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Expertise: The European Economy, Brexit, Foreign Direct Investment & Trade
Dan O’Brien is Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Ireland’s leading foreign affairs think tank, and a weekly columnist with both the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent.
He is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. Dan has spent the largest part of his career to date as senior economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, an arm of The Economist Newspaper Group. Working from London and Geneva over a dozen years, he covered the economics and politics of Europe and global trade and investment issues.
Prior to that he worked in the diplomatic service of the European Commission and was involved in, among other things, the negotiation of free trade agreement. He has also worked for the United Nations and as economics editor of the Irish Times newspaper.
Working from London and Geneva over a dozen years, he covered the economics and politics of the European Union and its member states.
Other organisations for which he has worked include the European Commission, the United Nations and Forfas, an Irish Government policy unit. During his career, in which he has lived and worked in seven European countries.
Dan has commented frequently in the international media, for broadcasters such as CNN and the BBC and in print, for newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times. His book “Ireland, Europe and the World: Writings on a New Century” was published in October 2009.