John F. Whelan – Independent Consultant, Allied Irish Bank

  • John Whelan is a leading international trade consultant. He  delivers guest lectures to the UCD Smurfit College  MBA programme on  export entry strategies . He is  the  export industry adviser to the  Allied Irish Bank group and assisting them to become the bank of choice for export businesses . He is also the international business columnist with the Irish Examiner newspaper.

    He is well known for his many published books and papers on international trade matters. He has regularly presented on TV and radio on a range of international trade issues. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of international forums across Europe and Asia, including the UN International Trade Centre in Geneva and the World Customs Organisation in Brussels.

    He has acted on many Irish Government task forces reviewing the  business impact  issues, including the Export Trade Council ,  Revenue Customs Consultative Committee,  Social Partnership Agreements , National Development Plans  and  the Euro introductory Task force .He has also given international trade training briefings to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff , as well as Dept. of Finance staff .

    Over the period 1999 to 2013  he held the post of chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association where he  represented export industry on all key issues from regulation and compliance , to  grant aid  and tax support schemes ,from logistics and security of  supply chain  to free trade agreements  for  the past 14 years .

    During this time he assisted an extensive range of companies with their market entry strategies in various overseas markets.

    He has organised Submissions to Government, the European Commission, the World Trade Organisation, the World Customs Organisation   on all the major directives and regulations and their likely impact on Irish export industry.

    John studied at University College Dublin for his BSc and also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at UCD Business School. He completed a post graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Newcastle upon Tyne University and was awarded a research internship to Liverpool University School of Management.

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