The New Dynamics of Global Business

The Global Asia Matters
Business Summit & Awards

ASIA NOW is held in partnership with The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin


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.

China Ireland Business Round Table in Beijing

 Ireland in Europe: A Strong Business Partner for China

Asia Matters held an exclusive business round table with the support of the Embassy of Ireland to China at the Irish Embassy in Beijing, bringing together 150+ business leaders to celebrate 40 years of the bilateral relationship and focus on the key drivers for future growth in Food & Agritech + Tech, Talent & Tourism.

Speakers included:

Alan Dukes, Chairman Asia Matters and former Minister for Finance

H.E Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland to China

Dr. Mark Lyons, Global CEO Alltech

Michael Jiang, General Manager Kerry Group China

Colm Ó Cribín, Counsellor Embassy of Ireland to China

Mary Kinnane, Director Greater China, Enterprise Ireland

Conrad Turley, Partner KPMG Beijing

Zhewei Zhang, China Director IDA Ireland

Niall Dowling Director of Strategy Atomic Creative Group

Professor Wu Wenying, Principal, Beijing Dublin International College

Dr Ailish O’Halloran, Interim Provost, Beijing Dublin International College

James Kenny, Head of China, Tourism Ireland

Ireland in Europe: A Strong Business Partner for China – Business Round Table Irish Embassy Beijing 28 February 2019

The China Ireland Business Round Table featured twelve expert speakers and a key address by Dr. Mark Lyons, Global CEO Alltech. Opening the Roundtable, H.E Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland to China, outlined the strength of the bilateral relationship, now in its 40th year and highlighted the importance of the event and the critical role Asia Matters plays to positively impact on Ireland’s relationship with China.

“ 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.

Our Partners

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

Asia Matters is Ireland’s leading centre of thought leadership and publishing in areas of EU-Asia trade, investment, economics and international relations. Much of our content is contributed by leading business, political and academic figures on two continents. Click the button below to see further insights from our library.


Featured Insight

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.

Thank you for all your help in relation to the recent Asia Trade week. It was a very successful week and we were glad to be a part of it. You made it easy for us throughout.

Joe Tynan, Partner, PwC

Asia Matters and the Asia Summit is most instrumental in the development of high level business connections between Ireland and Asia.

Shinji Kowase, Director, Mitsubishi Corp. International (Europe)

“Asia Matters are at the forefront of developing and strengthening business links between Ireland and Asia.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charles Flanagan

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