Economist, broadcaster and author
An uncompromising thinker, with a relaxed, confident and entertaining style, David is ranked 10th most influential economist in the world. He is an economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster. He is Adjunct Professor of Global Economics at the School of Business Trinity College Dublin.
Consistently accurate in his forecasts, David McWilliams was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote. He was also the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible.
Keynote Presentation Title: The War of Independence (100 Years On) Success or Failure: Economic History of Ireland
In 2019 we celebrate the centenary of the War of Independence which began on 21-JAN-1919. Ireland has come a long way since then but how has our economy faired and looking back can we deem it to be an economic success or failure. As we have seen in recent years the appetite for projects whether they are construction, inter-departmental, pharmaceutical etc. are very much tied to the health of the economy. This Keynote will explore the progression of the Irish economy over the past century and review the question as to whether we can deem it to be a success or failure.