Topics and speakers for this year's Annual Conference include:
Event Chair: Dearbhail McDonald, TV & Radio Broadcaster
Sustainability: Mary Whitelaw, Director of Corporate Affairs, Strategy and Sustainability - AIB
Managing climate change is the most important challenge facing this generation and the role of finance in supporting the transition to a low carbon economy is pivotal. The focus is on creating a virtuous green circle, where sustainable lending practices in turn attract the capital that supports further lending. This will benefit the wider economy and the fragile planet which sustains us all.
Ireland-US Relations: Caitríona Perry, Award-winning Journalist, Author, former RTÉ Washington Correspondent & Current Co-Presenter of the SixOne News
The long-standing relationship between Ireland and the US was reaffirmed when President Biden asserted his commitment to upholding the Good Friday Agreement when he took office earlier this year. Indeed, with the large number of Irish-Americans holding key roles in American politics for several generations, the close ties between the two counties has never been in question. However with Ireland holding out on signing up to the global corporate tax rate and the US still barring entry to non US citizens, what impact could this have on the business relationship between the two countries? In her session, Caitríona will offer fascinating insights into the Ireland-US relationship, and how she sees it evolving post-Brexit.
Transforming a Business Model in Crisis: Avril O'Hehir, Director of Administration (CFO) - Lidl Ireland
This year Lidl celebrates 20 years of operating in the Republic of Ireland and the positive impact the company has had on communities across the country.
Digitalisation: Alan FitzGerald, "The Software Whisperer" & Technology Advisor - Practice Connections
The digital revolution for professional firms has progressed from being a toddler to Usain Bolt in less than 10 years. The democratisation of technology now enables smaller firms to harness the capabilities and resources which were previously the preserve of larger firms – being able to compete at the same level using the same resources levels the field. Importantly, just like the car replaced the horse and carriage, it also created massive employment – so digitilisation is not about losses, it is about gains – the creation of new ways to create value.
The Benefits & Challenges of Hybrid Working: Rowena Hennigan, Remote Innovator & Educator - RoRemote
Since Covid-19 began to disrupt our office routines, employees and companies around the world have recurred to remote work as an emergency measure. The sudden onset of the pandemic made working from home the emergency response but there is still a lack of awareness of the true meaning and application of "remote work" as an effective business operations strategy. With vaccine programs being rolled out in record time, will companies go back to the office or will they stay remote? The answer may lie somewhere in between. Regardless leaders need to have an intentional strategy and infrastructure in planning to accommodate a mixed (hybrid) model of remote working operations.
Brexit Done? …So what’s next for Irish business?: John McGrane, Director General - British Irish Chamber of Commerce
The impact of Brexit has been immense and it's not over yet. What challenges are we facing in the coming months? Can Irish business safeguard against future challenges? What should the Irish Government prioritise?
Political Insight: Daniel McConnell - Political Editor - The Irish Examiner
Daniel will cover the current political picture in Ireland and what it might mean for the next election. What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on the current government and has the success of the vaccine programme improved public opinion of our goverment parties? With the Covid-19 restrictions easing further between now and October 22nd, what is next on the agenda for all the political parties?