Pharma Managers Series – Economic Outlook Breakfast Seminar

Venue Clarion Liffey Valley Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin
Date Thursday, February 1st , 2018
Time 7:30 am - 9:30 am

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We can all see the shoots of recovery and the Irish economy certainly appears to be booming again. 
Unemployment levels are expected to dip below 5.5% this year and GDP is forecast to grow by around 4% however US Tax Reform and Brexit also loom large on the horizon.
But then there’s already warnings of the risk of overheating from some quarters……  So what does all this actually mean to you?  What will it mean for Ireland and for Irish businesses, particularly those in the pharmaceutical industry?

Join us on February 1st as Economist Austin Hughes will break down all the jargon, and talk us through what 2018 holds for us from an economic viewpoint.   Danny McCoy will build out on Austin’s presentation to highlight risks, challenges and opportunities for Irish businesses in 2018 and Liam Cullen will give the pharma view on Brexit. 

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a very interesting and insightful breakfast seminar. 


Our speakers: 

Danny McCoy, CEO at Ibec

Danny is CEO at Ibec, the group that represents Irish business domestically and internationally. Since becoming CEO in 2009, he has led a substantial transformation of Ibec increasing turnover to €26 million, leading a professional services staff of 180 in 7 locations and 40 plus sub-brands.
Prior to joining Ibec he was a senior economist at both the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Central Bank of Ireland.  He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin and has been visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US. He has been a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD.
Danny is a member of the Irish National Competitiveness Council, the National Economic and Social Council and the Export Trade Council. His sits on BusinessEurope Executive Committee and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation.


Austin Hughes, Chief Economist at KBC Bank

Austin is the Chief Economist at KBC Bank. He has worked as an Economist for KBC for more than 25 years, having previously worked in the Department of Finance, Central Bank and Bord Fáilte.

Austin holds his main focus on issues affecting the Irish and European economies.  He has produced a number of closely followed Consumer and Business Sentiment Surveys.

Austin is also a regular contributor to media on economic and financial topics.




Liam Cullen, Director of External Affairs and Public Policy at GSK

Liam is the Director of External Affairs & Public Policy at GSK a role he’s held since 2012.  He is also the lead on Brexit within GSK.  With a widely varied career, he has garnered a rare mix of diplomatic, governmental and multinational experience that has provided him with expert knowledge of policy formulation and strategic management.

Liam has extensive experience in devising and implementing policies and communication strategies across a range of areas such as health and child protection at a regional, national and EU level. 




This event is proudly sponsored by:  Allphar logo 


 James Quinn, Commercial Director – Allphar

James is the Commercial Director at Allphar Services, a role he has held since 2013. James leads Allphar’s supply chain team which is one of the most experienced and well respected pre-wholesale teams in the market.  James has considerable experience working in a large multinational pharmaceutical healthcare company where he was responsible for all commercial and supply chain activities.


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Date: 01/02/2018