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Golden Bridges 2014 Bios

Ammar Afif, CA

CFO, Merchant WarehouseAA (9-14)

As Merchant Warehouse’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ammar Afif is responsible for executive management and oversight of the financial, administrative and human capital areas of the company.

Ammar has more than 20 years of experience in leading finance and strategy for key technology and service organizations. Prior to joining Merchant Warehouse, Ammar served as CFO and COO for NaviNet, America’s largest real-time healthcare communications network. Prior to NaviNet, he served as CFO for Kantar Media (US) Pronto Networks, Inc. and worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he began his career.

Ammar holds a Chartered Accounting designation from Canada and graduated from McGill University with a Graduate Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce with honors in Economics and Accounting.


Andrew Cowan

Andrew CowanAndrew Cowan  is CEO of Northern Irish Connections (NIC) & is passionate about connecting with the diasporas at home and abroad. NIC is a new & exciting way to share & showcase some of N.I’s most amazing stories from the people who know, our diaspora. NIC is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides an approach for engagement with the Diaspora to help improve the economy of Northern Ireland.

Previously Andrew played a pivotal role as Marketing and Communications Director on the successful Gathering Ireland 2013 diasporas initiative. A qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Andrew has over 18 years strategic marketing & communications experience and a wealth of international & domestic brand expertise. Andrew has lead the marketing strategy, planning and campaign execution for some of Irelands most iconic brands including Jameson & Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Jacobs Biscuits, Coca Cola, Ballygowan & Denny within multinational companies including Pernod Ricard, Kerry Foods, Britvic & Coca Cola . He has worked globally in senior roles in many markets including Scandinavia, UK, Europe, Cuba & the US.

Andrew O’Brien DrewOBrien_200_1

Andrew O’Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP). Previously, Special Representative O’Brien had served as Secretary Kerry’s Massachusetts State Director in the Senate since 2007, reprising a role he had served in from 2003 to 2005. In this position, O’Brien played a lead role in all major policy and legislative deliberations affecting Massachusetts in the United States Congress, and is particularly proud of his work with small businesses, organized labor, the LGBT community, youth, veterans groups and new immigrants on behalf of then-Senator Kerry. In the past several years, he has lectured on politics and government at the city, state and national levels. In 2007, O’Brien was named one of the city’s Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Boston Jaycees and in 2009 he was named one of Massachusetts’ “Top Ten Political Operatives” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

O’Brien is a lifelong public servant having worked in a number of positions in public life. After working on Thomas M. Menino’s successful campaign for Mayor of Boston in 1993, Drew served as a Special Assistant to the Mayor for several years and was later appointed Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. Later in his career at Boston City Hall, O’Brien served as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He went on to serve as Chief of Staff to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, where he assisted State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien in the creation and implementation of the agency’s first-ever operating policies and procedures. And, in the academic years of 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, O’Brien served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

O’Brien also worked in several capacities throughout the course of Secretary Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign where he spent time across the country, particularly in Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, as well as at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Andrew O’Brien holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University.

Adrian Doyle

Adrian Doyle began his career in the entertainment industry as Operations Manager at Wembley Arena.  He has been a senior member of the Odyssey Arena management team since it opened in December 2000. Adrian was appointed Operations Director in 2002 and in 2010 promoted to the position of General Manager.  Adrian-Doyle-Picture

Over the last decade the 10,800 capacity Odyssey Arena has been consistently listed in Pollstar’s top ten European venues and twice been nominated in the prestigious Pollstar Best International Venue category.   The Arena is operated by SMG NI Ltd (part of the SMG Europe group the largest operator of sports and entertainment venues in the UK and Europe) on behalf of the Odyssey Trust Company who are the owners of the Odyssey Arena.  Adrian Doyle Picture

Adrian is proud of his dedicated team of staff who have helped ensure that the Odyssey Arena has succeeded in becoming a highly regarded name on the world touring map.

Art McCabe

Professional Experience: 2009 to Present: Manager, Lawrence Community Development Department

Primary Duties: Work with community based organizations to increase capacity and create sustainable collaborations; Governmental relations; Project managemeartnt; Write and administer grants including but not limited to HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program, EPA Brownfield Grants, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (Shannon Grant), Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (Safe and Successful Youth Initiative), Massachusetts Executive Office Energy and Environmental Affairs (PARC Grant); Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development (MASSWORKS and Community Development Action Grants). Responsible for writing and administering approximately $8 million of grant funds;

Adjunct Lecturer on Community Organizing and Development Merrimack College, North Andover, Ma.  Public Speaking and Lectures: Conducted numerous workshops on CBDG administration for community- based organizations; Conducted workshops at the National EPA Brownfield Conference; Keynote Speaker at the Emory University “Breaking the Cycle” Conference; Conducted Workshop for the US Congressional Urban Caucus; Presenter on numerous national EPA Webinars.

1974 to 2009: Owner and principal attorney for McCabe & Associates, P.C.

General corporate practice: Specializing in business development and creation and implemenation of Strategic partnerships. Engaged in the private Practiced law in Massachusetts from 1974 to 2009. Specialized in the creation and implementation of strategic partnerships.   Clients included public sector, private sector and community-based organizations. Outside Council to the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority; Advisor to Congressman Marty Meehan on matters relating to economic development, community development and the Northern Ireland peace process, Served as advisor to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive and only North American member of the special 8 member “Working Group” advising new Northern Ireland government on the creation of Public-Private Partnerships; Only foreign Member of the West Belfast/Greater Shankill Enterprise Council   EDUCATION: Union College, Schenectady New York – BA 1969; Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts – JD 1974; Boston University, Boston Massachusetts – MBA J1974 Military: US Army 1969-1971.

David L. Lucchino

Lucchino ImageDavid Lucchino served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex Medical, Inc. (NYSE: TFX) for $80 million. He then served as a Vice President executing the post-M&A integration plan for eighteen months. David co-founded Semprus BioSciences while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Under his stewardship, Semprus BioSciences grew from two to 50 employees, secured $28.5 million in venture capital financing as well as $8.4 million in federal funding and received regulatory approval from the FDA and European regulators for its first medical device product within five years.  Prior to co-founding Semprus, David was a Senior Associate at Polaris Venture Partners, a $3 billion venture capital fund based in Boston. He was involved in the fund’s investment in Athletes’ Performance, a global leader for integrated performance training, nutrition and physical therapy. Previously, David co-founded and served as Managing Director of LaunchCyte, an investment firm that specializes in developing biomedical intellectual property. He led corporate development activities and secured funding for the firm’s portfolio companies. LaunchCyte successfully co-founded six portfolio companies, including Knopp Neurosciences, which entered into an exclusive $345 million license agreement with Biogen Idec, and Immunetrics, which entered into a joint development agreement through the sale of a 29 percent stake to Royal Philips Electronics.

David began his career as a technology marketing executive. He earned his MBA as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.  David was a member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the national trade association representing the U.S. medical device industry from 2010 to 2013, and served on AdvaMed’s International Board Committee and Emerging Growth Company Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (Mass Bio), where he serves on the executive committee. David is a Trustee of Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical School facility. He also serves on the boards of Lipella Pharmaceuticals, a privately held development-stage biotechnology firm, Babson College and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Outside the office, David is active with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where he was part of an expedition that climbed Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, and spent 95 days living in the Rocky Mountains as part of a leadership training program. He most recently rafted down Idaho’s “River of No Return,” the Salmon River, with NOLS. David has participated as part of the Boston Red Sox “Team 9” in the Pan-Mass Challenge, the annual two-day bike ride that raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


David_O'Shaughnessy_David O’Shaughnessy serves as president and managing director of the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of one of the premier facilities for meetings and conferences in New England, featuring over 200,000 square feet of distinctive meeting space, a Four Diamond hotel and a 2,300 space parking facility.

Prior to arriving at Seaport, O’Shaughnessy was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Accor Business & Leisure, where he oversaw the operations of Accor’s full-service hotel activities in North America under the brand names Sofitel, Novotel, and Ibis.  O’Shaughnessy joined Motel 6 in 1989 as vice president, special projects working for the president of Motel 6. In 1990, Accor purchased Motel 6. In 1993, Georges Le Mener became president and chief executive officer of Accor and asked O’Shaughnessy to launch the Accor Quality Process and to manage the guest relations function for Motel 6.

In 1996, in addition to his then existing responsibilities, O’Shaughnessy launched the franchising development for Motel 6. In 1999 he added new construction, purchasing and utilities management to his portfolio. In August 2003, he became responsible for the Business and Leisure division for Accor Hotels North America.   O’Shaughnessy began his career as assistant general manager at Walkers Cay Resort, located in the Bahamas and operated out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He later became general manager of the same resort. The resort was owned by Robert Abplanalp, famous for his invention of the aerosol spray valve. O’Shaughnessy gained even more experience by working for Abplanalp’s organization for more than 15 years with a variety of responsibilities within and outside of the hospitality business.  Born and raised in Ireland, O’Shaughnessy studied and graduated from the Shannon College of Hotel Management and completed a post graduate scholarship program with Cornell University in New York. Mr. O’Shaughnessy is a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association as well as Skal International Boston.

Professor Dolores O’Reilly has been the Chairman of An Ciste Infheistiochta Gaeilge since its inception in 2010. Dolores is Professor Emerita of InternatioDoloresnal Business Strategy at the University of Ulster, where she worked for 24 years and was Head of the School of International Business and Director of the International Business Centre, University of Ulster from 1999-2013.

Through her many executive and non-executive roles she has gained considerable experience of corporate governance, financial management and risk management. Dolores was appointed to the Department of Finance and Personnel Board as an independent board member by the Minister in September 2010. Additionally, she chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for both Land and Property Services and the Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency. She is a member of the DFP and the Enterprise Shared Services Audit and Risk Committees. She was Chair of the DPF Audit and Risk Committee 2010-2012.

Dolores was also appointed as a Commissioner of the Londonderry Port by the Minister for Regional Development in February 2011, where she leads the Strategic Marketing Committee and is a member of the Port’s Risk and Audit Committee.

Dolores also provides business advice to local businesses and sits as a member on a number of Charitable organisations in Northern Ireland.

She has researched, written and published extensively in the areas of business strategy and deregulation and liberalisation of the aviation and is co-author of the book “Atlantic Gateway: The Port and City of Londonderry” (2010)

Ed Forry

EDEd Forry is the founder of Boston Neighborhood News, Inc., a Boston media company he established in 1973 with his late wife, Mary Casey Forry. A lifelong resident of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, he is a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.  Among past positions are: Staff member to Senator William Bulger;  legislative reporter for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; public information director of ABCD, Boston’s official anti-poverty agency; and marketing and community affairs officer of 1st American Bank, the former Dorchester Savings Bank. From 1977 to 1986, he broadcast a weekly newscast on WROL radio’s Irish Hit Parade program.

In 1983, the company began publication of the Dorchester Reporter, which has become the “newspaper of record” serving Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood. In 1990, the monthly Boston Irish Reporter was launched with a mission of “telling the stories of Boston’s Irish.” Now in its 20th year, the Irish Reporter continues to inform Boston’s Irish with innovative email news and blogs, and the website, bostonirish.com has been termed “Boston’s best connection to Ireland”. The company also publishes the Boston Haitian Reporter and the Mattapan Reporter.

He has received the “Always the Irish Heart” award from ICCUSA- the Irish Chamber of Commerce/USA, and he was recipient of a 2001 Silver Key Award from the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. He has been a contributor to the Irish Times online edition and World of Hibernia magazine, and has served as a director of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England and the Boston Irish Famine Memorial. In 2008,  he helped to organize an ad hoc committee of Irish Americans in support of the Obama/Biden presidential campaign, and he currently is a member of a committee staging “Irish Hearts for Haiti” Benefit Dance, Sunday, May 2 at the Marriott Quincy Hotel.  His two children work with him in the family-owned business: Bill Forry, vice president for news, and Maureen Forry Sorrell, vice president for sales and administration. He is the father in law of State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and the grandfather of two boys, John Patrick Forry and Conor Joseph Forry. The family has founded the Mary Casey Forry Foundation, with plans to establish a residential hospice facility in memory of Mary Casey Forry, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2004.  The Forry family Irish roots are in Keash, County Sligo, the birthplace of his paternal grandfather Patrick J Forry, and County Waterford, from where his paternal grandmother Honorah Crotty emigrated in 1890. He traces the roots of his maternal grandparents to County Cork, Macroom (Toomey) and Skibereen (Downing).

Frank Reynolds Frank Reynolds..

Frank Reynolds co-founded PixarBio Corporation after retiring from InVivo Therapeutics Corp.  Frank Reynolds founded InVivo Therapeutics in 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board, CEO and CFO until his retirement in August 2013.  In addition, he was co-inventor on 38 of InVivo’s patent applications and won the American Spinal Injury Association’s 2011 David F Apple Award for excellence in publishing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation research. His research has been published in the Journal of Biomaterials and the Journal of Neuroscience: Methods.  Frank Reynolds

In October 2010, Mr. Reynolds took the company public as InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corporation (NVIV).  Under his leadership InVivo’s market cap reached $520M, and traded at $420M on the day of his departure.  Mr. Reynolds was nominated for the “2013 Boston Business Journal CFO of the Year”, and led InVivo Therapeutics to win the Boston Business Journal’s “2013 Best Places to Work in Boston”.

He was awarded the 2010 Irish Life Science 50 Award by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.  His founding and growth of InVivo Therapeutics was featured in the March 2010 and October 2009 issues of Inc. Magazine.  Former Director of Global Business Development at Siemens, Reynolds was responsible for new business in over 100 countries. He has over 30 years of executive management experience and was the founder and CEO of Expand The Knowledge, Inc., an IT consulting company with a focus on life sciences. He is an Executive Board Member of the Irish American Business Chamber and has served on the board of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, and Wharton Consulting Partners.

Mr. Reynolds suffered a paralyzing injury to his spine in December 1992. While recovering from this injury he spent years gaining a neuroscience knowledge base.  He holds an MBA from MIT-Sloan Fellows Program in Global Innovation and Leadership- Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Master of Science in Engineering – University of Pennsylvania; he is an alumni of the Executive Masters of Technology Management- Wharton School of Business; a Master of Science in Management Information Systems – Temple University; a Master’s of Science in Health Administration – Saint Joseph’s University; and a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology – Chestnut Hill College. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing- Rider University.

Dr. Frank Talty

Assistant Dean and Co-Director, Center for Irish Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Lowell  Frank Talty is Co-Director of the Center for Irish Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also serves as AFrankssistant Dean in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  Frank has his BA in Political Science from U Mass Lowell, an MA in Public Administration and a Law degree from Suffolk University and his PhD in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University in Boston.

As Co-Director of the U Mass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships. Frank led a delegation of University faculty to Belfast in November of 2008 that culminated in a Memorandum of Agreement between Queen’s University and U Mass Lowell to collaborate on research, teaching and student experiences. The following March, Frank accompanied a U Mass Lowell delegation headed by Chancellor Marty Meehan for signing of the Agreement. In addition, U Mass Lowell has signed collaborative agreements with Dublin City University, has conducted joint programs with St. Mary’s University College on the Falls Road in West Belfast and the National University of Ireland at Galway. A number of Lowell students have now studied in Ireland and UMass Lowell faculty have guest lectured across the island.

Frank is the US side project Director for the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program with Queen’s University Belfast, in which U Mass Lowell and Queen’s students led by Irish Archaeologists excavated and interpreted artifacts in Lowell and Northern Ireland to better understand the lifestyles of the early Irish who immigrated to the US in the 19 century. In 2012, Frank was named one of the top 100 Irish-American Educators in the U.S.

Dr. Talty has taught American Courts and Judicial Process, Law and the Legal System, Public Policy and Administration and Irish Politics. In 2011, Frank was voted the Exceeding Excellence Award by the students in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He helped U Mass Lowell develop its successful First Year Student program, its new BA and MA programs in Peace and Conflict Studies and is campus liaison to the Washington Center a nationally recognized internship program providing U Mass Lowell students with full semester experiences in Washington DC. Dr. Talty led a student group of interns at the 2008 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Denver and at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa as part of the Washington Center programming.

Professor Talty comments regularly on national politics, and has been quoted in such print publications as Congressional Quarterly, Politico, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald, and in various radio and television news.  Frank is also Co-Director of the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion. The Center conducts polls on Massachusetts elections and important public issues. Forums and debates are also held by the Center. The nationally broadcast 2012 US Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren was sponsored in part by the Center.

Frank is Pre-law advisor for the Lowell campus guiding students interested in careers in the law. Having practiced law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 20 years before coming to the University, his legal experience was primarily in civil litigation. Attorney Talty argued cases before the Supreme Courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is co-author of Massachusetts Practice, Methods of Practice, a three volume set on 17 areas of the law published by Thomson West. At U Mass Lowell, he now coaches the U Mass Lowell Mock Trial Team which competes in the annual American Mock Trial Competition and is faculty advisor to the Pre-law Society, an extra-curricular student organization.

 Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant (photo by Stefi Rubin)Fred Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in 2006 in Ha Noi, Viet
Nam. He is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), a selection that focuses on the work done while he was a conscientious objector during World War II. In 1970 Marchant himself was one of the first Marine Corps officers ever to be discharged honorably as a conscientious objector.

 He is Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and of The Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston. A graduate of Brown University, he earned his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He is also a longtime teaching affiliate of The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and has taught in a wide variety of workshops across the country, ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference to the Veterans Writing Group in Sebastopol, CA.  He is the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.”

Fred Marchant is the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry and recently reissued in a 20th Anniversary Second Edition, with an introduction by Nick Flynn. His most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press), was named by Barnes and Noble Review and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of poetry in 2009. He is also the author of Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000), and a new and selected volume, House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2002).

Gareth Maguire, CEO

GarethMaguireFifteen years’ experience as Head of Physical Education and Sports outreach programmes in Integrated Colleges of Education.  Led the commercial development of University of Ulster ‘Ulster’ Elks Basketball.  Led the first and only successful application for a semi-professional license for a university programme.  Ten years’ experience in strategic basketball development at local and national level.  Fifteen years’ experience managing and organizing basketball player improvement camps.  Level 3 Basketball Coach, Basketball Ireland Coach Education Tutor.  Youngest and most capped Ireland Senior Men’s Basketball International having played in World Student Games, European Championship and Olympic Qualifiers.

Recipient of a four year Sports Scholarship at University of Ulster and Silver Salver award winner for most outstanding sports performer at University of Ulster.  Received Irish Superleague Senior Men’s Most Valuable Player Award on two occasions with nominations on three other occasions.


Gary Hanley, Senior Vice President – Americas Invest Northern Ireland  Gary-Hanley-Pic-200x300

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

Under Gary’s leadership, Northern Ireland has seen recent first time investments from dynamic and fast growing North American companies including CyberSource/Visa, 3Par now HP, ByteMobile now Citrix, BTI Systems, NaviNet, The New York Stock Exchange, CVS, Cowen, Dow and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

In May 2008, Gary was instrumental in the success of the historic US-Northern Ireland Economic Conference which took place in Belfast. The conference, supported by the Bush administration, was attended by Fortune 500 executives to meet with senior political figures including Gordon Brown and Brian Cowen (UK and Irish Prime Ministers). Keynote speakers included representatives from companies such as Allstate, Citi and Bombardier who are major investors in the region.

In 2009, he was honored in New York by Belfast Media Group’s US publication The Irish Echo as one of its Top 40 under 40. In addition, he has been named to the Irish-American Magazine Top 100 Business Leaders as well Business and Finance Most Influential US-Irish Business Leaders in 2008. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors’ of the Irish Education Foundation and the American Ireland Fund – Dinner Committee.
With over eighteen years experience in the ICT industry in the US, Gary has held positions of leadership in software development, IT, sales and marketing for companies such as Sun Microsystems, GTE (now Verizon) and EMC.  Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick as well as a Master of Business Studies from the National University of Ireland at Galway.  He resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and a son.

Holder of Commonwealth Games Bronze medal for basketball.

John J Reilly

John Reilly is a commercial trial lawyer and serves as lead counsel in federal trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States. as well as arbitrations in both US and global forums. In addition, John has been an arbitrator and counsel in numerous arbitrations involving commercial disputes, international disputes. He has also serves as a monitor in the New York City Integrity Monitoring Program.John-Reilly-9526

John served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971, with a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam;

He has published numerous articles on a variety of legal issues and he is a frequent speaker on these topic.  He is a vice president and director of The Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce & Industry, Inc. John is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and former chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law.

Since 2009, John has been named a New York Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top five percent of lawyers in New York. John has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.

He is a citizen of the US and of Ireland.

Harry Connolly

HarryHarry Connolly is from Ballymurphy in West Belfast. He attended St Aidan’s Primary School, CBS Glen Road and George Williams University College in London.  Harry worked for a number of years in youth and community development across the greater Belfast area and continues to maintain links with youth organisations such as Challenge for Youth and he sits on the board of the Terry Enright Foundation.

In recent years, Harry has been to the fore in raising the profile of West Belfast as a must see tourist destination. He is the Tourism Development Coordinator at Fáilte Feirste Thiar with the responsibility for developing West Belfast’s Tourism offering and building sustainable tourism infrastructure.  He works closely with key stakeholders in the local tourism and hospitality industry such as Féile an Phobail, Coiste, An Chultúrlann etc.  2014 is an exciting year for Harry as he introduces World Host to West Belfast and beyond.

Harry has travelled to Europe and the USA promoting and showcasing West Belfast to the rest of the world! Under his leadership new dynamic partnerships have been established with international tour operators, industry experts and national tourism bodies.  Harry will marry his fiancé Louise this June and are proud parents to one son Harry Óg.


James McGlennon

James McGlennon is EVP & CIO for Liberty Mutual Insurance, responsible for all aspects of Information Technology, including the applications and infrastructure on which Liberty’s strategic business units process $37 billion in revenue annually. He leads a global technology team of more than 4,000.     2012 James_Headshot_Formal

Prior to being named CIO for Liberty Mutual in 2008, James was CIO for the Liberty Mutual Agency Corporation, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, where he directed highly successful technology integrations for the acquisitions of Ohio Casualty Group and Safeco Insurance.  Before joining Liberty in 2007, he spent seven years with BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, where he led technology architecture and software development for the enterprise, and before that served as VP & CIO for BellSouth Customer Markets. He has also held senior IT roles at Fleet Financial and Computer Sciences Corporation; James began his career with Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked in the US and Europe.

James holds both Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from the National University of Ireland, and has completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Museum of Science in Boston.


Jean Horstman, FRSA CEO Interise

Jean's Headshot[1]Jean has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, spanning the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and two continents. Before joining Interise as its first CEO, Jean served as the National Director for Civic Engagement and Corporate Citizenship at Citizen Schools. She has partnered with other national social entrepreneurs, serving in senior leadership roles with Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and was also the Managing Director of the Society for Organizational Learning. She spent 16 years working in the United Kingdom and Eastern and Central Europe, where she led organizations responding to societal changes related to post-industrialism, the end of communism, urban and economic redevelopment, and globalization. Jean holds degrees from Duke University and the City University of London. Her Boston volunteer leadership includes serving as member of the board of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council where she co-chairs the economic development committee, and as an advisor for Mothers for Justice and Equality and the New England Center for Culture and Technology.


Minister Joe McHugh, T.D 

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Joe McHugh T.D. was born in Carrigart, County Donegal and educated at Umlagh National School, Loreto Convent, Milford and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2007 general election for the Donegal North-East constituency and was re-elected in 2011. He was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 15th July 2014.

Prior to his election to Dáil Éireann, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from September 2002, having previously being elected to Donegal County Council in June 1999.


Joyce Linehan

2/3/14 - BOSTON, MA Mayor Marty Walsh Joyce Linehan is the Chief of Policy for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Before joining the administration in 2014, she was the director of Ashmont Media, a public relations company that serves Boston arts organizations. She co-owns, with performer/songwriter Joe Pernice, Ashmont Records, an independent record label. She was previously the Vice President of A & R for Sub Pop Records. She has managed several bands, including The Lemonheads and The Smithereens. She has co-written a book, Pernice to Me, and has had articles published in The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and The Journal of Popular Music. As a volunteer, Linehan has held leadership roles in the grassroots campaigns of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Mike Capuano, as well as the campaign for Equal Marriage in the Commonwealth. She served as Policy Director on the Boston mayoral campaign of Martin J. Walsh, and was a co-chair of his Transition Team. Linehan holds a B.A. and an M.A. inAmerican Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she received the Dr. Robert W. Spayne Research Grant for study at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her master’s thesis – The Day My Mama Socked it to the Harper Valley PTA: Country Music Womanhood in the Second Wave of Feminism, received the American Studies Book Award from UMass Boston. She is the founder of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative; an animal advocate and leader in the fight to end breed-specific legislation; and serves on the board of Interim House, a residential substance abuse treatment center. In 2012, she received an Unsung Heroine ofMassachusetts award from the Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women. She is a lifelong resident of Dorchester.

Fr. John McCarthy 

Fr. John is a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Limerick, Ireland. He was ordained in his home parisFr  John McCarthyh of Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick in 1995 and worked for nine years as an Associate Pastor in Limerick City prior to joining the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2005. Fr. John ministered to the Irish community in the inner city parish of Our Lady Queen of Peach in Janesbro where he regularly worked with the school children and set up two youth clubs to meet their needs. In addition, he developed programs to serve the senior citizen in the parish.

On loan from the Diocese of Limerick, and serving at the pleasure of Cardinal Sean O Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, Fr. John has served the Irish community in the New England area for the past nine years as Chaplain to the Irish Pastoral Centre. In residence at St. Brendan’s Parish in Dorchester, MA, he also ministers to the parish community there serving as interim Pastor for a period of time. In addition, Fr. John enrolled in a Master’s Degree program at Boston College and graduated with a Masters in pastoral ministry with a concentration in psychology in 2008.

Fr. McCarthy has worked tirelessly to serve the underserved, at risk members of the Irish community and their families. Outreaching to the Irish and garnering an understanding of their needs has led to the successful development of a range of programs at the Irish Pastoral Centre serving the elderly, the youth, the incarcerated, the sick, the bereaved, the mentally ill, the unemployed, and the undocumented. Fr. John is a tireless advocate for the members of his community and has brokered strong relationships with Local, State, and Federal Legislators advocating for the rights of the undocumented in the face of much public opposition.

Kathleen Hagan

KathleenHagenKathleen Hagan is Founder and President of Hagan & Company, an international marketing and management consulting firm. She has 35 years of leadership experience in international business, strategic business development, marketing, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, government relations and higher education.   Kathleen has held a number of senior executive positions including:

Executive Vice President for the Entrepreneurial Resources Group, a consulting firm that advises growing entrepreneurial ventures. Founding Director of the Northern Ireland Technology and Development Center, a venture center for leading technology companies from Northern Ireland.  Director of International Programs at Babson College which has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship education in the U.S. for the past 15 years by U.S. News and World Report.  Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum, an entrepreneurship education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology delivered in 25 cities in the U.S. and around the world.  Director of Foreign Trade for the Massachusetts Port Authority responsible for the Authority’s overseas offices in London and Tokyo and programs to develop international business for New England companies in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Executive Assistant to former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke and Director of the Senate Massachusetts Office responsible for a full range of federal policy, funding and regulatory issues including: economic development, health, and education. Liaison with state and local officials, non-profit institutions and Massachusetts business community.

Kathleen holds an MBA cum laude from Boston University and a BA from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.  She has taught Global Marketing Strategy at Babson College and at Northeastern University. She is an author and frequent speaker on international topics and has testified before Congress on small business and international trade issues.  Ms. Hagan sits on several corporate, professional, and non-profit boards.

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Kevin Gamble is the Director of Féile an Phobail, Ireland’s Biggest Community Arts Festival. Kevin was educated firstly through the medium of Irish at Bunscoil Phobail Feirste, then went on to St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School and then to the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. Kevin began his career as a Sports Development Officer and spent 10 years working in a variety of sports development posts, including with Sport NI and Upper Springfield Development Trust. Kevin took up his current post as Director of Féile an Phobail in 2011

Kevin is an avid GAA and Irish Language enthusiast and has represented his club and county in hurling and handball. Kevin continues to play for his local club Naomh Pól and also coaches a variety of underage teams in Naomh Pól.  Kevin’s family has three young sons, Jude, Ben and Oscar occupying most of his spare time, something he wouldn’t change for the world!

Kevin McCann

Kevin McCann has produced award-winning drama and documentary for RTE, BBC and TG4. His work examines Irish identity, history and faith. His latest film Volkswagen Joe won 6 international awards this year including the Celtic Media Film Award and the Boston Irish Film Award. He is currently developing the first motion picture on the 1916 Easter Rising Rebellion ( www.therising.ie )

Liam Ó Cuinneagáin 

Liam Ó Cuinneagáin is from Gleann Cholm Cille. Liam Ó Cuinneagáin 2014He is a graduate of St. Patrick’s Teacher Training College and of University College, Dublin. He is an alumnus of the Tourism Program, Irish Institute, Boston College (1998).  He is co-founder of Oideas Gael (1984) with former UCD Dean of Celtic Studies and professor of Irish, Seosamh Watson, a Belfast native. Oideas Gael received the National Rural Tourism Award in 1997. Liam has received numerous awards including the prestigious ‘Gradam an Phiarsaigh – Patrick Pearse Award’ trophy for services to education and the Irish language (2010). He served two terms as the chairperson of Údarás na Gaeltachta (2002-2012). He is currently Donegal Person of the Year. Oideas Gael attracts adult students and university semester participants from all over the globe. The former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, attends the Oideas Gael programme every year since 1998.


Mayor Marty Walsh

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, an accomplished advocate for working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. With a commitment to community, equality and opportunity for every resident and neighborhood, Mayor Walsh has the record, skills and passion to move Boston forward. In all his endeavors, Mayor Walsh has become known as someone whose word is his bond.  mjw headshot 150_tcm3-42489

In April 1997, at the age of 29, Mayor Walsh won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 13th Suffolk District in Boston, which ranks among the most diverse in the state. During his 16 years in the House, Mayor Walsh established himself as a leader on creating and protecting jobs and growing the economy. He authored landmark public construction law reforms that increased flexibility and accountability, helped pass transit-oriented mixed-use “smart growth district” legislation, and was a strong supporter of infrastructure and zoning improvements. During the state fiscal crisis, he was a key broker in compromise legislation giving municipalities more tools to negotiate substantial savings on health insurance benefits while protecting the rights of hardworking people to receive the decent pay and benefits they have earned.

A co-founder and former board member of the Neighborhood House Public Charter School, Mayor Walsh has long been an aggressive advocate for strong public schools. In the Legislature, he fought for annual funding for alternative schools and helped pass a law that allows the city to transform underperforming schools into pilot, magnet and in-district charter schools.

A champion for civil rights, Mayor Walsh was a vocal early advocate for marriage equality, which he calls his proudest vote ever as a state lawmaker, and he compiled a strong record in support of communities of color, immigrants, seniors and all the people of our city and state. He also became known as the State House leader on substance abuse and recovery issues.

Rising up through the leadership of his Laborers Local 223 union, Mayor Walsh eventually served for two years, 2011 to 2013, as head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, where he worked with business and community leaders and city officials to promote high quality development and new jobs for the city. In partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, he created Building Pathways, a pre-apprentice program connecting building trades jobs and opportunities with those traditionally underrepresented in the industry, mainly women and people of color.

Mayor Walsh’s parents both emigrated from Ireland in the 1950s and came to Boston. John and Mary Walsh married and settled in a home on Taft Street in St. Margaret’s Parish, Dorchester, where they raised their two sons, Marty and Johnny, and where Mayor Walsh’s mother still lives. At age seven, Mayor Walsh survived a bout of Burkett’s lymphoma, a form of childhood cancer, thanks in part to experimental treatments and extraordinary care he received at Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

After attending St. Margaret’s School in Dorchester and Newman Prep High School, Mayor Walsh followed in his father’s footsteps to become a union laborer, working his first job at the age of 18 at Commonwealth Pier (now known as the World Trade Center) on the South Boston waterfront.  Mayor Walsh lives on Tuttle Street in Dorchester and is a graduate of Boston College. He shares his life with his longtime partner, Lorrie Higgins, and her daughter, Lauren.

Maureen Bennett

Bennett_MaureenReceived the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Maureen Bennett is the co-chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group and is a member of the firm’s Global Board.

Maureen represents life science and healthcare entities in connection with a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on cross-boundary acquisition and strategic commercial matters, including product supply, manufacturing and research and development and telemedicine arrangements.

She has managed the negotiation of multi-party clinical research collaboration agreements in numerous jurisdictions around the world, including agreements with hospitals, physician practices and independent research entities. She has also negotiated numerous master service collaboration agreements with contract research organizations and data management providers to the life science industry.

Maureen’s practice also includes a substantial focus on regulatory compliance and ethical issues associated with the conduct of international clinical research, including patient recruitment, pharmacovigilance, clinical data management anticorruption and informed consent issues.

She is the co-author of a 2009 white paper published by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) titled “Conducting Clinical Trials in the United States and Abroad: Navigating the Rising Tide of Regulation and Risk” and was the 2011 Co-Chair of AHLA’s Biomedical Innovations Conference.

Michael Fitzsimons

Michael Fitzsimons is a native of Co. Cavan, educated at Franciscan College Gormanston and studied Hotel Management in The Kildare Hotel and Country Club (The KClub) with CERT. He then went on to attain a Masters of Business Studies in Tourism Management from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin.MichaelFitz

Michael has worked in the Tourism sector for over 13 years both in Switzerland and Ireland. On completion of his studies he took up a position in CERT (now Fáilte Ireland) as a Food and Beverage Instructor. In 2003 CERT merged with Board Fáilte to form Fáilte Ireland. Michael has held a number of different positions within Fáilte Ireland including managing the online programme for the International Trade Fair “Meitheal” for 3 years. Michael has worked on many marketing projects like the Lakelands and Inland Waterways, International Publicity, Irish Welcome Awards, Optimus Best Practice Awards, Volvo Round the World Ocean Race and Ireland’s West Region.

Most recently Michael has been appointed to the Wild Atlantic Way project team and currently holds the position of Client Services Officer. The Wild Atlantic Way is one of three key strategic programme areas in the Fáilte Ireland strategic plan 2013-2016.

On a personal note Michael is a keen Kitesurfer and was president of the Irish Kitesurfing Association for 2 years. Michael spends much of his weekends and holidays exploring the West Coast of Ireland both on land and on water with his wife Lisa and their three kids Luke, Alanna and Elise.

Michael Patrick MacDonald

Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of two bestselling coming-of-age memoirs: All Souls, A Family Story From Soumichael-1thie and Easter Rising, A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. Both memoirs deal with growing up in South Boston’s Old Colony Housing Project, an area that held the highest concentration of white poverty in America, and some of Boston’s highest death rates from substance abuse and its attendant violence (including suicide). Having lost four siblings to poverty, violence, and the drug trade, MacDonald uses personal story to promote conversation about trauma in the lives of young people, and about the possibility for individual healing and community change.

Before becoming a full-time writer, MacDonald worked as a community organizer helping to build coalitions to reduce substance abuse and street violence by engaging young people and survivors, promoting grassroots leadership from among those most impacted by the drug trade and violence. He cofounded Boston’s successful gun buyback program, which took 2,900 deadly firearms off Boston’s streets and destroyed them. After learning community organizing skills in Boston’s communities of color — “over the bridge,” where he had always been warned never to go — MacDonald brought those skills back home to Southie. There he founded the South Boston Vigil Group, which gave a voice to survivors of the drug trade in a neighborhood ravaged by drug lord James “Whitey” Bulger’s culture of silence and death.

Having written two national bestselling memoirs about his own navigation out of despair, breaking silence, and having a voice in Boston’s movements against violence and the drug trade, MacDonald speaks to organizations and institutions working with young people and survivors to help them find their own strengths, their voices, and to become leaders in their communities. MacDonald is currently Author in Residence at Northeastern University’s Honors Department, where he teaches “Non Fiction Writing and Social Justice Issues” and “Conflict, Reconciliation & Justice in the North of Ireland.” He has also developed a community-based writing curriculum, which he is currently implementing it at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston. MacDonald serves on the boards and advisory committees of many organizations, including Crittenton Women’s Union, Families First of Massachusetts, and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat The Odds program.

Michael Quinlin

MichaelQuinlin10_14_2013_2Michael Quinlin is executive director of the Commonwealth Marketing Office, which brands Massachusetts as an ideal place to live, work, study, visit, start a business or grow a company.  His office produces marketing materials for foreign trade missions, economic development reports and tourism products, and oversees Massitsallhere.com.

He founded MassJazz, a marketing initiative launched in 2009 to promote the state’s vibrant jazz scene, and previously worked on the Boston Harbor Cleanup, for Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in scholarly publishing in New York and Cambridge.

He and his wife Colette formed the Boston Irish Tourism Association in 2000 to connect the state’s Irish cultural venues with the hospitality industry, while strengthening travel ties between New England, Ireland and eastern Canada.  BITA operates several web sites and issues its free Travel & Culture Guide magazine three times a year.

Quinlin created Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, a three-mile walking tour, and is author of Irish Boston (Globe Pequot Press), editor of Classic Irish Stories (Lyons Press). He is a longtime contributor to the Irish Echo and Irish America Magazine.  He is active in the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) and National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council in Washington, DC.

Michael Heaney, Director of Service, Donegal County Council 

Micheal-O-hEanaigh-PicMichael Heaney is Director of Services with Donegal County Council with specific responsibility for Community, Culture, Planning & Economic Development. In this role he is responsible for the integrated Donegal Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development.  From 2006 to 2013 he served as a non executive Director of Ilex – the Derry Urban Regeneration Company. He is involved in working in the fields of economic development, natural resource development, tourism, community development, social inclusion, strategic planning, regional and cross-border development, diaspora, European Union affairs and cultural service provision.

 In the context of his Donegal County Council responsibilities, Michael has just been appointed as Chief Officer of the newly established Donegal Local and Community Development Committee, a cross-sectoral partnership with responsibility for preparation of an Economic and Community Development Plan for Donegal.  Michael previously worked as a Development Executive with Udarás na Gaeltachta (the Gaeltacht Development Authority) in Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal regions.  He was Manager of Inishowen Rural Development Ltd, Project Leader with Inishowen Community Development Group (Pilot Project of Second EC Anti-Poverty Programme) and Regional Coordinator with the Department of Agriculture and Food (ROI) Integrated Rural Development Programme.



Dr Norman Apsley joined the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation Limited (NISP) in 2000, as its first Chief Executive, on return from England where he was involved for some thirty years in applied research and the commercialisation of research. Since then, Norman has steered the Northern Ireland Science Park from an initial concept to physical embodiment. Headquartered on 25 acres of Queen’s Island, in its award winning Innovation Centre, the Science Park boasts some 120 companies, in 22,000 sq. m of bespoke buildings and Queens University’s Institute for Electronics, Communications and Electronics. In 2014, NISP partnered with Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the NW Cross-Border Group to create the NW Science Park with funding from the EU Interreg IVb programme. The Derry centre will open in Autumn 2014 with the Letterkenny extension to its CoLab facility due in mid-2015. The three centres will collaborate on all matters of knowledge based business promotion and growth.  With its technology business acceleration programme, NISP CONNECT, Halo, the Business Angel Network for NI and several Collaborative Networks in topics such as Digital Technology and Polymers, the Science Park has become a major hub in Northern Ireland’s growing Knowledge Economy.

Norman was born in Larne, educated at Larne Grammar School and then, at the New University of Ulster, achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Physics. At the end of this time in 1972, Norman went to Cambridge University to study amorphous semiconductors at the Cavendish Laboratories. Norman became a Fellow of Jesus College and an SERC Research Fellow.  In 1979, Norman joined RSRE (now Qinetiq), one of Europe’s foremost applied physics laboratories. For ten years, he researched a wide variety of microwave and optical devices, publishing some 70 scientific papers and patents. He became Director Electronics and Site Director in 1995, leaving in 2000 for his current appointment.

Norman was recognised in the 2012 New Year Honours List for services to Research and Enterprise.  Recently his other professional appointments have included; Vice President (Business and Innovation) and Trustee of the Institute of Physics, member of HEFCE’s REF 2014 impact pilot Physics Panel, Board member of W5 – the interactive science discovery centre- appointed by Minister of DCAL, Honorary President of the Association of Science Education and he is a member of RAE’s ERA Award Committee.

His current unpaid professional appointments include: Chair of the Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (UU), Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Electronics, Communications and Information Technology Institute of Queens University Belfast, Member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the CBI (NI), Deputy Chair of Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry strategy group, Chair of NI Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre Steering Board, Board member of The British Council (NI), Council member of the Irish Academy of Engineering, Chair of the Minister of education’s expert group for review of GCSE and A-level qualifications and Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Pathways to Growth programme and member of the Academy’s Enterprise Hub.

He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Irish Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Physics.

Norman Houston Norman

Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau. A native of Larne, Co. Antrim, Norman Houston started his civil service career in the old Department of Manpower Services where he worked in Gloucester House Jobmarket. As his career developed Norman moved to other positions where he dealt with a variety of issues including HR development, tourism development, trade and exports and public relations. This is Norman’s second posting to the Bureau; he was here from 1998 to 2002 as First Secretary.  Norman has been the Director of the Bureau since November 2007. He has a First Class Honors Degree in Modern History.

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NualaFOriginally from Fanad, Co Donegal, Nuala has been living in Boston for over 16 years.  During this time she has been heavily involved with the Irish American Community.  A current member of the Board of Directors with the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Nuala works closely with the center which provides necessary support for immigrants from over 120 countries.  In addition she is on many voluntary committees to assist with fundraising initiatives for the center.

Nuala has represented several Irish groups on a consultancy basis including Uduras Na Gaeltachta, The Donegal County Development Board, Donegal County Council and many individuals from the North West of Ireland. Acting as a liaison, Nuala provides support to traveling delegations by way of devising itineraries, logistical support and event planning.

Examples of previous events include:  The Irish North West – Making Business Happen event, co-planned with Derry City Council and Donegal County Council which took place at the Massachusetts State House. The Fanad Accordion Band Tour of Boston.  As part of a committee chaired by then State Representative Martin J. Walsh, 99 members of the group travelled to Boston to take part in the South Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade and a week of organized events.  The Golden Bridges Conference/Awards an annual event between the North West of Ireland & USA which occurs annually.

Nuala has also volunteered on several political campaigns including the Mayor of Peabody MA campaign and the Martin J. Walsh for Mayor of Boston Campaign 2014.  In her spare time, she is a current member of The Boston Donegal Association and an avid Donegal GAA supporter traveling to her native Donegal regularly to attend matches.  Nuala is honored to be involved in the upcoming 2014 Golden Bridges Awards.


Patrick F.N. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Dalradian Resources Inc.

 Mr. Anderson is an exploration geologist, entrepreneur and business executive with 20 years of experience working in thePatrickAnderson resource sector. After graduating with a geology degree from the University of Toronto, he moved to Venezuela to work as the resident project geologist on a successful kimberlite exploration program. Since then, he has been a consulting geologist on gold, base metals and diamond projects for junior explorers, major producers and mineral industry consulting firms in South America, North America and Europe. Mr. Anderson was a director, President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Aurelian Resources Inc., which discovered a 13.7 million ounce gold deposit in 2006 and was acquired by Kinross Gold in 2008. He was named Mining Man of the Year by The Northern Miner in 2009 and received the PDAC’s Thayer Lindsley award for an international mineral discovery in 2008.


Paul Hannigan

Paul Hannigan has been President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) since January 1998. Having graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Studies, specialising in Human Resources Management, Paul began work as a lecturer in Economics and Human Resource Management in Dundalk IT, and in 1992 he took on the position of Head of Department of Business Studies in Dundalk, until his appointment to Letterkenny.DSC_8146


Paul is a former member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and is currently a Board member of the Central Applications Office (CAO) and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is active on a number of national committees of the Institutes of Technology Ireland and is currently Chairman of this group. Paul serves on the Donegal Local Development Committee (DLDC), the North West Regional Executive of IBEC, and Fáilte North West (the regional forum of Fáilte Ireland). He is also a member of the Council of Eurashe, the European Association for Technological Higher Education Institutions.


In 2007, he completed an MSc in Management Practice at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) through the Irish Management Institute (IMI), and in January 2008 was appointed as President of LYIT for a further ten years.


Paul Williamson

Director and Principle Coordinator, Maine Wind Industry Initiative paulwilliamson (3)

Paul currently serves as the Director and Principle Coordinator of the Maine Wind Ocean & Industry Initiative (MOWII). MOWII is a collaborative effort between leading wind industry partners, industry associations, State entities, and the University of Maine to promote the growth and organization of the wind & ocean industry supply chain in Maine.  MOWII serves the onshore and offshore wind industries as well as the ocean energy supply chain development needs.

Paul Williamson has been working as a workforce and economic development specialist in Maine since 2006. Much of that work began with the boat building and advanced materials industries, and then broadened to include a variety of manufacturing and fabricating industries. Paul is a licensed sea captain with over 10 years owning and operating commercial vessels. When time allows you will find Paul surfing or sailing off the Maine coast.


Peter Roby

Peter Roby was named Northeastern’s ninth athletic director on June 21, 2007. Roby, former men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University, marketing vice president at Reebok and director of Northeastern’s Center for Sport in Society, brings broad experience and unique perspective to his position.  headshot_2_RobyPeter_006_Crop35
Roby oversees Northeastern’s 18-sport, NCAA Division I athletic department, which competes in the highly-competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Hockey East Association and Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC). In addition, Roby oversees Northeastern Campus Recreation, which offers more than 40 club and 30 intramural sports teams, as well as a wealth of physical education opportunities for Northeastern students.
In September 2012, Roby was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The 10-member committee is responsible for selecting and seeding the NCAA tournament field every year. Committee members serve five-year terms. At the time of Roby’s appointment, committee chair and Xavier director of athletics Mike Bobinski said, “Peter brings a wealth of basketball experience to the committee, having been a Division I student-athlete, a coach and now an administrator. We look forward to his contributions to our group.”
Roby served as associate athletic director for student-athlete welfare during the 2005-06 season, in addition to his duties at Sport in Society. As the department head, Roby was a forceful national leader, championing the role sports can play in bringing about positive social change through research, education and advocacy. He also has been outspoken in decrying the use of performance-enhancing drugs, competitive pressures placed on children, permissive attitudes toward professional athletes and a number of other sports-related issues.
Roby has been referenced extensively in print, television and radio media all over the world and his opinion pieces have been published on the editorial pages of many well-known publications, including the Boston Globe, the Indianapolis Star, the Dallas Morning News and the Oregonian.
In October of 2007, Roby was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute of International Sport. The criteria for selection was the effective use of sport as a means to educate.
Prior to assuming his post at Sport in Society, Roby was the vice president of U.S. marketing at Reebok. During his tenure with Reebok he held two other positions, as the director of key account marketing and the director of U.S. sports marketing. He was responsible for the development and execution of marketing plans in the United States. He also oversaw strategic planning, grassroots marketing and sponsorships.
Leading up to his time at Reebok, Roby had a fulfilling career as a college basketball coach. He served six seasons as men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University and three years as an assistant coach. Before joining Harvard, Roby was the assistant coach at Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Roby is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was co-captain of the basketball team and earned a bachelor’s degree in government. He also holds a master’s degree in leadership from Northeastern, which was conferred in 2008. A native of New Britain, Conn., Roby lives with his wife, Sandra, in Newton, Mass. They are the parents of three children, Kayla, Peter and Jon Paul.


Robert Fitzpatrick

Robert Fitzpatrick was appointed Chief Executive of the Odyssey Trust Company Ltd (OTC) on the 4th June 2007.  He reports directly to the Chairman (Brian Burke) and the Board of OTC Ltd who are the owners of Odyssey. Robert head  shouldersnn (2)

Robert has over 20 years’ experience in leisure and property management sectors.  He has acquired, developed and restructured businesses continually adding value to the overall business performance.

Robert is a keen sportsman and has run a number of big city marathons including Boston and New York.  He is also an avid music fan as well as being a studious lover of history and related matters.


Dr. Robert M. Mauro

Unknown-4Dr. Robert M. Mauro, Executive Director, also serves as Director of the Irish Institute. He completed his PhD (The Practice of Ideology, 2009) in Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany.  Before coming to Boston College he undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) at University College Dublin (UCD). While there he worked on a project, titled Breaking the Patterns of Conflict: The Irish State, the British Dimension, and the Northern Ireland Conflict, a comprehensive oral history of policy makers involved with Northern Ireland peace process from the Sunningdale Agreement to the St. Andrews Agreement.

In addition, to being an experienced academic, Dr. Mauro has extensive experience in university administration and a deep interest in entrepreneurial practices. During the past four years as Director of the Irish Institute, Dr. Mauro designed and implemented professional education programs for developing and senior leaders in Ireland and Northern Ireland. These programs hosted over 600 participants from fields as diverse as business and innovation, policy, science and technology, and bureaucracy. In addition, Dr. Mauro developed and continues to led an active alumni association allowing past participants to continue to share, learn, and advance through Irish Institute programing.

In addition to his work at Boston College, Dr. Mauro is active in ensuring that the university is well connected to the community. He is past-President of Irish Network Boston, a Director of the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists, a board advisor to both The Frederick Douglass- Daniel O’Connell Project the Gaelic Players Association New England. Dr. Mauro received a “Top 40 Under 40” in Irish-America award in 2013.

Robert W. Walsh

Distinguished Lecturer, City University of New York, Baruch School of Public Affairs

RobWalshRobert W. Walsh serves as a Distinguished Lecturer at the Baruch School of Public Affairs in January 2014.  He teaches Urban Economic Development at the graduate and undergraduate level.   Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Walsh as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in January 2002.  During his twelve year tenure, Walsh reshaped the Agency to directly focus on and respond to the needs of the City’s nearly 200,000 small businesses.

In doing so, SBS has invigorated the City’s 69 Business Improvement Districts and created 24 new BIDs that now deliver more than $100 million in supplemental services.   He also created a Neighborhood Leadership Program in partnership with the Coro Foundation to train leaders of local non-profit organizations in the skills needed to lead change in their communities.

Under Walsh’s leadership, SBS established seven NYC Business Solution Centers that focus on entrepreneurial courses and access to capital.    SBS helped secure more than $200 million in capital access for small businesses between 2008 and 2013.  He also created 17 workforce centers and a demand-driven, business-focused approach to connect more than 200,000 New Yorkers to jobs during his tenure.   Prior to his appointment, Walsh spent five years in North Carolina as President of Charlotte Center City Partners, where he initiated a Center City Master Plan that led to significant private and public sector investment in the core of the City.  He also initiated recruitment efforts that attracted Johnson & Wales University and secured more than $25 million dollars to expand the Historic Charlotte Trolley and create a free bus shuttle system to serve office workers, residents, and visitors

From 1989 to April 1997, he led the Union Square Partnership in New York City, where he played a key role in the neighborhood’s revitalization. During the eighties, he worked in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch.  He began his career in public service as a New York City Urban Fellow, a program he later directed.   Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree from Fordham University.

Sean Gaffey

Sean-GaffeySean Gaffey is a Senior Financial Advisor / First Vice President within Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. At Merrill Lynch, Sean heads the Gaffey Mellody Group, a seasoned team of professionals that caters to the wealth management and financing needs of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, non-profit organizations, foundations and endowments. Sean and his team pride themselves in working with like minded people to finance their goals one connection at a time.

Within the community, Sean is the current Chairman & President of the NYC Chapter of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN NY), a global not for profit organization which brings together the cream of the Irish business community.  Headquartered in London, the IIBN also has an All-Ireland Chapter and strategic relationships with like minded business networks throughout the world.  In addition to his current role as Chair of the IIBN NY, Sean has acted as a mentor within the US-NI Mentorship program from its inception, was a founding member of the Young Leaders of the American Ireland Fund and spearheaded the Irish Executive Mentorship Program(IEMP), a joint initiative between IN-NYC and IIBN NY.  He also serves of the President’s Business Council of the University of Scranton and is a proud supporter of their alumni network.  Currently Sean and his wife Allison reside in Rockville Centre, NY with their two sons Aiden and Liam.

Sean P. Moynihan

11c9c28Attorney Sean P. Moynihan is the founder and principal of The Moynihan Group, LLC.  Attorney Moynihan is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Providence College and a 2001 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School’s evening division program.  He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January of 2002.  He has a dynamic record of professional experience in the public, financial services, and non-profit sectors of the economy.   The Moynihan Group builds and executes strategies for companies and organizations in need of government relations and public affairs counsel by encompassing legislative, regulatory, procurement and business development advocacy.  The firm also represents Irish companies and organizations seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States including legal and compliance services as well as relationship facilitation within the business, government and academic arenas.  Likewise, the firm represents American companies seeking to establish or expand operations into Ireland.

Attorney Moynihan spent over a decade in the public service arena.  He served in various positions within the Massachusetts House of Representatives including Counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee, Counsel to the Office of the House Majority Leader, and Legislative Director.  During his time in the Ways and Means Committee and the Office of the House Majority Leader, Attorney Moynihan worked on a myriad of significant public policy issues – in particular – energy and the environment, life sciences/biotech, education, labor, and the administration of justice in the Commonwealth.

Attorney Moynihan serves as Chairman of Irish Network Boston (IN Boston) and as Vice President for Global Partnerships of the Boston Irish Business Association [BIBA].  He also serves on the Irish International Immigrant Center’s (IIIC) Internship Advisory Panel.  His past volunteer efforts include serving as a “Connector” with the former Boston World Partnerships (BWP) non-profit organization and as a trustee of the Irish Pastoral Centre.  He is a past Chairman of the Northboro Democratic Town Committee of Northboro, MA.  He has managed and worked on numerous municipal, state legislative, congressional, and presidential campaigns.  In February of 2009 he was named one of the Irish Echo’s top 40 under 40 award recipients and was recognized as 1 of 5 to receive the “Outstanding Young Leader Award” from the Irish Echo and the Presidents’ Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In 2012, The Moynihan Group, LLC was named to the “Irish Small Business Top 50” by the Irish Echo.

Attorney Moynihan resides in Hingham, MA with his wife Lynn and their children Maeve and Declan. He can be reached at [email protected]

Mr. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council

SN Seamus Neely is the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.  Seamus started his public service career with Donegal County Council before moving to various roles in Cavan and Monaghan Urban District Councils followed by ten years at Cavan County Council.  He returned to Donegal County Council in late 2008 as a Director of Service with responsibility for the Water, Environment and Emergency Services.  He took up the post of Donegal County Manager in July 2010.

Seamus has a keen interest in the development of the economy of County Donegal in particular through best use of natural resources and the promotion of micro enterprise.  Seamus holds an honours degree in Business Studies from University of Ulster and an MBA from Dublin City University.

Minister Stephen Farry, MLA

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Minister Farry has been an MLA for North Down since 2007. He served as Alliance Party general secretary from 2000-2007.

Political Career: He became a member of the North Down Borough Council in 1993, representing Abbey DEA. This role continued until 2011. Minister Farry was deputy mayor from 2002 – 2003, and subsequently mayor in 2007-2008. He was a member for Community Relations Council from 2007-2011. He was also director of Bangor and Holywood Town Centre Management Ltd.

Education Background: Minister Farry graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a BSSc (1st Class) in politics. He gained his PhD in international relations on the topic of the United Nations in the post-cold war era.

Susan Whoriskey

Susan Dr. Whoriskey has helped build three of Massachusetts top successful biotech companies from the ground up as a member of the founding Executive Teams of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA) and Moderna. Each of these companies has employed cutting edge science for the development of life saving medicines, while contributing numerous jobs to the Massachusetts economy and building significant shareholder value. She played key roles in managing these companies to grow from seed venture capital financing through IPO (CBST, MNTA) and follow-on financings and the achievement of FDA drug approval (CBST, MNTA). Cubist is a leader in the discovery of novel acute care therapies and markets Cubicin, the most successful I.V. antibiotic launch ever in the U.S. The company employs more than 600 people and is valued at approximately $5.5B US. Momenta Pharmaceuticals developed enoxaparin, a low molecular weight heparin drug to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis and acute coronary symptoms. It markets the drug with a partner company and achieved the most successful IV generic launch ever in the US. A drug to treat multiple sclerosis is also pending FDA review. The company employs greater than 160 people and is currently valued at approximately $1B US. Moderna, founded in 2011 out of Flagship Venturelabs, is pioneering messenger messenger RNA therapeutics™ and employs over 100 people. Susan participated in helping the company raise $110M US in private equity, up to $25M US in government grants and over $240M US in corporate partnership financing. The company remains privately held. Dr. Whoriskey has held various positions in academics, venture capital and biotech executive management. She has been a Fellow in Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School with 2009 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jack Szostak, a consultant to venture capital firm Polaris Venture Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at MIT. Dr. Whoriskey earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a PH.D. in Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. She is a proud recipient of an honorary degree in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurism from the University of Ulster.

Sara Stanton

Sara picSara Stanton is the founder of Cara Group Travel, a New England based Tour operator specializing in personalized group travel to Europe with a particular focus on Ireland. Sara was born in County Mayo and for the past 20 years has worked in the travel industry in the United States, from Washington D.C. to Chicago and finally settling in the Boston area. Over this time, Sara has built up an extensive contact network both here in the US and in Ireland.

Her passion for Ireland, its culture and people is why Sara started her group travel business. She works on finding and connecting people who share common interests whether it be through their heritage, business opportunities, cultural events or educational programs.  The Cara goal is to nurture existing relationships, establish new connections between Ireland and the US, and create long lasting experiences through travel programs. Clients include Sons of the American Revolution, University of Southern Mississippi, Entrepreneur Organization Boston, Leading Cities, Stonehill College, NYPD Emeralds Society, Tulsa Nationals Football club and many others from various Irish churches and other organizations based throughout the US.

To achieve her goals, Sara has formed strong relationships with Tourism Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Connect Ireland, The American Ireland Fund, Irish American Partnership and the and is a member of the Quincy Center for Innovation and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.  Sara is very familiar with the Northwest of Ireland as her Mother is from Ballyliffen and she spent many happy summers in Inishowen as a child. Today this is still a family favorite destination for her husband Thomas Scott and sons Hugh (9), Luke (7).

Tim Cooke

TCTim Cooke is Director of National Museums Northern Ireland – the organisation includes the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum at Holywood, the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh and www.nmni.com

He led the project to transform the Ulster Museum in Belfast as a centre for widespread public engagement with art, history and science.  Since re-opening just over four years ago the Museum has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors and has won the UK’s Museum of the Year award.  Major art exhibitions staged recently include retrospectives of Sean Scully and Wiliam Scott, and “300 Years of Irish Landscape Painting”.  The Ulster Museum is currently staging “Art of the Troubles”, the largest-ever public display of painting, sculpture, video and installation work related to the conflict.  It is also playing a central role in the current Decade of Centenaries programme, exploring the pivotal events 100 years ago which shaped Irish and British history.       Tim Cooke was previously Head of Broadcasting with BBC Northern Ireland and is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government.

Timothy Egan:Media Analyst & Content Creator

Tim is a specialist in broadcast and web based video content services, marketing and media affairs advisory practicing in New England & Canada. Via offices in Sugar Hill, NH, & Waltham, MA he researches; build relationships with; creatively implements; and analyzes the power of – media for business, government and political clients.Timothy T Egan

He is CMO/Executive Producer at Moody Street Television: www.moodystreet.tv – the ten-year-old entertainment and communications company based in Waltham, MA. He has two New England Emmy Awards as Writer/Director/Producer, among his 15 plus Emmy Nominations during his 20-year career in New England.

He is a principle in Sugar Hill Associates, a forward thinking media training firm with journalist Mike Nikitas. They teach the power of media exposure and help clients maximizing it. He is an Adjunct Professor at two colleges: teaching business of television production and political media content, at Curry College in Milton, MA and teaching video production at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT. He consults with the Grafton Country Economic Council helping small businesses learn practical video marketing.

With a nod to media industry development, in 2012 he was named inaugural Marketing Chairman for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He served as a National Trustee in 2010-2012, after his role as President of the New England Chapter and Founding Co-Chair of Presidents Council for NATAS, from 2006 to 2010.

Upon moving to NH, in 2011 Tim was a Founding Member/President of the NH Production Coalition and appointed as Business Representative/Media Advisor to The NH/Canada Trade Council. In 2013 he was named to the Board of Directors for the NE/Canada Business Council; appointed to the Advisory Boards of the Visual Arts Dept at Lyndon State College and Catamount Arts in VT; and re-appointed to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council.

Along with his communication content clients, he is the media advisor to The British Consul-General of Boston, The British Council, The New England Canada Business Council, MIT’s Technology Review and legislative officials in Mass. & NH. He was a media services consultant to: Presidential Campaigns of Senator Joe Biden (DE.) in 2008 & Governor Jerry Brown (CA.) in 1992; Lt. Governor Tim Murray (MA) in 2010, Senate President Therese Murray (MA) & Jim King for US Senate in 2012 (MA), and the 2013 NH House Of Representatives – Environmental Caucus.

In his spare time he pursues a MS in Marketing at SNHU.edu He lives in and enjoys the White Mountains of NH with his wife Betty & daughter Maggie.


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