Leadership Forum


The Leadership Forum is an ongoing series of round-table discussions with top political, economic and cultural leaders from both the U.S. and Ireland.


American Ireland Fund supporters enjoy an opportunity to explore current affairs in an intimate setting with access to an extraordinary roster of public figures. The Leadership Forum is a unique initiative that provides insight to members who place importance on cultivating the ties between Ireland and the United States.

Past speakers have included:

  • Enda Kenny - An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland
  • Eamon Gilmore - Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Nobel Laureate
  • Michael Bloomberg - Mayor, NYC
  • George Mitchell US Senate, Maine
  • Ray Kelly - New York City Police Commissioner
  • John Bruton, Ambassador of the European Union to the US and former Taoiseach of Ireland
  • Shaun Woodward, MP - British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Owen Patterson, MP - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Christine Quinn - NY City Council Speaker
  • Eamon Ryan - Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Michael Collins - Ambassador of Ireland to the US
  • Mary Hanafin, TD - Minister for Social and Family Affairs in Ireland


To learn more about participating in an upcoming Leadership Forum, please contact the Regional Director at the chapter closest to you.