Brendan McGrath

Brendan McGrath ICI Board Member Brendan McGrath joined WuXi Biologics Ireland Ltd as Ireland Site Head and VP Manufacturing in April 2018. Brendan was the first WuXi Biologics employee in Ireland and is responsible for development of this green field project and will lead the site (MFG 6&7) when the site becomes operational in 2021. Brendan is a board member of WuXi Biologics Ireland Ltd and WuXi Vaccines Ireland Ltd. Before joining WuXi Biologics, Brendan served as Site Head of MSD Swords Ireland. His experience covers Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Operational Excellence, Manufacturing and Procurement. He has participated in more than 30 regulatory inspections, including FDA, HPRA, ANVISA and Russian HA. Brendan McGrath is from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and was conferred with a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Hons) from the National University of Galway Ireland, holds an ACCA Finance qualification and is a lean six sigma black belt. BACK Brendan McGrath

Liming Wang

Liming Wang Liming Wang Born and brought up in China, Liming Wang worked for six and a half years (as a Deputy Division Director from 1986) for the Ministry of Commerce of PR China in Beijing following his primary degree obtained in 1982. In 1989, he completed an International MBA course in Sheffield Hallam University as a visiting student. He was subsequently awarded a visiting studentship from Queen’s University Belfast and, after completing his PhD in Economics, became a teaching and research fellow at Queen’s in 1995. From 2000, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the China Unit, which is primarily involved in managing the expansion and development of Queen’s links with China in teaching, research and joint programmes. Professor Wang was appointed as Director at the beginning of 2006 to establish and run the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD. He was also appointed as Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. Outside of UCD, Professor Wang is the Chairman of the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland, the Secretary General of the Chinese Economic Association in Europe, a Board Director of the Institute of International Trade of Ireland (since 2010) and Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd (2011-2014). He has been a Visiting Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2002-2004), Anhui Normal University since 2003, a Haiju Chair Professor at Beijing University of Technology as well as a Distinguished Foreign Expert appointed by the Beijing Municipal Government since 2013 and a member of the [...]

Mary Ruane

Mary Ruane Mary Ruane ICI Board Member Mary Ruane is the founding and former director of the UCD Applied Language Centre and is currently attached to the School of Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute University College Cork (UCC). Her interest in Chinese language and culture is long standing, and she has worked to promote the study of both in Ireland for many years. Her work forms part of an overall national strategy to promote Sino-Irish relations in the fields of culture, education and business.  She is a former Chair of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival and is currently a council member with the Ireland China Business Association. She is the author of Access to Foreign Languages in Second-level Schools (1990) and is a Board Member of the Ireland China Institute. BACK

Odran Reid

Odran Reid, ICI Board Member Odran is a lecture in economics, planning and local development in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a professional economist and spatial planner. Odran has extensive experience in the pubic, private and NGO sectors having worked with the Greater London Council, the Inner London Education Authority, The Institute of International and European Affairs, Northside Partnership, two members of the European Parliament, before becoming the the first CEO of NorDubCo as well as establishing his own consultancy firm specialising in planning and corporate governance. As well as being Chairperson of Northside Counselling Service, Odran is a director and Company Secretary of Northside Homecare Service, and has held many previous directorships in NGO’s and State bodies including the Garda Síochána Complaints Board and Irish Water Safety. He is currently a member of the Planning and Property Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) in Dublin City Council and the Economics and Enterprise SPC in Fingal County Council. He is a member of the QQI Appeals Panel and is secretary of the Irish Branch of the Institute of Economic Development. Odran is an economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a masters graduate in Spatial Planning from the Technological University, Dublin (TU Dublin). He is a founder member and secretary of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network and is a Corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute and of the Institute of Economic Development. He is Chairperson of the Spatial Planning MSc Programme in the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning in [...]

Ruairi Quinn

Ruairí Quinn Ruairi Quinn ICI Board Member With over forty years as a politician, policy maker, Europhile and activist, Ruairí Quinn’s political experience is broad reaching. After studying architecture at University College Dublin and the University of Athens, he joined the Labour Party in 1965 and won a seat in Dublin City Council in 1974. While working as an architect, he developed a keen interest in environmental issues. He was elected a Labour Party TD (Parliament Member) in 1977, and from there on he served as government Minister in the departments of Finance, Education, Enterprise and Employment, Public Service, the Environment and Labour and Urban Affairs. A staunch believer in a strong and unified Europe, Quinn was President of the Ecofin Council of the European Union in 1996 and worked hard to strengthen Ireland’s role in the EU. He played a major part in the successful instigation of Europe’s single Currency, and secured Ireland’s qualification for it. He continued his deep interest in European Affairs and was a key player in European Movement Ireland. He was Head of the Irish Labour Party from 1997-2002 and is currently Vice-President and Treasurer of the Party of European Socialists. He also teaches as adjunct Professor in Trinity College Business School. Since 2017, Ruairí Quinn has been the Chairperson of the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) and this year joined the board of the Ireland China Institute. BACK

Marie O’Brien, Chairperson

Marie O'Brien, ICI Chairperson Marie O'Brien is a partner in the Finance Department of leading Irish Law Firm, A&L Goodbody, specialising in asset finance and leasing and Head of the ALG China Business Group. Marie travels to China regularly to meet with Chinese clients, government agencies and to speak at seminars. Marie regularly presents on Irish-Sino business topics in Ireland and China, and is the firm representative member of the Ireland China Business Association. Marie also regularly lectures in Universities and on Law Society of Ireland courses and Diplomas in the area of asset finance. Marie is Head of the ALG Chinese lawyer programme which sees senior Chinese lawyers work in ALG on a rotation basis. This Programme and has been recognised by both the Irish and Chinese Governments as a very positive and innovative initiative to further develop the business relationship between Ireland and China. Marie is very experienced in advising Chinese companies in relation to the establishment and operation of their business in Ireland.  Marie completed her law studies at University College Dublin and the University of Melbourne, Australia and is ranked as a leading lawyer in the relevant legal directories. BACK Marie O'Brien

Enda Kenny, President

Enda Kenny Enda Kenny President Enda Kenny TD is an Irish statesman who served as the country’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) from March, 2011 until June of last year, 2017. A member and leader of the Fine Gael political party, he previously served as a Cabinet Minister (Tourism and Trade 1994-97) and Minister of State (Education and Labour ’86-87). As the longest serving TD in Dáil Éireann, Enda Kenny was also Vice-President of Fine Gael’s European affiliate, the European People’s Party from 2006-2012. From Castlebar in the West of Ireland, Enda is a former primary school teacher and has served in a wide variety of Party and Parliamentary positions. During his tenure, he oversaw an unprecedented growth in Irish tourism and Ireland’s trade position internationally. As Minister he also chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland’s Presidency, and he co-chaired the successful Singapore round of the World Trade Organisation talks in 1996. Through the fostering of international trade, Enda played a significant role in developing the economic boom that began in Ireland in from the late nineties on. In June 2018, Kenny was named 'Irish European of the Year' by the European Movement in Ireland, for “outstanding contribution to promoting and developing Ireland's place in Europe.” Enda Kenny has a keen interest in China and during an official State visit there in 2012, he noted: “Greater trade and cultural links will benefit both of our countries and will help to cement further the excellent relationship that already exists between China and [...]

Micheal Flynn

Michael Flynn, ICI Treasurer Michael Flynn is a corporate finance partner with Deloitte, Ireland, the largest global professional services and consulting network. He currently leads the firm’s debt advisory practice, focusing on real estate and infrastructure financing. He is the Global Financial Advisory Public Sector Leader and the Infrastructure & Capital Projects EMEA Leader.  Michael is also Deloitte’s Head of Energy and Resources for Ireland and the China Services Group Ireland Leader. He specialises in advising public, private and banking clients on debt raising, restructuring and refinancing for both project finance and corporate debt transactions including the development of government and infrastructure assets, real estate, energy and renewable energy assets in Ireland and internationally.  Michael is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) PPP Business Advisory Board and the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) Ireland Council member.  He became Treasurer of the Ireland China Institute in Spring, 2019. BACK Michael Flynn

Ken Duggan

Ken Duggan Ken Duggan has been doing business in China for thirteen years, having successfully established an Irish Pub in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, as well as other investments and interests in Yiwu, Guangzhou, Dalian, Anshan, Shanghai, Beijing, Shijiazhang , Qingdao and Zhejiang province. In 2009 he set up his own consultancy, Chinaportal, which is firmly established as a market leader doing business in China. He accompanied the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on her visit to Shanghai’s Expo 2010 and also joined the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny TD (Taoiseach) on a trade mission to China in March 2012. Ken has sourced a diverse and wide range of products in China on behalf of Chinaportal’s Irish and international clients and is currently working with several Irish and Chinese companies seeking retail and investment opportunities in both countries. Ken is a former Chairman of the Ireland China Business Association, and is a former Chairman of the Ireland China Institute. He graduated from UCD with a philosophy degree, from Trinity College with a Masters degree and is currently completing a Ph.D in Educational Management in Trinity College, Dublin. He previously worked as a Post primary School Principal and was also the first Director of the Irish Refugee Council. Ken is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sino-European Research Centre for Creative Economy based in the Confucius Institute, UCD, Dublin. BACK Ken Duggan

Pat Cox

Pat Cox Pat Cox, ICI Board Member Pat Cox originally engaged with the political world as a respected current affairs journalist. From 1982 to 1986, he reported for Irish national television’s “Today Tonight” programme on cutting edge Irish and international news. Having graduated from Trinity College as an economist and worked as a lecturer in economics, he became actively involved in politics in the late eighties as founding Secretary General of the Progressive Democrats in Ireland. He was elected to the Dáil representing Cork South-Central 1992 and served as the party’s finance spokesman. Deeply committed to the success of the European Union, Pat Cox was a member of the European parliament from 1989 to 2004. He served, among other positions, on the Committees for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Institutional Affairs and Legal Affairs. He was President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004, campaigning to promote the enlargement of the European Union and has received many awards and distinctions for this work, including honorary Doctorates from several Irish universities. He was named “Member of the European Parliament of the Year” in 2001 and The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU voted him recipient of the “Transatlantic Business Award of the Year 2004”. Among other international honours, he is the recipient of the “International Charlemagne Prize” in Aachen and of France’s highest honour, the title of Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur.  He is currently president of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe and Honorary Vice President of the European Movement Ireland, [...]

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