Mr. John BrutonFormer Prime Minister of Ireland
John Bruton is a former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), who helped transform the Irish economy into the “Celtic Tiger”, when it became, for a period of 12 years, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In the year before he took office (1993) the Irish economy grew by 2.7%. During his time as Taoiseach (1994-1997), the Irish economy grew at an annual average rate of 8.7%, peaking at 11.1% in 1997.
As EU Ambassador in Washington from 2004 to 2009, John Bruton met with the President, and former Presidents, of the United States and visited with governors, mayors, business leaders and students in most US states to explain that the expanding European Union is good for the US economy and good for American jobs.
Mr. Richard HorlickFormer Head of Investments, Schroders Plc
Mr. Horlick was a Board Director of Schroders plc; where he was Head of Investments and a member of the General Management Committee. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Horlick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Management Trust. Mr. Horlick was President of Institutional Business in London, responsible for the investment and development of Fidelity’s institutional business outside the US, and was a member of the operating committee of Fidelity International. He graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Modern History.
Mrs. Joanna MurphyChief Executive Officer of ConnectIreland Group
Joanna Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of the group, Director of ConnectIreland, Director of Start up Ireland, Board Member and Director of the Irish Diaspora Loan fund.
ConnectIreland begun as a globally unique job creation initiative which emerged from the Global Irish Economic forum in 2011, and has been responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs. Her expertise is in inward investment and Irish economic development. She holds a first class honours degree in business studies.
Mr. Terry CluneChairman of ConnectIreland & The Taxback Group
Mr. Clune is Chairman of Taxback Group, a global financial services company employing over 1,000 staff in 20 countries. He is a former winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the HSBC European Entrepreneur Award. With the support of the Irish Government and Irish Diaspora, Terry launched Connect-Ireland to help attract employment to Ireland. The initiative has been very successful, and recently won recognition and several awards at the Financial Times Global FDI Awards.