Global Nashville, Karl Dean Talks with Lord Mayor of Sister City Belfast | Jul 7

Global Nashville with Karl Dean

Lord Mayor of Belfast – A Sister City of Nashville

Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey

Host Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville and Member of the Board, TNWAC


John Greer
Belfast Council Economic Development Director

Áine Mallaghan
VP – International Development, Invest Northern Ireland

John M. Scannapieco
Chair, Global Business Team, Baker Donelson, Nashville

And Co-Host Patrick Ryan, President, TNWAC

In this episode former Nashville Mayor Dean will talk with Frank McCoubrey. He is the current Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of Nashville’s sister cities.

They will be accompanied by leaders from Nashville and Belfast to join the conversation about the Sister City relationship and exchanges and the common issues in municipal government in times of health and economic challenges.

NOTE: The Webinar starts at 10:00AM (Nashville)/4:00PM (Belfast), a departure from the usual 7pm start for “Global Nashville with Karl Dean.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Frank McCoubrey (53) represents the Court area of West Belfast. Alderman McCoubrey has achieved the rare honour of serving as High Sheriff, Deputy Lord Mayor and now Lord Mayor of Belfast. He has served as a councillor on Belfast City Council since May 1997. Alderman McCoubrey has served on a number of Council committees including Planning and People and Communities. He has also held positions with a number of external bodies and was a member of the board of Belfast Harbour Commissioners. He became Lord Mayor on 01 June 2020 following the term of Councillor Daniel Baker. Alderman McCoubrey’s priorities for his year in office are focussed on the cities recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic, particularly with regards to economic and social recovery and grass roots community resilience. The Lord Mayor is a father of 4.

Karl Dean was the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. He completed his second term in office on September 25, 2015. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt. Dean was the Democrat Party nominee for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

John Greer is the Director of Economic Development at Belfast City Council and leads a team delivering the economic development, tourism, festival, heritage and markets strategies developed to deliver the ambitious inclusive growth targets of the Belfast Agenda. Prior to Belfast City Council, John was the Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat for the Special EU Programmes Body, where he was responsible for the placement and management of the €550 million PEACE IV and INTERREG VA programmes. Before his role at SEUPB John spent more than a decade working in North America. In Vancouver, Canada John was a Director for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) responsible for managing a fund providing monies to high growth SME’s to enable their growth. Also during his time in Vancouver John was a Partner at the Business Development Bank of Canada responsible for managing a team delivering innovative debt, equity and subordinate financing solutions to Canadian businesses.  Before moving to Vancouver, he was a Director at Invest Northern Ireland based in Silicon Valley, leading a team delivering foreign direct investment and trade opportunities for N. Ireland. John is married with 2 children.

Áine Mallaghan, based in Chicago, is responsible for the USA Mid-West operations for Invest Northern Ireland, an agency within the Northern Ireland government responsible for growing the economy of Northern Ireland. Áine has worked with companies such as Baker McKenzie, Allstate, Caterpillar, Dow Chemical and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to set up and expand operations and jobs in N Ireland. Bringing in new companies like these to N Ireland has increased its ranking in the annual Attractiveness Survey, making it a growing success as a location for global investors in a wide range of sectors such as technology, financial services, manufacturing and life sciences. Áine previously worked for Invest NI in Northern Ireland, supporting indigenous companies to become first time exporters and help more established companies to grow their customer base globally. Áine has a BA Hons in Business Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Communication Studies & Strategic Management from Queens University, Belfast and has lived in both New York and Chicago over the last ten years.

John Scannapieco assists U.S. and foreign clients in connection with the sale or disposition of assets, as well as the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He works with a variety of U.S.-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a China strategy, as well as those companies that are currently doing business in China or with China-based businesses.  Mr. Scannapieco serves as Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee. He is a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council and has served as a chairman of the board of the Japan American Society of Tennessee. He also serves as a board member for Tennessee-China Network, Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University Center for International Business. He has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers in International Law.

LCDR Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret) is a native of New York City. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and volunteered for submarine duty. He served aboard nuclear fast attack and ballistic missile boats during the Cold War, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1982 he was commissioned and served aboard a cruiser in the Western Pacific before becoming a Navy Intelligence Officer. Ryan served aboard the carrier Constellation in the Pacific, the Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analysis, and the Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Central Command. Ryan retired from the Navy in 1998 and worked as a consultant on Intelligence Community projects and as the VP/COO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Ryan ran a newsletter publishing business on international affairs from 1999-2016. He founded the Tennessee World Affairs Council in 2007.




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