Gaillimh Nua to be highlighted at economic forum session today

Key aspects of Galway city and county’s strongest attributes will be highlighted in front of an influential audience at a regional session of the Global Irish Economic Forum to be held in the city today (Thursday )

NUI Galway is hosting the Galway element of the Global Irish Economic Forum, including a public forum, entitled ‘Gaillimh Nua’ ahead of the Dublin Castle events this weekend.

The Global Irish Economic Forum is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The programme includes thisregional event to be held in Galway, which will bring together members of the Global Irish Network, SMEs in the West region, Galway City and County Councils and the academic community.

The Global Irish Economic Forum Galway Regional morning session which is a closed event will this year showcase MedTech activities in research and translational science in NUI Galway and the broader region with members of the Global Irish Network in order to share expertise and explore collaborative opportunities.

The ‘Gaillimh Nua’ Roundtable discussion will this year engage with local initiatives in the areas of Gastronomy, Culture, Innovation, Smart City, Marine and The Emigration Experience.

The discussions are all the more relevant this year because of the ongoing Capital of Cuolture bid and recent advances in the city in the fields of culinary achievements and start up technology firms.

Leading local representatives in each of these emerging and growing areas will address the public forum which commences at 2pm.

The session will facilitate Global Irish Network Members along with IDA and Enterprise Ireland client companies in a two-way conversation to identify current challenges within the MedTech sector, and explore potential solutions to these through the lens of the cross-sectoral expertise of the Global Irish Network members.

This will be led by Prof Lokesh Joshi, NUI Galway’s Vice President for Research and medtech entrepreneur, John O’Dea, Crospon.Members of the Network who will participate in the public forum, moderated by NUI Galway graduate Eimear Ní Chonaola, Journalist and TG4/RTÉ broadcaster, include Gerard J. Barry, Director, Debarra Innovations Ltd. Founder, Fintrax Group; Gearóid Faherty, Eurand N.V.; Kevin Conboy, President Irish Chamber of Atlanta; Catherine Toolan, Managing Director, Aramark International; Brian Barry, Chairman, Tirna Partners; and William McLaughlin, Founder, Irish American Business Chamber and Network Inc. and others.

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