Eugene Downes is Chief Executive of Culture Ireland, the national agency founded in 2005 to promote Irish arts worldwide. Previously he acted as a consultant to the Government on international arts strategy, and produced concerts across Europe, Asia and South America for Presidential and Government visits.
He has also worked in the Irish Foreign Service as Cultural Attaché in Russia, and as a music and opera broadcaster on RTE Lyric fm. Eugene has served on the Boards of leading cultural organisations including the Abbey Theatre, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.
Hear him: Friday 18 September