• The Boeing Company announced as first international speaker at inaugural Export Leadership Forum

    14 September 2015 (Dublin, Ireland): On Wednesday 9 September, the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) announced the inaugural Export Leadership Forum, to it’s members. The Forum will take place on the 10th and 11th February 2016 in Croke Park.

    With an agenda set to include over 60 national and global speakers across 8 conference streams, the two day Export Leadership Forum is set to be the largest European event to focus on all aspects of exporting.

    Ireland is currently the fastest growing economy in the euro zone. In 2015, Ireland’s GDP is expected to grow over 5%. According to the Association’s Chief Executive, Simon McKeever: “The Export Leadership Forum will play a critical role in not only supporting and growing the industry but solidifying Ireland’s position as a leading global player in export”.

    Hugh Kelly, President of the IEA also commented that “exports have, and will continue to be vital to Ireland’s economic recovery and growth”. With regards to the Forum, Mr. Kelly stated, “it will feature many interesting case studies, stories of successes and failures, of challenges and solutions.”

    Alongside the conference launch, the IEA have announced their first international export leader who will present at the event. Kathryn L. Greaney, VP Global Trade Controls for The Boeing Company will discuss ‘future innovations within international trading routes and the impact of global trade controls on the export strategy.’

    According to McKeever, “The Boeing Company is the world’s largest aerospace organisation and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports customers in 150 countries, and we are delighted to have them on the agenda to share their in-depth knowledge with our market”.

    The Export Leadership Forum ties directly with the mission of the IEA to support the growth and development of all exporters based in Ireland. The Irish Exporters Association is the only industry body in Ireland to work with both indigenous and multinational corporations of all sizes exporting out of Ireland..

    Commenting on the agenda, the Associations’ President, Hugh Kelly added that ”In particular I’m excited to hear about how some of the organisations on the agenda have overcome obstacles in their path to export. It is these sessions that will be invaluable to our growth in the future”.

    The Export Leadership Forum will cover 8 conference streams across the two day event, focusing on the biggest challenges exporters face in a globalised economy, as well as discussions on strategy and risk of exports. In addition, it will drill down into key industry sectors such as life sciences, food and drink and the service economy.

    The 8 Conference Streams are:

    Innovation Economics: Export opportunities based on macro economic trends

    Supply Chain: Streamlining the supply chain in today’s global economy

    Launch Export: Export into international markets for the first time

    Export +:  Increase your global footprint to reduce risk and exposure

    Service Economy: Service exports now equate to over 50% of all Irish exports and that percentage is set to increase.

    Strategy, Finance & Risk:  Adapting to changes in a global environment

    Life Sciences:  Challenges and innovations, from consumerisation and compliance to distribution and speed to market

    Food & Drink: Best practice and process improvement to maximise sector performance.

    Note to editor:

    For more information on the Export Leadership Forum or the confirmed speakers, or to schedule an interview with Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association contact Catherine Fee

    Tel: +353 86 062 1267 or Email catherine.fee@exportleadership.com

    Visit the conference website, www.exportleadership.com

    About the Irish Exporters Association

    The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is the ‘Voice of the Export Industry’ in Ireland. We represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. The IEA is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the island of Ireland and in foreign markets.