Kevin Cardiff

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Kevin Cardiff is a non-executive director of KBC Bank Ireland.  Cardiff performs consultancies in the public and private sector.  Recently he has joined the Supervisory Board of the Hellenic Corporation for Assets and Participtions, and also the board of the Irish Heart Foundation.   In addition, he is Chair of the audit committee of the Irish Department of Defence.  In previous years he has been  Chairperson of the Board of Audit of the European Stability Mechanism and a board member for the research charity TASC.

Cardiff completed a six-year term of office as a member of the European Court of Auditors at the end of February 2018.  In that organisation, he was responsible for a range of audit products, including in relation to the performance of EU programmes, and for reviews of organisational issues in various EU organisations.  He also had various internal management responsibilities.

Previously, Cardiff was a senior official in the Department of Finance of Ireland during the worst periods of the global financial crisis that started in 2007, and was appointed by the Government as Secretary General of the Department in February 2010. In these positions, he was centrally involved in the battle to save the banking system, and later the State itself, from bankruptcy, dealing with bank rescues, economic and fiscal planning in crisis conditions, and negotiation of the €67 billion loan package arranged with the IMF, EU and other partners in 2010. 

Cardiff was educated at the University of Washington, in Seattle (BA), and at University College Dublin (Master of Business Studies), and is an occasional speaker on economic, management, financial and budgetary matters.

Cardiff has been a member of the governing board of the Central Bank of Ireland (“the Commission”), a director and alternate director on the European Investment Bank’s board of directors and a member of the advisory board of the National Treasury Management Agency, Ireland’s national debt management agency, as well as of many other high level steering groups and similar bodies.

Cardiff’s 2016 memoir Recap: Inside Ireland’s Financial Crisis’ provides an important account of the events of the financial crisis from an Irish point of view.   His chapter in Michele Chang/ Federico Steinberg and Francisco Torres (Eds.), The Political Economy of Adjustment:  Throughout and Beyond the Eurozone Crisis, provides an update on Ireland since the crisis.


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