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Luck of the Irish: Behind the Emerald Island’s Long-Running Success

March 22, 2022 36 Minute Listen

What country had the fastest-growing economy in the developed world in 2021? Ireland. In this episode, IDA Ireland’s Denis Curran, Kennedy Wilson’s Bill McMorrow and CBRE’s Marie Hunt offer insights on how the small island nation weathered the pandemic exceptionally well and the factors pointing to its continued success.

Luck of the Irish: Behind the Emerald Island’s Long-Running Success

March 22, 2022 36 Minute Listen


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Denis Curran

Head of Regions, Property and Enterprise Development, IDA Ireland

For more than two decades Denis has worked for IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland. Over the past 70 years, IDA Ireland has evolved to become a global force in attracting foreign direct investment to develop the Irish economy and embolden its reputation abroad. The success of IDA Ireland has helped establish the country as one of the leading locations globally for international investment.

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William J. McMorrow

Chairman and CEO, Kennedy Wilson

Bill is responsible for leading Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment platform. Under his leadership, Kennedy Wilson has grown to hold more than $16 billion in assets under management across all property types. The firm was the catalyst for the revitalization of Ireland following the Great Financial Crisis. During his tenure, Bill has led the creation of three public companies related to the firm on the New York Stock Exchange, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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