Below are speakers already confirmed to join the US Ireland Summit 2021
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Taoiseach Enda Kenny – Former Taoiseach of Ireland
Governor Martin J. O’Malley – Former Governor of Maryland
Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason – Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
Caitriona Fottrell – President and CEO, The Ireland Funds
Ronan Dunne – Executive Vice President and Group CEO, Verizon Consumer
Liam Lynch – Founder and Managing Partner, Studio VC and Chairman, Irish Studio
Kevin Maughan – Founder and CEO, UrbanVolt
Maura Kelly, Principal, Purple Mountain Media, Advisor and Emmy Award-winning Producer
Brian Hayes, CEO, Banking & Payments Federation Ireland
Brian studied at Trinity College, Dublin and at St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
Brian served as a member of both houses of the Irish Parliament from 1996 to 2014.
In 2011 he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance. During his time as Minister of State, Brian attended Eurogroup, ECOFIN and Budgetary Council meetings on behalf of the Irish Government. He also led on the issues of procurement and public sector reform.
Following his election to the European Parliament in May 2014 Brian was appointed to the European Parliaments Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee, and also elected as Vice President of ECON. He was the Vice Coordinator of Econ for the European People’s Party.
Brian was the European Parliaments rapporteur for the IORPS II Directive and shadow rapporteur for the Money Market Funds regulation and the Pan European Pension Proposal (PEPP). He also worked on the EPs first ever report on Fintech and on the subject of Third Country Equivalence.
In 2019 Brian was appointed as CEO of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland. He also serves on the board of the European Banking Federation.
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Professor Rory Montgomery, Former Permanent Representative to the EU and Honorary Professor, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Rory Montgomery is a former Irish diplomat who served as Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador to France and Second Secretary General at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with particular responsibility for Brexit.
He has been principal EU adviser to Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney and has worked extensively with Irish, Northern Irish, British and European politicians and officials. He was part of the Irish team which negotiated the Good Friday Agreement. He is also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Since his retirement, he has published articles on subjects including Margaret Thatcher, the state of the EU, Brexit, a united Ireland, and the history of Irish foreign policy.
Seamus Coffey, Irish economist and media contributor and Former Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC)
Seamus Coffey is a lecturer in the Department of Economics in University College Cork. His research and writing focuses on the performance of the Irish economy. He became a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council in 2016 and was made Chair of the Council in January 2017.
In October 2016, he was appointed the independent expert by the Minister for Finance to undertake a review of Ireland’s Corporation Tax code. He is also a member of the external advisory board to the Irish Governmental Economic Evaluation Service and of the council of the Irish Economic Association.
He is a sometime contributor to print, broadcast and online media relating to the Irish economy including fiscal outcomes, corporation tax, household debt, national accounts and other economic issues. His teaching includes microeconomics, economic policy, advanced microeconomics and econometrics as well as adult, distance and executive education courses.
Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, U.S.-UK Business Council
Marjorie A. Chorlins, senior vice president for European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leads the organization’s policy development and advocacy related to trade and investment with Europe. She is also executive director of the U.S.-UK Business Council. With more than 30 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Chorlins has focused on forging consensus among competing points of view. She has represented the U.S. government in multilateral trade negotiations, advocated in support of global sales, consulted with multinational corporations on corporate responsibility, and helped foster a robust transatlantic relationship. Chorlins began her federal government service in the office of former Sen. John C. Danforth (R-MO), where she participated in drafting the 1988 TradeAct and the 1989 implementing legislation for the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. She continued her government service as principal deputy assistant secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, representing the U.S. in the GATT Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations.
Chorlins then became director for international trade relations at Motorola Inc. She played a leadership role in early business community efforts to normalize U.S.-
China commercial relations and was an early proponent of a balanced approach in addressing commercial, human rights, and environmental priorities.
Subsequently, Chorlins served as executive vice president of Business for Social Responsibility, which provides technical assistance on socially responsible business practices. She later rejoined Motorola’s government relations organization as senior director of advocacy & global strategy, leveraging political resources to support the company’s international sales and resolve matters of strategic importance to the corporation. Chorlins also served as director of government & regulatory affairs at Lockheed Martin, where she managed the international portfolio and focused on export control reform and defense trade policy. Chorlins holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in French from Wellesley College
Frances Fitzgerald, Member of the European Parliament and Vice President of the EPP Group
Frances Fitzgerald is an Irish MEP for Dublin City and County and Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.
Prior to her election to the European Parliament in the 2019, Frances served as a Fine Gael Parliamentarian for over 20 years. She served as a Senator and T.D. in Dublin Mid-West (2007-2019) and has previously served as a Fine Gael T.D. in Dublin South East (1992-2002).
She most recently served as Tánaiste (2016-17), one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation (2017); Minister for Justice & Equality (2014-17) and was the State’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (2011-14).
Prior to her election to the Dáil, Frances served as Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (1988-92) and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Frances was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 as part of the European People’s Party (EPP) Delegation. She is a full member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and a substitute member of the Development Committee (DEVE) and the Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE). Frances was elected EPP Coordinator of the FEMM Committee in July 2019.
Brian Ruane, CEO Clearance & Collateral, BNY Mellon
Brian Ruane is the Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon Government Securities Services Corp., Clearance & Collateral Management and Credit Services. He is also a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee.
Brian leads BNY Mellon’s government securities clearance business as well as the firm’s collateral management franchise.
Prior to his current role, Brian led Global Client Management, Alternative Investment Services and Prime Services. Brian has been a member of the Pershing LLC’s Executive Committee since 2015.
Brian was a key voice on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Triparty Repo Infrastructure Reform Task Force, which drove systemic changes to ensure that the triparty repo market functions effectively and efficiently. He also served on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Working Committee on The Future of the US Government Securities Markets.
Brian is a frequent speaker on market structure and triparty repo. His recent papers include The Future of Wholesale Funding Markets and The Pandemic Stress Test.
Brian is also the executive sponsor for the GENEDGE Network, a BNY Mellon Business Resource group focused on diversity.
Brian is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business. Brian is also a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 licensed.
Eric Toder is an Institute fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In his current position, he serves one of the center’s leading experts on corporate and international tax and tax compliance issues; and authors and directs research studies.
Toder has published articles on a wide variety of tax policy and retirement policy issues, including corporate tax reform, international tax issues, distributional effects of tax expenditures, carbon taxes, value-added taxes, net benefits of Social Security taxes and spending, tax compliance, and the effects of saving incentives.
Before joining Urban, Toder held a number of senior-level positions in tax policy offices in the US government and overseas, including service as deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Tax Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury; director of research at the Internal Revenue Service; deputy assistant director for the Office of Tax Analysis at the Congressional Budget Office; and consultant to the New Zealand Treasury. He has also served as a part-time consultant to the International Monetary Fund, as a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and as treasurer of the National Tax Association.
Toder received his PhD in economics from the University of Rochester in 1971.
Fiona Gallagher, CEO, Wells Fargo Bank International
Fiona Gallagher is CEO of Wells Fargo International Bank UC (WFBI). WFBI provides support and services to Wells Fargo’s clients in all European Union and European Economic Area countries. WFBI is the only Wells Fargo bank entity outside of the U.S. and is a critical part of Wells Fargo’s European and international operations. Fiona joined WFBI in October 2019. Prior to this, she was Deutsche Bank’s Head of Securities Services and Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Ireland. At Deutsche, Fiona was responsible for the strategy and operations of the bank’s Global Securities Services division, as well as the 650 person operations, data and technology site in Ireland. Fiona joined Deutsche Bank in 2004 and held a number of leadership roles including Head of EMEA Coverage for GTB focused on priority financial institutions, Global Head of Relationship Management and Global Head of Private Placements for Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions covering both corporate and financial clients. She served on the Transaction Banking Executive Committee for Deutsche Bank, as well as the Euroclear and Clearstream Client Advisory Boards. Previously Fiona worked in Debt Capital Markets for both Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital in New York and London. Fiona graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Civil Law, and in 1998 earned a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies with First Class Honours from the
Business School at University College Dublin.
Fiona was Global Custodian’s Industry Person of the year in 2019. Under her leadership, the Securities
Services team was awarded the “Best Securities Services Provider” by The Banker in 2018.
Fiona sits on several industry boards including Financial Services Ireland, the Foreign Bankers
Association, and is on the Financial Services Steering Committee for the 30% Club. Fiona was the
keynote speaker at the launch of the 100 Women in Finance Next Generation in Dublin. In January
2021, Fiona was appointed the first female Chair of the Federation of International Banks, which is part
of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland.
Fiona is also a board member of the Guinness Enterprise Centre, the #1 University Associated
Louise Kelly, Partner – Tax, Deloitte.
Sean Fleming, Minister of State in the Department of Finance
He was appointed to this role in July 2020. Sean was elected to represent the Laois/Offaly Constituency in the 2020 General Election, having been first elected to the Dáil in 1997.
A chartered accountant, he was educated at University College Dublin.
Sean is a former Chairperson of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee. He was also previously Chairperson of the Oireachtas Finance Committee. Sean was Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Reform from 2011 to 2016.
Sean was also elected as a Member of Laois County Council in 1999 and served in that role for 4 years.