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Global Irish Civic Forum: 3-4 June 2015

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As set out in ‘Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’ the first Global Irish Civic Forum will take place in Dublin Castle on 3-4 June 2015. This will be an opportunity for organisations supporting the Irish diaspora abroad to come to Dublin to discuss their work with these communities.  Set out below is the draft programme for the Global Irish Civic Forum.   This will be updated over the coming weeks as further elements are confirmed.

Registration is now open for this event.   Attendance at the Civic Forum is open to all organisations working with Irish communities abroad. In many cases these organisations also receive funding under the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme.

Participants are requested to email Catherine Carey (catherine.carey@ucd.ie) with their name and organisation details by Wednesday 13 May to confirm attendance.

More information and draft program available here.


FEXCO seeks Relationship Manager – Frankfurt

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Job Description:

“As a DCC Relationship Manager you will be joining a highly motivated team of Relationship Managers in building a strong relationship with one of our main acquiring partners in Europe. We are seeking candidates with a strong customer-facing, relationship management background. The role requires a self-motivated and enthusiastic candidate to maximise existing business potential and new revenue opportunities in the European region. The candidate must have the strong ability to multi-task and prioritise while never compromising on the high level of customer service required to maintain and build on existing relationships. The successful candidate must be fluent in German and English. The successful candidate will need to be very comfortable working autonomously, have the ability to plan strategically and have a proven track record of working in a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment. Industry experience in financial services or the travel industry is not essential but would be advantageous. The successful candidate is expected to undertake the level of travel required for the role and must be based in Frankfurt.”

About FEXCO:

Established in Ireland in 1981, FEXCO is an international organisation employing over 2,000 people across its operations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Over its thirty year history, FEXCO has become a true pioneer in the broad arenas of Global Payments, Foreign Exchange, Tourist related Financial Services, Transaction Processing, Managed Services and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).  FEXCO Merchant Services, a division of FEXCO, introduced the world’s first Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) service in 1996 and today lead the market, providing solutions to over 100,000 merchants together with over 35 acquiring banks worldwide.

Download full job description

Contact: kevinfoley[at]fexco.com


Developing Irish Executive & Entrepreneurial Talent


The IEMP was launched by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, in New York City in 2012, as a collaboration between the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) and Irish Network NYC (IN-NYC). The increasing demand for program participation led the IIBN to seek out a technology-enabled solution allowing for scalability and to connect the entire global Irish business community.

To achieve their goal, IEMP partnered with Silicon Valley technology firm, Everwise, whose cloud-based technology helps organizations around the world engage and develop community members through mentoring. Partnerships are based on a multi-factor matching process, using data from more than 60,000 historic matches, ensuring they are optimized for success. “Based on the overwhelming response to the pilot, it was clear that we needed to elevate the program to connect Irish mentors, protégés and entrepreneurs all around the world,” said Colman Lydon, Program Director and Vice President at Everwise. “By leveraging modern technology, to promote community engagement, we can match knowledge with need in Ireland and globally, fostering the next generation of Irish business leaders.” Mentors are typically mid- to late-career executives and entrepreneurs, willing to share their experience and guide early- to mid-career counterparts towards accomplishing key professional goals. Protégés are people looking to advance their careers, learn from experience and work towards accomplishing meaningful professional goals to achieve greater success in business.

This service is free of charge to Irish executives and entrepreneurs worldwide, including those with an affinity for their Irish ancestry. The expansion is funded by the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Program, which supports Irish communities overseas by funding non-profit organizations and projects.

About IEMP
The Irish Executive Mentoring Program is designed to foster engagement and promote development of new executive and entrepreneur talent in the Irish diaspora, through structured, professional development mentoring partnerships. The purpose is engagement, the context is mentoring. Additional information can be found at www.iemp.org.

More information:

Program Overview (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Diaspora Alliance Article
UCD Newsletter
Business Insider


Frankfurt Annual Golf Tournament

Frankfurt 2015 Annual IBN Golf Tournament and Beginners Course

Save the Date: Friday, 29th May 2015
Last day for registration: Wednesday, 20th May, 12:00

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Lots of wonderful prizes, including accommodation & rounds of golf, murder mystery dinners, whiskey etc.


• Date: Friday, 29th May 2015
• Location: Golfpark Winnerod
• Directions: Off the A5 exit Reiskirchen, see http://www.golfpark.de/index.php/gaeste-info


• First T-time 10:00 / Last T-time will depend on numbers
• Try to be early, you will have time to use the driving range and practice greens
• If you have a preference for t-times please let me know and we will try to accommodate you but again this will depend on the numbers
• Fees include Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, Post Event Meal and to fund prizes not covered by the sponsors
• Entry Fee is €65 -> if you are a member of Golfpark Winnerod then the fee will be €35

There is still room for more participants so please encourage your friends to come along!

Information required from golfers, send asap to mark.snell@capgemini.com:
• Mobile Number for each participant: So the club can text you your t-time
• Email address: I will have the majority of email addresses already but if you are booking for others please also give me their email address
• Handicap
• Home golf club

BEGINNERS (Provided there is interest):

• Course will start at 14:00 for 2 hours
• Try to arrive by 13:00 so that you can get a sandwich at the Halfway House
• The course will be given by the local professional
• Fees include Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, & Post Event Meal
• Entry Fee is €45

There is still room for more participants so please encourage your friends to come along!

Information required from beginners, send asap to mark.snell@capgemini.com:
• Mobile Number for each participant
• Email address


A big thank you to the sponsors who make this day possible:
Marina Travel specialists in travel to Ireland, Scotland & Wales, including golf trips
Greene Entertainment who offer a wide range of options for private & corporate entertainment
• Alan Copley – Finsbury Private Wealth Management for investment, savings and retirement planning
• Janosch Vena Steinkönig, German Brand Ambassador, Tullamore Dew – producer of some of Ireland’s most popular whiskeys

Anyone interested in sponsoring a prize please feel free to contact mark.snell@capgemini.com

PAYMENT for golfers required in advance, but for other arrangements please contact mark.snell@capgemini.com.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the 29th May!

Mark Snell
Irish Business Network, Germany