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NYNB 2014 Itinerary

Thursday May 29

Belfast City Council Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm

Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile
Cllr Guy Spence, Deputy Chair Development Committee.

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh

Welcome 6:30pm

Fr McShane
Rep Mike Fitzpatrick
CM Daniel Dromm

Spirit of the City 6:45pm

Showcase by Belfast Community Gospel Choir
Including My Lagan Love by Joseph Campbell,
founder Irish Studies Department, Fordham University

Bridges of Hope and Prosperity between New York and Belfast 7:05pm

Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland

Jewels in the Crown:
The Very Best of Belfast and Irish New York
7:15pm Plenary (Moderated Panel Discussion)

Chaired by: Lorraine Turner, NI Bureau
Panel: Pauline Turley, Irish Arts Center
Maurice Kinkead, CEO East Belfast Partnership & EastSide Arts
Mac Premo (Creator The Luckiest Arab in Belfast)
Tim Cooke, Director, National Museums NI


Building Blocks to 2020
Lowenstein Room 522 (5th Floor)

What are the key steps our cities must take to boost our creative industries, making them both economic drivers and life-enhancers.

Contributors: Kevin McCann, Producer The Rising, the Movie | Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic | Darrah Carr, Darrah Carr Dance | Maura Kelly, Media and Marketing Executive | John Lee, Irish American Artists and Writers Inc |

Cities in Transition: In Diversity is Strength?
Presidents Dinning Room (12th Floor)

New York and Belfast are cities experiencing fast-paced change. How do we grow the cities in scale and ambition, increasing their diversity and celebrating difference while attracting global talent?

Contributors: Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny| Anita Daly, Daly Communications | Rev. Dr. Kris Erskine, Sr. Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Harlem, NYC | Brendan Fay, Founder & Co Chair St Pats For All | Christine Quinn | Elinor Tatum, Publisher Amsterdam News | Bill Shaw, 174 Trust | Michael Patrick MacDonald, Author All Souls

A Two-Way Street of Arts and Culture.
12th Floor Lounge

Finding ways to mainstream exchanges of artists between Belfast and New York so that Irish American artists are feted in Belfast and Belfast artists celebrated in New York.

Contributors: Tracy Marshall, Director Belfast Exposed | Kevin Gamble, Director Féile an Phobail | Sarah Jane Bennison, Grand Opera House, Belfast | Mac Premo | Marcus Robinson, Film-Maker, Artist. Producer Rebuilding the World Trade Center. | Peter Quinn, author The Man Who Never Returned, Hour of the Cat, Dry Bones | Terry Golway, Author Machine Made | John Ahearn, Sculpture, South Bronx

The $1M Challenge 8:40pm

Cllr Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín, CEO Ciste Infheistíochta na Gaeilge.

Recognising the Irish American of the Year 8:50pm

Recipient 2013 Loretta Brennan Glucksman
Presented by: Brian O’Dwyer, Senior Partner, O’Dwyer & Bernstien LLP
Comments: Malachy McCourt

Conference Club
Delegates are welcome to go to the Dead Rabbit after the conference reception

Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
30 Water Street, near Broad
New York, 10004

Friday May 30

Registration and Breakfast  7:30am -7:45am

12th Floor Lounge.

Breakfast Sessions

Tech Town 7:45am-8:20am

Early-stage companies have a compelling proposition to make to equity investors but how can Belfast do more in collaboration with New York to increase in stature as a global tech city.

Contributors: Tom Gray, CTO Kainos | Stevie Morrow, Loughshore Investments | Mary Ann Pierce, President MAP Digital | NYSE | Alex Torpey, Mayor of South Orange NJ, USA | John O’Donoghue, Investor | Shane Naughton, Founder & CEO, Inundata

Hit Me Again! 8:20am-8:55am

The Gathering was an unprecedented success in 2013, bringing record numbers of Americans to Ireland. Can it be repeated with mainstream Belfast involvement in a way which attracts US tourists

Contributors: Alison Metcalfe, Head of North America Tourism Ireland | Harry Connolly,Fáilte Feirste Thiar | Bill Byrne, United Airlines | Andy Cooney | Adrian Flannelly | Michelle Hatfield, GBBCA | Mandy Patrick President, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation |

Welcome: 9:00am

Tom DiNapoli, Comptroller New York State
Rep Mike Cusick, New York State Assembly

Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller

Opening Plenary 9.15am-9:50am

What the Future Holds. Looking at economic prospects on both sides of the Atlantic. How can the benefits of a global economic recovery be maximised to boost job creation?

Contributors: Chaired by Andrea Haughian, VP Development, Invest Northern Ireland | Panel Jim Clerkin, CEO Moet-Hennessy USA | Suzanne Aquino, Chain IQ | Tom McCusker, Tennents NI| Rob Walsh, Distinguished Lecturer School of Pubic Affairs, Baruch College, The City University of New York |

Shared Fortunes 9:50am-10:25am

Europe’s Fastest-Growing Knowledge Economy and the World’s Financial Capital Making Common Cause to Boost Business.

Contributors: Chaired by Frank Barry, Bloomberg View. Panel Philip Cassidy, Senior Vice President Concentrix | Jason Richelson, CEO of Shopkeep | Peter Fitzgerald, Randox | Jayne Brady, Partner Kernel Capital |

Sweet-Spots 10:25am-11:00am

Lessons from the success stories driving the new economy

Contributors: Chaired by Norman Houston, NI Bureau |Panel Patrick Anderson, CEO Dalradian Resources | Tom Gray, CTO Kainos | Elana Loewenthal, HBO | Scott Stringer, Comptroller New York City | David Gavaghan CEO, Titanic Quarter Ltd

Start-Up Shooting Stars 11:00am-11:40am

Supported by:

Four Belfast start-ups pitch to a Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank headed by Liam Lynch of Broadway.Com. Delegates get to vote for their favourite for the Summit Start-Up Prize. Courtesy of Aer Lingus we are able to provide the winning pitch with a return flight from Dublin-San Francisco.

Contributors: Chaired by Liam Lynch Broadway.com. Companies | Paul Graham, Founder, Phlok | John Ferguson, Venuebooker |Paul Carson, Jyrobike | Kevin Donaghy & Joe Boyle, SaltDNA

11:40-12:30pm Boardroom Dialogue Sessions

A Table in the City
Lowenstein Room 506 (5th Floor)

No great city can have the motto, ‘Go to bed early’. Creating a destination city requires a bar, restaurant and hotel offering which takes the breath away.

Contributors: Bill Wolsey, Beannchor | Francis Schott, Stage Left Restaurant, NJ | Sean Muldoon, The Dead Rabbit | Petra Wolsey, Merchant Hotel | Joseph Smith, Bobby Vans | Gerry Carlile, Fáilte Restaurant |Joanne O’Hagan, Visit Belfast |

Great Universities Define Great Cities
Lowenstein Room 502 (5th Floor)

World-class universities are a vital ingredient of the global city. How can our universities act as economic engines co-operating across the Atlantic to usher in a new era of educational excellence and business innovation.

Contributors: Tom Dunne, Vice-President Fordham Univeristy | Michael George, Fortress Investments/Queen’s University New York City Scholarship Program | Joanne Stuart, US-NI Mentorship Programme | Gabrielle NigUidhir, St Marys University College, Belfast | Breandán Mac Suibhne, Centenary College, NY

Irish Business Networks Driving the Recovery
Lowenstein Room 521 (5th Floor)

Harnessing the Power of the Irish American Diaspora to build business networks and transatlantic partnerships

Contributors: Steve Lenox, Lenox Consulting | Bill McLaughlin, IABCI | Seán McNeill, IBO | John Connorton, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP | Bill Cox, Gordon Herlands Randolph & Cox LLP | Gary Hanley, Invest NI USA | Kevin Dooley Kent President IABCI | Michael Graham, Director of Corporate Real Estate Titanic Quarter Ltd | Paul McMorran, MD Crosslé Cars| Deirdre Woodbyrne, Executive Director of INUSA | Russell Smith, Partner, SmithDehn, LLP | Sean Gaffey, Chair of the IIBN, NY |

Business Luncheon 12:30pm-2:30pm

Ireland-US Top 50 Companies. Celebrating 50 corporations with transatlantic operations.

Guest Speaker David Ford, MLA, Minister for Justice
Speaker Shaun Kelly, Vice-Chair of Operations, KPMG
Speaker Alastair Keith, Partner A&L Goodbody
Performance by The Belfast Community Gospel Choir

The Healing Power of Art 3:15pm-4:30pm

4 World Trade Center (Bus will leave Fordham University at 2:30pm)

Symposium hosted by artist Marcus Robinson at his studio on the 48th floor of Tower 4, World Trade Center. Chaired by Geraldine Hughes, Actor, Writer and Producer. Contributions from Rodney Dickson. Includes a showreel of Marcus’ film of the rebuilding of Ground Zero.

Conference Finale Farewell 5:30pm-7:00pm

Hosted by Noel & Hanora Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland in New York (by invitation only)

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