Dr Pat Ivory is Director of EU & International Affairs at Ibec. He has represented Irish business at European and international level for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Ibec, Pat worked as a corporate planner and economist in the private and public sectors.
Pat provides strategic leadership to Ibec’s policy teams in Dublin and Brussels that develop positions and campaigns across EU affairs, digital and global trade policies and wider international issues impacting the environment for Irish business. Ibec’s Stronger Europe, Stronger Ireland campaign focuses on business competitiveness and the potential of the single market, leading in an innovative digital decade, putting sustainability at the heart of prosperity, and an EU that is open to trade and investment.
Pat represents Ibec on the Executive Committee of BusinessEurope, which brings together business federations, representing enterprises of all sizes, from 35 European countries. He is Chair of the BusinessEurope International Relations Committee, which sets the business priorities on trade and international affairs through its working groups and networks. Pat is also Chair of the Business at the OECD (BIAC) Trade Committee that provides business perspectives to the OECD on trade issues. He has been a lead business representative in engagement with government officials at national, EU and international level, including in the USA and at World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Pat completed a PhD focused on industrial clusters at Dublin City University (DCU) and BA (Mod) and MLitt degrees in Economics at Trinity College Dublin.