EFF offers valuable platform to discuss challenges & opportunities within financial sector – Donohoe & D’Arcy

11th February, 2020

The Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, together with the Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, today announced the final agenda and line-up of speakers for the European Financial Forum, which will take place in Dublin Castle tomorrow, Wednesday 12 February.

Now entering its fifth year, the European Financial Forum (EFF2020) has established itself as a key flagship event for the financial services industry, in Europe and globally, as it connects industry leaders from the main financial centres around the world. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Ready for a new decade’.

The European Financial Forum is a one-day event organised in partnership with the IDA and the Financial Times. EFF2020 will feature keynote speakers from a very strong mix of European organisations such as the European Central Bank, European Banking Authority, and the European Securities and Markets Authority as well as a diverse range of speakers from the public, private and regulatory fields including:

  • Norihiro Takahashi, President, Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan
  • Gina Miller, Co-Founder, SCM Direct
  • David Livingstone, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Citi
  • Nick Stansbury, Head of Commodity Research, Legal & General Investment Management
  • George Muzinich, Founder & Chair, Muzinich & Co.
  • Mary Daly, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland, and
  • Alessandra Perrazzelli, Deputy Governor, Bank of Italy.

Minister Donohoe stated that:

“the growth of the Forum over the past few years has been exceptional. It brings together both public and private sector leaders from all across the world to engage in debate and discussion around the challenges and issues facing the financial services industry and the wider global economy.”

The Minister added that:

“EFF2020 will focus on the future direction of the international financial services sector industry, by examining key trends, opportunities and threats that will demand attention from financial services leaders over the next decade”.

Minister of State D’Arcy stated that:

“This is the first European Financial Forum held under Ireland for Finance, the Government’s strategy for the development of Ireland’s international financial service sector to 2025 and demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to the sector”.

He added that:

“the EFF is a stand-out event and coming at the beginning of a new decade, the Forum offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the crucial issues impacting the financial industry today, and the opportunities that the next decade will bring”.

Both Ministers recognised that the EFF allows Ireland’s international financial services sector to showcase its capability in providing specialist financial services, with senior executives explaining the importance of their Irish operations as part of their Global and regional corporate strategies.


Notes to Editors

The EFF is organised under the auspices of Ireland for Finance, the strategy for the development of Ireland’s international financial services sector to 2025. The Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, will host and manage the Forum.

The European Financial Forum is an event designed to meet the needs of senior decision-makers and professionals working in the following areas:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Institutional Investment
  • Asset Management
  • Financial Regulation
  • Economic Research or Policy
  • Fintech

The Forum will take on Wednesday 12 February at the Printworks Conference Centre at Dublin Castle. For the full programme of events and further information on the Forum visit the dedicated website: https://live.ft.com/eff20