Hotel Information

The Forum will be held in the Istana Hotel

A booking form for the APIBF rate may be downloaded here


Thursday 9th October


Pre-Forum Networking Cocktails

18.30 pm – 20.00pm

Informal welcome cocktails


Friday 10th October


Welcome and Opening remarks

08:30 - 08:40

Opening remarks, Ron Anderson

Chairman MIBN

Keynote Speaker

8:40 - 8:50

Liam O'Neill

President, GAA

Keynote Speaker

8:50 - 9:10

Diane Roberts

Xcell Partners

Keynote Speaker

9:10 - 9:30

Y Bhg Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman

Chairman - Kentz Corp. Ltd 

Entrepreneurs' Panel

9:30 - 10:30

Moderator – Clare Keon, Regional Director McKinsey Asia

Liam Casey, CEO PCH International & APIBF Patron

Fred Combe, CEO China Intl’ Duty Free

Mr Denis Cleary, M.D. FEXCO DCC

Oliver Coughlan, CEO Myanmar Tower Co

Tan Sri Razali, Chairman Kentz

Diane Roberts, Partner Xcell Partners

 18.00 – 22.00


Pre-forum Dinner

7.30 pm – 10.30pm

Seated dinner (50 euros attendance cost)


 08.30 am – 18.00pm


Coffee and Networking

10:30 - 11:00

Opening remarks, Ron Anderson – Chairman MIBN

Regulatory Updates in Asia

11:00 - 11:30

Sandra Callaghan- Head of Section -Trade & Economic Relations – EU Delegation

Industry Focus and Opportunities

11:30 - 12:45

Moderator – Ms Laura O’Connell – Symrise Singapore

Food & Agribusiness

James O’Donnell, Director Asia Bord Bia
Declan McFadden, Symrise Asia
Alan Barrett, COO Kerry APAC


Martin Haines, Director Asia First Derivatives
Matthew Connolly, CEO Eire Systems
Niall King, Director AP Centrify Corp.
Kieran Quigley, Director Openet

Real Estate Opportunities

Paul Scales Founder, Pacific Thai
Colin McDonald, CEO Finegrain

Renewable Energy

Des Godson, CEO EEAM
Michael Quigley, Director Int’l Business, ESBI

Networking Lunch

12.30 pm – 1.45 pm

Guest Speaker: Mr. Jim Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora, Ireland



Guest Dinner Speaker

8 pm

Micheal O Muircheartaigh

President of the Asian GAA.

All Day


Invest NI

13:45 - 14:15

Opportunities in Asia from Northern Irish Companies

Event Sponsor InvestNI

DFAT Regional Overview

2:15 - 15:00

Regional Irish Ambassador’s Overview

Chair H.E. Ambassador Declan Kelly

Entrepreneurs and start-ups

15:00 - 15:30

Supporting Entrepreneurs ~ the EI way

Supporter Enterprise Ireland

Opportunities in Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos

15:30 - 16:00

Moderator Mr. Paraic McGrath, ESB International

Mr. Trevor O’Regan - Asia Director, PM Group 
Mr. Gareth McGeown - CFO, Coca Cola Myanmar

Guest Speaker

16:00 - 16:30

Mike Grogan

"Developing Your People: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

Post-Forum Networking Cocktails

16.30 pm – 18.00pm

Informal farewell cocktails