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Irish Friday Club on 5 February with Dr. Nicholas O'Brien

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We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Dr Nicholas O'Brien as invited speaker for our first Irish Friday Club of the year 2021

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Dr O’Brien took up duty in Berlin as Ireland’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in August 2019. Prior to this he served as Director General for EU and International Affairs at the Finance Ministry in Dublin from 2014 to 2019. In this capacity, he was a member of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee, which prepares meetings of EuroZone finance ministers. From 2011 to 2014, he was Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister for Finance.

He served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Berlin Embassy from 2008 to 2011 and as Consul General in Shanghai from 2004 to 2008. Prior to this, he was Africa Director at the Foreign Ministry from 2001 until 2004, during Ireland’s EU Presidency and term on the UN Security Council. From 1998 to 2001, he worked in DG External Relations of the European Commission.

Earlier in his career, he held several positions at the Finance Ministry including Private Secretary to the Minister of State.

He holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master’s in Public Management. His primary degree is in economics and public administration.

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