Speaker Bios

Who is speaking at the IUSA Conference 2024

Mr. Mark Duffy

Mark Duffy is an independent county councillor serving as Mayo’s youngest representative. Mark was a member of the US Embassy’s Youth Council from 2017-2019 where he was chosen as one of two delegates to join the shamrock ceremony in the White House where he met President Trump.

A former Mayor of Ballina, Mark had the honour of welcoming President Biden during his homecoming visit to the town in front of a 27,000 strong crowd.

This year, Mark was selected as Irelands only representative to be a part of the class of 2023 German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership Network, with a diverse groups of young leaders from across North America and Europe.

Locally Mark cofounded a volunteer group which has had more than 1000 members in the past 4 years as well as leading an initiative for Ballina to become Irelands Greenest Town.

Part of his role as a councillor has involved furthering US and Irish relations with visits to Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsfield and Scranton where there are strong ties to Ballina and Mayo.

Mark has also built strong links with the University of Notre Dame, where he spoke at a recent real estate conference on the adaptive reuse of Church property.


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