Young Professionals Network

About IIEA’s YPN

The IIEA’s Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) is a forum which attracts young professionals between the ages of 20 and 35 to engage with leading thought leaders from politics, business, and the media in an informal after-work setting.

Our Mission: To engage, develop and connect young professionals interested in public policy and international affairs

Engage: The YPN gives its members insight into current developments in Irish and international affairs. Members have the opportunity to ask questions of, and present ideas to, leading policymakers and thought leaders.

Develop: The YPN builds its members’ capacity to contribute to public policy, and develops their understanding of international affairs

Connect: The YPN connects its members with likeminded and innovative future leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Who We Are: The YPN draws members from a wide range of backgrounds, including the civil service, NGOs, the legal profession, journalism, embassy officials, academia and the private sector.


To join the YPN and to receive updates on future events, or for more information, please contact [email protected]

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Previous speakers at the YPN include: Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Peter Sutherland former European Commissioner and former Director-General of the WTO; Paddy Cosgrave, Founder of the Web Summit; Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland; Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland; Mary Moloney, Global CEO of the CodorDojo Movement; Vincent Boland, Financial Times journalist; and Jon Snow, Presenter, Chanel 4 News.

Membership Rate: Free of charge


Upcoming Events

YPN – Green and Sustainable Finance: An Opportunity for Ireland

In her address to the IIEA’s Young Professionals’ Network, Laura Heuston will argue that there i…

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April 26 | 6:15 pm8:30 pm

ypn Past Events

12th December 2017

Christmas YPN with The Irish Times ‘Inside Politics’ Podcast

On Tuesday 12 December 2017 we were delighted to host a recording of The Irish Times ‘Inside Politics’ Podcast for the Christmas edition of our Young Professionals’ Network.
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5th October 2017

YPN: Ireland and the Future of the EU27

This Young Professionals’ Network event was part of the IIEA project on the Future of the EU27, which is being supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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12th September 2017

Ireland’s International Protection System

The large-scale uncontrolled arrival of migrants and asylum seekers has placed a strain not only on many Member States’ asylum systems but also the Common European Asylum System as a whole.
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