Octavian Public Affairs & Events benefits not only from Marc Coleman’s excellent communication skills – developed as a leading editor for leading newspapers and a leading national radio station – but also his extensive experience in Ireland’s Department of Finance and European Central Bank and his experience as a senior manager in Ibec representing the high complex financial services sector to the Irish Government Central Bank and EU Commission.

No other consultancy can blend this unique combination of expertise, communication skills and extensive contact network.

Whether it is Marc’s hosting of one of the first Founders conference with WTO Founder and World Bank Chief Economist in 2009, or his stewardship of the European Financial Centres summit with EU Commissioners with senior EU Financial service leaders in 2017, or his address to the 2019 Sino European Entrepreneurs Summit, Marc has proven the capacity to host, organise, chair and speak at highly successful top level international events of the highest quality.

This outstanding ability is now at the core of Octavian Public Affairs & Events excellence in international event management. See below for a non-exhaustive list of events to date and, further below, a list of endorsements.

List of Events

Keynote speaker, Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, October 2019
Keynote economic speaker, Sino European Enterpreneurship Summit, June 2019
Keynote speaker at Planning for Prosperity conference (H&M) May 2019)
Initiator, host and chair FSI Annual Dinners of 2015 (Guest: Minister of State for Financial Services) 2016 (Guest: Governor Central Bank of Ireland) 2017 (Guest: Minister of State for Financial Services) and 2018 (Guest; Minister of Finance)
Initator, host and chair FSI Annual Dinners of 2014 (Guest CEO of IDA), 2015 (Guests Rugby stars Brent Pope and Brian O’Driscoll), 2016 (Minister for Transport, John Kay (Financial Times) & Business Editor of Sunday Independent) and  2017 (Sean O’Rourke (RTE), CEO CpL and Head of Financial Services, IDA)
Speaker (in English & Mandarin), China Europe Business Association conference, Hangzhou,  Nov 2018
Organiser of FSI-Cork Chamber event to promote IFS in Cork with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Co-organiser & Co-Host, FSI (Ibec)-Finance Dublin International Financial Center summit (Oct 2017) 
Chaired HSE Change management conference (April 2017)
Chair of Irish China Business Association (in English & Mandarin) annual Financial Services breakfast (2016/7 & 8)
Panellist (in English & German) at Euro Finance Forum, Frankfurt (Nov 2016)
Keynote speaker at meeting on Ireland’s debt challenge, ECB Frankfurt (2014) 
Panellist at Lattelecom conference on how Future of Latvia, Riga (2012)
Keynote speaker – in German – at German Irish Chamber Roadshow, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt (2010-12)
Keynote speaker, Enterprise Ireland CEO conference (2010)
Keynote speaker Accenture leadership think in on crisis (2009)
Chaired first Founders event (precursor to Web summit) debate with Peter Sutherland and World Bank Chief Economist (2009)
Keynote speaker and host, An Post conference on the crisis (2009)
Keynote speaker Annual American Chamber lunch (2009)
Keynote speaker KPMG leadership seminar on financial crisis (2008)
Expert speaker Dublin Corporation conference on urban planning (2006)
Keynote speaker ISME annual conference  (2006)

List of Endorsements

Excellent feedback from delegates – insightful, entertaining and provoking
David Neville, Investec on Marc’s keynote address to “Saolta” (North West Hospital Group Conference), Westport Oct 9th (which was opened by An Taoiseach)
Marc chaired our discussion perfectly – facilitating a balanced and robust debate amongst our contributors while providing his own insightful comments, he steered the conversation effectively and ensured the audience had a very enjoyable experience
Gary Finnerty , Organiser of the Trinity Economic Forum on Marc’s chairing of the panel debate including PWC Head Tax Partner Feargal O’Rourke, ESRI chief economist John Fitzgerald, Feb 15th 2014
Marc expertly chaired the Midlands Think Tank in Mullingar. He led 3 panel discussions and his contributions represented the highlight of our event and we look forward to his return for MTT 2 in 2014
Niall Hearn , CEO of [email protected] technology commenting on Marc's address and chairing of the Midlands Think Tank which took place in the Park Hotel, Mullingar, November 2013
Very knowledgeable across all areas of the economy, Marc kept the debate alive though his ability to ask the right questions of interest to an audience of over 200 people.
Kevin McLoughlin , Head of Tax EY Ireland
Marc was warmly received, his speech and delivery was excellent and he then responded to questions from the floor and was invited to join the delegates for lunch. I would have no hesitation in recommending Marc as a speaker.
Susan Nolan , CEO of Odyssey Conventions commenting on Marc's address to the AGM of the European Association of Industrial Gases which took place in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Powerscourt, June 2013
An economist with a firm grip on reality and a clear analysis of what was needed in the management of Ireland’s economy.
Matt Dempsey, Chief Executive The Agricultural Trust & Chairman of FTMTA conference, November 29 2012

…delivered an inspiring lecture on the use of the radio medium in an integrated communication strategy for central banks… Marc engaged the audience of central bank communicators from five different continents in a discussion about optimal media strategies.

Niels Bunemann
We got great feedback from Marc’s presentation in particular, which was very well received by us.”Excellent feedback from delegates – insightful, entertaining and provoking
Declan Carolan, General Manager ECR Ireland, ECR Ireland Annual Conference, May 2012
The feedback from attendees has been excellent – all found it extremely stimulating, informative and engaging.
Fiona Murphy, KPMG. KPMG Budget Breakfast Briefing Maryborough Hotel, Cork, Dec 2012
Marc did an excellent job hosting a recent event for us – the European Business Awards sponsored by HSBC. The awards are a key client event and we needed an MC with sufficient gravitas and a keen knowledge of business and economic issues to run them and present the awards. Marc did a thorough and professional job and kept the event lively and on time.
Justin Bowers, Account Director at Keating & Associates (Corporate Communications Consultants) HSBC European Business Awards, May 2011
We all really enjoyed your talk. It was the first time we have had a non-surgical talk at the Millin meeting, so it was a bit of an experiment! I thought it was really successful.
Professor Eilis McGovern, MB FRCSI, President, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Millin Lecture
Your presentation and delivery were excellent. I have had a lot of clients asking for your presentation and congratulating us on a fantastic forum.
Jackie Whelan, Enterprise Ireland: EI/ Deloitte CEO Forum, Dublin Castle
Not everyone can grapple with the most difficult topics on the world economy, make both the chief economist of the world bank [Justin Yifu Lin] and the international chairman of Goldman Sachs [Peter Sutherland] feel comfortable while providing riveting content to an audience of some of the smartest entrepreneurs in the world and a range of international media – Marc Coleman can…He hit the mark on what we wanted and provided intellectually challenging and riveting discussion for what proved to be one of the most talked about sessions at our event. Mark helped make our event a success.
Daire Hickey, Organizer of “The World Economy @ Founders” event for IT entrepreneurs
Marc’s leadership of the panel discussion was to an excellent international standard of the kind need to steer a high powered debate on a highly sensitive involving current and former EU Commissioners, a Prime Minister and Finance Minister. His firm but fair discipline ensured order and timeliness. His humour and personal touch ensured the event was memorable and enjoyable. We will ask him back next year.
Zygmunt Berdychowski, Chairman of the Economic Forum Programme Council at which Marc chaired a central debate between Polish EU Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, former German EU Commissioner Guenther Verheugen in Krynica Poland
We were delighted to have you here. Your remarks and observations were humourous, interesting and very relevant to the work we do here on the banking and financial crisis.
Jill Farrelly, Researcher & Events Manager, Institute of International and European Affairs
A great job – very interesting speech, particularly the relatively upbeat tone and the rallying cry for the Republic towards the end!
John Gilsenan, MD, Porsche International Financing
Marc hit all the right notes and the group thought his presentation was wonderful. It was delivered with panache and a lovely sense of humour. It gave them hope
Mary Hall, Failte Ireland, Failte Ireland Management Programme
Marc Coleman was absolutely brilliant and fascinating. He was encouraging about Ireland present and future and gave us all some information that we can get out there…My own comment would be that Mark Coleman is as very inspirational, energising & engaging speaker who gives everyone food for thought in a very positive way.
Mary Jennings, Mary Jennings & Associates Business Consultants
I continue to be impressed by Marc’s extraordinary insight and understanding of the underlying trends in our economy. His optimistic outlook based on realistic and convincing analysis is inspiring. Deliberately stimulating he certainly gets and deserves your attention.
Sean Mac Mahon , President Irish Institute of Credit Management
Marc Coleman hit the nail on the head and gave our international business associates a presentation that as both exciting, entertaining and informative.
Quote from a delegate attending the Accenture’s international Financial Services professionals conference
The event was very successful and I’m still getting great feedback. People really enjoyed his view on the approach we should take
Cecilia Mc Lernon, Events Administrator, The Marketing Institute of Ireland
Marc proved to give really great insights into the economy where we stand and where we are going in a realistic and more importantly amusing way. There was a lot of positive feed back from Marc’s talk and also how he managed time and the other speakers as acting master of ceremony.
Emer McDonnell, An Post event organizer. Marc was opening speaker and Master of Ceremonies at An Post “Beating the Recession” event.