Board of Directors

EBEN Ireland – Founding Board of Directors


George Kiely was until his recent retirement a Senior Adviser in the Entrepreneurship Division of Enterprise Ireland, the state economic development agency.  George graduated in Modern Languages, and Philosophy and Ethics from King’s College London and Business Studies from Liverpool University. He also took a M.Sc. in Science Communication (Ethics) jointly at Queens University Belfast and Dublin City University.

Following a career in journalism and industry in the UK, in 1980 he joined the Irish state economic development sector where he has worked in several capacities including two overseas postings in Iraq and Singapore. He has carried out a variety of assignments as a consultant for the World Bank in Asia.

He has worked extensively in the field of bioethics and took a year’s sabbatical in 2005 to work in Dublin City University as Visiting Researcher in Bioethics.

George has served twice on the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland) Ethics Council as Ireland representative.


Julian M Clarke is a KPMG trained Irish Chartered Accountant who led finance functions for international businesses in Australia, including two financial institutions and a leading entrepreneur. He is also proud to be an Australian citizen, playing a tennis final for his club in temperatures of 46C on concrete courts and loving the “get up and go” attitude of Australians, something Ireland also discovered during its Celtic Tiger years.

Since 1992 he has been a Corporate Financial Management Consultant across all continents (which conduct business) for multinationals, government departments and private sector firms across many industry sectors.

Currently based in Dublin, he has also worked with a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and voluntary organisations. He has served on some and chaired other committees of Chartered Accountants Ireland including Ethics, Publishing, Education, Industry, Member Services as well as two terms on the Council of his profession.

Julian was one of ten accountants in industry worldwide interviewed by the New York based International Federation of Accounts (IFAC) for their publication — “Professional Accountants in Business”.

He has been designing and teaching a wide variety of business courses since 1985 within KPMG, relishes teaching in business schools and business to students in other faculties , loves writing and has dabbled in journalism for business magazines and newspapers. He received the “Accountancy Ireland Award” for his first ever published article “Corporate Change” in 1998 and subsequently served on the judging panel for that annual award.

Julian has had an interest in business ethics for more than twenty five years, since facing an ethical dilemma leading a finance function for a financial institution during recessionary times in Australia. Since 1992 he has been writing articles, teaching courses and organising, attending and speaking at international corporate integrity events not only in Ireland but also in the UK, Europe and the USA.

His other professional interests, some of which arose studying Politics and Economics and then Banking and Finance at University College Dublin, include leadership and management, political economy, financial management including superb management information, spreadsheet modeling and sensitivity analysis, sport including sporting integrity and the psychology of sport, publishing and entrepreneurship (following an MBS thesis on Venture Capital), hence designing and running many  ‘start your own business’ and ‘introduction to finance’ courses, teaching on entrepreneurship programmes in business schools and other university faculties and working with many wonderful and inspirational entrepreneurs.

Julian chairs EBEN Ireland and starting with “Building Integrity in Business” at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in 2003 has initiated, organised and co-organised a dozen business ethics conferences and events… with more to follow.

All suggestions please to

Here is an earlier article published in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce magazine:

Ethics Under Fire – Dublin Chamber of Commerce


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