Declan Hughes is Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He is a member of the Management Board of the Department with responsibility for the Indigenous Enterprise, Digital and Finance Division and formerly the Strategic Policy Division and Management Support Unit of the Department.
Declan has over twenty years' experience in enterprise policy and advisory roles. He was a member of the National Competitiveness Council, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, and co-chair of the ICT Action Plan Group with the Department of Education and Skills and has led on the development of the annual Action Plan for Jobs, the trade and investment strategy, Ireland Connected and on enterprise strategy, Enterprise Policy 2025.
Prior to joining the Department in 2014, Declan was member of Executive Committee of Forfás, the Government’s enterprise, trade and science and innovation advisory and coordination Board. He was Head of Division for Enterprise and Trade Policy and Finance and Property. Declan has served on a number of EU and OECD Committees and is a member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland.
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