Ireland’s 3rd Annual ‘Talent and Innovation Thursday’ focuses on key outputs from Ireland’s first Sustainable Finance Roadmap, including skills support and digital technologies available and the launch of Ireland’s first Green and Sustainable Finance TechSprint Challenge.
Sessions will feature updates to various professions and sectors including HR Managers, Accountants, Actuaries, Funds and Data. 'Talent and Innovation Thursday' is supported by Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
Michael Concannon, has worked in financial services for over 30 years. He holds a degree in Financial Services from UCD and is a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers. Most recently he joined the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI) as Head of Strategy and Development. The FPAI aims to bring banking and Fintechs together for common good. Michael remains passionate about how Fintech is a positive force in financial services and can help bring tangible benefits to consumers and society at large.
Laura Flood, is a Partner in PwC Ireland's Banking and Capital Markets team, has significant experience in providing regulatory, risk management and assurance services to domestic and international banking and fintech clients. She is also a Council Member of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI). The FPAI represents the interests of fintech and payments businesses in Ireland, helping develop the regulatory, commercial and community ecosystem in which they operate. She is also a member of the FPAI's Regulatory Interest Group.
Laura advises clients on a range of issues including financial reporting and emerging issues in financial services regulation. She has a particular focus on the impact of ESG on financial services and has supported clients in assessing the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on their business and on their financial reporting.
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of Toronto Finance International (TFI), a public-private partnership whose mission is to promote and develop Toronto’s financial services sector, and to establish its prominence as a leading global financial centre.
Jennifer’s 20-year career in the financial services industry has included senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and global risk management. Prior to joining TFI, Jennifer was the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada’s largest industry association and advocacy group for women in the financial sector.
Jennifer is a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada, Director on the Board of BF&M Insurance Group Ltd, Director on the Board of the Canada Development Investment Corporation ("CDEV"), and a Director on the Board of Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the UN convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) network and also serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Sustainable Finance. In 2015 and 2017, she was named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Women's Leadership program, and she received her MBA from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. Jennifer also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation, ICD.D.
Eimear specialises in the design and delivery of world class and professionally relevant, digital, data and sustainable finance education and training programmes. She is the Director of Digital and Innovation with IOB, working with industry to understand current and future skills needs and developing exciting education propositions that enable individuals and organisations to truly achieve their ambitions. She is the Programme Director for several programmes including IOB’s Professional Certificate in Responsible and Sustainable Finance, Professional Diploma in Data and Analytics and the Professional Diploma in Digital Transformation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and an MSc in Education from DCU.
Marianne Haahr is the Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) a not for profit foundation co-founded by UNEP and the Ant Group with a mission to scale green finance with fintech. Prior to that Marianne was advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digital finance in emerging markets, she has also been leading the think tank Sustainia working of technology for green finance and she started her professional career building micro finance solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation in West and Southern Africa. Marianne holds an MSc from the University of Copenhagen.
Johnny Mattimore is the Managing Director, Global Head of Risk & Sustainable Finance at First Derivative and has 30+ years of experience in the financial markets. He has spent half of his career in investment banking and half in hedge funds and investment management specialising in all aspects of risk trading, group risk management and risk systems design and implementation.
He is leading proponent of open-source standards and has a high level of expertise in all aspects of sustainable finance and its integration to core traditional financial systems. This includes data service, risk models, control frameworks and workflows, and reporting infrastructure. His sustainability experience covers catastrophe risk, climate risk, green securities, carbon offsets, ESG and the wider regulation, reporting and taxonomy frameworks for sustainable finance solutions.
Joe Duffy is a Senior Client Executive within BNY Mellon’s Global Client Management team and has global responsibility for some of BNY Mellon’s most significant client relationships. Joe was previously Head of Global Client Management EMEA for BNY Mellon. He served as Country Executive for BNY Mellon in Ireland for 12 years, is a member of BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team, European Executive and European Operating Committee. He serves as a Director of a number of BNY Mellon entities and has previously served in an executive capacity as Deputy CEO of BNY Mellon’s European Bank.
In his role as Country Executive, Joe was the senior on the ground leader of BNY Mellon’s franchise and senior representative for the company’s business interests in Ireland. In that capacity he was responsible for oversight of the company’s relationships with legislators, regulators, clients, other key stakeholders.
Joe is an active promoter of diversity efforts within BNY Mellon, he has previously Co-chaired BNY Mellon's Women’s Executive Network in EMEA and currently leads their Male Ally group. He is actively involved in the 30% Club in Ireland where he sits on its Financial Services Advisory Committee.
Outside of BNY Mellon, Joe sits on the National Council of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, is a member of the advisory board of Financial Services Ireland, serves on the Ireland Financial Services 2020 Joint Committee and was most recently a member of the Irish Governments Strategic Advisory Group advising the Irish Government on the formation of a Financial Services Strategy out to 2025.
Before joining BNY Mellon in 2006, Joe worked with JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and PWC, in global, regional and local roles focusing on growing financial services businesses and advising industry participants. He has worked in various locations including Dublin, London, Hong Kong, and the Channel Islands.Joe holds a Commerce degree from University College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute ofChartered Accountants in Ireland.
Cliodhna Murphy is an Executive Director for Product Development at MUFG Investor Services with responsibility for hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, and ESG business lines. Cliodhna has over 16 years of industry experience. Cliodhna was previously at Man Group, where she served under various roles, including Business Manager for GLG Credit, Head of Investment Management Services, and Head of Investor Services. Prior to Man Group, Cliodhna was the Chief Operating Officer for Decura, a VP at Goldman Sachs Administration Services and an Associate at Morgan Stanley Fund Services.
Deborah is a partner and head of the Asset Management and FS Regulatory team in Eversheds Sutherland Ireland with extensive private practice and industry experience. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in Europe for Financial and Regulatory Services, by ILO/ACC and in Ireland in the Legal 500. Deborah won ‘Financial Regulation Lawyer of the Year’ at the Women in Business Law Europe Awards 2021. Deborah regularly advocates on behalf of industry participants on regulatory matters and has contributed as a regulatory and industry professional to the ESMA and EC roundtables. Deborah is a member of the Steering Committee of the Green Team Network. As part of her industry work she was a contributor to Ireland’s National Sustainable Finance Roadmap.
Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Deborah held the position of EMEA Head of Legal for Securities Services in Citibank. Deborah is a member of and active contributor to many industry working groups such as the Irish Funds depositary, legal and regulatory and Fintech working groups. She is also an expert on the Department of Finance 2025 Blockchain Strategy Group and a member of Blockchain Ireland’s legal and regulatory working group.
Cathal is a Managing Director within State Street and has been working in the funds industry for over 22 years. Cathal holds a number of technical and leadership roles in the Irish and European industry associations. Cathal is currently chair of the Irish Funds ESG Data Servicing Working Group which is supporting the industry on the data requirements of the sustainable finance regime. Cathal is also a member of the Irish Funds Sustainability, Skills and Technology Steering Group and currently sits on the European Fund Asset Management Association (EFAMA) Accounting Task Force. Prior to joining State Street in 2005, Cathal was a senior audit manager in EY.
Yvonne Holmes is the Chief Sustainability Officer in AIB and has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Sustainability Strategy across AIB Group. Yvonne is a member of the Chambers Ireland’s Sustainable Business Council and is the Chair of the Sustainable Finance Skillnet. Yvonne’s previous roles include Head of Analytics & Head of Consumer Strategy and Yvonne has also led a number of key programmes across AIB Group, including Retail Transformation, Core Systems Replacement & Digital Customer Experience
Sandra is a member of the Executive Management team. Since October 2018, she holds overall responsibility for ILIM’s Wealth and Defined Contribution Corporate Channels. She is also responsible for ILIM's ESG policy and strategy development as well as responsibility for the Client Services Teams. Prior to taking on this position, Sandra held responsibility for ILIM’s International Business and Strategic Partnerships.Prior to joining ILIM, Sandra was Head of Financial Planning and Pensions with Ireland's leading wealth manager, responsible for the establishment and delivery of financial and investment advice to High Net Worth clients, pension funds and charities. Sandra previously worked in Mercer as an actuarial consultant, working with a range of public sector and multinational clients in relation to their pension arrangements.Sandra is a graduate in Actuarial Finance and Economics from University College Dublin, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She is a Council Member of SIF Ireland (part of the European Sustainable Investment Forums) and a member of the Pensions Council of Ireland. The latter was established to advise the Minister for Social Protection on matters of relevance to pensions, with a particular focus on policies to support the sustainability and adequacy of pension provision.
Over 30 years experience leveraging technology to deliver innovative solutions for customers across Europe, Africa, Asia and America. Originally from the IT side, Sean migrated to the business and into Product management to ensure the solutions delivered addressed real pain points for the business.With experience across multiple sectors including Banking, Cards, Fraud & Identity, Gambling, HR and across multiple digital touchpoints including Mobile / Web and Self-Service, Sean has worked from start-up to large scale corporate business.
David Carlin leads the TCFD and climate risk program for UNEP Finance Initiative. He currently is running a pilot for nearly 50 global banks and investors on topics of climate scenarios, climate risk assessments, and climate governance. He is also a contributor to Forbes, where he writes about climate change and leadership.
Prior to joining UNEP FI, he worked as a senior manager in Risk and Public Policy for Oliver Wyman Consulting and in Model Risk Management for PNC Bank. His background is in quantitative modeling and decision science.
He conducted research in financial decision-making at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College
Tracey Donnery is an Executive Director with Skillnet Ireland, the agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce development. She is an experienced executive in learning and development, organisation development and labour market policy. Believing that a highly skilled workforce is essential for Ireland’s competitiveness and productivity, Tracey works to ensure Skillnet Ireland business support and upskilling activities are innovative and align with national workforce development policy.Tracey is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, member of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of Irish Institute of Training & Development, and the National Council of Business for Digital Tech Women. Tracey holds a Masters in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University, Diploma in Executive Coaching, and a Diploma in Leadership from the Irish Management Institute.
Mark is the Chief Technologist at Skillnet Ireland, and has held a number of senior leadership roles in the Financial Services and FinTech industry. Having worked in the UK, US, Switzerland & Ireland, he is an experienced and innovative leader possessing expertise in technology deployment, operational management, system transformation and regulatory compliance. Throughout his career, Mark has managed and delivered many global strategic transformation programs around system redesign, operational workflow improvements, outsourcing, offshoring and process re-engineering. He also specialises in identifying and developing partnerships and successful commercial engagements with governments, industry bodies and subject matter expert companies.Mark has an ICMA from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He also holds diploma designations from the Securities Institute, Chartered Insurance Institute and The Boston Institute of Finance.At Skillnet Ireland, Mark is leading the technology skills strategy and agenda. He is engaged with the European Commission, higher education, government departments and industry sectors in Ireland, and is focussed on readying business for the impact technology will have on the future world of work.
Joe is Director of Non-Life Actuarial Services for PwC Ireland with over 30 years professional experience in insurance markets in Ireland and internationally. Previous roles also include working for the World Bank and GOAL. Joe has an MSc in International Development from UCD. A founding member of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland's Sustainability and Climate Change Steering Group, he recently served on the Insurance working group helping to develop a national Sustainable Finance Roadmap to guide Irish green and sustainable finance activities in the context of the European Green Deal and Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. Joe has also been a member of the (UK) IFoA's Sustainability Board and the Steering Committee for the (North American) Society of Actuaries's Catastrophe & Climate Strategic Research Program.
Anna Sweeney is Executive Director at the Prudential Regulation Authority. She has responsibility for the Risk & Operations function of the PRA, which includes the Chief Operating Office, ownership of the PRA’s supervisory approach and risk model and support for the PRA’s senior committees. Anna also co-leads Insurance Supervision with Charlotte Gerken, where she is responsible for the supervision of the UK’s general insurance sector, including the Society of Lloyd’s.The PRA’s approach to insurance supervision seeks to deliver the PRA’s statutory objectives to:• promote the safety and soundness of the firms we regulate; and• contribute to the securing of an appropriate degree of protection for those who are or may become policyholders.Anna was previously our Director of Insurance Supervision (between 2017 and 2019). Anna is an experienced insurance and banking regulator, having previously led the supervision of a number of the largest banks and insurers.
Bo Qin is the Lead Analyst in the European Carbon team at BloombergNEF, providing research on EU ETS policy development and price forecasting. In addition, she covers utility hedging strategies and business model transitions. She holds a BA in Accounting and MSc in International Business Management.
Yvonne is the Professor of Zoology and co-director of Nature+: The Trinity Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Nature-based Solutions. Prof. Buckley has research interests in determining the future of how we live well on the planet, environmental decision making and ecology. She leads a team of researchers and uses discoveries to provide support for environmental decisions in the areas of biodiversity conservation, invasive species management and habitat restoration.
John is a technology and climate entrepreneur. He is the CEO of ChannelSight, an ecommerce software platform recognised by Deloitte as among the 50 fastest growing tech companies in Ireland in 2019 and 2020. He is involved in a number of projects focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in key sectors of the economy such as agriculture and energy. John founded Forestry Partners in 2019 to provide innovative sustainability solutions to corporate partners on a not-for-profit basis.
Ciarán is the managing Director of the Nature Trust and Director of Coillte Nature, the not-for-profit branch of Coillte. Ciarán has held a range of senior management roles in Coillte over the last nine years and has prior experience working in the public and private sectors in Ireland and abroad. He holds a BSc in Engineering, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and a PhD from UCD which he earned for his research into environmental policy and governance in Ireland.
Antoinette McDonald is Customer and Marketing Director for AXA Insurance dac. Antoinette has a wide range of experience in the Irish insurance market leading strategic programmes to deliver improved profitability and customer engagement. She is co-sponsor of AXA Ireland’s Climate Protection Strategy and led the launch of AXA’s carbon neutral car insurance. She has been a member of Insurance Ireland’s Communication committee and a member of the II European Insurance Forum Conference Committee. Antoinette is a Commerce Graduate and is also a Certified Insurance Director.
Rade Musulin is a Principal at Finity Consulting in Sydney, Australia, focusing on extreme events and climate risk. Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer of FBAlliance Insurance, Chief Operating Officer of Aon Benfield Analytics Asia Pacific, and Vice President Operations, Public Affairs, and Reinsurance for the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies.Rade serves as Convenor of the Actuaries Institute of Australia Climate Change Working Group, Vice-Chair of the International Actuarial Association’s Resource and Environment Virtual Forum, and was Vice President – Casualty for the American Academy of Actuaries from 2016 – 2018. His main areas of interest include how changing population demographics affect catastrophe exposure, climate change adaptation, applications of catastrophe models for disaster planning in developing countries, building code development, and community resilience. Rade has maintained close ties with academic institutions, including being a lecturer for undergraduate classes in actuarial science, risk management, and political science.
Cheng Wei is a deputy director in the Insurance Department of MAS. He is leading a team that is supervising general insurers and reinsurers. He has been with MAS for more than ten years.Prior to his role in MAS, Cheng Wei has worked in the actuarial departments of various life insurers in Singapore. Cheng Wei is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Dave Fitzgerald leads European Responsible Sourcing for Kellogg. He has worked for over 20 years in the food and beverage sector including 15 years with a major drinks multinational and more recently for 4 years with a dairy cooperative as Group Head of Sustainability. In his current role Dave works with Kellogg’s suppliers to ensure that the ingredients, packaging materials and services that they supply are sustainably produced and delivered. This includes leading the Origins Program™ where Kellogg invests in sustainable agriculture projects, including a wheat project in the UK and a rice project in Spain.
Dee Moran (FCA) is Professional Accountancy Lead at Chartered Accountants Ireland and has significant experience in both practice and industry. The Professional Accountancy team is responsible for a broad technical policy agenda of relevance to the Institute and its membership and works to coordinate policy approaches and develop guidance for members. Dee leads the Institute in the area of sustainability reporting and in responding to consultations in this area.
Susan Rossney is Public Policy Officer with Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chair of the Institute’s Expert Working Group on Sustainability and member of the Sustainability Expert Working Group of the Global Accounting Alliance. She is also author of the Institute’s publication ‘Sustainability for Accountants’.
Organised in association with the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA) and the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI).
Panel discussion focussing on data challenges and evolution of the data ecosystem and forward-looking commentary on what the funds industry and the Roadmap for Ireland initiative is doing to position Ireland to solve these data and digital challenges
Organised in association with Irish Funds.
An introduction to the net-zero agenda, the developing political, policy and regulatory environment, emerging industry best practices, and guidance on effective climate risk management. Limited to supporters of the Irish TCFD campaign, organised in association with the UNEP Finance Initiative and supported by Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
Organised by Sustainable Finance Ireland.
The webinar is linked to the IAA paper ‘Climate-Related Scenarios Applied to Insurers and Other Financial Institutions’, and will present the regulatory perspective on the paper to a wider audience.
Moderator: Will Harding, SIF Head of Implementation
Introductory comments: Anna Sweeney, SIF Chair, Executive Director – Insurance, Bank of England
• Rade Musulin, Vice-chair of the IAA Resource and Environment Virtual Forum• Joe Kennedy, Non-Life Actuarial Director, PwC Ireland (member of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland's Sustainability and Climate Change Steering Group)• Cheng Wei Ng, Deputy Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (SIF member representative)
Organised in association with the UN-convened Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF), the International Actuarial Association (IAA) and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.
Organised in association with the FSI.
Introducing the Nature Trust, the not-for-profit offering nature-based solutions of the highest standard and setting a new benchmark for sustainable investment in Ireland. This new initiative has started the ambitious journey of planting native woodlands at scale in communities across Ireland through partnership with business. This discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities for ESG investment in tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis, and avenues for taking the action which is urgently needed.
Discussion moderated by Helen Carroll.
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