We are proud to welcome the Ambassador to the UK Adrian O’Neill, the Ambassador to France Patricia O’Brien, and the Ambassador to Germany Nicholas O’Brien as the guest speakers at this webinar.
The Ambassadors will discuss the role of our Embassies in supporting business links, the economic conditions in their respective countries, and the opportunities that exist for trade, investment, and market diversification. The Ambassadors’ presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session
Patricia O'Brien , Ambassador of Ireland to France and to the Principality of Monaco
Patricia O’Brien is currently the Ambassador of Ireland to France and to Monaco. From September 2013 to September 2017, she was the Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. From August 2008 to September 2013, she was Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations.
She previously served as Legal Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney General of Ireland and Ireland’s Legal Counsellor to the European Union in Brussels.
Earlier in her career, Ms. O’Brien practiced law at the Irish Bar and at the Bar of British Columbia, Canada. She held academic positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Ms. O’Brien earned her law degrees in Trinity College, Dublin, the Kings Inns, Dublin, and the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a member of the Irish Bar and of the Bar of England and Wales. She is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (US). She is Vice-President of the Dublin University Law Society, a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple, London and an Honorary Bencher of the Kings Inns, Dublin. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by Trinity College, Dublin in April 2019.
Dr Nicholas O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to the Federal Republic of Germany
Nicholas took up duty in Berlin as Ireland’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of
Germany in August 2019. Prior to this he served as Director General for EU and
International Affairs at the Finance Ministry in Dublin from 2014 to 2019. In this
capacity, he was a member of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee, which
prepares meetings of EuroZone finance ministers. He worked closely on the Eurozone
crisis and served as Ireland’s Director on the EU’s crisis mechanism funds -the European
Stability Mechanism and the European Financial Stability Facility.
From 2011 to 2014, he was Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister for Finance.
He served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Berlin Embassy from 2008 to 2011 and as
Consul General in Shanghai from 2004 to 2008. Prior to this, he was Africa Director at
the Foreign Ministry from 2001 until 2004, during Ireland’s EU Presidency and term on
the UN Security Council. From 1998 to 2001, he worked in DG External Relations of the
Earlier in his career, he held several positions at the Finance Ministry including Private
Secretary to the Minister of State.
He holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master’s in
Public Management. His primary degree is in economics and public administration.
In a private capacity, he served on the Board of Governors of Mary Immaculate College,
Limerick, from 2013 to 2018.
His publications include Irish Investment in China: Setting New Patterns, Rozenburg
Publishers, Amsterdam, 2011; Emerging Trends in Irish FDI into China, Administration,
Vol. 58, no. 1, 2010 and; ASEM: Moving from an Economic to a Political Dialogue,
Briefing Paper 01/02, European Institute for Asian Studies, 2001