爱尔兰中国商业协会

爱尔兰中国商业协会成立于2000年11月。协会的成立得益于当时的中国驻爱尔兰大使张小康女士的支持, 以及一些具有远见的个人和公司的共同努力。在当年中爱两国缺乏商业交流的背景下,Chris Horn作为创会主席,与其他成员一起,希望我们协会的成立能够为中爱市场的商贸交流创造更多的机会。

Vision:

促进中爱两国建立更紧密的经济关系。

增加中爱两国在文化和教育方面的联系。

通过协会力所能及的一切方式,加深中爱两国的交流合作。

扩大中爱两国的贸易和商业往来。

增进中爱两国的相互了解。

Mission:

  • 通过定期的商务和社交活动为会员提供建立、发展人脉网络的机会,活动形式丰富,多为早、午餐,专题讨论会以及由特邀嘉宾带来的晚间发布会等。

  • 通过时事简报,电子邮件,电子杂志等定期为会员提供中爱贸易信息和时事新闻。

  • 在我们网站的会员专区,既为会员准备了很多商贸相关的最新资讯,也提供了协会内外主要联系人的通讯信息。

  • 通过定期举行与中国贸易代表的会面,为中爱政府机构,官方代表及其他组织和机构提供交流的机会。

  • 协助代表团访问中国。

  • 为感兴趣的人士提供商贸,文化和语言培训课程。

Council members:

Susan Barrett – Chairperson

Susan Barrett – Chairperson

A graduate of Trinity College, Susan’s background has led her to a career in sales, marketing and business development spanning the property, equestrian, education and tourism markets. Founder and CEO of Select Ireland, a business consultancy focused on the Chinese Market.,Susan’s multi sectoral experience has been of huge benefit whilst operating in the Chinese Market both assisting Irish companies with market entry strategy and Chinese companies wishing to set up in Ireland.. Susan has previously sat on the Steering Committee for the Dublin Beijing Twinning and the Advisory Board of the Dublin City Council Chinese New Year Festival.

Caroline Devlin – Vice chair

Caroline Devlin – Vice chair

Caroline is a Tax Partner with Arthur Cox.   Caroline specialises in the tax area, leasing and international financial services.  She advises domestic and international companies on tax planning, including tax aspects of acquisitions and reorganisations, and also has extensive expertise in securitisation, aircraft and equipment leasing.

Ken Duggan

Ken Duggan

Ken has been doing business in China since, 2004, having successfully run a business  in Suzhou, Jiangsu province as well as  property investments. In 2009 he set up his own company Chinaportal Consultancy which is now firmly established as an experienced market leader in doing business in China. Ken has also sourced a diverse and wide range of products in China on behalf of Chinaportal’s Irish and international clients. Ken is currently Chairman of the Ireland China Institute, a new think tank under the auspice of the Institute for International and European Affairs.

Alan Dixon

Alan Dixon

Alan established Ireland’s first trade development office in China in 1979, when he was based in Beijing from 1979 to 1982 and led the opening up of the Chinese market to Irish exporters.  More recently he was Executive Director, Asia-Pacific, Enterprise Ireland (EI), based in Shanghai from 2008 to 2015. Alan is currently a non-executive board member and independent business adviser.  A native of Dublin, he is a Chemical Engineer and an M.B.A. graduate from University College Dublin and more recently he completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, in Paris and Singapore.

Mary Ruane

Mary Ruane

Mary Ruane is the founding and former director of the UCD Applied Language Centre and is currently attached to the School of Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute UCC.  She has a longstanding interest in Chinese language education as part of an overall national strategy to promote Sino-Irish relations in the fields of culture, education and business.  Mary is also a former Chair of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher has worked for Dublin Airport since 2011 and during that time has held a number of roles in Planning, Analytics and more recently, Route Development. Brian holds airline account management responsibility for all the major Chinese airlines and works in close collaboration with many various stakeholders across Ireland and China toward the common goal of eventually securing direct Dublin-China airline flights.

Emer Cusack

Emer Cusack

Based in the Growth Markets Team of IDA Ireland, Emer Cusack leads on attracting FDI from China, Japan & Korea into Ireland.  She also manages a portfolio of existing client companies, helping them develop and grow their operations in Ireland.

Prior to joining Growth Markets Division in 2010, Emer has held a number of positions in various departments of IDA Ireland and before IDA Ireland worked for a marketing company in Amsterdam. 

Emer holds a Bachelor of Business and Languages from AIT.

Lourda Kildea

Lourda Kildea

Lourda Kildea has been traveling extensively to China and Internationally on business for over 20 years; specialising in product development, sourcing and buying consumer goods and raw materials.  In 2005 she started her own business Global Access 2 Product Ltd (GAP2) which offers a wide range of services, specialising in consultancy on product development, product sourcing, packaging and branding on a broad spectrum of products from China.

 

Chan Shi

Chan Shi

Chan Shi is the founding partner of ACSK Solicitors and a member of Commercial law committee of Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.  ACSK Solicitors has a partner law firm in China and in corroboration with the Chines partner law firm ACSK Solicitors assist Irish companies and individuals setting up business in China or transacting business in China. Chan is the first Chinese national to be qualified as Irish Solicitor. 

Chen Tian

Chen Tian

Chen Tian joined Bank of Ireland in 2004. He has worked in a range of positions within Bank of Ireland, including Corporate Banking, Global Markets and Retail Banking. Chen has a deep understanding of both Irish and Chinese business environments and culture. He works as a part of Bank of Ireland Inward Investment team, with a particular focus on China.

 

Carole Deering

Carole Deering

Carole Deering is currently working as an MSc Admissions and Recruitment Manager – China for the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

She has held various roles at UCD since joining in 2007.  Her current role involves leading the Chinese market and manging prestigious Chinese partner Universities. Carole has been travelling extensively to China on business for two years. She is a new Council member of the Ireland China Business Association and hopes to be fluent Chinese over the next few years. Carole holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management & Planning and an Hdip in Sales Management both from the Smurfit School of Business.  

Lorcan Bannon

Lorcan Bannon

Lorcan Bannon currently works as Head of Client Strategy at Olytico where he leads Social Media Monitoring activities for leading brands like Heineken, Electric Ireland and Liberty Insurance.  Prior to joining Olytico, Lorcan worked at Pernod Ricard as Senior Global Brand Manager for Jameson Whiskey working across multiple markets leading strategic marketing plans for key activation pillars. Lorcan holds an honours degree in International Commerce from UCD, an International Business Diploma from ICN Nancy, France, a Diploma in Digital Marketing and a Diploma in Corporate Finance. 

Qi Sun

Qi Sun

Qi is Vice President – Greater China Region at ORIX Aviation. He is responsible for covering the trading activities with lessors and origination activities with Airlines in the Greater China Area.

Prior to joining ORIX Aviation, Qi worked in the financial services group at Deloitte and Touche Ireland where he provided assurance and advisory services to clients.

Finn Connolly

Finn Connolly

Finn Connolly, is the founding member of the ICBA Student Council, which is dedicated to connecting students with both Irish and Chinese enterprises.

A student of International Business and Chinese at Dublin City University, Finn studied Chinese in Beijing in his transition year of secondary school. Having been student member of the association for many years Finn was elected onto the ICBA Council in 2018. 

Alan Loughrey

Alan Loughrey

Alan holds an Honours Degree in Business Studies (GMIT), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing (MII), an Executive Diploma in Digital Marketing (also MII) and the CIPS Certified International Property Specialist accreditation. He first joined Business Vision in 2002 and acquired the business just three years later. In 2008, he added a separate commercial real estate business, BV Commercial.

Alan has vast experience of dealing with investors from the Asia-China market; as well as having extensive experience of negotiating office space for Chinese companies locating in Ireland, he has negotiated the sale of businesses and properties to Chinese investors.

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