Danny McCoy is Chief Executive Officer of Ibec since 2009. Ibec is Ireland’s largest business representative organisation and the country’s largest lobbying group. It has 285 staff in ten locations and has 39 sectoral brands with substantial presence within the European Union through Ibec’s Brussels office. He is a member of the Irish Tripartite Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF).
He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, Honorary Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers, Adjunct Professor Trinity College Dublin Business School and Vice President of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland and Independent Non-Executive Director of Iput Real Estate.
He has held lecturing posts at University College London, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. He has been senior economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and the Economic & Social Research Institute as well as being a consultant to the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic
Dorothy has over 20 years international experience working in the sustainable business/ESG arena with FMCG, retail, packaging and financial services businesses. She has worked with Accenture, Willis Towers Watson and McKinsey as a sustainable business consultant. She has been a Senior Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainable Unit. In 2017, she was honoured to become one of The Prince’s Responsible Business Ambassadors for leadership on sustainability in business. She has been a Head of Sustainability for businesses including Sanpower Group (China)/House of Fraser and Selfridges Group. She has been an environmental policy maker with the European Commission, Irish and UK Department of the Environment (DEFRA). She is visiting lecturer on sustainable business at Imperial College London and TU Dublin. She is author of Valuing Natural Capital: Future Proofing Business & Finance. She is a board member and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (FCIRS). Dorothy has a PhD in Environmental Science and MSc in Sustainable Business. She is on the advisory committee to Natural Capital Ireland.Show more
Eugene is Chair of the Board of Ibec. He practised as a corporate lawyer for more than thirty years including advising boards of public, private and State-owned companies in the area of corporate governance. He served as Managing Partner and later as Chair of Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s leading corporate law firms.
Eugene has served as a non-executive director on a range of boards including as Chair of the Governing Authority of UCD. He is currently a member of the boards of Icon plc and AON Ireland and chairs the board of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. He is also international advisor for Ireland to Goldman Sachs.
Hilary O’Meara is Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland and has held this role since January 2023.
Since joining Accenture in Ireland almost 30 years ago, Hilary has held a number of key leadership roles for the business including Head of Strategy & Consulting and Head of Technology in Ireland. From 2016 until 2021, Hilary led the Resources business in Ireland serving clients in the Utilities and Energy sector. In August 2021, Hilary was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Accenture’s UK & Ireland business.
In Ireland, Accenture combines its strength in technology with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. Accenture in Ireland has a strong brand position and a highly talented leadership team with strong connections into global companies operating in Ireland, as well as Ireland’s leading international businesses.
Technology is at the core of business transformation today and Hilary is responsible for leading a team of over 6,500 people supporting clients to drive change across Accenture’s broad range of services, solutions and assets within Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Accenture Song. These capabilities, together with strong ecosystem relationships, a culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable Accenture in Ireland to serve its clients and build trusted, enduring relationships.
Hilary is passionate about empowering the next generation of talent, nurturing individual development and supporting teams to excel. In the fast paced and quickly evolving world we live in, she has developed an appreciation for the importance of modern leadership, continuous learning and promoting a culture that is inclusive and diverse.
Hilary is a member of Accenture Ireland's Board and an active member of University College Dublin’s College of Business Irish Advisory Board. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from University College Dublin.
Ian Kehoe is the co-founder and Editor of The Currency, driving investigations, writing commentary and producing stories, podcasts and interviews. A former editor of The Sunday Business Post and presenter and reporter with RTE's Prime Time programme. Ian has twice been named Ireland's Business and Economics Journalist of the year. He has won a Miriam Hederman O’Brien Award for his original work in Irish fiscal policy.Show more
Imelda Hurley was appointed as CEO in November 2019. She has a wide range of experience across a number of sectors, both nationally and internationally and has over twenty years' experience in leadership and finance roles across a variety of sectors including food & agriculture, technology related supply chain management and professional services. She has worked extensively in Ireland, the UK, Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.Imelda qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen Ireland and has also worked with Andersen in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.Show more
John launched Reputation Inc in 2002 as the first international reputation management consultancy, identifying a growing need for companies and organisations to have specialist reputation management counsel, and for leaders to have the skills and expertise to ensure reputation guides better decision making.
With offices in Dublin, London and Oslo, John’s work in reputation management involves advising many of the worlds most admired companies, organisations, and leadership teams on global reputation programmes. He specialises in reputation strategy, reputation governance, CEO reputation leadership, sustainability and social impact, culture building and risk and issues management. He has extensive experience in working in FMCG, Financial, Professional Services, Leisure, Insurance, Healthcare, Industry Associations and Country Branding sectors.
Through his and the teams work he is constantly seeking to push the boundaries on reputation thinking and leadership and has written thought leadership papers and spoken at international conferences and events on this important topic.
Kieran McLoughlin is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of VentureWave Capital which has established one of Ireland's first Impact Investing funds. The firm aims to deliver a commercial return for its clients by scaling high growth technology companies from Ireland that benefit society. VentureWave’s Global Advisory Council, chaired by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, promotes the case for Ireland becoming a global centre of Impact Investing. Investments are underway in a number of highly innovative Irish Technology for Good enterprises. Kieran is a former CEO of The Ireland Funds. During his 10 years at the helm $300 million was raised, which is half of the total amount The Funds raised since they were established in 1976. Annual grant making increased by a factor of 5 and the organization was awarded 4 stars (the highest level available) by Charity Navigator for its efficiency, transparency and governance Kieran serves on the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, of Glucksman Ireland House and the John and Pat Hume Foundation. He is Strategic Advisor to Endeavor Ireland. in field]Show more
Mark was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School faculty (2015-2023) CSR Initiative of the Centre for Business and Government. He is the author of numerous articles in Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) that pioneered new concepts in social impact such as catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, mission investing, strategic evaluation and creating shared value. These ideas have become recognised around the world, are taught at many universities and have influenced the strategies of numerous organizations. Professor Kramer’s co-authored SSIR article on Collective Impact is the most frequently viewed article in SSIR’s history and has been downloaded more than one million times.
In 1999, Kramer founded the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) with Professor Michael E. Porter and served as Board chair until 2004. He serves on the sustainability advisory boards for Kimberly Clark, Nestlé and Maple Leaf Foods, and on the Supervisory Board of the World Benchmarking Alliance. He is presently a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group, a board member of the Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong and Shared Value Project Australia, and President of the Kramer Charitable Foundation.
Prior to starting FSG, he served for twelve years as President of Kramer Capital Management, a boutique venture capital investment and consulting firm providing strategy consulting, financial advisory services and investment capital to early-stage companies in health care, retail and technology.
Professor Kramer holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD, magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an articles editor on the Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Gemmill Prize in Tax Research.
Mary is a member of AIB’s Executive Committee with responsibility for a number of group functions and over the past number of years has been responsible for shaping AIB’s approach to sustainability and leading a groupwide transformation to place Sustainability are the heart of AIB’s business. Recognising the role that finance plays in shaping the global transition to a low carbon future, Mary is keenly interested in ensuring that transition supports are developed for customers across different sectors. Mary has over 20 years experience in Finance, Strategy and Transformation and held a number of senior leadership roles across the bank spanning retail, corporate and treasury businesses. Mary is a graduate of UCD (M.Acc, B.Comm Intl), a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Tax Consultant. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Goodbody, a financial services firm offering wealth management, asset management and investment banking services.Show more
Sarah O’Connor is a columnist and associate editor at the Financial Times, where she writes about the changing world of work, demography, economics and social policy. She has won the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils, the Wincott Award for financial journalism, Business Commentator of the Year at the Comment Awards, Financial/Economic story of the year at the Foreign Press Awards and Business and Finance Journalist of the year at the British Press Awards.
Sarah studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University and joined the FT in 2007. She was just in time to witness the end of the financial boom and to help document the subsequent collapse of the global economy.