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Speakers ’09

Mary Louise Mallick is First Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York. She has more than 21 years experience in shaping the state budget and guiding fiscal policy.

Patrick Bench is the Director of Business Development at the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment.

Valerie Watts has over 25 years public sector experience and began her career in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast where she oversaw competitive tendering and ancillary support services.

Gary Hanley is the head of North American operations for Invest Northern Ireland, a branch of the UK government responsible for growing the economy of Northern Ireland.

Michael Heaney is Director of Services with Donegal County Council with specific responsibility for Community, Culture & Economic Development.

Dr. Aideen McGinley is the ceo of ILEX in Derry, which was set up in 2003 by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland (DSD).

Therese Murray was elected as Senator of the Plymouth and Barnstable District in 1992 and became the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate in March 2007.

James Barnes, Community Development Director, City of Lawrence, Masschusetts: James Barnes directs a staff of 15 in administration of Federal and State community development and housing grants.

Tim Cahill Treasurer and Receiver General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Treasurer Cahill manages the state’s finances by taking a fiscally conservative approach to investing and maximizing the use of taxpayer money.

Minister Conor Murphy MP MLA was appointed Minister for Regional Development (DRD) in the north of Ireland in May 2007.

General James P. Cullen is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps and last served as the Chief Judge (IMA) of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Throughout his public career, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Tim Murray has taken on the tough challenges of economic development, improving public education, protecting the environment and making government more responsive to every citizen.

Professor Dolores O’Reilly is the Professor of International Business Strategy at the University of Ulster, Magee College.

Born in Derry, Garvan O’Doherty has a strong accountancy background and is heavily involved in the hospitality and property sectors employing circa 200 people with business interests in Ireland and UK.

John Cullinane was founder of Cullinet Software, Inc. in 1968 at a time when computer industry gurus said there was no future in computer software.

Professor Frank Talty teaches American Politics and Law at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he serves as Director of Academic Programs.

Sean P. Moynihan, the founder and Principal of the Moynihan Group, a Boston based legal and consultancy firm.

Bjarni Thorvardarson is CEO of Hibernia Atlantic and is also CEO of CVC Iceland Holding.

Paul Verbeten joined the Bemis Company, a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials, in 1990 as V.P. Sales & Marketing for the Milprint Division, as part of an acquisition

Liam Ó Cuinneagáin is the Chairman of Údarás na Gaeltachta (the Gaeltacht Authority) a government-funded regional development agency with responsibility for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas and islands of Ireland.


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