Marc Coleman

Economist and Best-Selling Author who Predicted Ireland’s Miracle Recovery

why book marc?

  • As the former Economics Editor of the Irish Times and a former European Central Bank economist, Marc possesses deep insights into economic trends
  • Marc played a crucial role in shaping Ireland’s recovery narrative between 2007 and 2015. He was a bestselling author, presenter with Newstalk, and leading columnist with the Sunday Independent during this period
  • Marc has hosted high-profile events connecting Irish businesses with global trade representatives, including Ministerial, diplomatic, and sector association levels


A leading consultant with top clients, Marc’s most recent experience includes hosting leading financial service industry influential conferences on Brexit (Director of Financial Services, Ireland (Ibec)) and hosting excellent events connecting Irish business with leading global trade representatives at Ministerial, diplomatic and sector association level. He led Ireland’s recovery narrative between 2007 and 2015 as a bestselling author, presenter with Newstalk and leading columnist with the Sunday Independent. As Economics Editor of the Irish Times (2005-7) he issued key warnings on overheating.

Marc is also a former European Central Bank economist and holds the Advanced Studies Programme qualification from the Kiel Institute of World Economics and a scholarship MBA from Smurfit Business School.

Marc has spoken or chaired events at the highest level for organisations like KPMG, EY, PWC, HSBC, Accenture, ECB, Enterprise Ireland, An Post, German Chamber of Commerce, Arab Chamber of Commerce, Sino European Entrepreneur Summit, and Bord Bia.


  • Global Economy and Trade
  • Brexit and Financial Services.
  • Links with Asia
  • Political and Policy Stability
  • Specific Industry Conferences

With business’ ability to predict accurately being increasingly curtailed by myriad disruptive forces (such as Covid19, AI, climate change) leaders need to understand that uncertainty is here to stay. In this powerful keynote, Margaret illustrates the tools and approaches leaders need to adopt in order to navigate the ‘new normal’ with confidence and purpose.


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“Marc chaired our discussion perfectly – facilitating a balanced and robust debate amongst our contributors while providing his own insightful comments, he steered the conversation effectively and ensured the audience had a very enjoyable experience.”

Gary Finnerty  Trinity Economic Forum 

Marc’s speech was well thought out , analytical, humorous, enjoyable and tailored to the audience.”

Kevin Sheehan, Deloitte


“Marc expertly chaired the Midlands Think Tank in Mullingar. He led 3 panel discussions and his contributions represented the highlight of our event.”

Niall Hearn CEO of Mid@s technology

“Very knowledgeable across all areas of the economy, Marc kept the debate alive though his ability to ask the right questions  of interest to an audience of over 200 people.”

Kevin McLoughlin Head of Tax EY Ireland


“Marc was warmly received, his speech and delivery was excellent and he then responded to questions from the floor and was invited to join the delegates for lunch.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Marc as a speaker.”

Susan Nolan CEO of Odyssey Conventions 


“An economist with a firm grip on reality and a clear analysis of what was needed in the management of Ireland’s economy.”

Matt Dempsey, Chief Executive The Agricultural Trust


“We got great feedback from Marc’s presentation in particular, which was very well received by us.”

Declan Carolan, General Manager ECR Ireland


“The feedback from attendees has been excellent – all found it extremely stimulating, informative and engaging.”

Fiona Murphy, KPMG


“We all really enjoyed your talk. It was the first time we have had a non-surgical talk at the Millin meeting, so it was a bit of an experiment! I thought it was really successful.”

Professor Eilis McGovern, MB FRCSI, President, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


“Your presentation and delivery were excellent. I have had a lot of clients asking for your presentation and congratulating us on a fantastic forum.”

Jackie Whelan, Enterprise Ireland: EI/ Deloitte CEO Forum, Dublin Castle


“Not everyone can grapple with the most difficult topics on the world economy, make both the chief economist of the world bank [Justin Yifu Lin] and the international chairman of Goldman Sachs [Peter Sutherland] feel comfortable while providing riveting content to an audience of some of the smartest entrepreneurs in the world and a range of international media – Marc Coleman can…He hit the mark on what we wanted and provided intellectually challenging and riveting discussion for what proved to be one of the most talked about sessions at our event. Mark helped make our event a success.”

Daire Hickey, organizer of “The World Economy @ Founders” event for IT entrepreneurs


“We were delighted to have you here. Your remarks and observations were humorous, interesting and very relevant to the work we do here on the banking and financial crisis.”

Jill Farrelly, Researcher and Events Manager, Institute of International and European Affairs


“A great job – very interesting speech, particularly the relatively upbeat tone and the rallying cry for the Republic towards the end!”

John Gilsenan, MD, Porsche International Financing


“Marc hit all the right notes and the group thought his presentation was wonderful. It was delivered with panache and a lovely sense of humour. It gave them hope”

Mary Hall, Failte Ireland


“Marc Coleman was absolutely brilliant and fascinating. He was encouraging about Ireland present and future and gave us all some information that we can get out there…My own comment would be that Marc Coleman is as very inspirational, energising & engaging speaker who gives everyone food for thought in a very positive way.”

Mary Jennings, Mary Jennings and Associates Business Consultants


“I continue to be impressed by Marc’s extraordinary insight and understanding of the underlying trends in our economy. His optimistic outlook based on realistic and convincing analysis is inspiring. Deliberately stimulating he certainly gets and deserves your attention.”

Sean Mac Mahon President Irish Institute of Credit Management


“The event was very successful and I’m still getting great feedback. People really enjoyed his view on the approach we should take.”

Cecilia Mc Lernon, Events Administrator, The Marketing Institute of Ireland


“Marc proved to give really great insights into the economy where we stand and where we are going in a realistic and more importantly amusing way. There was a lot of positive feed back from Marc’s talk and also how he managed time and the other speakers as acting master of ceremony.”

Emer McDonnell, An Post


“Marc’s leadership of the panel discussion was to an excellent international standard of the kind need to steer a high powered debate on a highly sensitive involving current and former EU Commissioners, a Prime Minister and Finance Minister. His firm but fair discipline ensured order and timeliness. His humour and personal touch ensured the event was memorable and enjoyable. We will ask him back next year.” 

Zygmunt Berdychowski, Chairman of the Economic Forum Programme Council at which Marc chaired a central debate between Polish EU Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, former German EU Commissioner Guenther Verheugen in Krynica Poland