Russell Bedford International

World class speakers help make Russell Bedford conference a record breaker

Press Release   •   Nov 23, 2010 15:26 GMT

More than 160 participants from 45 countries met in Dublin in October for the 27th annual conference of Russell Bedford International - one of the leading global accounting and audit networks.

The event's record-breaking attendance was no doubt due in part to the line-up of world-class guest speakers invited to address the annual meeting of partners in Russell Bedford member firms.

The opening address was delivered by the independent politician, scholar and wit Senator David Norris, who represents the University of Dublin constituency in the Irish Senate.  Prof. Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for World Economics, Germany, presented his views on some of the big issues facing the global economy.  And Felix McKenna, former head of Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau, explained the background and work of the agency established to tackle the profits of organised crime.  

An impressive range of guest presenters from leading companies such as Accenture, Lehmann Communications, Genesis, and Microsoft joined with in-house workshop leaders to cover a broad spectrum of topics, including an update on international auditing standards, winning public sector contracts, succession planning for accounting firms and using social media for effective business development.

Attending as guests of honour were the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Ruairi McGinley, and the Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan, TD.

Held in Ireland for the first time, the conference took place at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin, and was hosted by Russell Bedford's Irish member firm, Cooney Carey Chartered Accountants, one of the country’s foremost auditing, taxation, company secretarial and business advisory services providers.

For more information, contact Cooney Carey managing partner Tony Carey on +353 1 677 9000. Alternatively, visit the websites at and


Note to Editors

Established in 1983, Russell Bedford International is a global network of independent firms of accountants, auditors, tax advisers and business consultants.

Ranked amongst the world's leading accounting and audit networks, Russell Bedford is represented by some 460 partners, 5000 staff and 200 offices in more than 80 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

All Russell Bedford affiliates are well-established firms offering international business advice and services to local and multinational clients.  Most provide a full range of services comprising accounting, auditing, tax advice, general business guidance and financial consulting.  In addition, many have special expertise in particular fields, such as international taxation or information technology.

In January 2008 Russell Bedford International was named one of the first 17 full members of the IFAC Forum of Firms after reporting it had implemented a globally coordinated quality assurance programme, committed to the use of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), and met other specific ethics requirements.

Issued by:

Kempton Bedell-Harper
Marketing Director
Russell Bedford International
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