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European Financial Forum

Dublin |
Speakers include:
Enda Kenny, T.D.

Enda Kenny, T.D.

Prime Minister, Republic of Ireland

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Philipp  Hildebrand

Philipp Hildebrand



The Financial Times in partnership with IDA Ireland presents the second European Financial Forum, bringing together international and Irish industry leaders, policy makers, regulators and subject matter experts to explore the various forces - political, social, economic and technological - that are shaping the global financial services industry. This year’s European Financial Forum has added significance following the UK referendum on EU membership and a new administration in the United States.

The Forum will consider a broad agenda through a combination of keynote address, on-stage interviews and panel discussions moderated by a team of the most respected journalists and commentators from the Financial Times. Topics will include: the impact and likely industry response to Brexit, the view from the markets, investment challenges and opportunities in a low interest rate environment, identifying and managing risk and the increasingly important role of innovation in financial services.  This years’ Forum will include perspectives from China courtesy of senior representatives from the China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Join us once again in Dublin to gain critical insights on the latest industry trends and developments from a group of internationally respected speakers and industry leaders.

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Speakers (24)

Enda Kenny, T.D.

Enda Kenny, T.D.

Prime Minister, Republic of Ireland


Enda Kenny was re-elected Taoiseach on 6 May 2016 for a 2nd term.

The Government of the 32nd Dáil he now leads is historic in that it is comprised of Fine Gael and various Independents and facilitated from opposition by Fianna Fáil.

Mr Kenny was first elected Taoiseach in March 2011 when Fine Gael won an unprecedented 76 seats, going on then to lead a Fine Gael –Labour Coalition Government until 2016.

He has represented the people of Mayo as a Fine Gael member of Dáil Éireann since 1975, making him the longest serving TD in the house.

He was elected Leader of Fine Gael in June 2002.

In the local elections in 2009 Fine Gael won 340 seats, becoming the largest party at local level for the first time in history.

He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 – 1997, overseeing an unprecedented growth in tourism business and Ireland’s trade position internationally.

He was Minister for State at the Department of Education, Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Western Development, Youth Affairs and Sport in the 1980s.

Jin  Liqun

Jin Liqun

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Jin Liqun is the inaugural President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Before being elected as the Bank’s first president, Mr. Jin served as Secretary-General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat tasked with establishing the AIIB.  Mr Jin has rich experience across the private and public sectors, as well as with MDBs. He served as Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited, China’s first joint-venture investment bank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Investment Corporation, and as Chairman of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds.  Mr Jin previously served as Vice President, and then Ranking Vice President, of the Asian Development Bank, and as Alternate Executive Director for China at the World Bank and at the Global Environment Facility. He spent nearly two decades at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, reaching the rank of Vice Minister. Mr Jin holds an MA in English Literature from Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in the Economics Graduate Program at Boston University from 1987 to 1988. 

Philipp  Hildebrand

Philipp Hildebrand

Vice Chairman

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackRock, is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee, with the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII), BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI) and Financial Markets Advisory (FMA) businesses reporting to him. He joined BlackRock in 2012. Before that he was Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). In that capacity, he was also a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), of which the Leaders of the G20 appointed him Vice Chairman in November 2011. Previously, Mr Hildebrand was Chief Investment Officer of a Swiss private bank and a partner of Moore Capital Management in London. Between 2006 and 2009, he was a member of the Strategic Committee of the French Debt Management Office. He is a member of the Group of Thirty and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the International Leadership Council for Europe for the University of Toronto. He is a Chevalier de L’Ordre National du Mérite (France).Mr Hildebrand earned a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Qi Bin

Qi Bin

Executive Vice President
China Investment Corporation (CIC)

Mr Qi Bin is Executive Vice President of CIC. Immediately prior to this, he held several positions with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, including Director General of the Department of International Affairs, Director General of the Department of Innovative Business Supervision, Director General of the Research Center and Executive President of the Beijing Institute of Securities and Futures, Deputy Director General of the Department of Fund Supervision, and Member of the Strategy and Development Committee.

Mr Qi was born in 1968 and holds a PhD. in economics from Tsinghua University and an MBA from University of Chicago

Vittorio Grilli

Vittorio Grilli

Chairman, Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA
J.P. Morgan

Vittorio Grilli is Chairman of the Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA at J.P. Morgan and serves as a senior advisor on macroeconomic issues, global market developments and European policy actions. Mr Grilli has spent a long career in European economics and public service. He was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1986 to 1990 and Woolwich Professor of Financial Economics at the University of London’s Birkbeck College from 1990 to 1994. He has held multiple positions with the Italian Treasury over the past two decades, most recently as Italian Minister of Economy and Finances from July 2012 to April 2013, where he helped to guide the Republic through one of its most challenging economic times in the past century. In the 1990s, he played a pivotal role during Italy’s wave of privatizations and also has served as an advisor to major international and domestic firms. Mr Grilli has been a distinguished leader in global markets, serving on the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee from March 2009 to January 2012, ultimately as Chairman of the committee. Mr Grilli holds a Masters degree in economics from Bocconi University and a doctorate in economics from the University of Rochester.

Noreen  Doyle

Noreen Doyle

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Lead Independent Director,
Credit Suisse Group; Chair, British Bankers’ Association

Noreen Doyle has been a member of the Board since 2004 and a member of the Risk Committee since 2009.  Since 2012, Ms Doyle also serves as a Non-Executive Director and as of 2013 chairs the Boards of Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities Europe Limited, two of the Group’s UK subsidiaries.  She served on the Audit Committee (2007 to 2008) and the Risk Committee (2004 to 2007). Her term as a member of the Board expires at the AGM in 2016. The Board has determined her to be independent under the Group’s independence standards.

Ms Doyle was the first Vice President and Head of Banking of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 2001 to 2005. She became Deputy Vice President of Risk Management in 1997, was appointed Chief Credit Officer in 1994 and joined the EBRD in 1992 as Head of Syndications.  Prior to joining the EBRD, Ms Doyle spent 18 years at Bankers Trust Company with assignments in Houston, New York and London.

Ms Doyle received a BA in Mathematics from The College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, in 1971, and an MBA from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1974.

Ms Doyle is the Chair of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Newmont Mining Corporation and QinetiQ Group Plc., a UK-based defense technology and security company. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and the Macquarie Renaissance Infrastructure Fund.  Ms Doyle was a member of the board of Rexam Plc, a global consumer packaging company (2005 to 2012).   Ms Doyle chairs the Board of Governors of the Marymount International School, London, since 2010, and is also a patron of the Women in Banking and Finance in London.

Randall  Kroszner

Randall Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics
University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Randall S. Kroszner is the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago.  From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, where he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis.  He chaired the Fed’s Committee on Supervision and Regulation and the Committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He represented the Fed on the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Committee of Central Bank Governors of the Americas.  He chaired the OECD Working Party of deputy central bank governors and deputy finance ministers on international macroeconomic policy.

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Kroszner was a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on issues including sovereign debt restructuring, currency crisis management, terrorism risk insurance, financial regulation, corporate governance, and IMF reform.

Professor Kroszner currently serves as the Chair of the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the Office of Financial Research at the US Treasury.  He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Academic Advisory Council and is a member of the advisory board of the Paulson Institute. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kroszner has more than 100 publications, including his book with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets:  Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank, which appeared on the Washington Post’s “Book World” political bestsellers list.  His paper on corporate ownership won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance.  

Professor Kroszner is a much sought-after media commentator and consults with financial institutions, government organisations, and central banks throughout the world.  In addition, he is advising a number of fintech startups.

Professor Kroszner received a ScB from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard University.

Philip Lane

Philip Lane

Member of the Executive Board
European Central Bank

Philip R. Lane joined the European Central Bank as a Member of the Executive Board in 2019. He is responsible for the Directorate General Economics and the Directorate General Monetary Policy. Before joining the ECB, he was the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. He has also chaired the Advisory Scientific Committee and Advisory Technical Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and was Whately Professor of Political Economy at Trinity College Dublin. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1995 and was Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University from 1995 to 1997, before returning to Dublin. In 2001 he was the inaugural recipient of the Bernácer Prize for outstanding contributions to European monetary economics.

Anne  Boden

Anne Boden

Starling Bank

Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank.

Prior to Starling, she was Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO.

She has more than 30 years experience in banking, having begun her career at Lloyds Bank, before moving on to Standard Chartered Bank and then UBS in Zurich.

She was recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech.

She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.

Paul Hamill

Paul Hamill

Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities
Citadel Securities

Paul Hamill is the Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities for Citadel Securities. Mr Hamill is responsible for the client facing FX and fixed income market-making businesses, including interest rate swaps, government bonds and credit default swap indices.

Mr Hamill was previously a Managing Director and Global Head of FX, Rates and Credit Execution services at UBS, with responsibility for global futures execution, FXPB, and building the fixed income agency business which included the PIN (Price Improvement Network) corporate bond and CDS trading platform, and the Neo platform for SEF traded swaps.

Mr Hamill has over 15 years of experience in financial services and has worked in London, Zurich, New York and Chicago, with experience across e-commerce, trading and sales. Mr Hamill holds an MA in Political Science from University of Glasgow and an MSc Finance from University of London.

Andrew  McDowell

Andrew McDowell

Vice President
European Investment Bank (EIB)

Andrew McDowell is one of the eight Vice Presidents of the EIB who, together with President Werner Hoyer, form the Management Committee that runs the bank on a day- to-day basis. In that capacity, Vice President McDowell has oversight of the Bank’s treasury, economics and evaluation functions, as well as lending operations in energy and the bioeconomy. He is also responsible for institutional relations with 10 European and 14 Asian countries. Prior to joining the EIB in 2016, Andrew was Chief Economic Adviser to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny from 2011, co-ordinating the policies that supported Ireland’s recovery from the economic crisis and sovereign bail-out. He took undergraduate and post-graduate studies in business, economics, finance and international relations from University College Dublin and John Hopkins University.

Mary  Mitchell O'Connor

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Republic of Ireland

Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD was appointed Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on 6 May 2016.

Minister O’Connor was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election. She had previously served on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council after being elected in June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009.  Minister O’Connor is a qualified teacher and before her election was Principal of the Harold School Glasthule, a busy mixed school with 500 pupils.  Minister O’Connor is originally from Milltown, County Galway and is extremely supportive of local business and enterprise, having herself run her own business.

As Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary is a huge advocate for rural development and job growth and a priority for her is ensuring that the Government creates the right environment for job creation right across the country.

James  Cowles

James Cowles

Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa

James Cowles is Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at Citi. Mr Cowles is responsible for all businesses in the 54 EMEA countries in which Citi is present and has served in this role since January 2013. Mr Cowles sits on Citi’s Operating Committee.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr Cowles was Chief Operating Officer for EMEA and Head of Western Europe at Citi. He has previously held the positions of Head of Markets for EMEA, Global Head of Equities and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets.

Mr Cowles joined Smith Barney in 1979. His previous roles have included: Head of Equities (EMEA), Deputy Head of Investment Banking, Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Commercial Mortgage Trading, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Head of Direct Investments.

Mr Cowles has also served from 2010 - 2013 on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as Treasurer of AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe). He also previously served on the Board of Directors of Akbank from 2013 - 2015.

Mr Cowles graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University in 1977 with a BA in Economics. He graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

Donal  Gallagher

Donal Gallagher

Founding Partner and CEO
Quaternion Risk Management


Donal Gallagher is a founding partner and the CEO of Quaternion Risk Management Limited.  Quaternion specialises in providing  transparent pricing and risk management of complex portfolios of financial instruments to some of the largest, global financial institutions. In October 2016, the Firm sponsored the release of, an open source risk code.  In November 2016, a research collaboration with Columbia University in New York and TP ICAP Data & Analytics was launched to encourage the application of open source modelling to systemic risk analysis.

Mr Gallagher holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in Applied Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematical Physics from the National University of Ireland (University College Dublin). He is an Adjunct Professor of Financial Mathematics at the University of Limerick and lectures part-time in Financial Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

Eoghan  Murphy TD

Eoghan Murphy TD

Minister of State for Financial Services


Eoghan Murphy TD is the Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement. He is a member of the Cabinet Committees on ‘Economy, Trade & Jobs’ and ‘Social Policy & Public Service Reform’.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011, and was subsequently re-elected in 2016. He is a member of Fine Gael and represents the constituency of Dublin Bay South. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Councillor on Dublin City Council for the Pembroke-Rathmines ward.

Before his appointment as Minister of State, Mr Murphy served on the Banking Inquiry, the Public Accounts Committee, the Dáil Reform Committee, as Head of the Oireachtas delegation to the OSCE, and as Chairperson of the Fine Gael Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee. He is currently a member of the Fine Gael National Executive.

Prior to entering politics, Mr Murphy worked in the area of international arms control, and was based in London, Geneva and Vienna, working at various times for NGOs and the UN. He spent two years as speechwriter and advisor to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna. The political and economic crisis that began in 2008 provoked Mr Murphy to return home and get involved in politics.

Mr Murphy  went to school at Star of the Sea and St. Michael's College, Dublin; he studied English and Philosophy in UCD, and then completed his MA in International Relations in King’s College, London.

Ronan  Ryan

Ronan Ryan


Ronan Ryan is the President of IEX. He has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry and over 19 years of experience in networking infrastructure. He previously was the Head of Electronic Trading Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, where he used his prior experience in network, hardware, and co-location technology to generate client-facing solutions. Prior to working at RBC, Mr Ryan was the Head of Financial Services Development at Switch and Data and Head of DMA and Co-location solutions at BT Radianz where he serviced some of the largest trading firms in the financial industry.

Patrick  Manley

Patrick Manley

Chief Executive Officer
Zurich Insurance plc

Patrick Manley is the Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Insurance plc - the carrier for Zurich's pan-European general insurance business which is based in Dublin. Mr Manley also serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Zurich in EMEA.

Mr Manley currently serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Committee which was established under the Government's IFS2020 strategy. He previously served as a member of the IFSC Clearing House Group which was charged with the development of International Financial Services.

Mr Manley is a member of the board of Ibec and is a former Chairman of Financial Services Ireland.  Patrick is a Patron of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association and was a discussion leader at the WEF Africa in June 2015.

Daniel  Gallagher

Daniel Gallagher

Patomak Global Partners, LLC

From November 2011 to October 2015, Mr. Gallagher served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his tenure, he focused on initiatives aimed at strengthening the capital markets and encouraging small business capital formation, including staunchly supporting the changes introduced by the JOBS Act. Mr. Gallagher also advocated for conducting a comprehensive holistic review of equity market structure issues, building the Commission’s fixed income market expertise, addressing the outsized power of proxy advisory firms, and ensuring rational regulation of credit rating agencies. As a Commissioner, he also assailed the creeping federalization of corporate governance matters and the concerted efforts of special interest groups to manipulate the SEC’s disclosure regime to advance their political agendas. 

He also was instrumental in highlighting the shortcomings of the Dodd-Frank Act and the encroachment of bank regulatory measures and prudential regulators into the capital markets. 

During his Commission tenure, Mr. Gallagher had an active international agenda, regularly speaking at conferences and meeting with international regulators and market participants in Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe.

Before being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Gallagher had the honor and privilege of serving on the staff of the SEC in several capacities. He first joined the Commission as a summer honors program intern while pursuing his law degree, focusing on enforcement matters. In January 2006, he rejoined the agency, serving first as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins, and later as counsel to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, working on matters involving the Division of Enforcement and the Division of Trading and Markets. In 2008, he joined the Division of Trading and Markets as Deputy Director and served as Co-Acting Director of the Division from April 2009 until January 2010. During this period, Mr. Gallagher was on the front lines in the agency’s response to the financial crisis. He represented the Commission in the Lehman Brothers liquidation, and helped lead the agency in addressing other crisis-related issues, including the move to central clearing of swaps and matters involving SIPC. He served as the inaugural Chairman of Committee 6 of the IOSCO Technical Committee, responsible for addressing matters related to the regulation of credit rating agencies, and he was the Commission representative to the Financial Stability Forum (the predecessor of the FSB) Crisis Management working group.

In addition to his distinguished record of public service, Mr. Gallagher spent a number of years in the private sector. Following law school, he joined the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where he advised clients on broker-dealer regulatory issues and represented clients in SEC and SRO enforcement proceedings. He later returned to Wilmer (now WilmerHale) as a partner following his years of service on the SEC staff. Mr. Gallagher also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Fiserv Securities, Inc., where he was responsible for managing all of the firm’s legal and regulatory matters.

Mr. Gallagher received his B.A. in English from Georgetown University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of America, where he was a member of the Catholic University Law Review. He is a leading media commentator, lecturer, and author on matters related to capital markets regulation, and he has been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the corporate governance community. Mr. Gallagher also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Irish Stock Exchange, and is on the Advisory Board of the Drexel LeBow Center for Corporate Governance and a policy fellow at the American Conservative Union.

Martin Shanahan

Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland

Martin Shanahan is CEO of IDA Ireland.  He also serves on the Board and is Chair of the IDA's Investment Committee. IDA (the Industrial Development Agency) is Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Martin took up this position in 2014. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Forfás – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. Martin has been at the forefront of the development of enterprise and innovation policy in Ireland for many years including leading the development of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2011-2014. He is a member of the National Competitiveness Council and was previously part of the Management Advisory Committee of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ireland’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Martin holds an MRes (Educational Research) from Lancaster University, a MSc and HDip from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BSc (Mgmt) from University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has undertaken executive education in economics at Oxford University, and in innovation for economic development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Georg Ludviksson

Georg Ludviksson


Serial entrepreneur Georg Ludviksson co-founded Meniga in 2009. Mr Ludviksson started Meniga in the wake of the global financial crisis to help people better manage their finances. Meniga has since raised EUR 14.5M in funding and helps some of the world’s largest banks utilise their data to offer personalised digital banking products to their customers and merchant communities.

Mr Ludviksson has almost 20 years of experience founding, building and managing global software start-ups including video game developer Dimon Software Ltd. in 1998 and real-time stock exchange simulator UpDown Inc. in 2007. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Vice President of Sales for Men & Mice, a provider of specialised network management software to many of the world's largest organizations.

Mr Ludviksson holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Finance. He also holds a BS degree in Software Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Ken  Mehlman

Ken Mehlman

Global Head of Public Affairs

Ken Mehlman joined KKR in 2008 and is KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs, helping the Firm assess and improve the companies in which it invests by better understanding and managing geopolitical risk and engaging with their key stakeholders. Mr. Mehlman also oversees the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr Mehlman leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs for the firm and its portfolio companies.

Before joining KKR, Mr Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaignas well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House. Mr. Mehlman earned a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a JD from Harvard Law School. Mr Mehlman is Chairman of the American Investment Council, the association representing the private equity and growth capital industries, a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO), the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Co-chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Sayuri  Shirai

Sayuri Shirai

Keio University and Former Member of Policy Board, Bank of Japan

Dr Sayuri SHIRAI is currently a professor of Keio University and also a visiting scholar at the Asian Development Bank Institute. She was a Member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) from April 2011 to March 2016, who is responsible for making policy decisions. She supported the BOJ’s Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing (QQE) in 2013 and QQE expansion in 2014, but voted against the negative interest rate policy in January 2016. During this term, she made 22 official speeches at various central banks (including FRB, ECB, BOE) and made extensive discussions with many central bankers. Speeches were also delivered at IMF, European Commission, Bruegel, and academic conferences.


She worked as Professor of Economics at Keio University before becoming a board member at BOJ. She also taught at Science-Po in France in 2007-08. She was formally an Economist at the International Monetary Fund (1993-98). She graduated from Keio University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and published eleven books on China’s exchange rate system, Japan’s macroeconomic policy, IMF policy, European debt crisis, etc. The most recent book published in August 2016 was about the monetary policies of BOJ, ECB, and FRB (Translated Title: Unwinding Super-Easy Monetary Policy). She is currently writing a book in English about BOJ’s monetary policy. She makes comments for Reuters, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and many Japanese TV programs and newspapers.

John  Berrigan

John Berrigan

John Berrigan, Deputy Director-General, DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
European Commission

John Berrigan is currently the Deputy Director General in DG FISMA (Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) of the European Commission.

DG FISMA is responsible for EU-level legislation for the financial sector; in this context, John represents the EU Commission on the Economic and Financial Committee, the Financial Services Committee and the Single Resolution Board.


John has been a Commission official since the mid-1980s and has spent much of this time working on financial-sector issues - first in DG ECFIN, where he contributed to financial-sector aspects of the assistance programmes for other Member States, and now in DG FISMA.

Earlier on, he also worked on monetary policy and exchange-rate analysis in the context of preparations for the introduction of the euro in 1999.

In the mid-1990s, he worked for several years with the International Monetary Fund. 

John has a Master’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin

Harry  Samuel

Harry Samuel

CEO, RBC Investor &Treasury Services and Chairman, European Executive Committee
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

As CEO for RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Harry Samuel has global oversight for one of RBC's five reporting segments responsible for asset, custody, treasury and payments services for institutional clients worldwide.

Mr Samuel is a member of the RBC Investor & Treasury Services and Capital Markets' Operating Committees, Director of RBC Europe Ltd., and Chair of RBC Investor Services Trust Company in

Canada. In addition, Mr Samuel was named Chairman of RBC's European Executive Committee in November 2013. Among his many responsibilities, Mr Samuel is also a leading advocate for equality and is Chair of the UK Diversity Council and a longstanding member of RBC's Diversity Leadership Council.

Mr Samuel joined RBC in 1989 in FX and Money Markets, working in London, Toronto and Sydney. He has been co-head of global fixed income and FX, and previously established the securities finance business alongside commodities and futures trading. Between 2011 and April 2014, Mr Samuel was regional CEO for RBC Capital Markets in Europe. Mr Samuel holds an Honours BA from McGill University and a MSc from University of London (London School of Economics), and is actively involved in charitable and educational organisations in the UK, Canada and South Africa, promoting children's welfare and education.


Chair/Moderator (4)

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Economics Editor
Financial Times

‪Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. He leads the reporting of economics in the newspaper and on, and has been Economics Editor since 2004. 

He reports on international economic trends and the British economy, and contributes comment to’s premium blog, dedicated to central banking and money supply. He was previously the FT’s leader writer on economic affairs. 

Mr Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society’s prize for excellence in journalism in 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the 2014 advisory board of the Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Before becoming Economics Editor, he spent a year at the communications regulator, Ofcom, writing reports about digital switchover and public service broadcasting. 

Prior to joining the Financial Times in 2000, Mr Giles was an economics reporter at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has a wide publications record. At the IFS he led or worked on projects for clients including the Treasury, the OECD and the European Commission. 

Mr Giles is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

US Banking Editor
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s US Banking Editor, having recently been the Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT in 2015, she covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Jonathan  Ford

Jonathan Ford

City Editor
Financial Times


Jonathan Ford is the City editor of the Financial Times. He was previously the FT’s Chief Leader Writer, and before that Comment Editor of Reuters. He was one of the founders and Deputy Editor of Breakingviews, an online financial commentary website. Prior to that he worked on the Lex column of the FT. A graduate of Oxford University, he started his career in investment banking, working for Morgan Grenfell, now a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.



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Agenda - 24th Jan

  • 7:30am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:35am
    Welcome and Introduction

    Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland

  • 8:45am
    Preliminary Remarks

    Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister of State for Financial Services, Ireland

  • 8:55am
    Address by An Taoiseach

    Enda Kenny TD, Prime Minister, Ireland

  • 9:05am
    Special Presentation

    Professor Philip Lane, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland and Member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) 

  • 9:25am
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock

    Interviewed by

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Keynote Address and Interview - Opportunities and Challenges in 2017

    Noreen Doyle, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Lead Independent Director, Credit Suisse Group; Chair, British Bankers’ Association

    Interviewed by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times  

  • 10:15am
    Networking Break
  • 10:35am
    View from the Top - Financial Services Landscape

    Hear from the leading policy makers and executives in the industry as they discuss the outlook and key macroeconomic, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services in Europe today. Our expert speakers will share their perspectives on how financial services firms will be impacted by Brexit and what the consequences could be for regulation in Europe, UK and internationally  .

    Vittorio Grilli, Chairman, Corporate & Investment Bank, EMEA, J.P. Morgan

    Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

    Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

    Harry Samuel, CEO, RBC Investor & Treasury Services and Chairman, European Executive Committee, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

    Moderated by:

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
    Fireside Chat

    James Cowles, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Citi

    In conversation with:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times  

  • 11:50am
    Keynote Address and Interview: AIIB: Connecting Asia

    President Jin Liqun will talk about AIIB's key priorities for 2017, outlining how the bank is helping to connect Asia to Europe by investing in high quality projects that offer uniquely "Made in Asia" infrastructure solutions.

    Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Interviewed by:

    Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times  

  • 12:20pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Ministerial Address

    Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland

  • 1:40pm
    Panel Discussion: Economic Challenges, Global Risks and Opportunities: What Lies Ahead?

    This high level panel discussion will address major global economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological developments and discuss how they could evolve and interact in the years to come to produce both risks and opportunities.  Insights and perspectives on the US and EU political outlook and on the prospects and challenges facing the global economy will be presented. 


    Ken Mehlman, Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

    John Berrigan, Deputy Director-General, DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

    Patrick Manley, Chief Executive Officer of EMEA General Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group

    Sayuri Shirai, Professor, Keio University and Former Member of Policy Board, Bank of Japan

     Moderated by:

    Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Keynote Address and Interview: A Perspective from the China Investment Corporation (CIC)

    This keynote address delivered by Qi Bin will set out China Investment Corporation’s (CIC) priorities and perspective on key industry and market trends. The address will be followed by an on stage interview conducted by Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times.


    Qi Bin, Executive Vice President, China Investment Corporation (CIC)    

    Interviewed by:

    Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Reinventing Financial Services through Disruptive Innovation

    Pre-Panel Special Presentation

    Ronan Ryan, President, IEX        

    Disruptive innovations are reshaping the way financial services are structured, delivered and consumed. From crypto-currencies, robo-advisors and high frequency trading to advanced analytics, automation and artificial intelligence, the most recent innovations are challenging incumbents and have the potential to transform the industry. In this session, hear from our expert speakers on the latest trends, technologies and developments and explore Dublin as a location and source of innovation for financial services.

    Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank

    Daniel Gallagher, President, Patomak Global Partners

    Donal Gallagher, ‎Managing Director, ‎Quaternion Risk Management

    Georg Ludviksson, CEO, Meniga

    Ronan Ryan, President, IEX        

    Moderated by

    Jonathan Ford, City Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Special Presentation

    Paul Hamill, Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, Citadel Securities

    Moderated by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times


  • 4:45pm
    Closing Ministerial Address

    Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister of State for Financial Services, Ireland

    Interviewed by:

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    Chair Summation and Closing Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Networking Reception

Why Attend?

Gain critical insights on the latest macroeconomic and regulatory scenarios and their impact on the financial sector in Europe

Discuss the impact of Brexit and implications for Irish banking and financial services 

Take advantage of the opportunities offered by disruptive innovations that are reshaping financial services       

Get a global perspective on the key issues impacting payments, insurance and funds    

Network with senior government officials and business leaders


Who Attends?

The European Financial Forum is an event designed to meet the needs of senior decision-makers and professionals working in the following areas:



Institutional Investment

Asset Management

Financial Regulation

Economic Research or Policy


Within these areas limited places are available, free of charge, to the following professionals:

CEO / Chairman / Founder

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Investment Officer / Chief Operating Officer / Chief Counsel

Chief Economist / Head of Economic Research or Policy

Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Officer

Heads/Directors/VPs of Compliance or Regulation

Heads/Directors/VPs of Strategy or Innovation

Heads/Directors/VPs of Corporate Affairs or Treasury

Heads/Directors of Global Markets

If you match this profile please register your interest here and we will get back to you regarding your attendance within 5 business days.



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Dame St
Printworks Conference Centre
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Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

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