🔴 LIVE: Europe’s Economy in Troubled Times

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Paschal Donohoe TD, President of the Eurogroup and Ireland’s Minister for Finance

Paschal Donohoe TD is the Minister for Finance. He was re-appointed to this role in June 2020, having served in this role since June 2017.
Minister Donohoe was elected President of the Eurogroup on 9 July 2020. His two-and-a-half-year term began on 13 July 2020.
From May 2016 – June 2020, he served as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from July 2014 – May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013 – July 2014.
Minister Donohoe was first elected as a TD in February 2011 for the Dublin Central constituency. Prior to this he was a member of Seanad Éireann, from 2007 – 2011. He also served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 – 2007.
He was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.
During his time as member of Dublin City Council, he served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee.
Minister Donohoe is a graduate of the Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Politics and Economics and he attended St. Declan’s CBS.


Dr. Holger Schmieding, Chief Economist, Berenberg

Holger Schmieding is Chief Economist at Berenberg Bank in London. Before joining Germany’s oldest private bank in October 2010, he worked as chief Economist Europe at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in London.

Having studied economics in Munich, London and Kiel, Holger holds a doctorate from the University of Kiel. Before taking up his first role as financial market economist in 1993, he also worked as a journalist at “Westfälische Nachrichten” in Germany, as head of a research group on East-Central Europe at the Kiel Institute of World Economics and as a desk economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.

Katie O’Connor, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Project Manager Ireland, Communications Manager UK & Ireland

Katie O’Connor, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Project Manager Ireland, Communications Manager UK & Ireland

Ms. O’Connor commenced her role as a Project Manager with KAS in January 2020. She is the first employee of KAS to be based in Ireland.

Prior to joining KAS, she was Business Development Manager with the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

In her early career, she worked in Public Relations, Marketing, and as a Legal Executive gaining a broad range of experience and skills. She has also worked as Professional Sailing Crew and as a Ski Guide.

Ms. O’Connor has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Legal Studies with Taxation from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations with Event Management at the National College of Ireland, and a Professional Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting at the University of Limerick.

Noelle O Connell, CEO, European Movement Ireland

Moderator: Noelle O Connell, CEO European Movement Ireland

Noelle O Connell was appointed CEO of European Movement Ireland in 2011, Ireland’s longest established Not-for-Profit membership organisation connecting Ireland and Europe. She was also elected a Vice President of European Movement International (encompassing European Movement councils in 34 countries and 38 international associations).

Prior to this, Noelle worked in business development, public affairs, member relations in a variety of sectors and for different bodies including CIF, ICOS, IITD. She has also worked in the third level sector and has managed significant national and international funding projects (e.g. Interreg, Skillnets, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens etc.)

A former Director on the Board of Skillnets, Noelle is a voluntary Director of the board of Alliance Française Irlande, and in 2017 was name a Knight of the National Order of Merit awarded by the French President. In 2019, she was appointed an International Leadership Fellow of Society of Leadership Fellows, St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.  A member of the Institute of Directors and an Associate Specialist with the IPA, she was shortlisted for the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur of the Year and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

She holds a BA Hons from University College Cork, a DEUF Diploma from Université de Jean Moulin, Lyon II France, and a MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, and speaks Irish, French and Spanish.

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