Moderator: John Donohoe, Carne Group

  • Michael Dempsey, Mercer
  • Charles Lamb, Architas
  • Ann Prendergast, SSGA
09:50 - ​Keynote Address

Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland

10:10 - ​Panel Discussion

Update on Regulation

Moderator: Declan Casey, Irish Funds


  • Derville Rowland, Central Bank of Ireland
  • Verena Ross, European Securities and Markets Authority
  • Martin Moloney, IOSCO
10:45 - Coffee Break

Kindly Sponsored by Morgan McKinley

11:15 - ​Keynote Address

Verena Ross, Chair of European Securities and Markets Authority

11:35 - ​Panel Discussion

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
12:15 - ​Keynote Address

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Rory O’Neill a.k.a. Panti Bliss

12:35 - Lunch

Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust

14:00 - ​Keynote Address:

Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance for Ireland and President of Eurogroup

14:20 - ​Parallel Panel Discussions
  1. The Modern Workplace - Corporate Culture in the Hybrid Environment
  2. Crypto Assets – From Niche to Mainstream
  3. Trends and Opportunities in Private Assets
  4. Leveraging FinTech to Maximise Distribution Opportunities
- 1. The Modern Workplace - Corporate Culture in the Hybrid Environment

Moderator: Anne Keys, The Panel


  • Grainne Madden, GMJ Associates
  • Richard Grogan, Richard Grogan & Associates
  • Flavie Motte, BNP Paribas
  • Dani Spenceley, Ergo
- 2. Crypto Assets – From Niche to Mainstream

Moderator: Mai Santamaria, Department of Finance


  • Daniel Andemeskel, Universal Investment
  • Thomas Kutschera, Axovision
  • Amor Sexton, Blockdaemon
  • Townsend Lansing, Coinshares
- 3. Trends and Opportunities in Private Assets

Moderator: Gayle Bowen, Pinsent Masons


  • Simon Fletcher, AlbaCore
  • Conor Smyth, TritonLake
  • Charlene Kennedy, PGIM
  • Brian Murphy, Grant Thornton
- 4. Leveraging FinTech to Maximise Distribution Opportunities

Moderator: Henning Swabey, Calastone


  • Aoife Doyle, Fenergo
  • Ronan Brennan, CSS
  • Len Sutton, JP Morgan
  • Karolina Gosz-Renzi, Clearstream 
15:00 - Coffee
15:30 - ​Parallel Panel Discussions (repeated):
  1. The Modern Workplace - Corporate Culture in the Hybrid Environment
  2. Crypto Assets – From Niche to Mainstream
  3. Trends and Opportunities in Private Assets
  4. Leveraging FinTech to Maximise Distribution Opportunities
16:10 - ​Keynote Address

Jim Barry, Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock Alternatives

16:30 - ​Keynote Address

Martin Moloney, Secretary General, IOSCO

16:50 - ​Panel Discussion

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
17:30 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

17:35 - Drinks Reception

Kindly sponsored by Carnegie Fund Services

19:30 - Conference Dinner

Kindly co-sponsored by BlackRock & Kneip 


Peter McKeon
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Maria Ging
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John Donohoe
Carne Group
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Charles Lamb
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Michael Dempsey
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Ann Prendergast
State Street Global Advisors Europe
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Gabriel Makhlouf
Central Bank of Ireland
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Declan Casey
Irish Funds
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Verena Ross
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
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Martin Moloney
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Derville Rowland
Central Bank of Ireland
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Maria Kinsella
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​Conor Hoey
Gemini Capital Management
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Clive Bellows
Northern Trust
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Fionnuala Toner
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Karoline Keane
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Rory O'Neill (Panti Bliss)
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Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Finance for Ireland & President of Eurogroup
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Anne Keys
The Panel
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Gráinne Madden
GMJ Associates
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​Richard Grogan
Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors
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Flavie Motte
BNP Paribas Ireland
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Dani Spenceley
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Mai Santamaria
Department of Finance Ireland
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Daniel Andemeskel
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Thomas Kutschera
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Amor Sexton
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​Townsend Lansing
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Gayle Bowen
Pinsent Masons
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Simon Fletcher
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Conor Smyth
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Charlene Kennedy
PGIM Private Capital
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Brian Murphy
Grant Thornton
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Henning Swabey
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Aoife Doyle
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Ronan Brennan
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Len Sutton
J.P. Morgan
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Karolina Gosz-Renzi
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Jim Barry
BlackRock Alternatives Investors
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Colm McDonagh
Insight Investment Management (Europe) Limited
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Paul O’Donnell
Greencoat Capital
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​Julie Ansidei
BlackRock Sustainable Investing
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Madeleine King
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Richard Withers
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Pat Lardner
Irish Funds
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