Celebrating the vast contribution
to the world of business that
Ireland and its people have made
The inaugural Business Post Global Irish Diaspora Awards took place at the Waldorf Hilton, London on 24th February 2023.
With over 70 million people across the globe who claim Irish ancestry, these awards have been established to recognise and celebrate the vast contribution to the world of business that Ireland and its people have made.
The prestigious awards ceremony celebrated the achievements and accomplishments of the Irish diaspora worldwide.
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Posthumous Award
- Outstanding Contributions to Global Development Award
- Community Hero
- Outstanding Contributions to the Arts
- Emerging Business Leader
- Business Leader of the Year
- Finance & Professional Services Excellence
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award
- Social Impact Award
- Building Britain Award
- Leader in Construction
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
SIR BOB GELDOF
Born in 1951, Sir Bob Geldof is one of Ireland’s most successful exports and is known throughout the world for his many talents and passions. Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist. Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the One Campaign, co-founded by fellow Irish rock singer and activist Bono, and was a member of the Africa Progress Panel. He was an initiator and member of prime minister Blair’s Commission For Africa and is currently Founder and Chair of the 8 Miles private equity fund for investment in Africa. Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 8 times, more than any living nominee, and was honoured with a knighthood by HM Queen Elizabeth II; received the Nobel Man of Peace award from Mikhail Gorbachev; was awarded The North-South human rights award in Portugal; and awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Additionally, Geldof has received numerous TV and music awards including The Ivor Novello Awards, The BRIT Awards, BAFTAs and The Royal Society, Peabody and Royal Geographical Society awards. Bob is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa. Of himself, Bob says he is – a musician.
Ambassador Martin Fraser
From Dublin, the Ambassador joined the Civil Service aged 16 and worked in the Department of Social Welfare for 10 years. He later worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Agriculture, before joining the Department of the Taoiseach in 1999.
Ambassador Fraser served as Secretary General to the Government and Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach for over 10 years. In that role, he was closely involved in the response to the global economic crisis, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as social reforms such as the referendums on marriage equality and the repeal of the 8th amendment.
He has been involved in developing British-Irish relations for nearly 20 years, working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process since 2004, as well as the State Visits of the Queen to Ireland and of the President to Britain, and the Decade of Centenaries.
The Ambassador is an avid follower of sport, including football, GAA, rugby, golf and cricket. He follows Liverpool, the Republic of Ireland and the Dubs, and is a regular attender at games. He is also interested in arts, culture and reading, especially history.
He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance.
Seán was elected to represent the Laois-Offaly constituency at the 2020 General Election, having been first elected to the Dáil in 1997.
He was also elected as a member of Laois County Council in 1999 and served in the role for more than 4 years. An accountant educated at University College Dublin, Sean has served on the Dáil Public Accounts Committee. He was also a member of the Finance and Public Expenditure Committee and was Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform.
Each of our valued attendees will receive the following as part of their ticket package:
- Champagne Reception on arrival
- Networking with guests from across the global irish diaspora community
- Four course meal prepared by the Waldorf Hilton’s award-winning chefs
- Prestigious Awards Ceremony
- Keynote Speaker address
- After-Lunch Entertainment
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