Denis O'Brien

Chairman, Digicel Group

Denis O'Brien

Speaker Bio

Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the privately-owned telecommunications company Digicel Group which operates in 32 markets with over 14.5 million subscribers in the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific regions, including Jamaica, Haiti, Panama and Papua New Guinea.

Mr. O’Brien has a wide number of investments in several sectors including media, property, leisure and industrial services. He is a former recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Denis O’Brien founded the Esat Telecom Group plc and built it throughout the 1990’s until its sale to British Telecom plc for € 2.4 billion.

Outside of his extensive business interests, Denis chaired the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. It was the first time the Summer Games were staged outside the US with teams from 160 countries and over 30,000 volunteers.

Denis is a Director on the US Board of Concern Worldwide and ge also chairs the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network. He is a member of the ITU/Unesco Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and is one of the contributors to its recent Report on 21st Century Financing Models for Bridging Broadband Connectivity Gaps.

In addition, he is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Frontline, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders which is based in Dublin. In 2000 he established The Iris O’Brien Foundation to identify and assist projects in Ireland and internationally which aim to alleviate disadvantaged communities.

Denis holds a BA degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from Boston College.