The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board - MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy


Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament (2002-2004)

Chairman of the Advisory Board, MBS International Public Policy and Diplomacy

Pat Cox has a long and notable career as a national and international politician. He is a former TD for Cork South Central and former General Secretary of the Progressive Democrats (198-1989). He was a MEP for Munster from 1989-2004, becoming the President of the European Parliament in 2002. In addition he was President of the European Liberal Democrats (1998-2002), was the European Commission Project Coordinator for a High Speed Train network linking Berlin to Palermo and was a member of the European Parliament special observer mission to Ukraine with former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski in June 2012.


Ambassador Dan Mulhall

A graduate of UCC, Dan Mulhall has been a member of Ireland’s diplomatic service since 1978. He has had diplomatic postings in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (EU), Edinburgh, and Kuala Lumpur.

While in Dublin, he has served in the Political, Economic and Development Aid Divisions of the Department of Foreign Affairs and was also head of the Department’s Press and Information Section.

From 2005-2009, he was Director General of the European Union Division. Since October 2009, he has been Ireland’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.


Professor Dame Helen Wallace DBE, CMG, FBA, Foreign Secretary, British Academy

Dame Helen Wallace is Emeritus Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include the Politics of European Integration; European Regulation and Governance; and Enlargement of the European Union.

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000 and in 2006 received a Lifetime Award for service to European Studies from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. She became a Centennial Professor at the LSE in September 2007 and Emeritus Professor in 2010; and is also Honorary Professor at the University of Sussex.

Dame Helen previously held posts at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Sussex, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Civil Service College and UMIST, and from 1998 to 2001 she directed the ESRC’s One Europe or Several? programme.


Clifford Coonan, China and Asia Correspondent for the Irish Times

Clifford Coonan is China and Asia correspondent for The Irish Times, The Independent and the Hollywood newspaper Variety, and is based in Beijing. He writes on all areas of political, social and economic life in China and spends significant amounts of travelling around the country to report on the deep changes taking place. He is also a regular contributor to the Emirates paper, The National, as well as the BBC, RTE, Radio New Zealand and Deutsche Welle in Germany. Before joining The Independent, he wrote for The Times and The Sunday Times from Beijing.

Previous to his move to China, he was a Reuters correspondent for seven years, based in Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin. During his time at Reuters he covered everything from the Hong Kong Handover in 1997 to EU meetings in Brussels, to Champions League football to the fallout from the September 11 attacks in New York, to G-7 meetings. He also worked as a journalist for the Irish Independent, the Evening Press and Business and Finance magazine in Dublin.

He holds a B.A. degree in English and German from Trinity College in Dublin, and an M.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University. He also attended the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität and the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich, Germany.


MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy

University College Cork