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Home 2008 Events

Council Hosts Lecture/Reception at Stormont in Belfast

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg Delivers Keynote Remarks

The magnificent Parliament Building at Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland was the spectacular setting for a Council-hosted Lecture & Reception on Thursday, October 2, 2008. The Guest Speaker at the event was Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, a former U.S. envoy to Morocco and currently the managing director and CEO of Northstar Equity Group, an affiliate of APCO Worldwide, America's third-largest independent global public affairs and strategic communications company.

In his remarks, Ambassador Ginsberg discussed the various issues facing the electorate in the November 2008 national elections in the United States. He also commented on the Northern Ireland Peace Process as a template for conflict resolution elsewhere in the world, especially in the Middle East.

Ambassador Ginsberg serves as a FOX News contributor where he comments on foreign and economic policy matters, and defense issues for the American television network. He joined the Carter Administration as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for White House Relations and was later appointed Deputy Senior Advisor to the President for Middle East Policy at the White House.

During the 1980's he practiced international corporate law in the U.S., the Far East and the Middle East. He is considered one of America's foremost authorities on Middle East business and trade negotiations. He is also an entrepreneur, being a founding director of Sutton Place Gourmet (now Balduccis), America's largest gourmet food retail chain.

He served as President Clinton's Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs during the 1992 campaign and transition. Following his term in Morocco, he was appointed U.S. Special Envoy for Mediterranean Security and Trade Policy.

He began his career as a Middle East foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). Ambassador Ginsberg was the first U.S. envoy of Jewish heritage to a Middle East nation. He served as the United States guide for the first Middle East economic cooperation conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

Ambassador Ginsberg remarked on a special connection he holds with Ireland. In the 1930Õs as his family fled Austria and Nazi oppression, they found safe haven in Dublin before emigrating to Buffalo, New York.



Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Ian Paisley, Jr. who with colleagues, Danny Kennedy, MLA and Alasdair McDonnell, MP MLA facilitated the Council’s visit to Stormont, welcomed Council members and their guests.
Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Ian Paisley, Jr. who with colleagues, Danny Kennedy, MLA and Alasdair McDonnell, MP MLA facilitated the Council’s visit to Stormont, welcomed Council members and their guests.
Seen at the Council’s Belfast Reception were (from left) Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Council Board Member Tom Ryan, Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds with the President of the Council’s Chapter in Ireland, Brian Goggin.
Seen at the Council’s Belfast Reception were (from left) Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Council Board Member Tom Ryan, Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds with the President of the Council’s Chapter in Ireland, Brian Goggin.


Richard Holfeld of H.R. Holfeld Group, Conal Harvey of Harcourt Developments and John Lloyd of Murray Consultants.
Richard Holfeld of H.R. Holfeld Group, Conal Harvey of Harcourt Developments and John Lloyd of Murray Consultants.
The Council’s 2008 Student Scholarship Award recipient from Queen’s University Belfast, Ms. Helena Keenan being presented with her award by Brian Goggin with Ambassador Ginsberg and Tom Ryan.
The Council’s 2008 Student Scholarship Award recipient from Queen’s University Belfast, Ms. Helena Keenan being presented with her award by Brian Goggin with Ambassador Ginsberg and Tom Ryan.


Continental Airlines’ Manager in Ireland Yvonne Muldoon with Council Executive Director, David O’Sullivan and Janet Ginsberg.
Continental Airlines’ Manager in Ireland Yvonne Muldoon with Council Executive Director, David O’Sullivan and Janet Ginsberg.
Ian Hyland, Publisher of Business & Finance Magazine with Adrian Doran of Barclays Bank and Council Board member Andy Ruane of The Irish Channel America.
Ian Hyland, Publisher of Business & Finance Magazine with Adrian Doran of Barclays Bank and Council Board member Andy Ruane of The Irish Channel America.


The U.S. Consul General in Belfast Ms. Susan Elliott (right) was also at the reception, seen here with Sheila McClelland who is Keeper of the House, Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
The U.S. Consul General in Belfast Ms. Susan Elliott (right) was also at the reception, seen here with Sheila McClelland who is Keeper of the House, Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
Ian Paisley, Jr. (left) with Kevin Kingston of Northern Bank, Iain Rainey, Chief Executive of MSL Recruitment and Ivan McMinn also of Northern Bank.
Ian Paisley, Jr. (left) with Kevin Kingston of Northern Bank, Iain Rainey, Chief Executive of MSL Recruitment and Ivan McMinn also of Northern Bank.


The Council’s Executive Director in Ireland, Roddy Feely with Brian Goggin and Mark Finlay of Barnabas Ventures in Belfast.
The Council’s Executive Director in Ireland, Roddy Feely with Brian Goggin and Mark Finlay of Barnabas Ventures in Belfast.


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