Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cream of Irish diaspora heads towards World Forum at Davos

World Economic Forum (WEF) Executive Chairman and founder Klaus Schwab addresses a news conference in Cologny, near Geneva, January 15, 2014. This year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is called 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business' and it will be held from January 22 to 25, 2014 in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos.
World Economic Forum (WEF) Executive Chairman and founder Klaus Schwab addresses a news conference in Cologny, near Geneva, January 15, 2014. This year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is called 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business' and it will be held from January 22 to 25, 2014 in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos.
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Finance Minister Michael Noonan and billionaire Denis O'Brien are just some of the Irish people who'll be winging their way to the World Economic Forum annual gathering in Davos next week.

The World Economic Forum unveiled its official attendee list yesterday. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is also slated to return to the global event, as too is former attorney general and EU Commissioner Peter Sutherland, who's now chairman of Goldman Sachs International.

A number of Irish people working with major firms around the world are also set to attend.

They include:

* Gerald Lawless, the CEO of the Dubai-headquartered Jumeirah luxury hotel group.

* Geoff Lamb, a former World Bank vice president who's now chief economic and policy advisor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

* Liam Condon, the CEO of Bayer CropScience.

* Paul Hanratty, the COO of Old Mutual.

* Michael Ryan, CEO of Qatar's Financial Centre Regulatory Authority and the former head of the Irish arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

* Valerie Casey, founder of the Designers Accord.

Chairman of the massive Indian conglomerate Tata, Cyrus Mistry, is also attending. He has Irish citizenship, with his mother Patsy Perin Dubash having been born in Dublin in 1939.

The World Economic Forum event will see more than 2,500 participants take part, including over 40 heads of state or government.

David Cameron, Australia's Tony Abbott, Japan's Shinzo Abe and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff will be among the leaders making an appearance.

Israel's President Shimon Peres (90) will also be there.

And Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will also be in Davos.

So too will ECB president Mario Draghi, IMF boss Christine Lagarde and Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England, who also happens to hold Irish citizenship.

Irish Independent

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