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Jim Power - Conference Chairperson

Jim Power is a graduate of University College, Dublin with a BA in Economics & Politics, and a Master of Economic Science Degree.  During a career within the financial services industry, he has worked as Treasury Economist at AIB Group and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and Friends First Group.

In October 2000 he testified before a UK House of Lords Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs on Ireland’s experience in EMU. He argued with prescience that the Irish political elite would not be capable of managing a small open economy in a monetary union and suggested that Britain would be ill-advised to join the Single Currency.

He has taught Financial Management to under-graduates in Dublin City University; Economics on the Local Government MBA at Dublin City University and Business Economics on the Executive MBA and the Full Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. In September 2014, he will teach Business Economics on the Full Time MSc Management at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.

He is editor of Friends First regular ‘Economic Outlook’, which has become established as one of Ireland’s leading commentaries on the Irish economy. His first book ‘Picking up the Pieces’ was published by Blackhall Publishing in November 2009.


Julie Sinnamon

Julie Sinnamon is CEO of Enterprise Ireland, a position she has held since November 2013.

Prior to Julie’s appointment as CEO, she was Global Business Director at Enterprise Ireland, where she led the engagement with Irish companies to help them increase market share worldwide.

In addition to the driving the export and employment goals of Enterprise Ireland clients, Julie also managed business operations within Enterprise Ireland, driving efficiencies and focusing the agency on the business development needs of Irish companies.   

Julie has held a number of senior positions throughout her 30 year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, and has gained considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors, most notably the Food Sector, and the development of new start up businesses.

Originally from Crossgar, Co. Down, Julie comes from an entrepreneurial family and is the middle child of a family of 13. 

She is a business graduate of the University of Ulster, has a Masters in International Business (Fordham & IMI) and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Programme, USA.

Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy is the Chief Executive of Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The 50,000 seat stadium is a world class, multi-purpose venue which hosts business conferences and meetings as well as concerts. The stadium is jointly owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland and is the venue for all international rugby and football matches in Ireland.

Martin has considerable experience in the sports business, having previously worked at the Irish Rugby Football Union as Director of Operations with responsibility for the Irish team operations, stadium operations and international liaison. He oversaw the construction of the new €410m Aviva stadium from 2007 to 2010.  He was responsible for establishing the stadium business and has run the stadium company since it opened in May 2010. Prior to working in sport he served as an Officer in the Irish Defence Forces and completed two tours of duty with the United Nations Forces in Lebanon.

He is a graduate of both University College Galway and the University of Ulster and is an IoD Chartered Director.

Nick Ashmore

Nick Ashmore is Chief Executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI). Prior to taking up this role he served as Project Director during the setup of the SBCI.  He joined the NTMA as part of the team managing the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) in 2006, where he served as Head of Private Equity and Infrastructure before becoming Deputy Director in 2011.  

Before joining the NTMA Nick was an Investment Manager with Greenaap Consultants Limited, a private family office.  He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Accountancy and a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.  



Mark Redmond

Mark directs the significant work programme of the Chamber which is focused on key areas of priority including trade and investment between the EU and the United States; progressive economic and social policies that maintain Ireland’s position as the location of choice for US investment and the enhancement of Ireland’s Research, Development & Innovation framework to further grow investment in Ireland.

The American Chamber hosts extensive network and information sharing forums including business lunches, seminars, briefings and regional programs.

Mark was Chief Executive of the Irish Tax Institute, a position held from 2004. He led a reform programme that transformed the Institute into one of Ireland’s most respected representative organisations. Prior to this Mark was a Director with PwC.

From Wexford, Mark is a graduate in English and History from Trinity College Dublin, and holds a Professional Diploma in Accounting (DCU), an MSc in Education and Professional Training (DCU) and a qualification in Comparative Tax Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mark was appointed by the Minister for Finance to the board of the Investor Compensation Company Ltd.  He has previously served on the National Council of Ibec and the Governing Authority of University College Dublin.

Peter Garvey

Peter Garvey is a Director of Carlyle, (NASDAQ: CG) a global alternative asset manager with $194 billion of assets under management across 128 funds and 142 fund of funds vehicles as of December 31, 2014. 

Peter has 15 years of experience across private equity, management consulting, and both leveraged and corporate finance.  Prior to joining Carlyle, he was with the Private Equity Group of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  He joined Goldman Sachs from McKinsey & Co. where he provided strategic advice and due diligence services to global financial institutions and private equity firms. 

In Ireland, Carlyle has partnered with Cardinal Capital Group to establish the Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (CCI), a €292 million dedicated Irish private equity fund focused on growth capital and buyout investment opportunities across Ireland.  Investors in the fund include the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and Enterprise Ireland.  To date the fund has made investments in the Kildare-based premium chocolate manufacturer Lily O’Brien’s, General Secure Logistics Services (GSLS), an Irish cash management solutions provider, and Payzone, the largest provider of multi-channel consumer payments across Ireland.  

David Duffy

David Duffy is a Senior Research Officer at the ESRI. In 2006 he completed a PhD at NUI Maynooth on heterogeneous buyers in the Irish housing market. Within the macro-economic division his main research area is the housing market. He is the lead researcher on the Residential Property Research Programme, funded by NAMA and the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland. He has published in the Journal of European Real Estate Research, the Economic and Social Review, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, International Migration Review, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland and the ESRI’s Quarterly Economic Commentary.

His published research covers topics such as measuring house price change, the affordability of homeownership, the influence of house prices on the decision of migrants to come to Ireland, the extent of negative equity in the Irish housing market, and the outlook for new household formation. More recently, he contributed to the book “Renting in Ireland” on the PRTB/ESRI Rent Index.