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Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Online Conference 2020

Irish Funds Annual Conference 2020 will be a fully online experience taking place over the course of 2 days on Wednesday, 21 October and Thursday, 22 October. A high-quality agenda will be announced shortly with key industry experts and global opinion leaders engaging via a series of keynote presentations, interviews and panel discussions that will take place between 2:00pm and 6:00pm (Dublin time) on both days. In addition to the agenda content, the technology platform will provide a significant level of attendee interaction and networking opportunities, before, during and after the conference, both via video and text chat interfaces.

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Online Conference rate Member rate Non-member rate
Online Conference Full Price €125.00 €150.00

Keynote Speakers

  • Seán Fleming, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance
  • Alastair Campbell, Writer and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy.
  • Steven Maijoor, Chair of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
  • Derville Rowland - Director General, Financial Conduct - Central Bank of Ireland
  • Daragh Maher - Head Of Research Americas at HSBC

“Embracing New Perspectives” at #IFConfOnline2020

The theme for the 2020 Conference is “Embracing New Perspectives” and this year’s agenda will include thought-provoking content and will cover number of key areas in the funds industry, including the response to Covid-19, the challenge of Brexit, sustainability and ESG, regulation, FinTech and AI, funds distribution, cybersecurity, and the future of work. Additionally, the winning team of Sustainathon 2020 will be presenting.

Online - Virtual Conference Platform
22 October 2020
​MC - and Introductions

Olga Ashe, A&L Goodbody

14:00 - Welcome Remarks

Lisa Kealy, Irish Funds Chair, Partner EY

14:15 - Government Address

Seán Fleming, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance

14:30 - Keynote Address, European Securities and Markets Authority

Steven Maijoor, Chair, ESMA

14:45 - Digital Networking Break
14:55 - ​Panel Discussion: Business Leaders - the end of the world as we know it?


  • Lisa Kealy, Irish Funds Chair, Partner EY


  • Niall O’Sullivan, Mercer
  • Richard Wane, Vanguard
  • Deirdre Gormley, Northern Trust Asset Management
  • Alastair Maclean, Baillie Gifford
15:30 - Digital Networking Break
15:40 - ​Central Bank of Ireland Address

Derville Rowland, Director General, Financial Conduct

16:05 - ​Panel Discussion: Update on Regulation


David Wright, Flint Global


  • Steven Maijoor, ESMA
  • Derville Rowland, Central Bank of Ireland
  • Nick Miller, FCA
  • Umar Ahmed, Irish Funds 
16:40 - Digital Networking Break
16:50 - Panel Discussion: ​ESG – The Prevailing Wind in Asset Management


Tara O’Reilly, Arthur Cox


  • Fong Yee Chan, FTSE Russell
  • Charlie Carnegie, Arisaig Partners
  • Emma Jane Joyce, NTMA
17:25 - Digital Networking Break
17:35 - Panel Discussion: Leveraging Technology for Distribution Success


  • Carmel Jordan, Mercer


  • Peter Hunt, Fidelity
  • Kevin O’Neill, Fenergo
  • Henning Swabey, Calastone
  • Matt Adams, BNP Paribas
18:10 - Conclusion of Day 1

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds


Day Two: Thursday 22 October

MC - and Introductions

Olga Ashe, A&L Goodbody

14:00 - Introduction

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

14:10 - Keynote Address: New perspectives - let’s change the lens on mental health

Alastair Campbell, writer, communicator & strategist

14:30 - Digital Networking Break
14:40 - Panel Discussion: Brexit - a most expensive divorce


Nicholas Blake-Knox, Walkers


  • Eve Finn, LGIM
  • Alastair Campbell, writer, communicator & strategist
  • Jackie O’Connor, Goldman Sachs
  • Torsten Hunke, Van Eck
15:15 - Digital Networking Break
15:25 - Keynote Address: Economic & Market Outlook

"The global economic recovery is underway as lockdown measures ease, but the path remains highly uncertain, determined by a myriad of factors including the outlook for COVID-19, additional policy responses, and the degree of economic scarring left by the swings of 2020. And this is before we even consider politics, with the US election and Brexit looming large. In turn, this means the outlook for financial assets is perhaps more shrouded than ever. That said, our central case is for a gradual extension of the upswing, rates to remain low, and the USD in the middle of the pack in terms of G10 performance." 

Daragh Maher, Head of FX strategy, HSBC Securities

15:45 - Digital Networking Break
15:55 - Panel Discussion: Fintech & AI - what Alexa doesn’t know?


Dr. Philip O’Reilly, University College Cork


  • Conall Laverty, WIA
  • Mai Santamaria, Department of Finance
  • Prof Hani Hagras, University of Essex
  • Diarmuid O’Donovan, DMS
16:30 - Digital Networking Break
16:40 - Presentation: Irish Funds Sustainathon Project

Presentation from the Green Team Network - the winning team of “Sustainathon 2020”, a core element of Irish Funds’ sustainability agenda.

  • Suzanne Senior, BlackRock
  • Aedin O’Leary, (Irish Youth Foundation) & Investment Consultant
  • Magdalena Supernat, SS&C Financial Services (Ireland) Limited
16:55 - Panel Discussion: CyberSecurity - Danger Here...


  • Jackie Fox, Accenture


  • Killian O’Connell, Davy
  • Keith Gross, BPFI
  • Brian Halligan, An Garda Síochána
17:30 - Digital Networking Break
17:40 - ​Panel Discussion: The Future of Work - a Remote Probability


  • Eoin Motherway, AMX


  • Andrew White, FundApps
  • Martina Kelly, Institute of Banking
  • Rob McCargow, PwC
  • Suki Sandhu, INvolve
18:15 - ​Conference Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

18:20 - Conference Closes
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