Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and capital markets union

The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society and the environment.

Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Mairead was First Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2017. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014, where she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organisations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy.

During her time in the Parliament, Mairead sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European climate law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland.

In 2006-2007, Mairead chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial regulation.

Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and commentator.

Sasja Beslik, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Development, Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd, Zurich

Originally from Sweden, Sasja is an international financial expert known for promoting financial sustainability across the world. In 2004, he landed his first bank job as Head of Responsible Investments and later as deputy CEO at Banco Funds/ABN AMRO branch in Stockholm. His work for Nordea started in 2009, when he became head of responsible investments and corporate governance. Sasja was named CEO of Nordea Investment Funds Sweden in 2011 and Head of Responsible Investments and Identity at Nordea Asset Management in 2013. Finally, at the beginning of 2017, Nordea placed Sasja at the head of a new unit, Sustainable Finance, tasked with implementing the decisions made by the company’s corporate responsibility unit. He is the author of the books “Where the Money Tree Grows” (2021) and “Guld och gröna skogar” (2019) and the weekly newsletter “ESG on a Sunday”. In 2019, he left Nordea to join Bank J. Safra Sarasin and in 2021 joined the biggest Danish commercial Pension Company PFA as Head of Sustainability. He won the Swedish Banking Profile of the Year award in 2016. In 2013, he received the H. M. The King’s Medal, 8th size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding contributions within Swedish environmental and sustainability theory. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2011 for the Stars Fund, the Nordea sustainable fund launched by Sasja. In 2011 he was chosen as Sweden’s best overall equity fund manager in 2017. It was the first sustainable fund to receive the award. In 2020, Sasja was ranked the world’s most influential person within green finance.

Fiona Gaskin, Partner and ESG Leader for Assurance and Reporting, PwC Ireland

 Fiona has over 20 years’ experience working with clients to identify and manage their risks.  She is a qualified IT and Internal Auditor and for over ten years, Fiona has used that experience to help clients focus on their ESG reporting, which includes both mandatory and voluntary disclosures. In particular, Fiona has recently worked with a number of large companies on their ESG disclosures for their upcoming annual reports, including those reporting under both EU Taxonomy and the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (or TCFD for short). Fiona is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and also holds a Masters in Sustainable Energy Finance.

Daryl Byrne, CEO, Euronext Dublin

Daryl is CEO of Euronext Dublin, Head of Debt & Funds Listings and ETFs and member of the Managing Board of Euronext N.V.

He joined the Irish Stock Exchange in 2000 and has held several senior management roles. Since 2011, as Chief Regulatory Officer, Daryl has led a team of thirty, with responsibility for regulation and operations relating to the listing of financial instruments on Euronext Dublin’s markets, across multiple asset classes including equity, debt, and funds. He has been responsible for Euronext Dublin’s regulatory engagement with issuers and market participants, as well as domestic and EU regulatory authorities. Daryl has been instrumental in the development of Euronext Dublin’s global markets for securities. Previously he held the position of Head of Strategy Planning and Brand.

He currently participates on the ESMA Corporate Finance Standing Committee Consultative Working Group and the European Corporate Governance Network and is a former member of the Irish REITs Forum and the Company Law Review Group.

Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing, KBI Global Investors

Eoin joined KBI in 1988, and since 2014 has held the position of Head of Responsible Investing overseeing the firm’s approach to responsible investing and sustainability. He is an active member of the Irish sustainable investing community, and chairs the CDP Network in Ireland, as well as being a member of the steering committee of Sustainable Finance Ireland and the ESG Committee of the Irish Association of Investment Managers.  He is also a member of various international working groups on aspects of sustainable finance, including the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change’s Paris Aligned Investing Initiative and the PRI Taxonomy Practitioners Group.  KBI Global Investors is based in Ireland, with a global client base and specialises in sustainable equities including several sustainability-themed strategies such as water, energy transition, circular economy and sustainable infrastructure.

Michael Rice, CFO, Glenveagh Properties PLC

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of Glenveagh Properties PLC. Michael joined Glenveagh in September 2017 having previously worked as the Group Financial Controller of Kingspan Group plc. Within Glenveagh, Michael oversees a wide range of functions including finance, treasury, IT, corporate governance and investor relations. He is a qualified chartered accountant with significant experience of finance management in both domestic and international environments.

Nicola Woods, Chief Transformation Officer, An Post

Nicola joined An Post in 2020, bringing a wealth of strategy and transformation experience.  In addition to driving strategy development and organisational transformation, she is also leading An Post’s sustainability strategy and reporting.  The strategy, which focusses on five of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals most pertinent to the global postal industry, is at the centre of An Post’s business transformation.

 

Prior to An Post, Nicola worked across a variety of industries (fintech, banking, technology and management consultancy) in both the UK and Ireland.

Michael Patten, Chief Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Corporate Affairs Officer, Glanbia plc

Michael is a member of the Group Operating Executive. He has responsibility for the development and implementation of Glanbia’s ESG strategy as well as strategic leadership of the Group’s global reputation and public affairs agenda. Prior to this, he served as Glanbia’s Chief HR Officer from 2014-2021.

Before joining Glanbia, Michael was Global Public Affairs Director with Diageo plc. Earlier in his career, he served as Glanbia’s Director of Communications.

Michael is currently a board member of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and serves as a Board member and member of the Finance Committee of the Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust. He is a Chartered Director, an Honorary Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and a graduate of DCU.

Aedín O’Leary, Investment & ESG consultant, co-founder Green Team Network

Aedín has over 25 years’ experience in the asset management and financial services industry. She consults on manager selection, formulation and application of ethical investment policies and on strategies in relation to the launch and distribution of funds. Aedín is a B.Comm graduate, former tax consultant and a qualified financial advisor.

She is co-f ounder of the Green Team Network https://www.greenteamnetwork.ie/, an initiative which devises collaborative solutions for the Irish funds industry to play its part in tackling climate change. She advises, speaks and writes on a range of ESG and sustainability topics and has launched the ESG Digest through her website https://tripleline.ie/esg-digest/

Aedín is a member of the ESG Working Group at the Irish Fund Directors Association. She also serves as non-executive director on the boards of the Irish Youth Foundation and Charities Institute Ireland.

Marc Coleman, Founder, Octavian Research

 A leading consultant with top clients ranging from the National Economic and Social Council, Government Departments, leading private sector companies and EU clients, Marc’s most recent experience includes organising and hosting last December’s EU China Climate collaboration forum with ministerial, ambassador and leading international experts in ESG. He is author of five books on Ireland’s recovery – most recently authoring the world’s first book on Covid-19 recovery as early as April 2020 – and has also authored a leading analysis of Ireland’s potential in Green Finance. As leader of Ibec’s Financial Services Ireland, Marc led industry’s response to Brexit and was appointed by Government as the first Secretary to the IFS 2020 Industry advisory group. He was Ireland’s leading advocate of economic recovery between 2007 and 2015 as both a bestselling author and as a presenter for Ireland’s “Newstalk” station and a leading columnist in the Sunday Independent. As Economics Editor of the Irish Times (2005-7) he issued key warnings on overheating. He is a former European Central Bank economist. Marc has spoken at, organised or chaired events at the highest level for organisations like KPMG, Deloitte, EY, IACT, Ireland China Institute, Institute of International and European Affairs, PWC, HSBC, Accenture, ECB, Enterprise Ireland, An Post, German Chamber of Commerce, Arab Chamber of Commerce, Sino European Entrepreneur Summit, Bord Bia and many more organisations. As a senior manager in Ibec, Marc organised a range of events to the highest international standards. His list of speaking reviews is excellent and spans over 40 events over a fifteen-year period.

Tomás Sercovich, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

Tomás was appointed CEO of Business in the Community Ireland in January 2018. Previously, he was with Spain’s largest sustainability network, Forética as Director of External Affairs, where he increased the international profile of the organisation and its external reputation and impact.

Between 2002 and 2012 he held several positions with Business in the Community Ireland, among them Manager of the Membership Services Team. He is a member of the Board of CSR Europe since 2008 and is a member of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development. He also sits on the board of Young Social Innovators. Tomás has also sat on the judging panels of several awards including SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards, Google Impact Challenge, Good Governance Awards and Energia Family Business Awards.

Tomás holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina and a master’s degree in International Relations and International Management from the Università di Bologna in Italy. He also holds a Certificate in Management from DIT.

Dawn Slevin MD, ELS Europe, Member EU Sustainable Finance TEG & EFRAG Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks & opportunities

Dawn has over 25 years’ experience on international complex risk management and sustainable finance providing expertise directly to the financial sector, industrial and commercial operators, and government regulatory & prudential authorities. Her experience spans a range of industries including construction & real estate, brownfield development, water treatment & supply, waste management, mining & manufacturing, renewable energy, oil & gas, petrochemical & refining, warehousing, transport & logistics throughout Europe and internationally.

Dawn is one of the thirty-five technical expert group (TEG) members of the European Commission’s Financial Stability, Financial Services & Capital Markets Union (DG-FISMA) on Sustainable Finance. In this capacity as a member of the Taxonomy Working Group (TWG) she has contributed to the architecture and operationalisation of Europe’s first green sustainable finance ‘Taxonomy‘.

Dawn is 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.

Paul Price, Founder of Haven Green Capital Partners; Chair of IAIM; former Global Head of Sales and Distribution, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and former CEO, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Ireland

 Paul is the founder and CEO of Haven Green Capital Partners with 37 years’ experience in the finance industry. He was formerly Global Head of Sales and Distribution for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and the former CEO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Ireland. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Paul was Global Head of Distribution for Pioneer and has held senior positions for MFS, Lombard Odier and Bank of Ireland Asset Management.

Jonathan Healy, Broadcaster

After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all works of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country, Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC. He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns.

John Curran, Principal, Blue Planet Consulting

John Curran has spent more than 20 years as a senior leader and non-executive director in the Sustainability & ESG space. He was until recently Head of Sustainability at Musgrave Group.

John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development and implementation of large strategic sustainability projects across the retail, wholesale and food service sectors.

He has led the development of sustainability & ESG policy along with plans and targets to deliver business excellence by embedding sustainability best practice into management processes.

John has also overseen the measurement of progress and the reporting of performance and provided guidance across a broad range of sustainability, commercial risk and technical matters.

Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB               

Yvonne has responsibility for the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy across AIB Group. She is the Chair of the Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Council and also Chair of the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

Maura Quinn, CDir, Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland

Maura is also a Chartered Director. She is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the IoD, Irelands leading C -suite representative and governance body, with a strong track record of delivering year on year results. Maura was appointed Chief Executive in April 2008 and will be stepping down from the role in June 2022. She has over 25 years diverse CEO and board experience across a variety of sectors.

John Reynolds, Chairman of Cairn Homes plc

John is a Non-Executive Director of Computershare Investor Services (Ireland) Limited, Business in the Community Ireland, Institute of Directors Ireland and the National Concert Hall. He is also Senior Advisor to Alantra Credit Portfolio Advisors, Ireland and a Patron of Chapter Zero Ireland established to promote crucial boardroom discussion on the impacts of climate change. He was previously CEO of KBC Bank Ireland plc and President of the Irish Banking Federation.

Caoimhe Donnelly, Chief Sustainability Officer, CIÉ

Caoimhe joined CIÉ Group in 2020 and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Group sustainability strategy. With a focus on driving innovation to meet net zero, she is a member of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, delivering a trial of the first hydrogen bus service in Ireland. She represents CIÉ Group in the Galway Hydrogen Hub consortium, working to develop Ireland’s first hydrogen valley. Caoimhe oversees the Group’s sustainability reporting and accountability requirements. She has over 20 years’ experience in competition, regulation and strategy development. Prior to joining CIÉ, Caoimhe has a range of roles in regulatory strategy in the communications markets and in sustainable development. She is the Chairperson of Global Action Plan Ireland, a not for profit organisation driving sustainability behavioural change.

Laura Heuston, Director & Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks

Laura is an expert in sustainable finance with an in-depth knowledge of the global sustainable finance landscape. She has published reports and papers on how Ireland can use innovative green finance approaches to fund the low carbon transition. Laura works with banks and investors to develop ESG strategies and policies and has an excellent understanding of the ESG criteria ratings agencies and investors look for when assessing a company’s sustainability performance. Prior to setting up SustainabilityWorks Laura worked with KPMG, Airtricity, and Sustainable Nation Ireland. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and holds a BA (hons) in Law from UCD. Laura also lectures in sustainable finance at UCD Smurfit Business School and at the Institute of Banking.

Brian O’Kennedy, Managing Director, Clearstream Solutions

in 2009, a leading Irish based independent carbon, ESG and sustainability consultancy providing advisory services, tools and training, Clearstream’s expert team supports its clients to measure, report and improve their sustainability performance and that of their businesses, products and supply chains. Clearstream Solutions is the executive admin behind the global CDP Climate Change reporting project in Ireland, a community partner of the GRI global reporting initiative, and an approved Enterprise Ireland Green Service Provider”.

Carolina Angarita-Cala, Sustainability and Responsible Investing Manager, Cantor Fitzgerald

Carolina has over 15 years’ experience in the areas of socially responsible investing (SRI) and impact investing. She began her career in 2007 as an investment analyst with L&P Group, a leading investment advisory firm with over 35 years’ experience advising charities in Ireland and abroad, and now forming part of Cantor Fitzgerald. Carolina is a regular media contributor on the topics of sustainability, the rise of green finance and the search for investment that delivers positive outcomes for society. Carolina holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from Harvard University, a master’s degree in International Management from Johannes Kepler University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She is also a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and Pension Trustee Practitioner (PTP).

Conall Bolger, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

Conall has 16 years of markets and policy experience working across the energy value chain from community and customer site projects to larger scale onshore and offshore wind development. He founded, led, and developed Cornwall Insight’s Irish operations – Cornwall provides energy market intelligence and analysis. His international renewables experience includes Poland, Canada, and the UK

Chris Collins, Country President Ireland, Schneider Electric

Chris leads Schneider Electric’s business in Ireland. He plays a vital role in directing the next phase of growth and strategy in the country. He began his career working in engineering and operations roles with field services teams in Siemens and TFC Automation. He joined Schneider Electric as a Business Development Manager in 2003 and was responsible for building automation and security products in the North East region of the US. Over the past 17 years, he has held several roles, including senior board-level positions at Schneider Electric. He is a seasoned business leader having overseen Schneider’s smart buildings business, covering both the commercial and residential sectors in the US. Prior to taking on his current role in April 2021, he was Vice President of Systems Transformation, Digital Energy in the US.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an MBA, Business Administration, Management and Operations from Loyola University Maryland. Chris is a Director of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce Council and sits on the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland Infrastructure Taskforce.

Robbie McGrath, Head of Sustainability D/Res Properties

Robbie has a wide range of experience deveveloped over the last 15 years in Sustainability across several sectors from Corporate Real Estate, Residential Development, and the Electronics and Pharmaceutical industries. Robbie is the Head of Sustainbility in D/RES Properties since 2021, where he is responsible for driving ESG integration throughout the company. Robbie specialises in Life Cycle Carbon Emissions in the built environment and provides leadership in tackling the climate change impacts of the construction and real estate industry. Robbie has worked for 13 years in Helsinki as a Sustainbility consultant prior to returning to Ireland in 2021. In Finland, Robbie provided expert sustainability services to Institutional investors, multinational financial organisations and REIT’s, to develop ESG strategies and enact business change in assessing climate risk and implementing mitigation actions to provide a roadmap for the transition to a low carbon economy. This included sustainable reporting with GRESB, GRI, TCFD and he is also a LEED, BREEAM and WELL Accredited Professional.

Paul Davis , ounder of Davis Events Agency, Chairman of Riverbank Arts Centre and former board member of The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre with an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Paul is founder of Davis Events Agency, Chairman of Riverbank Arts Centre and former board member of The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre with an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

The multi-award-winning Davis Agency operates in the US, UK, Europe and Ireland and helps clients to activate, action and express their environmental and sustainability strategies, goals and objectives through the employee community

The agency works with large companies to deliver employee engagement, diversity and inclusion initiatives and events, and to drive employee retention and strengthen employer brand.

Before founding Davis Events Agency Paul worked in marketing, music and artist management, producing events with artists from Fat Boy Slim to The Chemical Brothers and managing remix projects for U2 and David Holmes.
With a passion for cutting edge marketing and live experiences Paul has developed an agency that digs deep for its clients and is focused on results. A big music fan with a passion for the arts, his touchstones are creativity and innovation.