January 2017 meeting:
IBO Evening Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, January 11th, 6:30 at
Glucksman Ireland House
Guest Speaker: Barbara Jones - Consul General of Ireland.
Barbara Jones was born in Co. Wexford, Ireland. She is a graduate of Arts (French and History) (1977-1980) of University College, Dublin and holds post graduate qualifications in Education (1980-1981) from University College, Dublin and in Computer Science (1982-1983) from the National Institute of Higher Education (University of Limerick.)
Her career at the Department of Foreign Affairs began in September 1983. She has worked primarily on Anglo Irish and European Union issues. She was head of Humanitarian Aid policy (1994-1997) and travelled extensively in Africa over that time. Her overseas postings include assignments at the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco (1986-1990); at the Embassy of Ireland at Luxembourg (1991-1993) and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland in London dealing with political relations and the Northern Ireland peace process.
In September 2012, Ms Jones was appointed Joint Secretary at the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast. She took up duty as Consul General of Ireland in New York in September 2014.
Ms Jones served in two other government Departments in Dublin from 1997-2002. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Speech Writer and Special Adviser in the Department of the Taoiseach. Prior to that (1997 to 1999) she was seconded to the Trade Section of the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, where she wrote and developed a new long term strategy for promoting Irish trade with China and Asia. She has a very good command of Irish and French.
Ms Jones is married to Mr. Oliver O’Connor, who is a business consultant specialising in healthcare finance, innovation and public policy. She has two sons and a daughter, Killian O’Connor, Tadhg O’Connor and Maeve Jones-O’Connor.
Members and first time non-members may attend free of charge.
Registration open to Members and Guests.
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