Governance Outlook 2023 - Economy, Society, Leadership

19 January 2023


IPA, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Our first Governance Forum event of 2023 takes place on Thursday, 19th January 2023, and is an in-person mini-conference entitled Governance Outlook 2023: Economy, Society and Leadership. The event will afford attendees an opportunity to consider the year ahead from a number of important perspectives. This includes the economic and budgetary outlook, key societal issues such as sustainability, climate, diversity and inclusion, and key aspects of leadership in 2023. This in-person Forum event (the first since March 2020) will also offer an opportunity for valuable peer networking and light refreshments will be provided.

Our confirmed expert speaker line-up will include:


Stephen Kinsella

Stephen is a highly respected economist and economic commentator, and Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Limerick. He is Co-Director of the Immersive Software Engineering programme at the University, and also Chief Economics Writer for the The Currency news.

Dr Maria Jepsen

Maria is Deputy Director at Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, having been appointed in 2019. Prior to this, she was Director of the research department at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). She was also an assistant professor and research fellow at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), where she continues to be an associate professor in labour economics. She was also former external lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and the College of Europe.

Maria's main research interests include gender studies, the impact of welfare states on labour supply, wages and working conditions and, more recently, the development of the European social dimension. Ms Jepsen has been a member of various committees, councils and advisory boards at national and international level dealing with employment, social, gender and research issues. She has also served as a coordinator on the European Commission's tripartite advisory committee on health and safety at work. She holds a PhD in Economics and a Master’s degree in Econometrics from ULB.

Helen Brophy

Helen is Director General at the Institute of Public Administration, having been appointed in September 2022. She has 30 years' experience in a wide range of chief executive, director and non-executive director level roles in public, international, private, family-owned business, not-for-profit and NGO sectors. Prior to joining the IPA, she was Director of UCD Smurfit Executive Development at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland’s only FT-ranked provider of executive education, which she led for over ten years to reach 31st position globally in the 2022 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment Rankings.

Helen holds a B.A. from DCU, a MBS from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, an Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Insead Business School, France in addition to a range of further qualifications in coaching, psychometrics and leadership development.

William Walsh

William is Chief Executive Officer at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), having previously held the position of both Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer. William joined SEAI in 2013. Prior to joining SEAI he worked for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) where he held a number of roles including Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Director. Prior to that he held senior management positions in the private sector. William is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin City University and a Graduate Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change from UCD.