13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference

Moving the economy centre-stage...

13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference, Wednesday 1st October 2008, Culloden Hotel, Belfast


Date: Wednesday 1st October 2008
Venue: Culloden Hotel, Belfast

 

Speaker panel A-Z

Professor Mike Campbell - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Professor Mike Campbell
Creating a demand-led skills system to meet the needs of the economy

Professor Mike Campbell is Director of Research and Policy at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). He is responsible for advising government on the policies, strategies and targets required to reach the World Class Skills ambition and for assessing the UK’s progress towards it. Previously, he was Director of Development at the Sector Skills Development Agency and was also adviser to the Leitch Review of UK skill needs. His most recent books are Learn to Succeed: The Case for a Skills Revolution (Policy Press 2002) and Skills and Economic Performance (Caspian 2006).

Adrian Cooper - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Adrian Cooper
The economic future: The global economic outlook and regional mid-term forecast

Adrian Cooper is Managing Director of Oxford Economics, one of the world’s leading independent economic think-tanks. He is responsible for coordinating and managing its world economic forecasting and consultancy activities. Oxford Economics provides independent economic analysis and advice to the major international financial institutions, a number of governments in all regions of the world, and to over 250 blue-chip companies. Adrian previously worked for HM Treasury where he worked on the analysis of tax and other economic policy changes as preparations for the UK Budget. He was also the coordinator of the government’s macroeconomic forecast for two years.

Frank Cushnahan - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Frank Cushnahan
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Frank Cushnahan has recently been appointed as Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Panel of the Performance and Efficiency Unit. A banker by profession, he has undertaken a number of major financial and reforming projects for government. He has held many Non-Executive and Executive Board positions, over a number of years, within both public and private sectors, most recently as Chairman of Belfast Harbour Commissioners. He is a Member of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (Chairman of the Audit Committee).

Aidan Gough - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Aidan Gough
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Aidan Gough is Strategy & Policy Director for InterTradeIreland, one of the six cross-border implementation bodies established under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Aidan is responsible for developing the strategic direction of InterTradeIreland as it seeks to deliver its legislative mandate. Aidan is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast with an MBA and MSc in Economics. Prior to joining InterTradeIreland, Aidan was Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Council.

Michael Graham - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Michael Graham
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Michael Graham is Executive Chairman of Graham Construction having formerly been Managing Director. Prior to this he was a main board director with executive responsibilities for the successful delivery of all building projects. In addition to his role within Graham, Michael is a former President of the Construction Employers Federation, and a past Chairman of the Northern Centre of the CIOB in Ireland.

Ronnie Hall - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Ronnie Hall
Equipping Northern Ireland to get the most out of Europe

Michael Graham is Executive Chairman of Graham Construction having formerly been Managing Director. Prior to this he was a main board director with executive responsibilities for the successful delivery of all building projects. In addition to his role within Graham, Michael is a former President of the Construction Employers Federation, and a past Chairman of the Northern Centre of the CIOB in Ireland.

Victor Hewitt - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Victor Hewitt
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Victor Hewitt is the Director of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ERINI) where he is responsible for managing a broad research agenda including work on the role of innovation and technical change in promoting economic development. He is the former Chief Economist at the Northern Ireland Civil Service and worked in the Department of Finance & Personnel with responsibility for European programmes and later public expenditure and liaison with HM Treasury. He has also worked in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment where he was responsible for the department’s research strategy.

Rebecca Homkes - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Rebecca Homkes
Maximising the productivity of the UK economy

Rebecca Homkes is a project manager at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance and current project director of the Management and Productivity project with McKinsey & Co investigating management practices in Ireland and Northern Ireland. She currently coordinates international management training for the project and has also directed and run country-specific focused research in China, India and Brazil.

Stephen Kingon - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Stephen Kingon
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Stephen Kingon took up his position as Chairman of Invest NI on 1 January 2006, having previously been a Board Member. He is also Chairman of the Centre for Competitiveness and recently retired as Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Economic Development Forum, which advises Ministers on issues relating to the development and future competitiveness of the Northern Ireland economy. He co-chairs the North/South Roundtable Group, which seeks to improve the competitiveness of the Island economy. Stephen was appointed a non-executive Director of Allied Irish Banks in September 2007 and was also appointed to the Advisory Board of BT Ireland Ltd.

Stephen Kingon - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Brian Lenihan, TD
Afternoon keynote address: Consolidating peace through all-island economic co-operation

Brian Lenihan was appointed as Minister for Finance on 7 May, 2008.  He served formerly as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and prior to that he had been Minister of State with responsibility for Children at the Department of Health and Children, the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, and the Department of Education and Science.  He was first elected to the Dáil in April 1996 in the by-election caused by the death of his father, Brian, who had been a deputy in Dublin West since 1977.

Philip McDonagh - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Philip McDonagh
Public and private - creating a partnership for prosperity

Philip McDonagh is chief economist with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Northern Ireland.  A leading commentator on the Northern Irleand, UK and Irish economies, Philip has undertaken a wide variety of economic assessment and forecasting assignments for governments, departments and private sector organisations in the UK, Ireland and throughout the EU.  He is the author of a number of publications and a regular media commentator on economic and social affairs.

Joanne Stuart - Speaking at the 13th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference conference - Wednesday 1st October 2008 - Culloden Hotel, Belfast

Joanne Stuart
Round table discussion forum: Overcoming the competitiveness challenge

Joanne Stuart was appointed as the Chairman of the IoD Northern Ireland division in May 2008. With 20 years experience working in the IT industry for a number of multi-national corporations, including Oracle, Joanne branched out to form her own business, in 2006, specialising in providing business and IT consultancy services to large corporate IT companies. Joanne is also a nonexecutive director of Sentinus and a Trustee of the Integrated Education Fund.