Ibec Business Leaders Conference

Substance and Sustainability

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 8am-2pm

The Convention Centre Dublin

Spencer Dock, Dublin


The growing dominance of the intangible economy, the future of work and achieving real sustainable growth will require us to change the way we think about business. The Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2018 will explore what these mega trends can bring to the companies and the economies who nurture them. Join us and over 300 business leaders, CEO speakers and international keynotes and network with the best.

The Agenda themes:

  • A Model of Substance: Ireland’s intellectual and intangible revolution
  • Capitalism without capital – The rise of the intangible economy
  • Transitioning to a sustainable and circular economy – society’s last chance?
  • The Real future of work

International insight. Local perspective.

Meet our speakers

Informed, opinionated and ready for robust discussion. International commentators and business visionaries come together to explore what lies ahead for Irish business.

Agenda 2018

Expertly moderated by Matt Cooper this event features distinct sessions including a keynote in each.


A Model of Substance: Ireland’s intellectual and intangible revolution

In an increasingly globalised world, country reputation matters more than ever. How we tell the story of Ireland’s vibrant and open economy is part of building that reputation. This session will look at the business ambition for Ireland and the actions needed to be the best country in the world to do business, be a global export hub and attract world class talent. We will explore the competitiveness implications of Brexit for Ireland and the future of Europe.

  •  Keynote speaker: Danny McCoy, Ibec CEO

Capitalism without capital – The rise of the intangible economy

The rise of intangible investments (in assets like design, branding, R&D, or software rather than tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers) is the underappreciated cause of phenomena from economic inequality to stagnating productivity. This session will explore how the unusual economic characteristics of an intangible-rich economy differs from one based on tangibles and how businesses and policymakers can exploit the characteristics of an intangible age to grow their businesses, portfolios, and economies.

  • Keynote speaker: Jonathan Haskel, leading UK economist and author of ‘Capitalism without Capital – The Rise of the Intangible Economy’

Transitioning to a sustainable and circular economy – society’s last chance?

The circular pathway is more than just recycling and environmental concerns. It is about a new way of thinking of how we can grow without resorting to just expending resources. Its rapid expansion, as a new norm for companies, has characteristics of a Fast Expanding Market, given its exponential growth. Here, we examine how the circular model is pushing companies to come up with disruptive technology and business models for becoming more circular in their models, products and processes to innovatively and creatively manage our finite resources.

  • Keynote speaker: Mark Esposito, Harvard Professor and a Fellow at Cambridge University’s Judge’s Circular Economy Centre

The Future of work

Globalisation, automation, demographic change, inclusion and equality and the evolving societal landscape are changing the fundamental nature of work. It is affecting both the quantity and quality of jobs that are available, as well as how and by whom they are carried out. In this session we look at what this means for the labour market, skills and social policy.

  • Scene Setting: Tara Levins, Managing Director, Accenture Consulting

  “Reworking the Revolution: Are you ready to compete as intelligent technology meets human ingenuity to create the future workforce?”


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Ibec Business Leaders Forum 2018

Tuesday, 27 March, 8 am - 2 pm

The Convention Centre Dublin

Spencer Dock

North Wall Quay

Dublin 1

For group rate

Danny McCoy

CEO, Ibec

Janan Ganesh

Political Columnist, The Financial Times

Adrian Woolridge

Management Editor, The Economist


The Convention Centre Dublin’s underground car park, managed by Euro Car Parks, has 320 spaces, 8 disabled spaces and a height limit of 2.1m. It operates from 7.00am to midnight, 7 days a week. Parking rates are €3.50 per hour or €25 per day, with an evening rate of €10 from 6.00pm to midnight. Download  map of routes in and out of the CCD Underground Car Park.

How to get to the CCD by car, public transport and from the airport


If you are travelling on Monday evening and need accommodation, please note the following hotels are close to the event:

The Spencer Hotel

The Gibson Hotel

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

The Marker Hotel

To avail of a preferential Ibec corporate rate, please make your booking through at and quote Ibec in your booking.

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin was developed to provide a world-class conference venue in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Located just 15 minutes from the airport in Dublin’s Docklands, the finance and technology hub of the city, the CCD is ideally positioned to entice the international business tourism market.

Previous attendees

A&L Goodbody
Abbott Diabetes Care
An Chéim Computer Services Ltd
Athlone Institute of Technology
Aut Even Hospital
Bausch + Lomb
Boston Scientific
British Embassy
Cisco Systems Internetworking
Creme Global
Crown Paints Ireland Ltd
Danone Baby Nutricia
D'Arcy & Associates
Dawn Farm Foods
DeCare Operations Ireland Ltd
Dell EMC
Dental Medical Ireland (DMI)
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design
Eirgrid Plc
Enterprise Solution Centre
Fingleton White & Co. Ltd
Flaktwoods Ltd
Fresenius Medical Care
Gaelite Signs
Gem Plastics
Glanbia plc
Glanbia Consumer Foods
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Heat Merchants Group
Higher Education Authority
IBM Ireland
IE Domain Registry Limited
IPM Potato Group Ltd
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Irish Life Group Ltd
Irish Mainport Holdings
Irish Stock Exchange
Janssen Biologics
JPMorgan Bank Ireland
Johnson and Johnson
Junior Achievement Ireland
Katawave Ltd
Kildare Street and University Club
Kilkenny Group
Largo Foods
LEO Pharma
Lufthansa Technik Shannon Limited
Maxol Limited
MERC Partners
Merit Medical
Microsoft Ireland
Murphy Mulhall
National Disability Authority
National University of Ireland, Galway
Neuromod Devices Limited
News UK & Ireland
Ogilvy & Mather Group
Oriflame R&D
Pepper Asset Servicing
Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
Phillips-Medisize Ireland
Phillips 66
Prim-Ed Publishing
Prospectus Management Consultants
Red Mills
Repak Ltd
Rochford Brady
Rosslare Europort
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Santander Insurance Ireland
SAP SSC Ireland Ltd
SeaQuest Systems
Servier Laboratories Ireland Ltd
Siemens Ltd
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing
SMBC Aviation Capital
Smurfit Kappa
Standard Life
Stryker Ireland Ltd
Synecco Ltd
Terminal Four Solutions Ltd
Tesco Ireland
The Doyle Collection
The Irish Times Ltd
The Westbury Hotel
Tom Phillips + Associates
Topaz Energy Limited
Towercom Limited
Trilogy Technologies
Trinity College Dublin
Tullamore Credit Union
Ulster Bank
Uniphar Group
Unum Ireland Ltd
US Embassy
VHI HealthCare
Vita Materials
Vodafone Ireland
William Connolly & Sons
Willis Ireland