The Institute of Bankers in Ireland
The programme was launched by John Bruton, President of IFSC. Speaking at the launch Mr. John Bruton said that both government and business had identified the green economy as a key growth area for the country.
"The combination of a very supportive institutional environment for fund management and Irish companies track record in developing innovative renewable projects confirms Ireland as a centre of excellent for green finance. Continuing to invest in developing specialist knowledge and skills is essential. The Institute of Bankers programmme will add to the resource base of skilled professionals who will fill critical roles in the emerging sustainability sector".
Speaking at the launch, Programme Director, Frank Allen said that participants in the new programme will be enabled to play a leading role in the green economy through its multi disciplinary approach by developing skills in managing financial, technical and policy issues and risk in an integrated way. "The programme is aimed at senior professional working in the both private and public sector including corporate financies, accountants,engineers, lawyers, policy makers, plannes as well as business entrepreneurs. It will challenge participants to go beyond their professional background and understand how successful infrastructure is funded and managed in a less resorce intensive economy. While the growth in international investment in renewable energy, water and public, transport in recent years has been impressive, a further shift long-term investment from conventional to green alternatives in required to achieve sustainable growth. This will require greater sophistication in investment management and policy skill. Ireland has the opportunity to be a leader in this development."
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland ( SEAI ) has welcomed this new Masters programme. It will "integrate professional development in finance with current research and best industry practice in sustainable technologies" said Brian Motherway, SEAI Chief Executive.