Ibec Business Leaders Conference

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 8-2pm

The Convention Centre Dublin

Spencer Dock, Dublin

What to expect?

Ireland is the best example of EU success for a small open economy built on a globalised business model. Faced with significant uncertainty post Brexit and an anti globalisation trend emerging worldwide, the future Irish business model is confronted by both substantial threats and opportunities.

Disruptive innovation is transforming industries, revolutionising the modern business workplace and driving the dynamism in our shared economies. Push back on global trade, investment and migration flows from populist agendas across the world is confronting businesses with complex challenges.

Gather your senior leadership team at the Ibec Business Leaders Conference and hear from frontrunners of industry, thought leaders, commentators and subject matter experts to inform, debate and discuss the impact of these changes for Irish Business.

Why attend?

Engage in high-level discussion around Ireland’s growth prospects.

Hear from senior government officials, influential commentators and those responsible for Ireland’s economic future.

Network with more than 300 business leaders.

Be part of a thorough analysis and discussion on international factors of influence.

International insight. Local perspective.

Meet our speakers

Informed, opinionated and ready for robust discussion. International commentators and business visionaries come together to explore what lies ahead for Irish business.


Expertly moderated by RTÉ ’s Claire Byrne this event features distinct sessions including a keynote in each.

Session one

Our story of economic substance – What makes Ireland unique?

Ireland is the best example of EU success for a small open economy built on a globalised business model. With keynote from Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy in this session we explore the substance of the activity taking place in Ireland and the future of Ireland’s business model given that it is facing significant uncertainty post Brexit and an anti globalisation trend emerging worldwide.

Panel discussion:

  • Peter Barrett, CEO, Aviation Capital
  • Margot Slattery, Country President, Sodexo Ireland
  • Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec

Session two

Changing times - The impact of geopolitical factors on international business

Janan Ganesh, Political Columnist, The Financial Times will give his perspective on what to look out for in the economic year ahead, from the impact of Brexit, reforms in China to political populism, global insecurity and Russia’s role in the world.

Panel discussion:

  • Sherman Katz, International Trade Expert
  • Dearbhaill McDonnald, Group Business Editor, INM
  • Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director, European Movement Ireland
  • Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

Session three

Competing in the age of disruption

This session will examine the influencers and trends transforming industries, revolutionising the modern business workplace and driving the dynamism in our shared economies. The unpredictable political landscape brings new challenges for corporate image. Our panel will explore how to navigate your company through a time of political and social turmoil.

Panel discussion:

  • Vicky Godolphin, Head of Digital, Accenture
  • John Mahony, CEO, Reputation Inc
  • Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor, The Economist


The event will conclude with an interview with International Rugby Union Referee, Nigel Owens conducted by Newstalks, Dave McIntyre.  Informed, opinionated and ready for robust discussion Nigel has established himself as a force both on an off the rugby pitch so we look forward to a lively discussion.

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Delegate rate


+ 23% VAT

Ibec Business Leaders Forum 2017

Thursday, 9 March, 8 am - 2 pm

The Convention Centre Dublin

Spencer Dock

North Wall Quay

Dublin 1

Business Leaders Premium Package


+ 23% VAT

- Reserved choice seating for 5 delegates in the conference room

- 5 premium delegate packs

- Reserved seating for 5 at lunch

- Includes a group discount rate


The Convention Centre Dublin’s underground car park, managed by Euro Car Parks, has 320 spaces, 8 disabled spaces and a height limit of 2.1m. It operates from 7.00am to midnight, 7 days a week. Parking rates are €3.50 per hour or €25 per day, with an evening rate of €10 from 6.00pm to midnight. Download  map of routes in and out of The CCD Underground Car Park.

How to get to the CCD by car, public transport and from the airport


If you are travelling on Wednesday evening and need accommodation, please note the following hotels are close to the event:

The Spencer Hotel

The Gibson Hotel

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

The Marker Hotel

To avail of a preferential Ibec corporate rate, please make your booking through at and quote Ibec in your booking.

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin was developed to provide a world-class conference venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Located just 15 minutes from the airport in Dublin’s Docklands, the finance and technology hub of the city, The CCD is ideally positioned to entice the international business tourism market.


View 2016 Conference Highlights

Views on Brexit

Realising Ambition for irish Business

Global Economy

Previous attendees

A&L Goodbody
Abbott Diabetes Care
An Chéim Computer Services Ltd
Athlone Institute of Technology
Aut Even Hospital
Bausch + Lomb
Boston Scientific
British Embassy
Cisco Systems Internetworking
Creme Global
Crown Paints Ireland Ltd
Danone Baby Nutricia
D'Arcy & Associates
DeCare Operations Ireland Ltd
Dental Medical Ireland (DMI)
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design
Eirgrid Plc
Enterprise Solution Centre
Fingleton White & Co. Ltd
Flaktwoods Ltd
Fresenius Medical Care
Gaelite Signs
Gem Plastics
Glanbia plc
Glanbia Consumer Foods
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Heat Merchants Group
Higher Education Authority
IBM Ireland
IE Domain Registry Limited
IPM Potato Group Ltd
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Irish Life Group Ltd
Irish Mainport Holdings
Irish Stock Exchange
Janssen Biologics
JPMorgan Bank Ireland
Johnson and Johnson
Junior Achievement Ireland
Katawave Ltd
Kildare Street and University Club
Kilkenny Group
Largo Foods
LEO Pharma
Lufthansa Technik Shannon Limited
Maxol Limited
MERC Partners
Merit Medical
Microsoft Ireland
Murphy Mulhall
National Disability Authority
National University of Ireland, Galway
Neuromod Devices Limited
News UK & Ireland
Ogilvy & Mather Group
Oriflame R&D
Pepper Asset Servicing
Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
Phillips-Medisize Ireland
Phillips 66
Prim-Ed Publishing
Prospectus Management Consultants
Red Mills
Repak Ltd
Rochford Brady
Rosslare Europort
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Santander Insurance Ireland
SAP SSC Ireland Ltd
SeaQuest Systems
Servier Laboratories Ireland Ltd
Siemens Ltd
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing
Smurfit Kappa
Standard Life
Stryker Ireland Ltd
Synecco Ltd
Terminal Four Solutions Ltd
Tesco Ireland
The Doyle Collection
The Irish Times Ltd
The Westbury Hotel
Tom Phillips + Associates
Topaz Energy Limited
Towercom Limited
Trinity College Dublin
Tullamore Credit Union
Ulster Bank
Uniphar Group
Unum Ireland Ltd
US Embassy
Vita Materials
Vodafone Ireland
William Connolly & Sons
Willis Ireland