Dublin’s new commissioner for Start-ups will give the keynote address at a major United States association conference in Dublin later this month.

Niamh Bushnell, who worked for several years in the United States, latterly in New York, will also take questions from the floor at the fourth annual Ireland United States Alumni conference in the Inter Continental Hotel (old Four Seasons) on Saturday 24th January. Among the other speakers will be new United States Ambassador, His Excellency, Kevin O’ Malley, and Dublin City University President, Brian MacCraith.

Ms Bushnell has assumed strategic responsibility for making Dublin the best place in Europe to start and grow a tech and innovative business. The role of Dublin commissioner for start-ups has been created on the recommendation of the Activating Dublin Initiative, spearheaded by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Council. Her task is to maximise the potential of Dublin’s existing business ecosystems, which already supports a wide range of tech and innovative start-ups and acts as a base for many global tech companies.

The Irish United States Alumni (IUSA) conference theme centres on the vital role that Irish design, creativity and innovation will play in growing jobs and helping exports. This year has been designated “Year of Irish Design.”

Conference organiser, Declan Dunne, said: “Those behind Irish design believe that by encouraging investment in design as a key component of competitiveness and innovation, we can grow employment opportunities and sales and export potential in the future.”

Other speakers at the conference include: Ronan Foley, Chief Executive of Irish Public Bodies Insurance; Ruairi McKiernan, founder of youth organisation, Spun-out; Sinead Burke, a blogger and “Alternative Miss Ireland.”The conference will be presided over by RTE news anchor, Bryan Dobson.

The conference is open to the public and commences at 9.30am. Tickets, priced at €50 (which includes lunch) are available at http://www.irishusalumni.com/conference/



About Irish United States Alumni (IUSA)

The Irish United States Alumni Association aims to be a substantial, active, useful and creative association of members who are committed to making significant and meaningful contributions to Ireland, the lives of its people and to one another. Its membership is open to those having participated in graduate programmes in the United States and J1 visa holders.




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