CEO | Amárach Research
Michael McLoughlin joined Amárach Research in 2000 after a decade with AIB Bank. He has also worked in venture capital and retailing. Within Amárach he has particular interest in political and public affairs research; network planning and retail research and in stakeholder research.
He has recently developed Amárach’s Irish American research programme, undertaken in conjunction with the New York based irishcentral.com.
Between 2008 and 2010 he was, while on secondment from Amárach, Political Director of Fine Gael based in Leinster House. He holds MA and MBA degrees from University College Dublin.
Tax Partner | KPMG Ireland
Carmel Logan is a director with KPMG, specialising in tax. Carmel has over 14 years experience advising Irish and multinational clients on all aspects of tax, across a broad range of sectors including the property, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
Carmel has significant experience advising Irish headquartered groups with international operations, as well as multinational groups with Irish operations. She has particular experience of inward and outward investment in an international context as companies seek to expand their businesses including financing structures, acquisition vehicles and cross-border tax issues.
Carmel also advises a number of start-up companies on the challenges around fundraising, structuring shareholding arrangements, rewarding employees and growing global operations.
Managing Director | MSD Ireland
Ger Brennan is Managing Director for MSD Human Health in Ireland and is Head of MSD Ireland’s Country Leadership Team which represents all elements of MSD’s Animal Health, Human Health and Manufacturing businesses in Ireland.
Prior to taking up his current role in 2016, Ger held a number of high level positions in MSD including Global Franchise Lead for Immunology; MSD’s Commercial Operations lead in Europe; and Canada and Immunology Regional Marketing Lead (RML) for Mid Europe.
In addition, Ger has worked across a wide range of areas in the pharmaceutical sector and is currently a member of the Strategy Board of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association – the representative body for theinternational research-based pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.
Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager | Bord na Móna
Orla has 20 years strategic marketing experience across a number of blue chip companies – Kerry Foods, Cadburys, Campbell’s Soup and Mars.
In her current role in Bord na Móna, Orla has led the company through its first brand relaunch in 25 years and has incorporated Reputation Management and Corporate Responsibility as key management concepts and functions in the organisation.
Orla holds an Masters in Marketing and Strategic Research from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Managing Partner | Matheson
Prior to his appointment as Managing Partner at Matheson, Michael spent over ten years as head of Matheson’s Financial Services practice. Michael advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies, broker-dealers and corporations carrying on business in Ireland or from Irish vehicles.
Michael was a member of the IFSC Funds Group established by the Department of An Taoiseach to consider and advise on legislative and other changes which are necessary or desirable to facilitate the continued growth of the Irish investment funds industry. He was also chairman of the legislative sub-group of the IFSC Funds Group.
Michael has spoken at a number of international financial services conferences. He has lectured at the law school of the Law Society of Ireland on financial services law and is a regular contributor to financial services publications.