The Board

Chairperson

Ruairí Quinn

Ruairí Quinn has been appointed Chairperson of the Institute of International and European Affairs, effective from January 2017.  He succeeds Brendan Halligan who retired after twenty-five years in office. Mr Quinn was a public representative from 1974 until his retirement from Dáil Éireann in 2016. He has broad political experience, having served as a Minister in six different Departments, including Minister for Finance (1994-1997) and Minister for Education and Skills (2011-2014). As Minister for Finance, he served as President of the Ecofin Council of the European Union in 1996, and worked to accelerate the launch of the European Single Currency. When leaving office in 1997 he handed over a surplus, the first in about 50 years, to qualify Ireland for the single currency. In 1997, he was elected to lead the Labour Party. As Leader, he developed a strong policy platform, in which he promoted closer European integration. In 2002, he retired as Leader, after choosing not to seek re-election. He is currently the Vice-President and Treasurer of the Party of European Socialists and has also recently joined the Trinity Business School as an adjunct Professor. He is a former Chairperson of the European Movement Ireland and the Holocaust Educational Trust. His political memoir, Straight Left – A Journey in Politics, was published in 2005. Before entering public life, Ruairí Quinn was an architect and town planner.

Conor Brady

Conor Brady was editor of “The Irish Times” from 1986 to 2002 and president of the World Editors Forum (Paris) from 1996 to 2001. From 1997 to 2001 he was chair of the advisory board of the European Journalism Centre (Maastricht). He was a visiting professor at the City University of New York 2003-2005. From 2003 to 2008 he was chair of The British-Irish Association. He served a 6 year term as Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commissioner from 2005 to 2011. He is a weekly columnist with “The Sunday Times” and serves on a number of charitable boards.

John Bruton

John Bruton served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was born in 1947 and graduated from University College Dublin in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1972. He holds Honorary Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Missouri, and the National University of Ireland. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1969 at the age of 22 as a member of the Fine Gael Party, joining its front bench in 1972, becoming Party Leader in 1990, and leading it into government in 1994. He served as Minister for Finance (1981-1982 and 1986-1987), Minister for Industry & Energy (1982-1983), Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce & Tourism (1983-1986) and was a Junior Minister from 1973-1977. As Taoiseach he was deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. While Taoiseach, he presided over the successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and and chaired the European Council meeting that year which finalised the Stability and Growth Pact underpinning Economic and Monetary Union and the management of the Euro. He was appointed EU Ambassador to the United States in October 2004, and served for five years. He was a member of the Praesidium of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution, signed in Rome on October 29, 2004, which is the base for the Lisbon Treaty now in force. He joined the Board in November 2016.

Brendan Butler

Brendan Butler is currently Chairman of Turas Nua  and Deputy Chair of the  Press Council of Ireland. Previously  he was Chairman of Startup Ireland. Over a 40 year career Brendan completed 25 years with the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)  having previously worked in the public sector for 15 years. Brendan spent 14 years as a member of IBEC’s Senior Management Team and held a number of responsibilities including Director of the Small Firms Association (SFA), IBEC’s Director of Social Policy and Director of Enterprise and in his final role with IBEC as Director of Policy and International Affairs. Brendan was involved in the negotiations for the various social partnership programmes first introduced in Ireland in 1987. Brendan has been a member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).  He represented IBEC in Business Europe, the IOE, ILO and BIAC. Brendan holds a B.Comm from University College Dublin and an M.Sc. (Economics) from Trinity College Dublin. Brendan was appointed Treasurer of the IIEA in 2014.

Brian Cowen

Brian Cowen served as Taoiseach from 2008 to 2011. He was born in Tullamore, Co Offaly in 1960 and graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 with the degree of Bachelor of Common Law (BCL) and subsequently qualified in 1983 as a solicitor. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1984 at the age of 24 and retained his seat at each subsequent election until his retirement in 2011. He had a long Ministerial career starting as Minister for Labour in 1992 and going on to server as Minister for Energy (1993), Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications (1993–94), Minister for Health (1997–2000), Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000–04), Minister for Finance (2004–08). He became Tánaiste (Deputy Taoiseach) in 2007. He retired as Taoiseach in 2011. During Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2004 he played a key role as Foreign Minister in securing the expansion of the Union to include ten new Member States, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe. He was also extensively involved in negotiations on the Northern Ireland peace process and on international affairs at the UN when Ireland became a member of the Security Council. Brian Cowen was appointed to the Board in November 2016.

Pat Cox

Pat Cox has worked as an academic economist, a broadcaster and a politician and today is involved in a mixed portfolio of activities. He was President of the European Parliament from 2002-2004. He worked as a current affairs reporter/presenter with RTE from 1982-1986 and was appointed as General Secretary of the newly formed Progressive democrats in 1986. He was elected as MEP for the Munster constituency from 1989-2004 and was president of the ELDR Group in the European Parliament prior to his election as Parliament president. Currently he is President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Switzerland; a member of the Board of Trustees, Friends of Europe, Belgium; Leader of Needs Assessment Mission on parliamentary reform for the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada, Kiev, Ukraine; European Coordinator for the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN T Core Network (transport) Corridor, EU. He also is President of the Alliance Française, Dublin; Honorary Vice President of the European Movement Ireland; Member of the Board Third Age Foundation, Ireland and in addition to being appointed to the Board of the IIEA in November 2016 is a Senior Fellow of the IIEA. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Michelin, France; the European Advisory Council Liberty Global, Netherlands; a member of Yalta European Strategy (YES), Ukraine; and Chairperson of the Public Interest Committee, KPMG, Ireland. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, the University of Limerick, the American University Ireland and the Open University. He is a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur, France and has been awarded national honours by Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Poland and Romania. As MEP his work was recognised by the award of the European Voice MEP of the Year 2001, Brussels; the European Movement’s Irish European of the year, 2002; the European Voice Campaigner of the Year 2003, Brussels; the Polish Business Oscar, 2003; the Inaugural AmCham EU Transatlantic Business Award, 2004 and for his contribution to EU enlargement he was awarded Germany’s prestigious Charlemagne Prize, Aachen, 2004.

Marie Cross

Marie Cross is a retired member of the Department of Foreign Affairs. In the course of her career she served in posts in New York, Washington Brussels and Bonn. She was ambassador to the Czech Republic and to Ukraine, and to the Political and Security Committee of the EU. At Headquarters, she served variously as Director General for Corporate Services , Promoting Ireland Abroad, Strategic Planning and Consular Services, including responsibility for the Irish Abroad, the Global Irish Network and the Global Irish Forum. Outside of the Department she was Executive Director for the first stage of the renovation of the Irish College in Paris.  She is Chair of the Future of Europe Group of the IIEA and Co- Chair of the Security Group. She holds a degree in science from UCD. Marie was appointed to the Board in 2013 and is also Senior Fellow of the IIEA.

Catherine Day

Catherine Day was Secretary-General of the European Commission for 10 years between 2005 and 2015. She was the second Irish person to hold that post. Catherine Day was born in Dublin in 1954 and educated at Mount Anville convent-school. She has a BA in Economics and an MA in International Trade and Economic Integration from University College Dublin. She joined the European Commission in 1979, having worked in the Investment Bank of Ireland in 1974 and at the Confederation of Irish Industry. In 1982 she joined the cabinet of Commissioner Richard Burke and then worked with Competition Commissioner, Peter Sutherland, following which she served as deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Leon Brittan, who was responsible for Competition policy and later for External Economic Affairs and Trade Policy. Ms Day next became Director in the Directorate General for External Relations where she was deeply involved in the enlargement of the EU. In 2002 she was appointed deputy Director General in External Relations, headed by Commissioner Chris Patten, dealing with the Balkans, Russia and the CIS. In 2002, she was promoted to Director General of the Directorate General for the Environment. She crowned her stellar career by assuming the post of Secretary General of the European Commission in November 2005, a post which she held for 10 years between 2005 and 2015. She retired in 2015 having served under two European Commission Presidents, José Manuel Barroso and Jean Claude Juncker. She currently acts as special adviser to Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. Catherine was appointed to the Board in November 2016.

David Gunning

David Gunning has more than 25 years’ of experience leading dynamic, technology-based high-growth businesses in the global Information & Communications Technology sector including Tellabs, Inc., Massachusetts-based start-up Integral Access, Inc. and Hewlett Packard.  He brings a truly global perspective having lived and worked in Ireland, UK, Finland and USA.  After returning to Ireland he was appointed CEO at Coillte Teoranta. He is the founder and senior partner at KingramRed Ltd., a specialist management consultancy focused on digital transformation.  He is a member of the Board of the global NGO Habitat for Humanity (Ireland). David was appointed to the Board in 2016.

Patrick Honohan

Patrick Honohan was Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from 2009-2015, and has returned to Trinity College Dublin, where he was appointed Professor in 2007. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Previously he was a Senior Advisor in the World Bank working on issues of financial policy reform. During the 1980s he was Economic Advisor to the Taoiseach and later spent several years at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. A graduate of University College Dublin and of the London School of Economics, from which he received his PhD in 1978, Dr. Honohan has published widely on issues ranging from exchange rate regimes and purchasing-power parity, to migration, cost-benefit analysis and statistical methodology. He was appointed to the Board in 2017.

John Hume

John has 20 years experience working with EU institutions and specialises in managing pan-European media and political campaigns. Prior to Hume Brophy, John served as Deputy Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and Director of European Public Relations for the International Duty Free Confederation Focus 99, a consortium of airports, ferry companies, and consumer goods companies. John also worked as an adviser to the European transport trade union federation and began his career as a management consultant with Deloitte. He was appointed to the Board in 2013.

Kevin Keary

Kevin Keary joined the Cabinet of Commissioner Phil Hogan on November 1, 2014.  Prior to joining the cabinet, Kevin had 6 years’ experience working in the European Parliament as adviser to Sean Kelly MEP and before that, Colm Burke MEP. During his time in the Parliament, he worked on legislative dossiers such as the General Data Protection Regulation and the Cross-border Healthcare Directive, as well as the International Fund for Ireland.  He also followed the work of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee as well as the International Trade Committee, where he closely followed Agriculture-related trade matters. Prior to the European Parliament, he worked in the energy sector.  Kevin holds a first class honours Bachelor’s degree from NUI Galway as well as a Master in European Affairs from Lund University, Sweden. Kevin is a former Chair of the Brussels Branch of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).   Kevin has lived and worked in four different EU member states – Belgium, Spain, Sweden as well as his native Galway, in the West of Ireland. Kevin Keary was appointed to the Board in 2015.

Peter McCloone

A native of Ballyshannon Co. Donegal, Peter was a psychiatric nurse for 10 years before he took up a career as a full time Trade Union Official in 1979.  He was General Secretary of the IMPACT Trade Union from 1995 until his retirement in July 2010.  He was a member of the ICTU Executive Council and its General Purposes Committee for 17 years and was elected Vice President in 2003 and served as President of Congress from 2005 to 2007.  He was also Chairperson of ICTU’s influential Public Service Committee for 17 years. In these roles he gained extensive experience of national negotiations with Employer Bodies on a wide range of issues and led the Trade Union side in negotiations with Government on pay and the Governments reform, change and modernisation programmes. He is currently a member of the Boards of the Labour Relations Commission, the National College of Ireland, the Irish Times Trust and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. He is also a lay member of the Law Society Complaints and Clients Relations Committee. He was appointed to the Board in 2014.

Terry Neill

Terry Neill is a Director of UBM plc, now the world’s largest events company. In his 30 year career with Accenture/Andersen Consulting he was based in Dublin, Chicago and London. He was Chairperson of Andersen Worldwide and Accenture; and was worldwide managing partner of the Change Management Practice. He returned to Ireland in 2005 and was a Director of Bank of Ireland Group and CRH plc. He is chairperson of the National Council of Wexford Festival Opera. He is a maths/physics graduate of Trinity. He was for 13 years a Governor of London Business School, where he had also gained his MBA. He is a member of both the Board of Trinity Foundation and the Trinity Arts & Humanities Governance Board.  He was chairperson of Co-operation Ireland (GB) and  Camerata Ireland, Barry Douglas’s all island chamber orchestra.

Terence O’Rourke

Terence is a Chartered Accountant from Inniskeen, Co Monaghan and was educated at Castleknock College and University College Dublin. He started his career with KPMG in 1975, became a partner in 1988 and was Managing Partner KPMG Ireland from 2006 up to his retirement in April 2013. During his time in KPMG Terence worked in KPMG  Boston (1979-1981), was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (2004-2005) and a member of the Global Board, EMA Board and Global Executive Team of KPMG International (2007-2013). Terence O’Rourke was appointed to the Board of the IIEA in 2013. His other directorships include (Chairperson) Enterprise Ireland,  The Irish Times Ltd and Hibernia Reit plc. Terence is also a board  member of the Irish Management Institute, the DCU Governing Authority and the Dublin Theatre Festival and also sits on the board of The Dublin City Gallery- The Hugh Lane.

John Redmond

John Redmond was appointed Company Secretary of ESB in 2002. He was previously group secretary and senior vice president corporate affairs of GPA Group plc and subsequently company secretary of debis AirFinance BV (an associate of Daimler Chrysler). From 1980 to 1988 he worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Finance. He is a graduate of NUI Maynooth and holds post graduate qualifications in corporate governance from Napier University Edinburgh and from University College Dublin. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in 1997. He was appointed to the Board in 2014 and is Company Secretary of the IIEA.

Frances Ruane

FRANCES RUANE is an Honorary Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a Research Affiliate at the ESRI. She served as Director of the ESRI from 2006 to 2015, having previously taught in the Dept of Economics at TCD. Earlier in her career she worked at Queens University in Canada and at the Central Bank of Ireland and the IDA. Her current activities include membership of the Executive Committee of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), the Council of Economic Advisers in Scotland, and the Scottish Standing Council on Europe. She previously held chair or membership of a number of broad–ranging policy fora and authorities including: Member of the Economic Advisory Group in Northern Ireland (2010-2016), Member of the Commission of the National Pensions Reserve Fund (2009-2014); Member of the Higher Education Authority (2007-2012); Member of the Health Research Board (2007-2012) Chair of the National Statistics Board (1996 to 2003). Earlier in her career, she has served as a member on a number of Irish State Boards, including the National Board for Science and Technology, the National Theatre Company (the Abbey Theatre), the IDA, Forfás and BGE. Her research interests are in enterprise development, trade and FDI policy. A graduate in Economics, Politics and Statistics of University College Dublin, she studied Economics at Nuffield College and was awarded the degrees of M.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. Frances Ruane was appointed to the Board in November 2016.