Feature Article
Education for directors is a necessity, not a choice
By Professor Niamh Brennan, UCD Centre for Corporate Governance

When Prof Niamh Brennan set up the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance back in 2002 there were more than a few people who questioned its value. “The raison d’etre for the centre and the courses we were providing wasn’t exactly obvious until 2008 and the banking crisis,” she recalls. “People realised then that corporate governance is important and bad things can happen if you don’t get it right. Also, research has shown that well-governed companies are more likely to survive in the long run.”


Governance expertise is no longer a nice-to-have commodity. It is a critical element for business success and is essential to avoid a repeat of past failures.

Led and designed by Prof Niamh Brennan, the UCD Diploma in Corporate Governance is Ireland’s premier qualification in governance.


The Diploma is a one-year, part-time programme and is designed to provide systematic education and training to current and prospective company directors and governors of all types of organisations.  The more formal learning on our programme can enhance the practical skills of many non-executive directors. In addition, the programme is suitable for middle or senior managers who currently occupy, or are being groomed for, board memberships, or who carry governance-related positions of responsibility.


The diploma is scheduled to facilitate busy executives, so as to have the least possible impact on their workplace commitments. Lectures take place from 4.30 – 7.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, over two 12-week semesters. The fees for the programme are €15,325 & €14,558* (*UCD Business Alumni) and applications are currently being accepted for the programme which will commence on September 2nd 2019.


A key ingredient of the programme’s success lies in the diversity of experience amongst its participants. Each cohort is mature and experienced and consequently our participants have a lot to offer each other in terms of shared experience within the classroom. The class size is typically 25 and represents a wide range of industry sectors. A sample of participant profiles are available to view online here.


Also you can listen here to a short video from one of our alumni, Rose Leonard on her experience of the programme. Rose is Head of Corporate Distribution & Customer Relationship Management at Zurich Life Assurance plc (Ireland) and is current President of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management.



For further information please contact Caroline Kinsella, Head of Business Development, UCD Smurfit Executive Development on (01) 716 8050 or caroline.kinsella@ucd.ie

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International Markets Survey

We here at Dublin Chamber aim to equip you with the best information and opportunities to help you internationalise your business. In order to provide the best service for you we would like to invite you to complete a very short survey. Your feedback will help us organise our programme to help you internationalise. 


Survey can be found here

IFIB – International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy - Naples, Italy (3-4 October)

IFIB is confirmed as one of the leading events for the circular bioeconomy. The Naples edition will see the presence of some of the most important players at global level and will be the occasion to discuss value chains, education, the role of regions and cities in specific round tables.


As part of the conference there will be partnering opportunities through one on one meetings, giving you the opportunity to meet potential commercial and technological partners in the field of bioeconomy. 


To register for this free business and networking opportunity click here.

Last year edition saw the participation of 100 companies and research centres coming from 16 different countries, thanks to the b2b meetings 30 participants are discussing cooperation and 4 agreements have already been reached.

IFIB2019 ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK PARTNERING EVENT is organized by SI Impresa – Azienda Speciale CCIAA di Napoli, in collaboration with InnovhubSSI. Two days of pre-arranged face-to-face bilateral meetings (B2B) between Startups, Companies, Universities, public and private Research Centres in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy.

Participants will come from Europe and beyond to find potential partners for collaborations, business development, licensing agreements, joint ventures, research projects, exchange of experiences and partnership opportunities.

Main topics:
– Bioeconomy and circular economy
– Energy and environment
– Bio-based industries
– Agro-food
– Marine biotechnology
– White biotechnology

Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 2019 – Trieste, Italy (16th-18th October 2019)

We are pleased to invite you to the sixth edition of the main international partnering event devoted to Life Sciences sector, as part of the "Meet in Italy for Life Sciences 2019" taking place in Trieste, Italy in October 2019.


Participation in the matchmaking gives you visibility and the chance to meet potential technological, scientific and business partners. Register here


The participation is free of charge, and it includes light lunches at one-to-one sessions. In only 10-15 minutes you can create your profile and update it at any given time.

In addition to partnering moments the event will include an international conference, thematic workshops and initiatives to support startups. 


Target sectors

Who you will find at the event


  • medical devices
  • pharma and biotech
  • ICT for health
  • nutraceutics
  • related value chain
  • companies
  • start-up
  • public and private research organisations
  • investors
  • clusters, innovation agencies and organisations


- Why participate:

  • unique opportunity to get known and find partners for business development, licensing agreements, joint ventures, research collaboration, European projects, investments;
  • free showcase for your organization, more than 70.000 profile views in 2018, profile stays online for at least 2 years;
  • MIT4LS is constantly and fast growing in the last 5 years in terms of participants number, organisers, meeting held, wtih a capillary and very efficient organisation, feedbacks from participants always over 90% satisfaction;
  • What if I can't participate? You will be able to keep your profile online on the site even after the event (for 2 years or more), communicating it to the organization, which will also support you in following up any contacts you may have had and take advantage of the opportunities for partnering even after the event


- Is it just a matchmaking event? No, on 16 and 17 October thematic workshops and an international conference "From genomics to epigenomics: the future of medicine”. On 18 October the start-ups selected during bootcamp initiative (the corresponding call is close to be launched) will held their pitches to corporate experts and investors.


The event is promoted and supported by several organisations working in life sciences – and others are about to join:

Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Area Science Park, Consorzio Biomedicina Molecolare, Comune di Trieste, Alisei, ART-ER, Assolombarda, bioPmed, Bioindustry Park, Cluster Chico, Cluster Lombardo Scienze della Vita, Confindustria Dispositivi Medici, Confindustria Toscana, ENEA, Enterprise Europe Network, FAST, INNOVHUB, ITA – Italian Trade Agency, Lazio Innova, Tuscany Life Sciences Cluster, Unioncamere Veneto.

Austria Showcase – Urban Tech Fusion, 13th November

Advantage Austria will host an Austria Showcase on Urban Tech Fusion


"The evolution of Smart Cities"



Covering topics ranging from innovative smart city solutions and environmental technology, to energy efficient heating technologies, sustainable building and infrastructure solutions.


Date: 13 November 2019

Venue: The Gibson Hotel



Presentations followed by pre-arranged B2B meetings.


More info here


Contact: Dagmar McGuinness, Project Manager


T: 01-2180545


Success story - Artelo Bio lists shares on the Nasdaq

Deal Details: Artelo BioSciences Inc., a clinical-stage biopharma company, has raised c. $8.0m through a listing of shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Artelo has offices in Dublin and San Diego.

Artelo focuses on accelerating the development and commercialisation of a diverse portfolio of novel, endocannabinoid system modulating therapeutics. Their aim is ultimately the delivery of new medicines to help with a wide range of diseases. 


Advisers: Maxim Group LLC acted as sole book-running manager for the offering.

Renatus Comment: Artelo was founded by Peter O'Brien and Greg Gorgas just three years ago. This share offering marks another step in the company's growth journey which looks set to kick on from here. 

Source: Global News Wire

Looking to export?

The Export & Consular department based in Dublin Chamber are experts when it comes to helping companies to get goods shipped abroad, to register products in export markets and to visit export customers.

Dublin Chamber’s experienced staff organise the legalisation of documents for international trade, legal or commercial requirements and inter-country adoptions. Our couriers go on a daily basis to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court, the Joint Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce and any necessary Embassy in Dublin as well as to London based Embassies and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that your documents have all the necessary stamps and seals for full compliance to international regulations. We also offer advice on the requirements for each country. Our fast and efficient service ensures prompt processing of your vital documents.



The Export & Consular offers a wide range of services including:

•             Certificates of origin issued and stamped

•             Certification of export documentation

•             ATA Carnets, for the temporary export of goods, issued,

•             Legalisation of export and regulatory documentation,

•             Visas for your business travel needs.



Export Services – We make getting goods shipped broad easy.


For further information on any of the above services please contact:

Richard Brown (01 644 7204 / richard@dublinchamber.ie)

Aleksandra Balcerzak (01 644 7205 / aleksandra@dublinchamber.ie)