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New York-New Belfast Conference 2019

June 13 - June 14

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On 7th and 8th June, 2018 the ninth annual New York-New Belfast conference took place at The American Irish Historical Society and Pier A Harbour House, NY. 
The conference highlighted the bridges of progress and prosperity being built between the citizens of the two great cities of New York and Belfast under the ambitious theme of Shaping the Future.
Our hard-driving and forward-looking delegation from Belfast included Prof Raffaella Folli,  Provost at University of Ulster, Rajesh Rana of Andras Hotels, Rev Bill Shaw of Duncairn Culture and Arts Centre, Jayne Brady, Partner at Kernel Capital, Glenn Patterson, Director Séamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, Cllr Dónal Lyons, SDLP, of Belfast City Council and Aaron Taylor, Director of Ormeau Baths Innovation Hub. 
Rolling out the red carpet in the Big Apple was a who’s-who of Belfast ambassadors in New York alongside the city’s pre-eminent Irish American representatives:
  • Actress Geraldine Hughes
  • Film-maker Terry George
  • Investment Banker Michael George
  • KMPG Global COO Shaun Kelly
  • New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
  • Gary Hanley, SVP North America, Invest NI
  • Film-maker  Dr Marcus Robinson
  • Alison Metcalfe, Head of North America, Tourism Ireland
  • Speaker New York City Council Corey Johnson
  • Chair Finance Committee New York City Council Daniel Dromm
  • New York State Legislature representatives Daniel O’Donnell, Mike Cusick and Senator Tim Kennedy
  • Congressman Joe Crowley
  • Invest NI Advisory Board Member Suzanne Aquino, Category Head at Chain IQ
  • Judge (rtd.) Francine Schott
  • Elizabeth Crabill, CEO CIE Tours
Across the opening evening and throughout the conference plenary on Friday 8 June, delegates discussed ways in which further transatlantic co-operation could create jobs, build communities and foster business links.
With over 250 attendees across the two days, the conference honoured the US-Ireland Top 50 companies at the eleventh annual US-Ireland Top 50 Companies luncheon with Concentrix picking up Building Belfast Award from headline sponsor KPMG.  Other companies honoured included Kemp Techonologies, Randox, Netwatch Global and First Derivatives who are making groundbreaking progress on each side of the Atlantic.
We are looking forward to 2019; watch this space for big plans for our 10th anniversary and put the dates in your diary now: 13-14 June 2019.

Oscar-winning director Terry George

“KPMG is thrilled to support this gathering of dynamic bridge-builders from New York and Belfast who are leading ambitious regeneration projects in both cities,” he told Irish Central. As lead business supporter of this groundbreaking transatlantic initiative, KPMG has been delighted to see lasting, mutually beneficial alliances in the fields of sport, culture and commerce emerge from contacts and friendships forged at this annual conference.”

Shaun Kelly, Global Chief Operating Officer of KPMG International


“New York-New Belfast provides an unrivalled platform to showcase our local tourism offering, to engage with policy makers, to lobby for investment and to gain real traction in a critical market for Irish tourism,” he said. “The conference has provided us with the confidence to be bold, creative and ambitious in our approach to the US market and each year we continue to see partnerships flourish and relationships develop.”

Harry Connolly, director of leading Belfast tourism body Fáilte Feirste Thiar (West Belfast Tourism Agency)


“We are very pleased and proud to again welcome the New York-New Belfast delegation to the AIHS to launch the annual conference. The New York-New Belfast conference is a wonderful example of the reinforcement and rejuvenation of the cross Atlantic ties that are essential to our shared heritage and interests.”

Brian McCabe, Chair American Irish Historical Society





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