Mr. John Moran
Social Entrepreneur, Founder of RHH International, Board Member of the EIB and former Secretary General of the Department of Finance
Session 3: Engineering a Region: Innovation
Presentation Title: Re-engineering Ireland
John Moran is a board member of the European Investment Bank and Founder and Chief Executive of RHH International, a thought-leadership consulting and social entrepreneurship company.
He is widely recognised as a strategic advisor, a network builder, and a careful analyser of macro-trends, especially future directions for economic, regional and spatial development. He is passionate about education, urban redevelopment, start-ups and financial services.
Before RHH International, John served as Secretary General at Ireland’s Department of Finance where he was instrumental in helping guide Ireland’s post-crisis economic recovery, the restructuring of the Irish banking sector and return to markets by Ireland. He also played a pivotal role in influencing Europe’s move towards greater non-bank financing and EU capital markets union.
He has worked in a wide variety of other roles in aviation finance, in banking and capital markets, as a New York and Irish lawyer and as a banking supervisor at the Central Bank of Ireland. He studied law, taxation and financial mathematics at University College Dublin, University of Pennsylvania and Dublin City University. At 21 years, he became one of the youngest persons to be called to the Bar of the State of New York.
John and RHH support a number of not-for-profit organisations. He has helped establish and serves as Chair of Narrative 4 Europe, of eN, the Centre for Entrepreneurship in his alma mater, Sexton Street CBS, and of the social movement Yes to #LiveableLimerick. He is also Chair of the Hunt Museum in Limerick, involved in the restoration in a 13th Century medieval home classified as a French National Monument and is a board member of the Foundation building the new municipal library in Dublin’s North inner-city
His work has been acknowledged at home in Ireland and internationally, most recently, by the decision of the President of the French Republic to bestow on him the rank of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merit” (Knight of the Order of Merit). For his on-going work in Limerick, he was awarded the 2016 President’s Award by Limerick Chamber.