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.