Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum 2016 (APIBF)
Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum 2016 (APIBF)

Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum 2016 (APIBF)

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Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

65 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu

Shanghai, Shanghai 200042


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The Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum (APIBF) coincides with the Asian Gaelic Games, an annual competition for GAA teams across the Asia-Pacific & the Gulf Regions. Since its inception, annual events have taken place in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpar, Singapore and Bangkok. Introduced formally in 2007, the APIBF brings together Irish business people, people doing business with Ireland and friends of Ireland in the dynamic Asia-Pacific & Gulf Regions. The APIBF focusses on building connections and facilitating trade and learning between Chambers of Commerce, GAA Clubs, individuals and business groups based in the Asia-Pacific & Gulf Regions. 

The theme for the 2016 Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum is “Pursuing New Opportunities: Irish Business in Asia”. The 2016 Forum will have a specific focus on the possible implications for Ireland of Brexit and the impending negotiations between the UK and the EU, as well as the resulting need for Ireland to trade up and deepen political, economic and other relationships with key markets such as China/Asia. Speakers at this interactive forum will include economic, media and political experts from across the region as well as representatives from the corporate and sporting world who will share their insights on doing business in the unique Asia Pacific business environment. A draft programme for the conference is available below


08.45 – 09.15

Registration & Networking Coffee

09.15 – 09.30

Opening Session:

MC: Mr Clifford Coonan, Asian Correspondent, Irish Times

Opening Remarks By: Ms Therese Healy, Consul General of Ireland to Shanghai   

09.30 – 10.00

Keynote Speech: Upping Ireland’s Game in Asia: Building Lasting Political, Commercial and Cultural Links through Modern Diplomacy – The China Experience

H. E. Mr Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland to China

10.00 – 10.30

Exploiting a New Era in China for Strategic Success

Ms Joanne Wood, Chairman, Capital Eight                               

10.30 – 10.45 

Huawei - From the Inside

Mr David Harmon, Global Head of Corporate Relations, Huawei

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12.15

Panel Discussion: Unique Business Ecosystems: The Realities of Doing Business in Asia

Moderator: Mr Paul Scales, President, Thai Irish Chamber of Commerce

Mr Dave Walsh, Etihad Country Manager Malaysia

12.15 – 14.45


MC Mr Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, President Asian County Board, GAA

Panel Discussion: Sporting Success and Challenges

Moderator: Mr Jerome Quinn, Broadcaster

Ms Cora Staunton, Mayo Ladies GAA Legend

Mr Nicholas Walsh, AFL Coach & ex Cavan GAA

Dr Bryan Cullen, Sports Coach & ex Dublin GAA

Mr Mick Galway, Ireland, Munster, Lions & Kerry GAA

Mr Lee Chin, Wexford dual GAA star

14.45 – 15.45 

Brexit: Examining the Implications From The Irish and Asian Perspectives

Dr Mary C. Murphy, Lecturer and Jean Monnet Professor in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland

15.45 – 16.00

Closing Remarks

Mr Denis Cleary, Managing Director, FEXCO DCC Services.

16.00 – 19. 00

Free Time for Networking & Meetings

19.00 – 21.00

Launch of 21st FEXCO Asian Gaelic Games

Please contact the Irish Chamber of Commerce Shanghai at with any queries.

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