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IoD Thought Leadership Series 2016 - Brexit: Risks & Implications - Guest Speaker, Economist, Philippe Legrain

We are delighted to announce details of the IoD Thought Leadership Series event 2016, kindly sponsored by First Names Group.

The event will take place on Thursday, 19th May 2016, from 8.00am to 9.45am in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2

In conversation with well-known broadcaster, Aine Lawlor, our Guest Speaker, Philippe Legrain, Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and a former adviser to European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, will discuss the risks and implications of Brexit, with a focus on Ireland as Britain’s nearest neighbour.

Registration and refreshments from 8.00am with the discussion and Q&A beginning at 8.30am sharp.

This is an exclusive event for IoD members only and is free of charge - early booking is advised. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

IoD events may be eligible for CPD, including Chartered Director CPD, please check with your relevant professional body.

19 May
Philippe Legrain , Guest Speaker, Economist | Aine Lawlor , Event Facilitator
08:00 - 09:45
Free to IoD Members
Grafton Suite, The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Sponsored by First Names Group
Places Available

Philippe Legrain

Guest Speaker, Economist

Philippe Legrain is a journalist and author, specialising in the fields of globalisation, migration and the European economy. He is Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and a former adviser to European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso.

Philippe’s career started at The Economist, moving to the World Trade Organisation as special adviser to the Director General. After a spell at the World Economic Forum, he became chief economist and then Director of Policy at Britain in Europe. He served for three years as independent economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and led the team that provided him with strategic policy advice.

Philippe addresses key areas around the economy, globalisation and immigration and describes his outlook as the intersection of finance, economics and politics. He considers how Europe and the world are reacting to the post-financial crisis realities and what can be done to avoid slipping into mistakes of the past. In his book, European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right, Philippe reflects on the backlash in Europe as people are increasingly disenchanted with politicians, the so-called ‘elite’, society and their lives in general. He explains how wrong many have got Europe, ignoring inconvenient truths about the desire of countries to retain their Eurozone status and how the rise of extreme parties only serves to centralise power on a select few.

As an economics journalist, Philippe has contributed to the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Times, New Statesman, and a host of specialist economic, social and political journals and is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine. He also makes regular appearances on television and radio commenting on European and immigration issues.


Aine Lawlor

Event Facilitator

Aine Lawlor joined RTÉ in September 1984 as a trainee journalist, working on a number of radio and television programmes. She then became a reporter/presenter in January 1988, eventually leading to her becoming a presenter on Morning Ireland which she joined in 1995 and presented for over 17 years.

She has worked on The Pat Kenny Show, Today at 5, RTÉ 2fm News and a variety of television programmes, including The Nature of Things, Tuesday File and as narrator for the highly-acclaimed series on clerical sexual abuse in Irish institutions, States of Fear.

She was awarded Best News Broadcaster of the Year at the prestigious PPI Radio Awards in October 2012 and went on to be inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame in 2014.

In August 2013, she joined RTÉ’s flagship lunchtime radio news programme, News at One, as alternating presenter and was also appointed as presenter of The Week in Politics on RTÉ One television.

In November 2013, she presented a two-part documentary 'Facing Cancer' which followed her as she re-traced the steps of her journey to overcome breast cancer.


The IoD Thought Leadership Series 2016 is kindly sponsored by First Names Group.

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