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

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Previous speakers at the YPN include: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament; Lisa Chambers TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit; Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec; Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland; Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of the Digital Hub; Arthur Beesley, Ireland Correspondent with the Financial Times; and Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  

Membership Rate: Free of charge

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

ypn Past Events

5th July 2019

YPN: Regulating with International Impact: A Day in the Life of the Data Protection Commission

Jennifer O’Sullivan gives us some insight into the Data Protection Commission’s varied and wide-ranging work explaining how this work has a significant EU and international dimension.
17th January 2019

YPN Christmas Special: 2018 Year in Review

The IIEA hosted a special Christmas gathering of the Young Professionals’ Network, in which an expert panel reviewed the major events of 2018.
22nd October 2018

YPN with Fiach Mac Conghail: The Digital Hub – Cluster + Community

In this meeting of the Young Professionals’ Network, Fiach Mac Conghail offered a perspective on his role as CEO of Ireland’s largest cluster of digital and technology enterprises.
30th July 2018

Young Professionals’ Network with Senator Lynn Ruane

Senator Ruane reflected on her years of activism and her political career and will discuss the importance of her own life story as a tool and drive for change.