Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2023
The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference will take place in-person on Thursday, 18 May at an all-new venue - The Dublin Royal Convention Centre. This event is a highlight in the international funds and asset management industry calendar and attracts a wide range of participants from across the international investment funds community.
This year's conference will focus on the core themes of Trust, Capability and Innovation, three fundamental pillars on which the funds industry in Ireland has been built.
The agenda will include thought-provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts, while a full day of networking opportunities will run alongside the agenda in the exhibition area.
8:00 - Registration and Breakfast
Breakfast kindly sponsored by MUFG Investor Services
9:00 - Opening Address
Eoin FitzGerald, Chair, Irish Funds
Country Manager, Brown Brothers Harriman
Introductions and MC: Siobhan Moran, RBC I&TS
9:10 - Panel Discussion: Business Leaders Perspectives
Insights from business leaders from the funds and wider financial services industries on the hot topics and macro-economic challenges confronting their organisations and the industry at large.
Moderator: Niamh Geraghty, Deloitte
- Lisa Harlow, Vanguard Group (Ireland)
- Laura Trimble, HSBC Ireland
- Cyril Delamare, Waystone
9:50 - Irish Government Address
10:10 - Panel Discussion: Update on Regulation
This panel of industry regulators will discuss the key topics impacting the regulatory environment over the next 12 months, including AIFMD, Macroprudential measures, the Individual Accountability Framework, ESG and operational resilience.
Moderator: Lauren Anderson, JP Morgan
- Patricia Dunne, Central Bank of Ireland
- Antonio Barattelli, ESMA
- Camille Blackburn, FCA
10:50 - Morning Coffee Break
Kindly sponsored by Morgan McKinley
11:20 - Interview: The Investor Perspective – what strategies are clients seeking to invest in
Carol Ward, President of MAN Group, interviewed by Eve Finn, Managing Director of LGIM Ireland
11:50 - Panel Discussion: Driving Financial Returns via ESG
Market participants often look to studies on financial results on ESG vs. non-ESG funds as the judgment of the efficacy of ESG investing, ignoring externalities that can materially influence study results. In this panel we look to the fundamental performance drivers from ESG.
Moderator: Andrew Farmer, KPMG
- Lisa Calhoun, Valor Ventures
- Degas Wright, Decatur Capital Management
- Aoife Kearney, Neuberger Berman
- George Latham, WHEB Asset Management
12:25 - Authentic Leadership and Gender Norms in Business
Caroline Farberger, Partner, Wellstreet,
Advocate and ambassador for diversity and inclusive leadership.
Interviewed by Eoin Motherway.
12:55 - Lunch
Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust
14:15 - Keynote Address
Sonja Laud, Chief Investment Officer, Legal & General Investment Management
14:35 - Parallel Panel Discussions
Parallel Panel Discussion 1: 30 years on – the continuing evolution of ETF investing
30 years ago investing was revolutionised with the launch of the very first ETF product. In the decades since, ETFs have evolved at a rapid pace - this panel will discuss these developments and what the future holds for ETF investing.
Moderator: Tara O’Reilly, Arthur Cox
- Keshava Shastry, DWS
- Deborah Fuhr, ETFGI
- Allan Trimmer, abrdn
Parallel Panel Discussion 2: Unleashing the potential: Exploring the role of AI in the funds Industry
This panel will discuss how AI is being applied in real-world scenarios in their respective organisations, what potential new uses are being considered for this technology and the challenges involved in implementing AI in a highly regulated industry.
Moderator: Ciaran Fennessy, CITI & National College of Ireland
- Niamh Daly, State Street
- Nicola Stokes, IDA Ireland
- Matthieu Keip, Amundi
- Prag Sharma, CITI
- Eoin Lane, BNY Mellon
Parallel Panel Discussion 3: Fund solutions for the pensions shortfall
A key focus for our economy is the rising cost of catering for an aging population. This panel discussion will discuss the key role the Irish Funds sector can play in offering strategic solutions to this challenge.
Moderator: Lisa Kealy, EY
- Alan Keating, Northern Trust
- Stephen O'Hanlon, Irish Life
- Caitrona McGuinness, Mercer Ireland
- Ryan Tully, AMX by Carne
Parallel Panel Discussion 4: The Investment Limited Partnership: Why now is the right time
The ILP is growing in influence in the structuring of private assets. Hear from a panel of leading experts who have established ILPs and how it has successfully met their expectations.
Moderator: Paul Giblin, IQEQ
- Paul Kelly, Elkstone
- Sarah Crawford, B-Flexion
- Patrick Lawless, Gresham House
15:15 - Afternoon Coffee Break
15:45 - Parallel Panel Discussions (1 -4): Repeated
16:25 - Keynote Address: Proactive Cybersecurity - Continuously Assessing & Adapting to Risk
Matt McCormack, Chief Information Security Officer, BNY Mellon
16:45 - Panel Discussion: Technology and Innovation - Simplifying Fund Distribution
This panel will discuss the important role that technology is playing in simplifying fund distribution and will cover topics including innovations in digitalisation, distribution platforms, data management, KYC and AML.
Moderator: Marie Taylor-Ghent, PwC
- Edward James, FNZ
- Kevin O’Neill, Napier
- Killian Lonergan, BBH
17:25 - Closing Remarks
Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds
17:30 - Drinks Reception
Kindly sponsored by: Lincoln Recruitment
19:30 - Annual Conference Dinner
Kindly co-sponsored by KNEIP and BlackRock
23:00 - Event concludes
Managing Partner & Founder of ETFGI and Co-Founder of Women in ETFs
Managing Partner and Chief Risk Officer at WHEB Asset Management.
Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for BNY Mellon
CEO and Head of Wholesale Banking of HSBC
Director of Venture Operations at Elkstone
Managing Director of IQ EQ Fund Management (Ireland) Limited (formerly Davy Global Fund Management)
CEO and executive director of Northern Trust Asset Management’s Irish management company
Financial services audit partner in Deloitte Ireland and Head of the Investment Management team
CEO of Vanguard Group (Ireland) Limited.
Head of the Investment Management Unit at ESMA
Director – Wholesale Buy Side for the Financial Conduct Authority
Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Markets for DWS
Technologist for International Financial Services for IDA
Global Head of Artificial Intelligence at Citi