Asia: The Epicentre of Global Business

The 2nd Global Asia Matters
Business Summit

Monday 19 November 2018 Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

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Asia Matters is Ireland’s only Asia think tank, a member driven knowledge and strategic connectivity hub for Asia business and partnership.

We are committed to building dynamic business links and informed understanding between Asia, EU and Ireland to drive economic growth.

Our membership comprises leading business, government and
economic figures on two continents.


The 2nd Global Asia Matters
Business Summit

 Asia: The Epicentre of Global Business

The changes happening in Asia represent some of the most important challenges and opportunities for global business today. More than 400 participants gathered in Dublin to hear 22 global leaders share their insight.

Speakers included:

Alan Dukes, Chairman Asia Matters and former Minister for Finance

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation

Tim Yeend, Chef de Cabinet and Principal Advisor to the Director-General, WTO, Geneva

Dr. Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics, Oxford University, formerly Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News

Andrew Kenningham, Chief Global Economist Capital Economics

Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland

David Daly, EEAS Head of Division for South East Asia,formerly EU Ambassador to Australia

Colm Kelly, Global Tax and Legal Services Leader, PwC

Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive, Bord Bia

Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer, Alltech USA

Donal Boylan, Partner, BCAP, Hong Kong

Mark Kellett, Group CEO, Magnet Networks

Robert Schoellhammer, Chief Representative Europe, Asian Development Bank

Mary Ledman, Global Strategist Dairy, Rabobank, Amsterdam

Eileen Sharpe, Head of Growth Markets, IDA Ireland

Miguel Chanco, Senior Asia Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics UK

Mike Gleaves, Co-founder & CTO Arralis

Reza Valdo Maspaitella, Managing Shareholder, PT Valdo Solusi Integra, Indonesia

Owen Brennan, Chairman, Devenish Nutrition


In partnership with The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Asia Matters brings together top business leaders and key policy makers from Asia, Ireland and the EU for substantive dialogue on the key drivers of global business change, market needs and corporate opportunities. The Summit was followed by The Asia Matters Business Awards - recognising Irish companies who have achieved strategic success in Asia and Asian companies making a unique contribution to Ireland. Sponsors include IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, PwC. Ibec & Hainan Airlines.


“ I wish to acknowledge the significant work Asia Matters has undertaken in developing relationships and building networks for Irish firms across Asia ”

— Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister for International Financial Services

Membership Benefits

Our members recognise that sustainable business growth is dependent on understanding and engaging with Asia in a meaningful way. Corporate Members of Asia Matters benefit from insight, access, networking and influence.

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Bespoke Member Services

Asia Matters works closely with key members and stakeholders to advance the Asia-Ireland relationship, enabling high-level interactions and senior peer networking opportunities.

Examples of our confidential work to date include:

•  Acting as a trusted conduit to communicate policy priorities between stakeholders
•  Advising large Irish corporates on best markets and best locations for offices in Asia
•  Providing strategic advice on Asia positioning to senior management teams
•  Advising Ireland based global leadership teams on FDI in Asia
•  Advising Asian corporates on FDI in Europe
•  Introducing large Irish corporates to senior government contacts in Asia
•  Facilitating meetings between key Asian and Irish corporate stakeholders
•  Providing strategic guidance to large corporates to resolve bureaucratic and regulatory challenges

Asia Matters Insights

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The Asia Ireland Business Yearbook

The Ireland Asia Business Yearbook presents unique insight and analysis of the Asia Ireland market opportunity and is recognised as the book of reference for organisations looking to trade successfully with Asia. 

The 2017 Asia Ireland Business Yearbook can be viewed in our insights gallery. Click here for media pack.

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