First Derivatives on Road to Bangkok

First Derivatives, a leading provider of products and consulting services to some of the world’s largest finance, technology and energy institutions is to sponsor The Asian Gaelic Games for a sixth consecutive year.

This year’s tournament returns to Bangkok in Thailand for the first time since 2009 and will once again provide a sporting, business and political coming together that works on many levels.

First Derivatives will be a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s event, taking place between November 17th and 19th.

Their ongoing decision to sponsor the games is a clear indication of their ambition to increase visibility and operations in the Asian and Australian markets and to further leverage the ever growing Irish Diaspora.

“The Company sees the sponsorship of the Asian Gaelic Games each year as an ideal investment opportunity as it recognises the crossover between sport and business coupling the tournament with the Asia-Pacific Ireland Business Forum,” said Financial Derivative CEO and former Inter County player Brian Conlon.

“It offers a unique networking and recruitment opportunity.”

“Furthermore we are proud to continue to contribute to the Global GAA family, and apart from the clear business benefit, we also want to support the activities of our global workforce. The GAA is an excellent social network for our staff, helping them to establish friendships and networks as we deploy them to various cities globally.”

“With existing clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, UAE, Sydney and Malaysia, all supported by young Irish FD consultants working in the region, the decision to sponsor the games this year again was an easy one.”

Join us on Sport for Business next week when we talk to Shane Mulholland in greater detail about the emphasis on sport and business within the First Derivatives team.

“The Asian County Board are once again delighted to have First Derivatives as a major sponsor of the Annual Asian Gaelic Games in Bangkok, Thailand,” said Joe Trolan, Chairman of the Board.

“This year marks the 22nd year of the games and they have been getting bigger and more competitive every year.”

“We are back in Bangkok for the first time since 2009 and we are really looking forward to going back. Since 2009, the level of the games has continued to improve, but more importantly, the diversity of the participants has continued to increase every year with many more women and locals picking up the game for the first time.”

“This growth has been fuelled by the support of First Derivatives and it is hoped that we can continue the relationship in what has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing Gaelic sports tournament outside of Ireland.”

“One of the great success stories of the GAA in recent times has been the growth and expansion of the Association overseas, typified by the success enjoyed by the Asian County Board and the development of Gaelic Games in the region,” said Aogán Ó Fearghail’s President of the GAA.

“The GAA is not just a vital sporting and cultural outlet for our Diaspora across these 420 Clubs, but also an invaluable community resource and support network for Irish people in business abroad. I want to congratulate the Asian County Board of the GAA and First Derivatives on this ongoing partnership and have no doubt it will prove mutually beneficial.”

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