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
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
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
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.
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.
An economist with a firm grip on reality and a clear analysis of what was needed in the management of Ireland’s economy.
…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.
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
The feedback from attendees has been excellent – all found it extremely stimulating, informative and engaging.
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.
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.
Your presentation and delivery were excellent. I have had a lot of clients asking for your presentation and congratulating us on a fantastic forum.
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.
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.
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.
A great job – very interesting speech, particularly the relatively upbeat tone and the rallying cry for the Republic towards the end!
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
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.
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.
Marc Coleman hit the nail on the head and gave our international business associates a presentation that as both exciting, entertaining and informative.
The event was very successful and I’m still getting great feedback. People really enjoyed his view on the approach we should take
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.
A list of our clients