World class speakers

Dr Celine McInerney

Finance professional with a focus on climate finance, investment in renewables and sustainability

Ken Owens

PwC Ireland’s Asset and Wealth Management Advisory Leader

Dawn Slevin

Managing Director Environmental Liability Solutions Europe (ELS Europe)

Pat Lardner

CEO Irish Funds

Brian Hayes

CEO, Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland

Riel Millers

Head of Futures Literacy, Unesco, Paris

Emma Jane Joyce 

Head of Responsible Investment, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)

Dario Traum

BloombergNEF Head of European Energy Policy

Gerry Cross

Director of Financial Regulation - Policy and Risk, Central Bank of Ireland

Teresa O'Flynn

Global head of Sustainable Investing Strategy, BlackRock Alternatives Investors (BAI)

Paul Traynor

Partner and Advisory Lead, Wealth & Asset Management, EY

Peter Stapleton

Partner, Head of Funds and Investment Management at Maples Group

Lorena Dunne

Partner in William Fry's Asset Management & Investment Funds practice

Eoin Fahey

Head of Responsible Investing, KBI Global Investors

Jim Foley

Trustee Decisions

Robert Meaney


Treasa Ni Chonghaile

KBI Global Investors

Paul Dickinson

Founder CDP

Mark Foley

Chief Executive, EirGrid Group

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Ali Sheridan

Former Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA Ireland

Garrett Quinn

Head of Investor Relations Smurfit Kappa Group

Prof. Andreas Hoepner

UCD and EU Commission TEG

Regina Breheny

CEO Irish Association of Asset Managers

Paul Travers

AIB Head of Energy, Climate Action and Infrastructure at AIB

Ian Simms

Founder and CEO Impax Asset Management

Dr Riyong Kim

EU EIT Climate-KIC

Gerry Hassett

Interim CEO Insurance Ireland 

Sarah Francis

Partner Maples Group

Paul Sweetman

CEO Financial Services Ireland

Lorna Conn

CPL Resources PLC

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Sarah Norris

Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Prof. Vasileios Madouros

Director for Financial Stability, Central Bank of Ireland

Dearbhail McDonald

Award Winning Irish Journalist, author, broadcaster

Jeanne Collins

KBI Global Investors

Amanda Pullinger

CEO 100 Women in Finance.

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Murray Birt

Senior ESG Strategist, DWS Group

Sandra Rockett

Sandra Rockett

Director - Wealth & Corporate Distribution

Sandra is a member of the Executive Management team. Since October 2018, she holds overall responsibility for ILIM’s Wealth and Defined Contribution Corporate Channels. She is also responsible for ILIM’s ESG policy and strategy development as well as responsibility for the Client Services Teams. Prior to taking on this position, Sandra held responsibility for ILIM’s International Business and Strategic Partnerships.

Prior to joining ILIM, Sandra was Head of Financial Planning and Pensions with Ireland’s leading wealth manager, responsible for the establishment and delivery of financial and investment advice to High Net Worth clients, pension funds and charities. Sandra previously worked in Mercer as an actuarial consultant, working with a range of public sector and multinational clients in relation to their pension arrangements.

Sandra is a graduate in Actuarial Finance and Economics from University College Dublin, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She is a Council Member of SIF Ireland (part of the European Sustainable Investment Forums) and a member of the Pensions Council of Ireland. The latter was established to advise the Minister for Social Protection on matters of relevance to pensions, with a particular focus on policies to support the sustainability and adequacy of pension provision.

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Dearbhail McDonald

Award Winning Irish Journalist, author, broadcaster

A global Eisenhower Fellow, the former Group Business Editor of Independent News And Media is a recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media.

President of the strategic committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, where she also holds the position of secretary of the board of the Foundation Irlandaise, Ms McDonald is a director and trustee of the St Stephen’s Green Trust.

The Newry born writer is a member of the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing centre for children and young adults and has also served on the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law.

Dearbhail received an inaugural Dublin City University Special Alumni Achievement award for her contribution to public affairs journalism and is an Irish Tatler Media Woman of the Year.

Dearbhail holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Sir David King

Emeritus Professor in physical chemistry at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and a senior scientific adviser to UBS

Professor Sir David King
  • The UK’s most prominent thought leader and campaigner on the causes and consequences of climate change
  • Highly effective diplomat, driving change in environmental and societal practices at a corporate, national and international level
  • Proven record as a founder and guiding force of academic and pragmatic research initiatives that result in meaningful improvements in climate change science and action
    • Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government, 2000-2007 – Chaired Foresight Programme and Global Science & Innovation Forum; led to an 80% emissions reduction commitment via the UK Climate Change Act, 2008, and increased investment in flood risk management
    • Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment, University of Oxford, 2008-12 – Engaging the private sector in the transition away from a fossil-fuel based economy
    • UK Foreign Secretary’s Permanent Representative for Climate Change, 2013-2017As Climate Envoy, conducted over 90 official country diplomatic missions, educating and lobbying governments ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, 2015 (COP21) Led the in-depth risk analysis, ‘Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (2015)’, for the governments of India and China Initiated the research programme that became Mission Innovation, a £23bn per annum research and development programme, involving 22 countries, into finding technologies to transition the global economy from fossil fuels
  • Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge, 2019Conceived and instigated the creation of this innovative project
  • Head of Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, 1993-2000
  • Master of Downing College, Cambridge, 1995-2000
  • Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University
  • 23 honorary degrees conferred
  • Author of over 500 research papers
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1991)
  • Rumford Medal (2002)
  • Knight Bachelor (2003)
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (2006)
  • Légion d’Honneur (2009)
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Sue Garrard

Independent business sustainability Advisor

Sue is one of the world’s leading experts in developing sustainability strategy in major companies, aligning it with business objectives, and embedding it across the business. She is an independent advisor on sustainability strategy, working with major businesses that are seeking to step up on their sustainability ambitions and performance.

She complements her client work by advising three sustainability related organisations on a pro-bono basis.

Until Autumn 2018, she was EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever.

At Unilever, Sue was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring delivery against its 70-plus time bound targets. She was also responsible for teams in 180 markets who engage with Governments and key external stakeholders; lead employee engagement; handle the media; and are accountable for issues and crisis management. She was part of the four-strong executive team that led the rebuttal of the hostile takeover bid by Kraft Heinz in 2017.

In particular, Sue was responsible for establishing sustainability as a driver of brand growth. By the end of 2018 its ‘Sustainable Living Brands’ were growing 67% faster than its other brands and represented 70% of the company’s growth.

Sue was one of the founders of the independent not for profit organisation, Blueprint for Better Business, and remains a Trustee. She is a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Business Management, and a Fellow of the RSA.

Sue’s earlier career includes two spells in the public sector, and roles in advertising and public affairs agencies. Sue’s role prior to Unilever was as a Director General at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she led customer strategy and communications.


Patrick Burke

Managing Director Irish Life Investment Managers

Patrick was appointed Managing Director of ILIM in 2013. He joined the company in 2006 as Director of Investment Development, responsible for the strategic development of investment solutions for the institutional market.  


Prior to joining ILIM, Patrick was a director and professional trustee at Irish Pensions Trust Limited, having previously been a corporate lawyer with Mercer. Patrick is past-Chair of Pensions Europe, past Chair of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, and has previously served as Chairman of the Irish Trustee Forum. A solicitor by profession, he is also an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute and an Associate of the Irish Institute of Pension Managers.


Patrick holds a primary degree in Commerce from University College Dublin

Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

From May 2016 – June 2017, he served as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from July 2014 – May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013 – July 2014.

Minister Donohoe was first elected as a TD in February 2011 for the Dublin Central constituency. Prior to this he was a member of Seanad Éireann, from 2007 – 2011. He also served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 – 2007.

He was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.

During his time as member of Dublin City Council, he served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee.

Minister Donohoe is a graduate of the Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Politics and Economics and he attended St. Declan’s CBS.

Michael Darcy

Michael Darcy

Fine Gael TD for Wexford and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.

Michael D’Arcy is Fine Gael TD for Wexford and in June 2017 was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.

Michael D’Arcy previously served as a Senator on the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016 where he was appointed Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad and served on the Oireachtas Banking Enquiry. He also served on the Oireachtas Committees on Finance and Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007 and was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality. During the 2007-2011 term, he served on the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Michael D’Arcy is a graduate of University of London.

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Colin Hunt

Chief Executive Officer, AIB Group PLC

In March 2019, Colin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. 

He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. 

Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest.

He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.

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Jeff Furman

President of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation

Jeff Furman served on the Ben & Jerry’s’ corporate board for almost 40 years, providing in house legal counsel, top level management, and fostering many of the company’s social initiatives. He became affectionately known as the Ampersand (&).

Jeff’s current role is B.O.D Emeritus, a role he is happy to do alongside being President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Jeff resides in Ithaca where he is the president of Social Ventures, as well as a co- founder of the Community Dispute Resolution Center and a community micro-finance program. In addition Jeff has also served on the local school board, working to eliminate race and socio-economic status as a predictor of student success, and is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Alliance of Families For Justice, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Alongside his other commitments Jeff is on the Board of the Oakland Institute and currently he is developing a voting project to increase voting participation. 


Jeff has spoken in South and Central America, Europe, and across the United States on the power of business to impact social change.

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Mick Ebling

American film, television and commercial executive producer

Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders , a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s , Mick Ebeling has sparked a moveme nt of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives — the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music : Not Impossible — that brought the ability to drawback to a paraplegic street artist , 3D – printed arms to Sudanese amputees , a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.

Named one of Wired’s ‘Agents of Change’, a two – time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two – time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project , and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebe ling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.

Dr. Celine McInerney

Finance professional with a focus on climate finance, investment in renewables and sustainability

Dr. Celine McInerney is a finance professional with a focus on climate finance, investment in renewables and sustainability. She is an expert on stranded asset risk, energy systems modelling, valuation and investment appraisal for renewables, interconnection and community investment,and has presented and published widely on these topics. Celine was the Irish government’s nominee as the Irish climate finance expert for scoping the 6th Assessment Report of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2016.Celine was Director of Corporate Finance at boutique advisor Merrion Capital where she focused on the energy sector. Prior to this she spent three years working for Ireland’s largest private wind farm developer SWS Group on acquisitions and fundraising. Previously she worked in mergers and acquisitions at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Lehman Brothers in London and New York. Celine holds a BSc in Finance from Dublin City University, an M. Litt. in Finance and a graduate diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Energy Finance from University College Cork. She is currently on career break from her position as Senior Lecturer in Finance at UCC. She is a guest lecturer at London Business School and is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves as company director on a number of boards.

Ken Owens

PwC Ireland’s Asset and Wealth Management Advisory Leader

Experience Summary

Ken is PwC Ireland’s Asset and Wealth Management Advisory Leader.

Ken has been a Partner in the Asset Management Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2001 and has been with PwC for 29 years.

Ken has worked with a range of global asset managers which has established a regulated presence in Ireland or who have selected Ireland as a domicilefor the establishment and/or servicing of UCITS funds, hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, ETFs, money market funds, or private equity funds.

Ken is involved with numerous industry working groups and technical committees and currently chairs the Irish Funds (Industry Association) Brexit Steering Group.

Relevant clients projects

Ken has advised many international firms on:

  • The regulatory requirements to be complied with when establishing funds/management companies or MiFID investment firms in Ireland
  • The type of funds and corporate structure which would be most appropriate for the product that they were establishing; and most appropriate for their target market;
  • The CBI’s expectations in relation to corporate governance structures, operating models, outsourcing and risk management frameworks;
  • The AML/KYC requirements applicable to Irish regulated financial services firms; and
  • Establishing a regulated fund administration and depositary business in Ireland.

Areas of expertise

  • Regulation impacting the set-up of regulated funds, management companies and investment firms in Ireland;
  • The authorization process with the Central Bank of Ireland;
  • Boards and Corporate Governance;
  • Risk Management Frameworks;
  • Outsourcing in line with the Central Bank’s expectations;
  • Regulatory Capital Planning; and
  • Brexit planning

Dawn Slevin

Managing Director Environmental Liability Solutions Europe (ELS Europe)

Dawn is Managing Director of ELS Europe and a member of the DG-FISMA Technical Expert Group (TEG) building Europe’s first Green Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. With over 25 years’ experience on international corporate risk management and sustainable finance, Dawn provides expertise and strategic guidance direct to the financial sector, industrial operators, government regulatory and prudential authorities.   

Dawn’s extensive experience is drawn from her work across a range of industries from construction & real estate, brownfield development, water treatment & supply, waste management, manufacturing, renewable energy, petrochemical, oil & gas, and transport. She provides support on complex multi-national risks helping with effective management of environmental risks.  Dawn has prepared and delivered training to the financial industry, government bodies, and lectured at University level and has worked collaboratively with Fintech industry on data analytic solutions.

Dawn is a member of the Insurance Ireland Sustainable Finance Taskforce, a Chartered Environmentalist (CENV) and Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), holds an MSc. with Distinction, Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2002) and Honours Degree Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin (1994),and is a member of associated professional institutions.

Pat Lardner

CEO Irish Funds

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.

Lorna Conn

Chief Financial Officer and Board Director, Cpl Resources plc

Lorna Conn is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director of Cpl Resources plc where she joined in October 2017. Lorna is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is a mentor for the 30% Club Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland, where she is undertaking the Chartered Director Programme. Lorna graduated with a commerce degree from University College Dublin and holds a Masters in Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Business School.




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Sarah Norris

Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Sarah is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She manages the European Ethical Equity Fund and co-manages the Global Equity Impact Fund.

She joined Standard Life Investments after working at Referendum Ready, a non-profit campaign that partnered with the Government of Southern Sudan Mission prior to independence. Sarah sits on the Impact Management Group at Aberdeen Standard Investments and continues to work in South Sudan with a non-profit that supports education and community development projects in South Sudan.

She holds an MA in International Relations and MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies.

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Stephen Nolan

UN Environment FC4S

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