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Peter Finnegan

Peter Finnegan

Peter Finnegan, Managing Director of Communiqué International has 25 years experience in designing and directing communications consultancy and skills-development projects across the public and private sectors. Working with Investment Promotion Agencies in Ireland, Europe, Western Balkans and Africa he conducts a wide range of training and consultancy projects focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the application of advanced techniques in pitching for FDI projects. He also works with agencies to develop their management and leadership skills as well to optimise their team working and stakeholder relationship capabilities.  Acknowledged as a leading expert in the area of media communication, crisis communication, persuasive communication and the communication of change, Peter acts as advisor and strategist to a wide range of multinational companies and governmental organizations.

Peter holds an MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster and Boston College.

Alicia Frohmann

Ms. Frohmann is a trade policy and export promotion expert, as well as professor at the joint LL.M. Program in International Law, Investment and Trade of the University of Heidelberg and University of Chile. She was Technical Coordinator of Chile’s free-trade negotiations with the US and conducted the agreement’s domestic implementation process.  As Director of ProChile, she was in charge of a national and international trade promotion network that opened business opportunities worldwide for Chilean SMEs, and led trade missions to East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Latin America. As a consultant to the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Ms. Frohmann has advised several Latin American countries on trade policy, export promotion and competitiveness. She has addressed the links between trade and issues such as labor, gender and climate change. She has a working knowledge and fluid relationship with business organizations, NGO’s, academia and governments. She has extensive research and publications on Inter-American political relations, trade and economic integration.

Patrick Daly

Born 1953 & educated in Ireland: BSc (Arch), Trinity College; MBA, National University of Ireland.

Professional experience:

Industrial Development Agency of Ireland

Professional experience:  Industrial Development Agency of Ireland—Electronics Division, Director Nordic Countries based in Stockholm, Sweden. Ulster Bank (NatWest Bank) –Business Development Manager, Treasury Management Services, Eagle Star Insurance (Zurich)-Business Development Manager, Innovation Norway (Norwegian Trade Council) –Representative in Ireland for 15 years; Resident Technical Advisor to Gambian IPA (West Africa), Training programme in Macedonia etc.

Areas of Expertise: Foreign Direct  Investment training/mentoring/planning/advice/marketing.  Internationalisation of SME’s /clusters/centres of excellence/established industries; Exports—SMEs/industry groups/export school/trade missions; Innovation—SME’s/ Industry Academic links/diversification; Linkages—J.V.s/Tecnology Transfer/Academic  co-operation; Business Sectors: Financial Services/Engineering/Energy/Renewable Energy/Maritime/Building products/Creative industries /Craft/Traditional industries inc. Consumer/Tourism. Languages: French/Italian/Swedish. Conversational  German, Norwegian, Spanish and Russian.  Educated in  Ireland: BSc (Arch), Trinity College; MBA, National University of Ireland.

Robert Devlin


Robert Devlin is professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington, D.C. teaching in the area of Latin American competitiveness issues. From 2009- 2012 he was Director of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Organization of American States, Washington D.C. Under his tenure the Department offered an integrated technical assistance program for public management of a country’s development strategy. From 2005 -2009: he acted as Senior Economist and Regional Advisor for the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago, Chile.  He acted as  Senior Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., between  December 1993-September 2005 (Ret.)with his last position being Deputy Manager of the Integration and Regional Programs Department where he managed the Regional Integration and Trade Sub-Department of the Bank. Formerly, Mr. Devlin had worked since 1975 with ECLAC at Headquarters, in Santiago, Chile; his last position in ECLAC was Deputy Director of the Division of International Trade and Finance. Mr. Devlin is on the Advisory Committee of the Latin American Trade Network (LATN); the Chaire Mercosur at the Institute of Sciences-Po, Paris, France(2000-2010); the Red Mercosur in Montevideo, Uruguay;  the North American Economics and Finance Association (NAEFA), the CARICOM Regional Negotiating Machinery and the journals Latin American Policy and CEPAL Review.  Devlin was also the external academic advisor for the Latin American Development Bank CAF’s,  Productive Transformation and Export Diversification in Latin America,Caracas, 2006.: He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University,Washington D.C. and has published extensively on development and international economics.

William O' Brien

  • William O’Brien, Manager with Enterprise Ireland for 14 years in the development of indigenous industry and was assigned to an Irish government fund initiative to assist companies currently experiencing difficulties. Experienced in the areas of small and medium enterprise development, banking, venture capital, regional development, corporate restructuring, and related fields. Focused on the development of industry, both manufacturing and internationally traded services, with a resultant increase in national wealth creation represented by increased employment and export sales. Worked with the IDA for over 23 years with indigenous and foreign-owned  companies. Foreign direct investment (FDI) experience gained while working with companies based in Europe, the USA and Japan. Undertook overseas assignments on regional development, attracting FDI, SME initiatives, government incentives and developing industrial estates in Malta, Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Russia and The Gambia for a number of agencies including EU, World Bank and various Irish and international Government departments. Previously seconded to Allied Irish Investment Bank he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD and is a qualified accountant from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)

Eamonn Sheehy

  • Eamonn Sheehy, is an Irish National with extensive experience of economic and industrial development.

He has spent 35 years as a senior manager in IDA Ireland developing new strategies, implementing new industrial development policies, attracting foreign investment, creating linkages between foreign and indigenous companies, implementing aftercare programs and building industry clusters.

He has supported many national and regional Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) with new strategies and capacity building training and provides on-going mentoring and support.

He holds a Business Degree from University College Dublin and Diplomas in Strategy, Management, Finance, Marketing and Change Management.

David O’Donovan

David O’Donovan, an Irish national, specialises in assisting developing countries to design national strategies and institutional structures to build competitiveness through innovation, more foreign direct investment and the development of local indigenous industry. David is a practitioner in these areas having worked for over 30 years with IDA-Ireland, the Irish Government’s highly successful investment promotion agency. For the past 8 years he has worked extensively in FDI consultancy and training in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. David holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from Trinity College, Dublin and a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies from University College Dublin.

Eugene Reilly

Eugene Reilly, an Irish national, specialises in assisting agencies in developing countries to design and implement enterprise policies and strategies to enhance competitiveness, attract more foreign direct investment and facilitate the development and restructuring of local indigenous industry. Eugene is a practitioner in these areas having worked for 25 years with IDA, Irelands premier FDI promotion agency, Forfás, Irelands National Policy Advisory Board for Enterprise and Science and Foir Teoranta, the state SME reconstruction agency. Eugene also worked as a Finance Manager in a number of multinational companies in Ireland and Africa. For the past 8 years he has worked extensively in enterprise strategy consultancy and training in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Caribbean and Africa. Eugene is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies.

Patrick Loftus


Patrick Loftus is an Irish national, with extensive experience of economic and industrial development in Ireland and internationally. His track record extends over a period of 35 years as a senior manager in IDA Ireland – the Irish Government’s highly successful investment promotions agency- with a record of success in attracting foreign and domestic inward investment across a range of modern industry sectors. He has deep first-hand practical experience of developing and successfully implementing regional promotional strategies including the development of FDI value propositions for many locations in Ireland. His international experience includes participating in a project team aimed at improving the investment climate of Croatia and the effectiveness of the local IPAs in attracting FDI.

He has substantial experience of policy formulation including participation in several Government appointed task forces to develop and implement strategic plans for the economic development of a variety of regions in Ireland. He actively participated in the North West Cross Border strategy group which included: EU agencies; Government Ministers; Government Departments; Regional and  Local Authorities; Educational Institutions and the private sector on both sides of the Border, tasked with developing and implementing a strategy for the North West Cross Border Region. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, Oxfordshire, UK.

Frank Davenport

Frank Davenport, an Irish National with 42 years industrial experience including 32 years as a senior manager working with IDA Ireland, the Irish Governments agency for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). He played a key role in developing national policy and strategy in a number of business sectors. He had responsibility for driving and supporting research and innovation in Irish industry and supporting the creation of collaborative industry/academic approach to innovation, working closely with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to establish individual research centres of excellence, strategic research clusters and competence centres.  In the past five years he has undertaken projects with a number of overseas Economic Development Agencies, helping to develop overall strategies for FDI and lecturing on promotion, marketing and investment analysis. He is a Marketing Graduate with a diploma in Business Strategy from the Irish Management Institute.  In addition to native English he has a good fluency in reading and speaking German.

Noel Kelly


Noel Kelly is an Irish national and FDI practitioner who assists countries, IPAs and industrial zones in increasing their capability to attract investors. He specialises in identifying appropriate target industries, preparing sector studies and the training and monitoring staff. Noel spent 27 years with IDA Ireland dealing with policy, planning and working directly with potential investors. He identified new sectors with FDI opportunities for Ireland, such as internet and telecommunications based businesses which led to Google, eBay, Amazon, Facebook, etc. establishing their European headquarters in Ireland. Noel has extensive consulting and training experience working with IPAs in Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Central America and Asia. Noel has a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and a Master Degree in Engineering Management from University College Dublin.